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"The Brood" explores the dangers of human emotions, in particular the emotion of rage. The movie opens with an extended scene involving Dr. Hal Raglan (Oliver Reed) conducting an intense psychotherapy session with a distraught young man. We learn that this patient harbors a burning dislike for his father, so Raglan role-plays the part of the young man's father in an effort to help dissipate the anger. It's a very 1970's sort of psychological treatment, as is the fact that an audience watches the lengthy session.Read more ›
Frank Carveth's wife Nola (Samatha Eggar) is a patient at the Somafree Institute run by Dr. Hal Raglan (Oliver Reed) whose magnum opus, The Shape of Rage, sums up his philosophy of psychological practice--that our inner rage will inevtiably express itself in outward manifestation. The opening scene of Raglan's dramatized session with one patient, Michael, reveals Michael's boils when he takes off his shirt to show the doctor how he really feels about his father.
When Nola was very young, her mother treated her very badly and now Nola's rage is profound. She and Frank have a daughter, Candy, about whom there is intense disagreement--Frank does not want Candy to see her mother at the Institute every weekend because of potential harm, and Nola needs her to be there. When a kindly, young, pretty schoolteacher helps Frank with Candy, Nola finds out and assumes Frank and the teacher are having an affair.
Mysterious murders occur, all apparently committed by one or more midgets or deformed children, all having a vague resemblance to Candy. To tell any more would be to give too much away. In the lead roles, Eggar and Reed are excellent, as is Art Hindle as Frank. Also great are the actors who play Nola's parents.
This is a much overlooked film which should definitely not be missed. Highly recommended.
Both Leonard Maltin and Roger Ebert lambasted this film. Ebert accused Cronenberg of trying to dress up shallow material with brand-name actors. He might be right. Cronenberg's Shivers and Rabid were not exactly well made, and the biggest name star he'd worked with at that time was Marilyn Chambers. But you can't deny the power of this movie. As many critics have said, it's the subtext of emotional violence--between parents and children, between husbands and wives, between therapists and patients--that gives the shocking graphic violence its lasting effect.
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This is one freaky movie!. But it was interesting. Bizarre but the story line was good The acting was very good, And it was more creepy than scary, But I liked it. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by love my coffee
I mean... How much more perfect can you get? It's the brood in criterion!!! The way Cronenberg wanted itPublished 5 months ago by Carlos Esquivel
Been a fan since Rabid but never had a chance to see this movie until now. Honestly, I expected more. Great concept, bad script. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sandman
Delivery was great, sorry to say that the friend I bought it for had received the same copy a couple days ahead of time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Destwoy777
"The Brood"(1979) is directed by David Cronenberg. The film is about a divorced couple and their conflicts and custody struggle for their child. Read morePublished 8 months ago by G. Edmonson
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