Monday, September 13, 2021

[Review] - Evil Seeds: The Ultimate Movie Guide to Villainous Children

Something's wrong with the children. They're murdering classmates, torturing parents, speaking in tongues, drinking human blood, and practicing black magic. Your offspring is on the rise, their blood no longer innocent. There will be casualties, and you may be among them.

Featuring nearly 250 of the creepiest, weirdest, and most dangerous kids ever to inhabit the cinematic landscape and sourced from over 40 different countries, Evil Seeds is THE comprehensive movie guide to villainous children in all their incarnations: the supernatural horror of ghosts and demonic possession, twisted tales of twins and changelings, dark matters of witches and evil babies, visceral frights of werewolves and vampires, the lurid lore of golems and trolls, and shocking drama of murderous orphans, juvenile serial killers, survivalist youngsters, and disturbing family values.

From cult classics to obscure fan favorites, Evil Seeds proves there is no shortage of frightening children. So keep an eye on your little darlings, or they might just fix their sights on YOU.

I've been a life-long horror fan ever since I watched the nearly forgotten made-for-television The Midnight Hour (1985) at the age of four years old. Later, my grandmother let me watch the first three Halloween movies, and the rest is history. So, it should be no surprise to hear that I loved reading Evil Seeds: The Ultimate Movie Guide to Villainous Children. It's an encyclopedia of evil children films, beginning with 1944's Tomorrow, the World! and ending with 2021's The Son.  

Who knew there were so many villainous children movies? 

Like most horror fans, I've seen big-name films, like The Exorcist (1973), The Omen (1976), Children of the Corn (1984), The Changeling (1980), Pet Sematary (1989), and Village of the Damned (1960; remake 1995). There are many other titles that I never even heard of listed in this 392-page movie guide. Then there were others that I've forgotten about, such as Bloody Birthday (1980), The Pit (1981), The Children (1980), and The Other (1972). To my surprise, Children of Full Moon (1980) appears in the guide, too. Technically, it's not a movie. It's an episode of the short-lived British series Hammer House of Horror.  

Overall, Evil Seeds: The Ultimate Movie Guide to Villainous Children is a highly entertaining read. 

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Vanessa Morgan is the editor of the movie reference guides When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals, Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies, and Evil Seeds: The Ultimate Movie Guide to Villainous Children. She also has had one cat book (Avalon) and four supernatural thrillers (Drowned Sorrow, The Strangers Outside, A Good Man, and Clowders) published. Three of her stories have been turned into movies. She has written for myriad Belgian magazines and newspapers and introduces movie screenings at several European film festivals. She is also a programmer for the Offscreen Film Festival in Belgium. When she's not working on her latest book, you can find her reading, watching movies, eating out, or photographing felines for her blog Traveling Cats.  

1 comment:

  1. This does sound like a great read! I love reading about horror films almost as much as I love watching them! Have you read Peter Counter's 'Be Scared of Everything'? I feel like you might enjoy it, since it's all essays inspired by horror movies and horror tropes, but also discusses everyday topics! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)


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