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The Brood

  • Drama
  • 1979
  • David Cronenberg
  • 88 mins
  • X

Summary

A radical psychiatrist attempts to make a female patient express her pent-up emotions, and at last succeeds - but isn't prepared for the hideous consequences of his actions. Chiller, written and directed by horror guru David Cronenberg, starring Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle and Cindy Hinds.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Oliver Reed stars here as a doctor experimenting with the new science of psychoplasmics, who persuades Samantha Eggar to "shape her rage" and give birth to deformed children with killer instincts. This genuinely creepy and upsetting stomach churner from David Cronenberg offers an intriguing metaphor for both unexplained bodily changes and the mental abuse some parents heap on their offspring. In one of her best performances, Eggar brings poignant emotional depth to what is a complex and underrated cult classic.

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Credits

Cast

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Dr Hal RaglanOliver Reed
Nola CarvethSamantha Eggar
Frank CarvethArt Hindle
Candice CarvethCindy Hinds
Julianna KellyNuala Fitzgerald
Barton KellyHenry Beckman
Ruth MayerSusan Hogan
Inspector MrazekMichael McGhee

Crew

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DirectorDavid Cronenberg

Details

Theatrical distributor
Alpha Films Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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