The Brood
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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. Raglan (Oliver Reed), director of the controversial Psychoplasmic Institute and author of the book "The Shape of Rage," encourages his patients to outwardly manifest their anger and fear (aided by some experimental drugs), which then takes physical shape as actual sores, cancers, or strange new organs. One of Raglan's more successful patients… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Another terrifying gem from Cronenberg's early years"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"A definitive metaphor for the coldness and cruelty of acrimonious divorce."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Canadian splatter-movie auteur David Cronenberg was a lot more interesting when he made movies for drive-ins instead of arthouses, and this visionary horror film ranks among his most disturbing, provocative work."
‑ Jim Ridley, Nashville Scene
"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"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"May be the most damning movie ever made about psychiatry."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"One of Cronenberg's most compelling and unsettling works."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A stunningly original film, but one that is hardly plausible."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"it's Cronenberg's Kramer Vs. Kramer - although Benton's film never featured dwarfish homicidal psychopaths amongst its methods for bridging irreconcilable differences."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"One of the great filmmaker's best films, and a stylistic -- if not budgetary -- breakthrough."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of Cronenberg's earliest and ickiest explorations of our fragile flesh."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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