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The Brood

1979

R CC
4.0 out of 5 stars (22) IMDb 6.9/10

As the trauma of one couple's divorce escalates, the city is terrorized by a series of attacks by disfigured children.

Starring:
Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Horror
Director David Cronenberg
Starring Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar
Supporting actors Art Hindle, Henry Beckman, Nuala Fitzgerald, Cindy Hinds, Susan Hogan, Gary McKeehan, Michael Magee, Robert A. Silverman, Joseph Shaw, Larry Solway, Reiner Schwarz, Felix Silla, John Ferguson, Nicholas Campbell, Mary Swinton, Jerry Kostur, Chris Britton, Elijah Siegler
Studio The Criterion Collection
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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THE BROOD is an early film for director David Cronenberg who is perhaps now better known for his dramatic films such as A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, EASTERN PROMISES, and A DANGEROUS METHOD. But, as most of us know, he started his career making what is known as Venereal Horror, or Body Horror. THE BROOD is an excellent example.

The film deals with the sudden appearance of disfigured child murderers who terrorize a Toronto family that is going through a difficult divorce. The wife, Nola (played by Samantha Eggar), is at a psychological retreat where she is being treated by Psychiatrist Hal Raglan (played by Oliver Reed), who has pioneered "psychoplasmics". After spending the weekend with Nola, her husband Frank (played by Art Hingle) discovers that there are bruises and scratches on their daughter's back. He immediately goes to Raglan, tells him that he will not be bringing his daughter anymore and believes that Raglan's techniques are hurting Nola. Two murders ensue, and a startling and horrifying conclusion is made that the evil may be closer to home than they think...

THE BROOD is an excellent film with a beautifully eerie score by Cronenberg regular Howard Shore. It looks and sounds beautiful, especially in Criterion's loving HD restoration. It's plenty creepy, and this reviewer wishes that Criterion would take the next step and release both THE BROOD and SCANNERS on the format they truly deserve: Criterion Blu-Ray. But in the mean time, if you're looking for a creepy winter horror yarn, look no further than David Cronenberg's THE BROOD, here on demand. Make sure you watch it in HD. It's beautiful.
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Classic horror movie. It's a must-see for anyone who is creeped out by the "spooky children" horror subgenre. I wouldn't buy this one, personally, as it's not a great horror movie, but it's a must-see at least once for any serious fan of Hollywood horror movies.
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Long before Existenz or The Fly, Videodrome...even two years before Scanners, this movie served as documentation that David Cronenberg was already what we call in the film industry, "a funny one." Just a little mad. He's writer and director and trust me, in 1979 no studio exec was leaning over his shoulder and saying, "Listen to me for once, Davey, when we say you have to climax the film with a mentally ill woman gnawing open her own extracorporeal gestation sac while in the other room her offspring, all of them about the size and shape of six-year-olds, but with hideously deformed faces we never get a clear look at, these offspring are brutally attacking the enigmatic Dr Raglan (Oliver Reed), whose fiendish experiments have brought this whole tragic situation about. If you love Cronenberg, you really should see this!
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I'm a horror/thriller author and I always state The Brood as one of the films which gave me purpose and a plan. The Brood (1979) is good, classic horror. Some of the creepiest scenes ever recorded on film! DO NOT MISS...it's a must for all horror lovers!
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David Cronenberg is one of the most inventive, yet under-rated horror directors of all time! His films were far ahead of their time, and just plain smarter than most of what passed for "horror" in the 1970's-80's. THE BROOD is one of his forgotten gems. It's a tale of hidden, violent psychological forces unleashed. Dr. Raglin (Oliver Reed- THE SHUDDERED ROOM, BURNT OFFERINGS, VENOM) uses his faddish "Psychoplasmics" technique to treat a compound filled w/ neurotics. Among them is Nola (Samantha Eggar- THE COLLECTOR, DEMONOID), the troubled, estranged wife of the skeptical Frank (Art Hindle). When daughter Candice returns from a visit w/ mum, Frank discovers her back covered in bruises, scratches, and bite marks! Infuriated, he seeks to keep Candice away from Nola and Raglin. Horror and grisly death result, as Frank begins to learn the terrible secrets of his wife's "therapy". THE BROOD is wickedly disturbing, especially when we finally know what's happening, and why! Great for an evening of skin-crawling fun!...
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You won't see anything like it, as absurd as it is and as hokey the little weird kid-midget's makeup is. There you have it. It's Cronenberg and that means it's weird. So... if you like that, you'll like this.
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Far creepier than any contemporary horror film I can think of. No tacky J-Horror ghouls or demons rising from graves to ruin teen sex, this features real actors playing real grownups in disturbed relationships. You could say it's about layers and layers of family guilt and pain piling up and manifesting in non-human form. The finale rivals Cronenberg's The Fly for weirdness.
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Now that we know Criterion has done an HD treatment on Cronenberg's masterful THE BROOD, where in the heck is the Blu-Ray?! The Criterion version, apparently only available on Amazon at this time, is gorgeous, and the 5.1 audio was solid, even though I'm certain that Cronenberg himself wouldn't want a 5.1 mix given his other "director approved" releases. Outside of its original theatrical release, I can't imagine the film looking or sounding any better than this, and I'm sure all of the elements are in good enough shape for a 4K future as well. All I can say is "well done" Criterion, but PLEASE release a Blu-Ray!! As for the film itself, well, if you don't already know what's up, then there have been serious gaps in your cinematic education. Love him or hate him, nobody has the cinematic audacity and daring of David Cronenberg. Five stars all day every day!
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