Review: The Seed | Houston Press
Describe this movie in one star man Quote:
MARK: Have people from your world been here before?
STARMAN: Before yes. We are interested in your species.
Brief plot summary: Space invader vs spaced influencers.
Review using random objects relevant to the movie: 2.5 boxes of Rid-O-Rat out of 5.
Slogan : “A Frisson original.”
Best Tagline: “The clubber running out of space.”
Not-so-brief plot synopsis: All friends Deidre (Lucy Martin), Heather (Sophie Vavasseur) and Charlotte (Chelsea Edge) wanted to do was relax and watch the meteor shower on Heather’s dad’s pad in the Mojave Desert. Unfortunately, their planned suspension is abruptly interrupted by a foul-smelling creature that ends up in the pool. The three fail to kill him immediately, leading to unfortunate consequences for everyone involved.
“Critical analysis: There has been a noticeable shift in the style of alien invasion movies over the past few decades. With a few rare exceptions (Independence Day: Resurgence, tomorrow’s war), the focus shifted from global conflicts to more intimate adventures, as seen in Annihilation and color out of space.
And even those who operate on a larger stage like Arrival are less concerned with battles than with how humans and aliens interact. Which brings us to Seeda film that shares a narrower focus with the aforementioned films while not being nearly as good.
Now, it’s not entirely fair to choose something that was clearly shot on a lower budget than the average BMW commercial. Writer/director Sam Walker does his best and clearly digs his Cronenberg, as the practical schlock and body horror are quite effective. Free bikini pictures? Perhaps less.
Nor is it immediately clear what is going on with the intruder. Its presence appears to disrupt cellular reception while enhancing… sensation. When their intentions become clear, you find yourself balancing feelings of revulsion with bewilderment that one of these people is acting this way.
Which is part of the film’s (soft) satire on influencer culture. Deidre is by far the most committed on this front, and is therefore the first victim. Heather isn’t far behind, and Charlotte – initially ridiculed for having no social media presence – becomes our Final Girl after trying to convince the other two to jet, or Audi, or whatever. kids say these days.
When the creature achieves its initial mind meld with Deidre, it’s reminiscent of when Bender became a human on Futurama. The little guy, experiencing human food and physical activity for (we guess) the first time is quite endearing.
Yet, as is the case with much low-budget horror, the actions of would-be victims are both stupid and expected. Perhaps the decision to bring this excited baby Gamera inside the house was the result of his apparent mental powers. And free advice to any would-be alien invaders: maybe telepathically broadcasting plans to subjugate Earth isn’t the best tactic.
Yes Mac and me Passing by spring breakers with a dash of xtro it’s your thing Seed is for you. The slow start, Michael Bay’s love of female bellies, and horned Godzooky drag it down, but (it has to be said) it also ends on a perfect note.
The seed is now streaming on Shudder.