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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Storyline

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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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 »

Goofs

In the watching after his daughter (Candy) going into the school doorway scene, the other leaving woman (Mother?: in red coat) there is shown turning and leaving from the shot: next shot from rear of (Candy's father) Frank (A. Hindle) at distance looking on, shows the same person (Mother?) still dropping off her child and once again turning to leave. 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.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to Dr. Denton: Sleepware. See more »

Alternate Versions

Almost all graphic violence was removed by the Ontario Censor Board when the film was first released in Canada. This version was later released on the Astral Video label. See more »

Connections

Featured in The American Nightmare (2000) See more »

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strong early effort from Cronenberg
22 April 2003 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

David Cronenberg has always possessed a flair for unique and disturbing visions infused with the trimmings of a genre that can be best referred to as "biohorror." "The Brood," his tale of hideous mutant children who do the bidding of mentally disturbed Nola (Samantha Eggar) under the care of new-wave psychiatrist Dr. Raglan (Oliver Reed, with a quietly sophisticated Peter Cushing sensibility), is buffered by fine performances that veer away from camp. In a way, one of Cronenberg's achievements is writing such outlandish material and making it entirely convincing and visceral, as opposed to merely settling on B-movie cheesiness, which I admire. As is the case with most Cronenberg films, here 'reality' is made the most atypical place where man can reside, and the clever script is always one careful step ahead of the audience.

7/10


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1979 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

CAD1,400,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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