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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:
another of Cronenberg's true psycho-shock vehicles, and one of the most depressing horror films ever made See more (110 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: 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:
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 »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
another of Cronenberg's true psycho-shock vehicles, and one of the most depressing horror films ever made, 22 September 2007
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

The Brood juxtaposes divorce, anxiety with parent-child relationships, with a story that is basically crazy vengeance that turns to ugly territory sooner than later. Like Scanners, it's only gruesome in short spurts (some pun intended), and while it's noticeable Cronenberg doesn't have too much of a budget to work with, he pushes the seamless, straightforward style to a high pitch; you know something bad will happen just as long as it has something to do with little Cindy (Candice Carveth).

The body and spirit and duality, per usual for Cronenberg, figure in, yet there's something that makes the Brood much more affecting as soon as it ends: we're dealing with the deconstruction of family (one also could see this in more sexually frustrated and emotionally demented context in Dead Ringers), and as it turns out by the end things won't ever really be "happy" despite things being all wrapped up in a grisly and bloody manner. Cronenberg may had been going through some of his own personal demons during this period (i.e. divorcing his wife), and this could be almost like it's own 'brood', a shot of cinematic horror right from the subconscious in the guise of a conscious look at how probing the mind can only work so much, and that certain problems can never be solved.

Basics first: Oliver Reed plays a psychiatrist who is more like a hypnotist, as he performs an unusual procedure in a trance state with his patients to rid them of their past trauma with family members or other by getting it to break out in rashes or hives or even (if it's malicious enough as with one man) cancer. With Nola (Samantha Eggar, definitely in the highlight of her career), she breaks out much differently, and with full knowledge of what she can do from Raglan. Little creepy children in parkas who lack navels start killing off members of those Nola was close to, including her parents, a woman her ex-husband Frank (Art Hindle) is interested in. Frank is at a loss what to do, but he does know her daughter is in grave danger even before this happens, as she has scratches and bruises on her back. How can the murder spree cease?

At first one might wonder if this also has to do with the little girl's detached performance, with moments of despair wrapped in a corner. This is actually more of a concrete vision of what the divorce had done, even though it looks even creepier and more disturbing that it can't be explained why she doesn't cry or freak out when she finds her grandmother beaten by hammers. There's a disconnect that Cronenberg seems to be exploring, and even when there seems to be a flimsy way of showing what the hell it is that Ragel really does, or how he hasn't been kicked out of business yet, his scenes are perfectly ambiguous: we can't totally be sure how he does it, but he does it, and it's almost his own worst creation with the case of Nola. But what's scarier, far more scarier than any typical serial killer or masked being or un-dead, is that there can never really be change to Nola, to the monster that she carries out of her womb (one of Cronenberg's most notorious images), and it's a frightening implication on how uncompromising love and hate go together.

If the lingering sensation that this might be far too much of a psycho-analysis type of horror movie, don't fret; the little mutant kids or whomever are some of the most terrifying beings you'll ever see. Ever. They make Chuckie look like a Cabbage Patch doll, with their make-up distorted and gray, their expressions always that of something mechanical, and in a presence that calls to mind what they might have tried to do in cheap 50s sci-fi movies, only here done more expertly in not showing much at first, and then showing just enough to get the idea later on. It adds a whole savage element to the picture, where it wouldn't be if it was other beings like adults that were manifested (probably even just as unsettling as the ending is with the scene where they kill Frank's would-be girlfriend at her job, which is teaching kindergarten).

Overall the film isn't quite as structured or paced from the start like one of Cronenberg's best (it's not until the first big killing scene, and then Nola's father's drunkenness, that the film really kicks into second gear), but there's enough to qualify it as a must-see from a director who challenges himself just as much as the genre, that there can be some exploration of the soul and the actual sickness of the mind *behind* the usual bloody slayings and conventional characters that populate these movies. Think of it as Jung at the drive-in.

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