The Brood

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Time Out says

Despite his protestations to the contrary, Cronenberg's films are epics of sexual anxiety boasting an almost Calvinistic focus on the human body as the centre of evil: a strain of sexual rabies in Rabid; slug-like parasites (curiously resembling faeces) in Shivers. In The Brood the threat seems initially more exterior (and so less threatening), with deranged patients from the sinister 'Institute of Psychoplasmics' on release, and small mutant murderers leaping out from behind doors and out of cupboards. But the source of the mayhem, it transpires, is Samantha Eggar, an improbably psychotic mother, busy unleashing hatred on her husband (and on Family Life generally). It's a strong theme, unfortunately undercut by faulty pacing and odd lapses in the tension. Still worth seeing for its latently political story and its gory special effects.
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Release details

UK release:

1979

Duration:

91 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

David Cronenberg

Cast:

Nuala Fitzgerald, Cindy Hinds, Art Hindle, Samantha Eggar, Oliver Reed, Henry Beckman

Music:

Howard Shore

Art Director:

Carol Spier

Editor:

Alan Collins

Cinematography:

Mark Irwin

Screenwriter:

David Cronenberg

Producer:

Claude Héroux

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