The Brood

The Brood

DVD - 2015
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A disturbed woman is receiving a radical form of psychotherapy at a remote, mysterious institute. Meanwhile, her five-year-old daughter, under the care of her estranged husband, is being terrorized by a group of demonic beings. How these two storylines connect is the shocking and grotesque secret of this bloody tale of monstrous parenthood.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2015]
Edition: DVD edition.
ISBN: 9781681430614
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD video,4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,mono,Dolby digital 1.0
video file,DVD video,region 1


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LPL_DirectorBrad Jan 19, 2018

Weird and worth 90 minutes of your time. Love the late 70s Canadian scenery. Discover the wonder of psychoplasmics!

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Jul 18, 2018

Arguably one of Cronenberg’s best films, this fiendish little sci-fi/horror hybrid revels in those dark spaces we’d rather not investigate whether it be a gloomy staircase in an empty house or our own sadistic revenge fantasies. Directing a talented cast against a backdrop of wintry Toronto landscapes Cronenberg slowly ratchets up the tension, jolt by sudden jolt, before bringing it all to a suitably macabre finale...including one particularly nasty postpartum scene which had censors everywhere lunging for the scissors. Grotesque and deliberately provocative á la David Cronenberg, "The Brood" still remains one of the more intelligent films to emerge from the era of “Canucksploitation” shockers.

LPL_DirectorBrad Jan 19, 2018

Weird and worth 90 minutes of your time. Love the late 70s Canadian scenery. Discover the wonder of psychoplasmics!

Nov 15, 2017

Have to say I am disappointed by the film. Definitely one of the weakest work by David Cronenberg.

Aug 19, 2016

An interesting take on divorce by horror/ sci-fi master David Cronenberg. To judge this film by today's standards is a fool's errand- this was a low budget horror film made in the 70's- you've got to take context into account when watching older films. That being, said I found this to be a very disturbing film in atmosphere and tone.

Dec 15, 2015

I saw this as a kid in the '70's on late night T.V. as I guess it qualified as Canadian content; and it seriously messed up my innocent mind. I had no idea what it was called and had to tell myself years later that it had indeed existed and that I wasn't a sick fug for imagining such a work. Re-watching it in 2015, there are some seriously ha ha moments that were (perhaps?) meant to scare, but the makeup effects are still repulsively excellent. The "psychoplasmosis" concept is so 1970's and overall there is the pervasive aroma of cheese that will just never shampoo out of your shag carpet, but that is what defines these types of works. Definitely worth checking out if you are into low-budget horror from the era, just don't expect "Pan's Labyrinth" quality from an era when the genre got "no respect".

ravenheart Nov 20, 2015

This wasn't very good, even considering its age. The premise is pretty silly, and it plays out just as silly on screen. It would have been better had there been a supernatural manifestation of the lead character's anger rather than the cheesy physical manifestation the writer chose. In retrospect, there are lots of better horror films made in the 70s and early 80s (Halloween, The Omen, The Exorcist, Salem's Lot, The Legend of Hell House, Poltergeist, The Shining, A Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.) that I would've liked to have watched again instead of wasting my time with this one.

macabrescribe May 27, 2011

The Brood is undoubtedly a very fascinating film. Sure, it is not David Cronenberg's best movie, but that does not mean it is not worth a viewing. A lot of it is very cheesy, but come on. Wasn't that the point? If you going to watch it, know what it is and take it for what it is. Plus, people who love horror movies from the 1970s and 80s (as I do) will probably greatly enjoy The Brood.


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