Short Film Review: Seed

*** Content Warning: contains some pretty extreme subject matter ***

Indie Horror Short Film Seed

On a Monday evening, in between episodes of whatever HBO show I was watching that night, an Instagram account that I follow had mentioned in their Insta-story about this short indie horror film that was just released, called Seed.

The poster was kinda weird, but one of my favourite metalhead and schlocky-horror actresses, Whitney Moore (Birdemic: Shock And Terror, Birdemic 2: The Resurrection), starred in it; so like always, I said: what the hell?

At a going rate of 5 minutes and 36 seconds, this film gets to the point quickly as it establishes its protagonist, Moore, as a young woman with an abnormal fetish of collecting cum. In a jar.

Yes, you read that right: a jar full of cum. I’m not going to lie to you, it was gross; my gag reflexes were not as strong as I thought and I almost lost my dinner twice. Throughout the story, you see this young woman continuing to collect ‘specimens’ before burying it in the woods and sleeping atop of it, before digging it up to find something even more grotesque than a jar full of semen…

There’s little dialogue and a linear story, which enables you to focus on the main character as you recoil in disgust; you just can’t look away! And with the heavy metal backdrop, you get an even more sinister undertone that I feel many horror shorts often lack these days. As for Ms. Moore, it’s obvious that she is extremely talented, and in a weird, kind of messed up way, I think Seed could be a horror franchise, or even a show.

Whitney Moore in Seed This potential prologue doesn’t leave much to the imagination, but to me, that’s what gives it its charm. It’s not gory, but it absolutely will make you mutter to yourself: this is f*ing disgusting!

But to be clear, this isn’t a horror film relying on a cheap gross-out tactic to land eyeballs.  Seed is a genuine breath of fresh air, and during a time of uncertainty, anger, isolation, and a lot of other feelings, it is definitely something new! And as the horror community and genre morphs, I believe that this could be the beginning of a new era.

I genuinely believe people should watch this. It’s not for the faint of heart, and I wouldn’t recommend eating beforehand. I would ask what is truly, behind the scenes, what is actually in that jar; but I really don’t think I want to know.

So without further ado…

By Elisabeth Joplin

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