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The Brood -- As the trauma of one couple's divorce escalates, the city is terrorized by a series of attacks by disfigured children.

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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 »
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(195 articles)
User Reviews:
Creepy, cold and clinical classic from David Cronenberg See more (115 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:
Plot holes: Just after the first murder, the deformed/mutant child who committed it leaves very large, bloody handprints on the stair railing just near the dead body. These handprints are never mentioned again, in particular by the police, who insist later that they were "never looking for anything that small." It would have been impossible to miss these handprints at the crime scene, and such child-sized handprints would have certainly tipped off the police in a different direction upon discovery.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Hal Raglan:The law believes in motherhood.See more »
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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Creepy, cold and clinical classic from David Cronenberg, 24 September 2004

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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