The Brood was written and directed by David Cronenberg after previous horror outings Shivers (1975) and Rabid (1977). The film stars Art Hindle, Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar.
This marks Cronenberg’s first collaboration with composer Howard Shore, who would go on to score all of Cronenberg’s films between 1979 and 2014 (except The Dead Zone) .
Frank Carveth (Hindle) is desperate to keep his wife Nola (Eggar) from harming their 5 year old daughter, who seems to be the target of murderous, dwarf-like monsters. Carveth becomes convinced that his daughter’s troubles are somehow related to Nola’s controversial and radical therapist (Reed) and his new-age, cult of therapy called Psychoplasmics.
The Brood is a terrifying horror movie that explores the idea of family as a source of genuine misery and horror. It’s a smart, unsettling and fascinating movie that I rate 9/10, and arguably one of Cronenberg’s finest films.
The Brood blu-ray was released on October 13th, 2015 from The Criterion Collection.
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Ryan Stockstad is a Los Angeles filmmaker with a passion for horror, documentary and experimental cinema. He has written articles for HC Magazine, Mostly Harmless Magazine and various blogs and websites. He has lectured on topics as diverse as low budget filmmaking, short story structure, and the influence of the Spanish Civil War on surrealist cinema. He hosts new episodes of Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in October.