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Year
1979
Runtime
92 min.
Director
David Cronenberg
Genres
Sci-Fi, Horror
Rating *
6.8
Votes *
14,383
Checks
3,950
Favs
221
Dislikes
37
Favs/checks
5.6% (1:18)
Favs/dislikes
6:1
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  1. essaywhu's avatar

    essaywhu

    The ending to this film is terrifying. Overall, I'd say this is a great horror film although the premise of experimental psychoanalysis is so 1970's, it hurts. 9 years 9 months ago
  2. Zeltaebar's avatar

    Zeltaebar

    The movie grabs you right from the start with some intense acting from the great Oliver Reed. His presence is highly beneifcial to the movie as a whole and is well complemented by Cronenberg's deft hand at directing. There is plenty of tension and mystery, but also horror as we are introduced to the murderous little beasts that populate this movie. The marriage of the supernatural with psychology is interesting, something rarely seen today, and even though it places the movie in a particular place and time, it all works very well. A good movie, though not for the squeamish. 8 years 11 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    David Cronenberg's divorce film, The Brood, is a horror film with all the tropes, but also defies those tropes as often as it can, making for a very pleasurable experience. At the very weird center of the piece, a therapy movement based on role-playing has squishy consequences for participants' bodies (I did say Cronenberg), and a woman undergoing therapy at its retreat may be responsible for rage babies going and killing the people she feels wronged her, which puts her small daughter in danger, and it's quite clear trauma begets trauma. And it's Cronenberg (I did say that already, right?), so it's also full of whacked out disturbia, especially given the fact there's a child involved. Oliver Reed plays the psychiatrist/guru with smoldering intensity, and it's proper that the film starts on him. From there, we get a mix of over-reacting and under-reacting characters, as if everyone is in shock, each in their way. I sure hope the director's acrimonious divorce wasn't really like this, but it must have been EMOTIONALLY like this. 3 years 9 months ago
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In 5 official lists

  1. This movie ranks #15 in BFI's 100 Cult Films
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  2. This movie ranks #91 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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  3. This movie ranks #302 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  4. This movie ranks #697 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2500
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  5. This movie ranks #935 in The Criterion Collection
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