Seed (2006)

We’ll have a look at some movies of Uwe Boll in the coming time. Vilified as one of the worst directors ever, he undoubtedly has created many sloppy and/or boring movies. But a couple of them are actually entertaining or at least interesting to watch. The first movie we will start with is Seed, one of his few ventures into the horror genre.

Psychopathic killer Seed is sentenced to death but the electric chair fails to kill him multiple times. He is still proclaimed dead and buried alive. He returns to the world seeking to torment everyone who was involved in his arrest and execution.

Seed is a movie about atrocious things being done to people. It is unpleasant to the extreme, but I can’t say it’s a bad movie. Still, there’s so much nasty stuff in it, that it’s difficult to recommend it, unless you’re willing to take a risk. The opening credits for Seed are intermixed with videos depicting scenes of extreme animal cruelty. These scenes are basically unwatchable, but it sets the tone for everything that follows.

The world of Seed is a desolate, bleak one. The movie is shot in darkness most of the time, and the setting of the 1970s rural USA invokes a rather depressive atmosphere. There’s plenty of extreme violence and disgusting scenes of humans and animals being butchered and rotting away, but I’d argue that Seed takes a completely different angle that your average torture porn or pseudo-snuff film. Gorehounds may find some sequences likable, but the killing scenes are embedded in an overall atmosphere of total despair and pessimism.

The movie is certainly not a philosophical treatise from Boll’s side, but rather a visualization of a world where the worst things that can happen to people will happen to them. There’s no coherent story that drives Seed, it’s really more a sequence of images from the most shocking nightmares you can think of.

Seed certainly stands out in Uwe Boll’s cinematography, as it’s not his only true venture into the horror genre, but a very unique, if extremely gross and disturbing contribution to it.

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