August 30, 2008

#20- The Brood (1979)

The Brood (1979)
Sub-Genre- Cronenberg (Yeah, he gets his own sub-genre)
In Attendance- Me, Eryn, and The Vanilla Gorilla.
Cast Members of Note- Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle.

What's it about?- The Brood is a prequel to Kramer vs. Kramer; it shows us the pitfalls of divorce, and how hard it can be on the kids. Especially if the kids in question are mongoloid mutants born from stomach sacks.

Kill them with fire!
When a good, caring husband and father realizes that his wife is insane, he sends her off to the hospital for shock treatment and maybe a lobotomy; what she gets instead is a radical new therapy that makes her even more insane, and turns her into a mutant baby maker with absolutely no sense of humor.

"Behold, my tumor-child!"
When the little Chud-Children start killing people at their Mother's emotional whims, it isn't long before they want to kill their little sister too, and just because she's a normal human being! I cant stand intolerance.

Far be it from me to ruin the ending here, but suffice it to say that dad strangles mom to death.

What did she ever do to anybody? Huh?
The Good- This movie is a horror classic in many ways. It gets into your head and messes with you subtly on a subconscious level, and also hits you with the visceral terror in the same stroke. It's a creepy and disturbing breath of fresh air. The Terror Tykes are quite something to behold.

"I always feel like, somebody's watching meeeeee...."
This movie is a prime example of why the late 70's/early 80's was one of the best periods in Horror history; people actually made films that explored new ideas instead of retreading the same old ground. Cronenberg's "Body Horror" flicks are a prime example of that.

There are actually some people out there (you know who you are!) who claim that this movie is too slow in the pace department, but you know what? Those people can go watch fucking Scream, and shut the hell up. God forbid that you allow tension to build, and for jump scares every two seconds to be replaced with mood and atmosphere. You know what, don't go watch Scream, just go jump off of your roof.

The Bad- Every time I get so much as a mosquito bite I think that "Psychoplasmics" has finally got a hold on me. Fucking David Cronenberg.

The Downright Horrendous- Why did she have to die?

She totally would have slept with him too...
The Gory- This one delivers the crimson goods; mutant kids bashing people to death with mallets, bloody infant licking, deformed body birth... there's plenty of Cronenberg-esque nastiness on display here, which is very appropriate, because it's a Cronenberg film.

The love of a mother knows no bounds.
The Naked- Just the body of a dead mutant kid, but that doesn't count.

Best Line- "Thirty seconds after you're born you have a past and sixty seconds after that you begin to lie to yourself about it." or "Damn kids."

What did we learn?- If Cronenberg teaches us nothing else, it's that we are our own worst enemy, and our bodies are out to destroy us. Also, all women are apparently insane. Also, Cronenberg has issues, and since he's Canadian, that means all Canadians have issues too.

A+ A masterpiece. Cronenberg's work in the 70's and 80's made statements and forced the audience to ask themselves some hard questions, and The Brood is no exception. You must have this movie in your collection.

My mom gives this movie to me on DVD every Christmas; she saves it until last, and stares at me like Samantha Eggar (see pic below) until I open it. Once my tears begin to flow, she starts to laugh and runs off into the attic. I think she's trying to tell me something.


  1. Amen! The brood is like some kind of Philip k dick horror story.. if he was sadistic enough.

  2. I know! This is one of those movies that slowly gets under your skin, then bursts back through it while you're sleeping.

    Love it.

  3. I want to bugger Cindy Hinds.

  4. I hope you mean a grown up Cindy Hinds, Anon. :)~