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The Brood (1979)

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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David Cronenberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Michael Magee ... Inspector
Robert A. Silverman ... Jan Hartog (as Robert Silverman)
Joseph Shaw Joseph Shaw ... Coroner
Larry Solway Larry Solway ... Lawyer
Reiner Schwarz Reiner Schwarz ... Dr. Birkin
Felix Silla ... Creature
John Ferguson John Ferguson ... Creature
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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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The Ultimate Experience Of Inner Terror See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ninhada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 1,400,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Samantha Eggar came up with the idea to lick the blood off of the newborn baby. Moreover, the fetuses attached to Eggar's body were actually stuffed condoms. See more »

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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 »

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Cronenberg Grows
9 July 2003 | by Krug StilloSee all my reviews

A very personal film for Cronenberg who was going through a divorce during the time of its making, The Brood has all the Cronenbergian motifs, plus great characterisation and a great performance from all involved.

Dr. Raglan (Oliver Reed) who is experimenting with metaphysical rage runs the Summerfree Institute. There he encourages his patience to indulge in allowing their inner anger to materialise in warts and blisters on their body. One of his patience is the demented Nola (Samantha Eggar) who has taken Raglan's therapy to the next stage. Her rage is apparently so potent that it results in The Brood, a savage group of dwarfs that emerge from the cysts on Nola's body. Unfortunately, Nola has another child, Candy and when her ex-husband, Frank (Art Hindle) finds that his wife is too unstable to look after their child he suppresses parental access. Nola goes even more insane and the brood ventures out to kill all those she believes have or may cause her harm. Although the carnage isn't excessively violent, the scene where Nola produces one of the dwarfs from a bloody sack and licks it clean leaves a nasty aftertaste.

Cronenberg has long been associated with fear of biological change, but is surprising that not many have picked up on his fascination, or dread of organisations. There's the Starliner Towers (Shivers), Keloid Clinic (Rabid), Summerfree Institute (The Brood), ConSec (Scanners), Spectacular Optical (Videodrome), Bartok Industries (The Fly), The Mantle Clinic (Dead Ringers), PildrImage Manufacturers (eXsistenZ).


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