The Brood (1979) Canada
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Director:David Cronenberg
Studio:MGM (Video & DVD)
Producer:Claude Héroux, Pierre David, Victor Solnicki
Writer:David Cronenberg
Date Added:2007-03-05
Purchased On:2007-05-03
Awards:1 win & 5 nominations
Genre:Mystery & Suspense
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:English, Spanish, French
David Cronenberg  ...  (Director)
David Cronenberg  ...  (Writer)
Oliver Reed  ...  Dr. Hal Raglan
Samantha Eggar  ...  Nola Carveth
Art Hindle  ...  Frank Carveth
Henry Beckman  ...  Barton Kelly
Nuala Fitzgerald  ...  Juliana Kelly
Cindy Hinds  ...  Candice Carveth
Susan Hogan  ...  Ruth Mayer
Gary McKeehan  ...  Mike Trellan
Michael Magee  ...  Inspector
Robert A. Silverman  ...  Jan Hartog (as Robert Silverman)
Joseph Shaw  ...  Coroner
Larry Solway  ...  Lawyer
Reiner Schwartz  ...  Dr. Birkin
Felix Silla  ...  Creature
John Ferguson (III)  ...  
Nicholas Campbell  ...  
Mary Swinton  ...  
Jerry Kostur  ...  
Christopher Britton (II)  ...  
Elijah Siegler  ...  
John Ferguson  ...  Creature
Mark Irwin  ...  Cinematographer
Alan Collins  ...  Editor
Reiner Schwarz  ...  Dr. Birkin
Comments: The Ultimate Experience Of Inner Terror

Summary: Arguably the best and most personal of director David Cronenberg's early films, The Brood is an extremely unsettling horror film about familial disintegration and emotional trauma taken to a monstrous extreme. Art Hindle (Black Christmas) stars as a man embroiled in a bitter custody struggle with his estranged wife (Samantha Eggar), who is undergoing therapy at psychiatrist Oliver Reed's controversial institute. Reed's treatment causes his patients to give form to their inner conflicts, and Eggar--whose psyche is at the boiling point from childhood abuse as well as the custody trial--creates a horde of homicidal humanoid children who enact bloody revenge on anyone who has threatened their "mother." Cronenberg's first feature with name actors and composer Howard Shore has its share of gruesome moments, but the film's subtext--how emotional violence impacts a family--is its most chilling aspect. --Paul Gaita