Ellen (Houghton) and her husband John (James Congdon) enjoy the good life in their lovely Costa Rica home-all that's missing is a nice garden. Enter the mysterious and dangerously handsome Carl (Dallesandro), who creates a botanical paradise while casting a spell on Ellen and her woman friends. Things take a turn for the worse when Ellen discovers that her Gardener may be planting his own "seeds of evil".
The Gardener (AKA The Seeds of Evil)
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- Commentary track by star Joe Dallesandro (his first ever feature length commentary!)
- Commentary track by director James H. Kay
- Featurette with cast and crew
- Talent bios
- Still gallery
- Original mono mix and new stereo 2.0 mix
- Mini-poster and postcard-size lobby card reproductions
- New 16x9 transfer of the uncut version of the film
Top Customer Reviews
Most of the plot revolves around the lead female and her best friend investigating the mystery that is Carl, the gorgeous but unnerving gardener. Dallesandro himself only has a few speaking lines, but he is beautiful as ever, especially in those tight 70's low ride jeans. There are several psuedo-scary scenes that are actually more erotic than frightening, so if you are adverse to horror flicks, you have little to worry about here. There is only one scene with a lot of blood, although I'm not sure where the blood comes from as the scene is pretty tame.
For those who want to know: there are a few nude Dallesandro scenes, but they are confined, as it were, to butt shots. If you want more revealing nudity, stick to the Morrisey trilogy (Flesh, Trash, & Heat).
The ending is pretty silly, but then so's the whole movie.
Sound and color transfer seem as good as one can expect from a low-budget 70's flick, and there aren't any real DVD extras.
As both an arthouse and Dallesandro fanatic, I found the film light and entertaining. Don't expect too much, and you won't be dissapointed. Just sitback and enjoy this little piece of 70's silliness.
An earlier review here stated that there are no DVD extras. Nothing could be further from the truth. This DVD is blooming with special features. First the packaging is gorgeous. The DVD comes in a lovely blue slip case with holographic lettering and a reproduciton of the poster art. Inside is a transparent keepcase with color production photos printed on both sides of the insert. There are three full color lobby cards included as well as a 12 x 17 color poster. The DVD has two audio tracks, the original mono and an all new dolby mix. Both sound great. There are two commentary tracks. The first is from star Joe Dallesandro and it is a lot of fun. The second commentary is from director James Kay. There are two documentary films. The first is called PLANTING THE SEEDS OF EVIL and features brand new interviews with Joe, Katherine Houghton and James Kay. The second documentary is from the late 70's and discusses the distribution problems that independent films face. It features GARDNER producer Chalmer Kirkbride. Also included on the disc is an extensive photo gallery of behind the scenes shots. Six theatrical trailers are included.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First of all, contrary to another review, some people actually like the story, acting & mood of this film, which has nothing to do with a handful of shots of Dellasandro shirtless. Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by nothingt5
There really is only one reason, ultimately, that "The Gardener", alternatively titled "Seeds of Evil" ("Special Edition", Subversive Cinema SC-08) has survived and made it to DVD:... Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by Celil Parker