The Seeding (2024)

The Seeding (2024)

An interesting, if a bit underdeveloped, desert debut that gets darker and darker

5.5

Movie

United States of America
English
Horror, Thriller
2024
BARNABY CLAY
Alex Montaldo, Charlie Avink, Kate Lyn Sheil
100 min

TLDR

Lesson learned: Do not go to the desert for the solar eclipse. Stay away.

What it's about

Lost in the desert canyon, hiker Wyndham Stone takes refuge with a woman living off-grid, leading him to be captive with her to a pack of feral boys.

The take

With inconsistent pacing and a deeply unpleasant protagonist, it’s hard to recommend The Seeding to every viewer. It’s really slow-paced, deeply uncomfortable, and it starts with, of all things, a baby eating a finger. But there’s an interesting style to this arthouse horror, a marriage of desert survival thriller and folk horror that restricts all possible modes of escape through its claustrophobic canyon. As Wyndham gradually discovers a secret community driven back to primitive instincts, director Barnaby Clay inverts the idea of what it means to be one’s fundamental self. Most viewers might not appreciate the story, and the ideas aren’t as cohesive as it could be, but horror fans looking for something new in the genre might find The Seeding fairly interesting.

What stands out

The canyon shots. The desert isn’t the usual setting for a horror film, though it has been popping up more recently, and Clay’s shots maximize the terror of the canyon environment.

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