Seeds – USA, 2018 – reviews

‘A story of temptation and monsters’

Seeds is a 2018 American horror feature film directed by Owen Long from a screenplay by Steven Weisman, based on Long’s storyline. The movie stars Trevor Long, Andrea Chen and Garr Long.

Plot:

When his increasingly depraved behaviour spirals out of control, Marcus (Trevor Long) retreats to his family home along the New England coast. But instead of finding solace, Marcus is haunted by his darkest fears and deepest desires.

Is he losing his mind or has something terrible burrowed deep within him? Incubating. Waiting until the climate is right. Marcus must fight to save his crumbling sanity and protect Lily (Andrea Chen), his beloved niece from a monster that lies in wait…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

Seeds forever jarring and uncomfortable to watch as Marcus’s descent indiscriminately dips in and out of the horrors from both his reality and unreality. He is fighting what he hates about himself, but like the imagined creature, it will never go away. The metaphor of the monster on the outside allows us to see him reflect on what he is…” BritFlicks

“On the one hand, it feels like the film is explaining away inappropriate sexual conduct by classifying it as a disease but on the other, it’s a clever way to look at a very difficult and taboo subject. There is a supernatural element added into the mix that helps to illustrate Marcus’ battle and it’s often incredibly creepy.” Pip Ellwood-Hughes, Entertainment Focus

Seeds could best be described as being what Lolita might turn out to be if it were to have been written by the likes of Stephen King or Clive Barker – a slow drawn-out tale that explores the dangerous nature of forbidden desires. Not an easy watch, and one that will alienate many, it will nonetheless stay with you long after the credits.” Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News

Seeds is an incredibly well-crafted and expertly acted dive into a world of truly f*cked-up family dynamics, and mind-warping encroaching malevolence, and it shouldn’t be missed!” Horror Fuel

“Given that horror is transgressive and forces us to experience things we don’t always want to see or are afraid to confront, the potential of films like Seeds is important. However, the films that transcend have a purpose. To work and be effective there needs to be a clear-cut message. Seeds does not have one. In fact, every opportunity it has to explain its motivation to tell such a depraved  tale is lost in translation when the victim becomes implicit in the Uncle’s completely deviant attraction.” Justin Drabek, Killer Horror Critic

“It’s a small, intimate story which doesn’t spell everything out – and risks sliding by without anything obvious happening until the last act, which does up the melodrama (and monstrousness). Seeds fits in with a vein of recent indie genre cinema (The Endless, Curtain, Pod, The Void, They Look Like People) which approach American mental health issues in terms of Lovecraftian cosmic horror.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“This is also a film about denying one’s darkest and forbidden desires, and the realization of the importance of making sacrifices. Finally, the film tells us about being able to do the right thing when there are not so many options to chose from. More like a light horror film, Seeds has that rare presentable look.” Let the Movie Move Us

” …it’s up to you to make up your mind about Marcus, Lily and the monster… The kind of horror that uses humanities foibles and fragilities, to reflect on just how horrific humans – and the human condition – can be, Seeds is a powerful, oftentimes uncomfortable watch. Not so much a journey into madness but rather a journey from madness into insanity.” Phil Wheat, Nerdly

“Seeds isn’t an easy film to watch. Some will be put off by the subject matter. Some by the pace and lack of monster scenes. But for those who stick it out, this will be a welcome slice of darkness.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

“Acting, writing, directing… Trevor Long’s performance, the study of his character and relationships and the filmmakers’ brilliant pace hits an unholy trinity of mind-altering horror and good filmmaking.” Jason Minton, Without Your Head

Release:

In the USA, Dark Star Pictures and Uncork’d Entertainment present Seeds, in movies theatres September 13, 2019, and on VOD and DVD September 24th.

Cast and characters:

  • Trevor Long … Marcus Milton
  • Andrea Chen … Lily
  • Garr Long … Spencer
  • Kevin Breznahan … Evan
  • Chris McGarry … Michael
  • Michelle Liu Coughlin … Grace
  • Adrian Enscoe … Drew
  • Shannon Hartman …Trish
  • John Emigh … Keversmith

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