The Gardener
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Directed byJames H. Kay
Written byJames H. Kay
Produced byTony Belletier
StarringJoe Dallesandro
Katharine Houghton
Rita Gam
CinematographyMichael Zingale
Edited byCal Schultz
Music byMarc Fredericks
KKI Films Inc.
Distributed byNolan Production
Release date
October 1974
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$800,000 (estimated)

The Gardener (also known as Garden of Death and Seeds of Evil) is a 1974 American horror film written and directed by James H. Kay and starring Joe Dallesandro and Katharine Houghton.[1][2][3]


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Home media

The film was released on DVD by Subversive on February 28, 2006. It was later released by Subversive Cinema on January 29, 2008 as a part of its two-disk "Greenhouse Gore Two-Fer".[4]


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TV Guide gave the film a negative review, calling it "rotten".[5] Reviewing Subversive's DVD release of the film, Johnny Butane from Dread Central awarded the film a score of 3.5 out of 5. While noting that the film was "dull and unexciting", Butane stated that the DVD's extras made it worth buying.[6] Brett Gallman from Oh, the Horror! panned the film, criticizing the lack of atmosphere, threadbare plot, sluggish pacing, and dull photography.[7] Glenn Erickson from DVD Talk criticized the film's lack of scares or tension, and script, calling it "yet another ill-fated attempt to try something different in a horror movie".[8]

See also


  1. ^ Phil Hardy, Tom Milne. The Aurum film encyclopedia: Horror. Aurum Press, 1996. ISBN 1854103849.
  2. ^ Leonard Maltin. Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide. New American Library, 1987. ISBN 0452259940.
  3. ^ AA.VV. Variety's Film Reviews: 1981-1982. Bowker, 1989. ISBN 0835227979.
  4. ^ "The Seeds of Evil (1974) - James H. Kay". AllMovie. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Seeds Of Evil - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings". TV TV Guide. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  6. ^ Butane, Johnny. "Gardener, The (DVD) - Dread Central". Dread Johnny Butane. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  7. ^ Gallman, Brett. "Horror Reviews - Seeds of Evil (1974)". Oh the Brett Galman. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  8. ^ Erickson, Glenn. "The Gardener (Seeds of Evil) : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". DVD Glenn Erickson. Retrieved 11 August 2018.