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The Brood (1979)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  25 May 1979 (USA)
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A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation.

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Henry Beckman ...
Barton Kelly
Nuala Fitzgerald ...
Juliana Kelly
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Ruth Mayer
Gary McKeehan ...
Mike Trellan
Michael Magee ...
Inspector
Robert A. Silverman ...
Jan Hartog (as Robert Silverman)
Joseph Shaw ...
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Larry Solway ...
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Reiner Schwartz ...
Dr. Birkin
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A man's wife is under the care of an eccentric and unconventional psychologist who uses innovative and theatrical techniques to breach the psychological blocks in his patients. When their daughter comes back from a visit with her mother and is covered with bruises and welts, the father attempts to bar his wife from seeing the daughter but faces resistance from the secretive psychologist. Meanwhile, the wife's mother and father are attacked by strangely deformed children, and the man begins to suspect a connection with the psychologist's methods. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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CAD 1,400,000 (estimated)
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This film is one of the last mediums through which to see the interior of the old Toronto Police Headquarters on 590 Jarvis Street in Toronto, as the Headquarters was re-located to a new building in 1988 and the older building (shown in the film) was torn down to make room for condominiums in 2007. See more »

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During the climactic scenes at the shed, the blood stains on the lapel of Frank's jacket disappear and reappear. See more »

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Juliana Kelly: Thirty seconds after you're born you have a past and sixty seconds after that you begin to lie to yourself about it.
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A great, under-appreciated horror classic!
17 June 2000 | by (Madismon, WI) – See all my reviews

One of Cronenberg's best films! It has some moments that will stick with you for a while. When the brood first appears and the beatings begin, I was not only disturbed by them, but the way that their faces look was burned onto my brain. I once read that Cronenberg calls this film his KRAMER VS. KRAMER. I think that's very interesting. He's taken the pain that he went through in his own life and manifested it in the physical form of these creatures. I find this kind of creativity to be associated only with some of the more visionary contemporary filmmakers. Cronenberg is that, there is no question. Performances by the late great Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar and Art Hindle are perfect for the film. It is scary and disturbing and should be seen by all horror film fans. I find it to be a sadly neglected classic.


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