The Brood

The Brood

Blu-ray Disc - 2015 | Director-approved Blu-ray special edition.
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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.
Audience: Canadian Home Video Rating: R.
MPAA rating: R.
Must be 18 YEARS or OLDER to borrow this item.
OFA rating: R.
Publisher: New York, NY : The Criterion Collection, [2015]
Edition: Director-approved Blu-ray special edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781681430607
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Brood
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches.
digital,optical
video file,Blu-ray video,region A
Language Note: In English with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).

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LPL_KevinC Oct 26, 2020

Set aside Kramer vs. Kramer, Marriage Story, and A Separation if you're looking for an honest depiction of divorce, and pick up this celluloid hate letter to an ex.

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Punnoval
Sep 01, 2020

In this old one from 1979, David Cronenberg can't seem to make up his mind whether he wants to make a statement about the psychiatry of dual personalities or a piece of schlock horror.
If, the former, he should have followed the footsteps of two far better movies - DePalma's "Sisters" or Polanski's "Repulsion".
If, he wanted to make a schlock classic, he would have upped the camp effects - say Dario Argento's "Tenebre" or (even better) Herschel Gordon Lewis' "Blood Feast".
Poor Oliver Reed must have been mighty confused by Cronenberg's hand - was he supposed to be a serious psychiatrist or a total crackpot?

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lindy919
Jun 24, 2019

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I am, generally, a fan of Cronenberg movies but this is beyond terrible!
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Decent story with bad directing and even worse acting (although Oliver Reed was OK). This is laughably bad "horror" with a truly disgusting ending.
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Derringer
May 28, 2019

Well-known for his morbid fascination with mutation (The Fly) and the darkest side of human nature (Dead Ringers) - Director, David Cronenberg confidently delivers The Brood's off-beat, twisted and grotesque tale that, due to its unique spin on its subject matter, defies anyone to dare to label it as merely a "copy-cat" horror film.

If you're looking for horrendously cruel gore, spine-chilling madness, and an onslaught of frenzied terror, then, The Brood (from 1979) certainly packs a considerable sized wallop, even when compared by today's brutal standards of modern-day horror.

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Nursebob
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!

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Ron@Ottawa
Nov 15, 2017

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

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RoyalJellyIII
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.

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Repeal_BillC_51
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.

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