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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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Ruth Mayer
Gary McKeehan ...
Mike Trellan
Michael Magee ...
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Jan Hartog (as Robert Silverman)
Joseph Shaw ...
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Larry Solway ...
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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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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25 May 1979 (USA)  »

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CAD 1,400,000 (estimated)
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David Cronenberg wrote the film following the tumultuous divorce and child-custody battle he waged against Margaret Hindson. Cronenberg also said that Samantha Eggar's character, Nola Carveth, possessed some of the characteristics of his ex-wife. See more »

Goofs

When Candy is sent away from preschool by "the creatures", she is wearing her pink snowsuit. However, when Frank drops by their home, desperately searching for his daughter, the pink snowsuit is hanging on the cloak hook at the front door. Then again, a few moments later, Candy is wearing it walking down the street with two of "the creatures". See more »

Quotes

Jan Hartog: That's my Second Heart.
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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Creepy, cold and clinical classic from David Cronenberg
24 September 2004 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

The Brood (1979) was a film made by the master of psychobabble clinical horror David Cronenberg. He's the master of this genre, one that he created during the 70's. A genre that's in a class all by itself. The Brood is another one of his cinematic works that delivers the goods. He creates a thinking man's scare film. Like most of his other works, Cronenberg uses psychosis and the medical community to base a terror that only man can create.

Art Hindle stars as a man who's wife (Samantha Egger) is having a multitude of emotional problems. Whilst under the care of a mad genius psychiatrist (Brilliantly portrayed by Oliver Reed who shows a lot of restraint) using a radical form of therapy for his patients. Like all mad geniuses, not everything goes according to plan (or does it). The doctor creates something in his star patient that he ultimately regrets. It has to be seen to be believed!

One weird film. I enjoyed this one very much. What I like about Cronenberg is that he rarely creates truly good or bad characters (well the films that he has completely control over). Everyone has a motive no matter if it's right or wrong. That's what I like about him, he makes you think!

The film was restored a couple of years ago on D.V.D. It's the original uncut version and it is even creepier than the U.S. theatrical release. Check it out!

good stuff...

Highly recommended, but not for everyone.


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