The Brood
The Brood (1979)

As the result of an unorthodox scientific experiment, a woman gives birth to a group of murderous, sexless mutant children. It is up to her ex-husband to discover the truth and stop this brood's rampage before he and his daughter become… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 25, 1979
DVD 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: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhćes
From the master of body horror David Cronenberg comes this gruesome and thoroughly amusing film that is better to be seen without you knowing anything about… 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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