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The Brood (1979)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 25 May 1979 (USA)
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.

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Juliana Kelly
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Ruth Mayer
Gary McKeehan ...
Mike Trellan
Michael Magee ...
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Robert A. Silverman ...
Jan Hartog (as Robert Silverman)
Joseph Shaw ...
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Larry Solway ...
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Reiner Schwarz ...
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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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25 May 1979 (USA)  »

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CAD 1,400,000 (estimated)
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Samantha Eggar came up with the idea to lick the blood off of the newborn baby. Moreover, the fetuses attached to Eggar's body were actually stuffed condoms. 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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Contains one of the most memorable scenes in film history!
23 January 2005 | by (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

David Cronenberg's "The Brood" is both frightening and shocking. A tale of psychological horror guaranteed to make even the most jaded horror fan recoil in disbelief. The plot in a nutshell - In the care of an eccentric therapist (Oliver Reed), a woman (Samantha Eggar) undergoes an experimental form of anger management; while parallel to her treatment are a serious of bizarre and questionable murders. At the heart of the story is her husband (Art Hindle), who is in desperate search of the truth behind the strange goings on. The film is especially visually appealing; with perfectly framed scenes, cold & stark cinematography, and classy looking 70's costume design. The special effects though minimal throughout the film, are both amazing and disturbing. Cronenberg masterfully stages the murders in a thrillingly suspenseful and brutally violent manner, effectively balancing the terror between what is seen and not seen. It is questionable if filmmakers in today's world would be bold enough to make this film. The eerie musical score by (now veteran) Howard Shore creates an extra degree of tension to the unfolding events. The performances are all convincing, and definitely above par for a horror movie. With a shocking final twist; this movie is not to be missed, a highly recommended 9/10!


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