Deidre (Lucy Martin), Heather (Sophie Vavasseur) and Charlotte (Chelsea Edge) are going away for the weekend to witness a spectacular and once in a lifetime meteor shower. Deidre and Charlotte are influencers, tall and blonde and they barely wear anything whilst Charlotte is less interested in their social media world.
Then the night comes and the meteor shower lights up the sky, making is so bright that the women start to wonder whether something is wrong. Suddenly something hits the pool, seemingly coming from the sky and they realise that there’s something living that has come into their temporary home.
Charlotte takes pity on it and starts to nurse it back to health, but Deidre and Heather want nothing to do with it, desperately hoping they can call someone to take it away. However, after an encounter where Deidre makes a closer encounter with their alien visitor, things start changing.
The Seed is a sci-fi horror from writer/director Sam Walker that is exclusively on Shudder which takes the vacuous world of a couple of Instagram influencers and their friend. Something which could have had a lot of material to draw upon.
However, it seems unclear on which side Walker falls upon. Because as much as his script shows the part time models being obsessed with their phones and their public images, the camera doesn’t mind lingering over them either.
Charlotte doesn’t really come across as anything more fleshed out either, her sole character trait is that she’s not like her friends and that’s it. There’s no bond between them and nothing that tells the audience why Charlotte would be friends with people so obviously different from herself.
There isn’t even any commentary on the alien’s control over the women’s bodies. It could have been a comment on how certain people are so obsessed with themselves that they ignore the wider world around them. It could have even been a commentary on how women use their bodies and how society sees them as either sex objects or mothers, but it doesn’t go that deep. Instead, audiences will spend a good amount of time waiting for the horror to kick in and when it does, it all feels rather shallow.
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