Three best friends, Charlotte (Chelsa Edge), Heather (Sophie Vavasseur) & Deidre (Lucy Martin), travel to a luxury home in California, hoping to witness a rare once in a lifetime meteor show. Upon arriving at their destination, it’s fairly evident that Charlotte is the odd one out as she refuses to be involved on social media or even desire to upgrade her old mobile device. When the meteor shower commences, she is purely interested in seeing it with her own eyes. Heather and Deidre, on the other hand, are major social media influencers, and they plan to broadcast the event via a live stream with hopes of increasing their presence online.
On the meteor shower night, the three girls dress up and celebrate the event. As they witness the meteor shower, they all agree it’s unlike anything they’ve ever seen before, and they are speechless at its beauty. But the day after the amazing experience, they find what seems to be a smelly meteor in the backyard, which also seems to have a small face. Perhaps this discovery is an alien in disguise? Nevertheless, this odd discovery is the beginning of many horrific events to come for our leads.
The Seed is best described as a horror film with sci-fi moments similar to The Thing. The direction of this plot is predictable, and sadly, the film takes a while to get to the core plot, showing pointless and silly subplots along the way. For example, when the leads find the mysterious meteor in the backyard, they’re more fixated on getting rid of it, and the audience is shown what a challenge this is. Personally, if an alien-like creature landed in my backyard, I assure you, I would be the one leaving with my running shoes on instead.
Performances here are pleasing. While performances are strong and our leading actresses are the strongest aspect of this film right from the start, characters are challenging to cheer on, especially when it comes to most of their dialogue. Their dialogue can sound rather childish as we watch them make many poor choices. The musical score is fun and, at times, fitting, but sadly, it overstays its welcome and becomes slightly repetitive during key moments. The mysterious alien-like creature is pleasing, and it certainly adds a nice horror element to the story. Practical effects also have their moment, especially in the third act, which I found admirable and creative.
Overall, those who enjoy horror films like The Thing will get a brainless kick out of this release. Performances are pleasing as the three leads carry this film to the end. But sadly, the main three characters are generally unlikeable thanks to childish dialogue and us witnessing their many unwise choices throughout the film. For the most part, the film is predictable and takes its sweet time to get to the core plot, thanks to several subplots that are uninteresting and dull to watch. Thanks to elements such as the cast, practical effects, etc., the potential is here. The Seed isn’t something out of this world, but more of a meteor that burns fast and crashes hard. The Seed (2021) is Availabe on Shudder from March 10th!