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The Brood

The Brood

Oliver Reed
Director: David Cronenberg Cast: Oliver Reed
Oliver Reed
, Samantha Eggar
Samantha Eggar
, Art Hindle
Art Hindle
David Cronenberg
The Brood

The Brood

Oliver Reed
Director: David Cronenberg Cast: Oliver Reed
Oliver Reed
, Samantha Eggar
Samantha Eggar
, Art Hindle
Art Hindle
David Cronenberg

Blu-ray (Color / Wide Screen)

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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 (from his point-of-view, anyway) is Nola Carveth (Samantha Eggar), who is undergoing therapy following a painful divorce from her husband, Frank (Art Hindle). When Frank discovers evidence that Nola may have injured their daughter, Candice (Cindy Hinds), he begins to suspect Raglan's techniques but is unprepared for the most horrifying by-product of her rage: a progeny of sexless, dwarflike mutants who are born for the sole purpose of acting out her violent fantasies of revenge. Containing only enough energy to carry out their murderous tasks, the brood is dispatched to kill Nola's parents, then a woman she believes is having an affair with Frank. By the time Frank discovers the origins of the tiny offspring, they have already abducted Candice and taken her to the institute, where Frank must confront Nola in person. Although it contains one of the most visceral and nauseating scenes in movie history (during the film's climax), this nevertheless remains the most subtle of Cronenberg's early horror projects, with a strong subtext about the devastating effects of divorce.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2015
UPC: 0715515159111
Original Release: 1979
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 8,700

Special Features

New documentary about the making of the film and Cronenberg's early work, featuring actor Samantha Eggar, executive producer Pierre David, cinematographer Mark Irwin, assistant director John Board, and special makeup effects artists Rick Baker (Videodrome) and Joe Blasco (Shivers, Rabid); New, restored 4K digital transfer of Cronenberg's 1970 feature Crimes of the Future, supervised by the director, plus a 2011 interview with Cronenberg about his early career; Interview from 2013 with actors Art Hindle and Cindy Hinds; Appearance by actor Oliver Reed on The Merv Griffin Show from 1980; Radio spot

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Oliver Reed Dr. Hal Raglan
Samantha Eggar Nola Carveth
Art Hindle Frank Carveth
Cindy Hinds Candice Carveth
Henry Beckman Barton Kelly
Nuala Fitzgerald Juliana Kelly
Susan Hogan Ruth Mayer
Michael McGhee Inspector Mrazek
Gary McKeehan Mike Trellan
Felix Silla Creature
Rainer Schwartz Birkin
Nicholas Campbell Chris
Robert A. Silverman Jan Hartog
John Ferguson Creature
Christopher Britton Man In Auditorium
Michael Magee Inspector
Joseph Shaw Coroner
Larry Solway Lawyer
Mary Swinton Wendy
Jerry Kostur Construction Worker
Elijah Siegler Samson

Technical Credits
David Cronenberg Director,Screenwriter
John Board Asst. Director
Alan Collins Editor
Allan Cotter Special Effects
Pierre David Executive Producer
Bryan Day Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Grimaldi Sound/Sound Designer
Claude Heroux Producer
Mark Irwin Cinematographer
Gwen Iveson Production Manager
Shonagh Jabour Makeup
Dennis Pike Makeup Special Effects
Howard Shore Score Composer
Victor Solnicki Executive Producer
Carol Spier Art Director
Jack H. Young Makeup Special Effects

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