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. —IMDb
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father’s path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12), Cronenberg graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Literature after switching from the science department. He reached the cult status of horror-meister with the gore-filled, modern-vampire variations of Shivers (1975) and Rabid (1977), following an experimental apprenticeship in independent filmmaking and in Canadian television programs.
Cronenberg gained popularity with the head-exploding, telepathy-based Scanners (1981) after the release of the much underrated, controversial, and autobiographical The Brood (1979). Cronenberg become a sort… read more
Was pretty boring for a while, interspersed with some creepy moments but I remained optimistic as I felt it was going somewhere. It did, but I wanted more out of the climax, although I thought Oliver Reed's death was done ok. The lead actor wasn't very good. He was bland as butter. The children that were part of the Brood were definitely the creepiest part.
Bizarre psichiatric methods and a mentally ill woman who gives birth to deformed homicidal children that kill people based on the mother´s anger... I liked the ideas but the movie leaves several things without much explanation and becomes confusing. Despite the interesting concepts, the majority of the movie felt like a dated slasher film. However, the last 10 minutes are unexpectedly disturbing and genuinely creepy.
Admittedly The Brood is drenched in dated goofiness but god damn if those creepy snow suit mutant kids aren't freaky as shit and any time one of them was on screen it felt like time stopped briefly. I'll admit this isn't Cronenberg's best work but it was a really interesting watch which probably doesn't get the credit it deserves.
if the viewer perseveres enough to see beyond, if not to excuse, The Brood’s tropes of woman-repugnance (the matrilineal genealogy of malevolence and narcissism, of the vexed woman consequentially… read review
Please go there : http://www.cinetudes.com/THE-BROOD-by-David-Cronenberg-Part-1-1979_a142.html to read it the way it was intended with lots of screen caps detailling and connecting points.