Seeds, directed by Owen Long, is a new psychological horror-thriller that hopes to mess with the mind of the audience. Although there are some interesting ideas at play, the film ultimately goes too far with the weird and uncomfortable elements and not far enough with the horror for it to be truly effective.
The movie follows a man who descends into madness as he retreats to his family home in an attempt to find peace, instead finding a dark force acting upon him. The story of the film starts out in a way that is very intriguing and interesting, but over time, it becomes more and more exhausting. Because of the amount of suspension of disbelief required by the end of the movie, most audience members will already have checked out.
Thanks to a compelling hook to kick things off, the film will pull the audience in right away. However, once things start to become more and more repetitive in an attempt to simulate the protagonist’s increasing madness, the movie starts to get old really quickly. A few sudden bursts of excitement help, but the film eventually feels much longer than its hour-and-a-half-long runtime.
One thing that would have helped the movie become more effective would have been less ambiguity. It is obvious that Long wanted his film to be something more, but it almost certainly would have been more enjoyable as a straightforward horror flick. With some additional clarity as to what the force haunting the protagonist actually is, the movie would have immediately become less frustrating.
Another issue with the movie is that the character development is lackluster. It would have been beneficial had more time been spent with the protagonist prior to things start happening, as this could have created a deeper connection between the character and the audience. As is, the only sympathy will come from the fact that most viewers will be just as confused as the protagonist.
That said, the cast does a very good job in their roles. Trevor Long does a solid job as the lead of the film, capturing the descent into madness surprisingly well. The real star of the show, though, is Andrea Long, whose performance is a bit over-the-top, but fittingly so. She does an excellent job of being alluringly creepy.
The movie also has some imagery that is quite impressive. For an obviously low-budget film, the effects look surprisingly good. There are some quirks about the cinematography and editing that could have been improved, but for the most part, the visual style of the movie is admirably eerie without relying on excessive gore or jump scares.
There are some good things happening in Seeds, and as Long’s debut, it shows that he has a lot of potential with more polish. Still, because the film never becomes entirely streamlined, it is one that you shouldn’t mind skipping.
Seeds is now available on VOD.