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Director:
Writer:
David Cronenberg (written by)
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Release Date:
25 May 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Ultimate Experience Of Inner Terror See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An intimate horror movie See more (111 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 Schwarz ... Dr. Birkin

Felix Silla ... Creature
John Ferguson ... Creature

Nicholas Campbell ... Chris
Mary Swinton ... Wendy
Jerry Kostur ... Construction Worker

Chris Britton ... Man in Auditorium (as Christopher Britton)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elijah Siegler ... Samson (uncredited)

Directed by
David Cronenberg 
 
Writing credits
David Cronenberg (written by)

Produced by
Pierre David .... executive producer
Claude Héroux .... producer (as Claude Heroux)
Victor Solnicki .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
 
Cinematography by
Mark Irwin (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Collins 
 
Art Direction by
Carol Spier 
 
Makeup Department
James D. Brown .... hair stylist (as James Brown)
Shonagh Jabour .... makeup artist
Inge Klaudi .... assistant makeup artist
Dennis Pike .... special makeup
Jack H. Young .... special makeup (as Jack Young)
 
Production Management
Gwen Iveson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Board .... first assistant director
Libby Bowden .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Michael Fruet .... assistant set dresser
Bill Harman .... construction manager
Peter Lauterman .... property master
Tom Reid .... assistant props
Angelo Stea .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Peter Burgess .... sound editor
Bryan Day .... sound recordist
Joe Grimaldi .... sound re-recordist
Brian Holland .... dialogue editor
Jeremy MacLaverty .... assistant sound editor
Tom Mather .... boom operator
Lois Tupper .... assistant dialogue editor
Don White .... adr recordist
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Allan Cotter .... special effects (as Allan Kotter)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jock Brandis .... gaffer
Carlo Campana .... grip
Bob Gallant .... best boy
Maris H. Jansons .... key grip (as Maris Jansons)
Robin Miller .... first assistant camera
Rick Porter .... still photographer
Gregory Villeneuve .... second assistant camera (as Greg Villeneuve)
 
Casting Department
Hilary Holden .... casting: Los Angeles
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Granada Venné .... assistant wardrobe
Delphine White .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
John Board .... post-production coordinator
Carolyn Zeifman .... assistant picture editor
 
Other crew
Wayne Arron .... production accountant
Ed Carlin .... consultant to producers
David Coatsworth .... location manager
Patrick Dodd .... marketing: Publifilms Ltd.
Nancy Eagles .... continuity
Maureen Fitzgerald .... production assistant
Jim McAnena .... marketing: Publifilms Ltd.
Bob Murphy .... production assistant
Vivian Palin .... craft service
Nick Schefter .... production assistant
Jay Telfer .... craft service
Robert Wertheimer .... production assistant (as Bob Wertheimer)
Trudy Work .... production secretary
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"David Cronenberg's The Brood" - Canada (English title) (complete title)
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Runtime:
92 min | Canada:90 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Italy:VM18 | Italy:VM14 (DVD rating) | Italy:T (VHS rating) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (theatrical rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Samantha Eggar only worked for four days on this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the climactic scenes at the shed, the blood stains on the lapel of Frank's jacket disappear and reappear.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Horror Business (2005) (V)See more »

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30 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
An intimate horror movie, 26 April 2000
Author: ziggy-24

The Brood is undoubtedly the most personal movie Cronenberg ever made : we all know the film describes Cronenberg's vision of his own divorce (and the custody of his daughter Cassandra) ; at that time, his then-wife belonged to what he thought was a cult and he did kidnap his own daughter in order to protect her. Thus The Brood is full of rage, vengeance and death wish… It is a truly frightening story and, in its own way, a candid vision of one's personal tragedy. It seems to be a tale from the Grimm brothers, and, at the same time, a reflection on the powerful link between body and spirit. The script is surprisingly complex and rich, even if, in the end, there is definitely something childish in the movie, but in a positive way: the childish belief that "thoughts can kill" only tempered by the final sequence, when we understand that this little girl, so cruelly abused, will eventually reproduce what her mother developed. The image of this mother (Samantha Eggar at her best, revealing her tortured body that evokes a Roman goddess) is one of the most terrifying one in world cinema. The Brood is a key to understand one of the Cronenberg's major themes: the uncanny… How what is closest to us, family, mother, grandparents, might suddenly become the ultimate horror. What frightens us is not outlandish or alien, on the contrary, it's always part of our intimate universe (as in Videodrome).

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