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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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Release Date:
25 May 1979 (USA) See more »
The Ultimate Experience Of Inner Terror See more »
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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David Cronenberg's masterpiece of grueling horror! See more (121 total) »


  (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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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

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 »
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 »
Dr. Hal Raglan:The law believes in motherhood.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Something to Scream About (2003) (V)See more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
David Cronenberg's masterpiece of grueling horror!, 29 November 2002
Author: HumanoidOfFlesh from Chyby, Poland

"The Brood" is one of the best horror movies ever made.Oliver Reed is really memorable as a Dr Hal Raglan who preaches the radical therapy of psychoplasmics which encourages patient's bodies to manifest their suppressed angers.The script is very intelligent,and there are several really creepy scenes.The gore is pretty mild-the scene where Samantha Eggar opens her gown to reveal the sores and baby sac attached to her body and then proceeds to bite into the sack and lick the bloody afterbirth off the baby,is actually the most disgusting bit!All in all if you haven't checked this one yet,try to find it!Higly recommended.10 out of 10!

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