Seeds (2018)

After a night of debauchery and depravity gets out of control, Marcus has retreated back to his family home. His solitude is disturbed when his brother asks him to look after his estranged nephew and niece.

Soon, he feels as if a dark force is in the home and that he either has a monster inside him or inside the house waiting to destroy him. As he remains haunted by his deepest fears, Marcus struggles to protect his niece Lily form the beast that lies in wait.

Trevor Long from Ozark stars as Marcus and his brother Owen wrote and directed this film. Andrea Chen, who plays Lily, is fantastic, abe to be both a young girl and a tempting young adult, sometimes in the same scene. If that makes you uncomfortable, that’s the whole point of this film.

You can either see this as an arthouse examination on a man’s mental illness and a taboo relationship that should not be. Or you can see it as a lolita-esque male fantasy that makes those yearnings safe because some Lovecraftian insectoid creature is controlling it all.

Interestingly, Lily makes the most of the moves on her uncle, which again plays into the male fantasy of this film, as we never see a moment from her point of view or from her voice. It’s all certainly interesting — think the way that Possession used horror to show the end of a relationship — but it’s just as troublesome when you realize that if this is all in the untrustworthy narrator’s head.

Seeds is available on DVD and streaming on demand on September 24.

DISCLAIMER: This movie was sent to us by its PR team and that has no bearing on our review.

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