The Brood
The Brood (1979)

Canadian director David Cronenberg followed his graphic vampire variation Rabid with this multi-layered, speculative horror film which addresses the way the repressed demons of the psyche can force their way to the surface. Psychologist Dr.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 26, 2003
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Sragow
New Yorker

A cinematic bad dream that generates recurring nightmares.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

As is often the case with Cronenberg, the intriguing subtext (here, the damage caused by divorce and the dubious benefits of psychology) is neutered by an amateurish and even risible storyline as well as inconsistent characters who make little sense.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Another terrifying gem from Cronenberg's early years

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Brood is an el sleazo exploitation film, camouflaged by the presence of several well-known stars but guaranteed to nauseate you all the same.

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Fernando F. Croce

Shedding the grindhouse skin of the early films for a cool-clinical sheen, Cronenberg exhumes the deformed feelings of relationships erected on circles of pain while locating a bruised new dignity in the characters caught in them

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

May be the most damning movie ever made about psychiatry.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

the horrors are simultaneously literal and allegorical, springing from a deep emotional well that transcends the bounds of conventional drama

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Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

it's Cronenberg's Kramer Vs. Kramer - although Benton's film never featured dwarfish homicidal psychopaths amongst its methods for bridging irreconcilable differences.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of the great filmmaker's best films, and a stylistic -- if not budgetary -- breakthrough.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
From the master of body horror David Cronenberg came this gruesome and thoroughly amusing film that is better to be seen without knowing anything about (even if… More
Stella Dallas
significant similarities with zulawski's 'possession' of 2 years later, particularly the misogyny, even more pronounced here. seems both of these… More
Spencer S.
This is one of the earliest horror films from mastermind David Cronenberg, and probably the most grounded of any of his films. Though it is still grotesque to… More
Alex roy
One of David Cronenberg's earlier films dealing with the body horror genre. Cronenberg's concept for the film is intriguing and bizarre. The Brood… More
Randy Tippy
Formulaic and predictable.
Aj V
Another brilliantly creepy, disturbing, and disgusting movie from Cronenberg. It's really scary and surprising in the end, I really liked it, and if… More

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