The Bad Seed (1956)

By Mervyn LeRoy

Young Patty McCormack received an Oscar nomination for her performance as a murderous child in this chilling drama classic. Based on the play by Maxwell Anderson (“Anne of the Thousand Days”), it’s an eerie examination of the question of nature versus nurture in the form of a little girl who is evil personified. Leonard Maltin calls it “spellbinding”!