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The Brood 1979 18

92 mins Canada Director. David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg’s highly disturbing body-horror imagines a new form of therapy in which patients externalise their inner torment to such a degree that they manifest physical growths. Dr. Hal Raglan’s (Oliver Reed) star patient (Samantha Eggar) has taken the technique to the next level - managing to give birth to a brood of vengeful killer offspring, bent on enacting her subconscious desires.

This brutal and emotional allegory on the consequences of divorce and child custody was directly inspired by Cronenberg’s own painful break-up (he’s jokingly referred to it as his version of Kramer vs Kramer). It remains both Cronenberg’s most personal film and the standout example from his early period run of body-horror films.

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Directed by

David Cronenberg

Featuring

Oliver Reed

Samantha Eggar

Art Hindle

Genres

Horror Science Fiction Medical drama

Collection

Altered States Halloween

Certificate

18 Contains strong gory horror violence

Released

1979

Country

Canada

Language

English

Production company

Mutual Productions

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