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The Brood (1979)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 25 May 1979 (USA)
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A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.

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David Cronenberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Reed ... Dr. Hal Raglan
Samantha Eggar ... Nola Carveth
Art Hindle ... Frank Carveth
Henry Beckman ... Barton Kelly
Nuala Fitzgerald ... Juliana Kelly
Cindy Hinds ... Candice Carveth
Susan Hogan ... Ruth Mayer
Gary McKeehan ... Mike Trellan
Michael Magee Michael Magee ... Inspector
Robert A. Silverman ... Jan Hartog (as Robert Silverman)
Joseph Shaw Joseph Shaw ... Coroner
Larry Solway Larry Solway ... Lawyer
Reiner Schwarz Reiner Schwarz ... Dr. Birkin
Felix Silla ... Creature
John Ferguson John Ferguson ... Creature
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Storyline

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. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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They're Waiting... For You! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ninhada See more »

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Budget:

CAD1,400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Samantha Eggar came up with the idea to lick the blood off of the newborn baby. Moreover, the fetuses attached to Eggar's body were actually stuffed condoms. See more »

Goofs

In the watching after his daughter (Candy) going into the school doorway scene, the other leaving woman (Mother?: in red coat) there is shown turning and leaving from the shot: next shot from rear of (Candy's father) Frank (A. Hindle) at distance looking on, shows the same person (Mother?) still dropping off her child and once again turning to leave. See more »

Quotes

Juliana Kelly: Thirty seconds after you're born you have a past and sixty seconds after that you begin to lie to yourself about it.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to Dr. Denton: Sleepware. See more »

Alternate Versions

The U.S. DVD released by MGM is the full uncut version despite carrying an R rating. The English, French, Dutch and Japanese DVDs are all the cut R rated version although the French and Dutch discs are excellent quality. See more »

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Brilliant David Cronenberg horror film...
6 October 2009 | by MovieGuy01See all my reviews

I really enjoyed David Cronenberg's film called The Brood. It is about a woman who is being cared for by an eccentric psychologist called Dr. Raglan(Oliver Reed). Who uses theatrical techniques to breach the psychological blocks in his patients. When their six year old daughter comes back from a visit with her mother and is covered with bruises the father Frank Carveth attempts to stop his his wife from seeing their daughter. But the psychologist Dr. Raskin will not stop his wife from seeing the girl. whilst this is happening his daughter's teacher is is attacked by two strange looking deformed children. Her father starts to believe that it is to do with Dr. Rankin and a psychotherapy cult which he may have something to do with it. This film was quite disturbing at times. I thought that Oliver Reed played a very good part in the film.


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