Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Brood (1979)

Frank Carveth is caught in the middle of a series of strange murders that are being committed by a group of deformed children who are somehow connected to his estranged wife and her New Age psychologist in THE BROOD. The horror comes from within once again as David Cronenberg projects psychological traumas into physical embodiments of evil through “psychoplasmics,” a fictionalized form of therapy that is employed by Oliver Reed's character, Dr. Hal Raglan. Raglan has found his star pupil in Nola Carveth (Samantha Eggar), whose torment and rage manifest in most peculiar ways. Eggar is flawless as our distressed mother and housewife, a performance that is only topped by Oliver Reed as the frigid Dr. Raglan. In addition to the powerful character drama that plays out on screen, Cronenberg assaults the viewer with intense moments of unrelenting violence as the brood act out their aggressions on their unsuspecting victims. THE BROOD ranks highly amongst Cronenberg's finer works, delivering deep psychological terror right alongside the outward horror.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like THE BROOD:
THE CHILDREN, IT'S ALIVE, THE UNBORN, BABY BLOOD, BABY BLUES, RABID, SHIVERS.



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6 comments:

  1. Not sure if I have seen this or not. Sounds interesting.

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  2. A must see for sure Joe, don't miss this one!

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  3. Did you know that Oliver Reed was actually accused of molesting Cindy Hinds on the set of "The Brood" in 1978 but no charges were ever brought against him because of apparent lack of evidence.

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  4. Good thing he wasn't in Poltergeist, then! Didn't know that little bit, sad and creepy if it were true.

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  5. Yeah, Heather O`Rourke would`ve driven him wild with lust and desire as well.

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