By far one of the creepiest of the 70’s.
The Brood (1979)
Directed By: David Cronenberg (Scanners)
David Cronenberg is a hell of a director. I don’t think there is any other way at all for me to put it rather than that. This man has made some of the oddest, creepiest, and fun films we’ve ever as movie fans had the pleasure of seeing. And today’s movie, The Brood, is another classic. Coming to us in 1979 and riddled with imagery and sprinkled with David’s own personal feelings at the time, due to his divorce and his child being caught in the middle. The Brood, is a film that one really just needs to see because it’s hard to talk about. But, none the less I shall do my very best to cover it here. So, let’s check out another good one from Croenberg. shall we?
A man’s wife is under the care of an eccentric and unconventional psychologist who uses innovative and theatrical techniques to breach the psychological blocks in his patients. When their daughter comes back from a visit with her mother and is covered with bruises and welts, the father attempts to bar his wife from seeing the daughter but faces resistance from the secretive psychologist. Meanwhile, the wife’s mother and father are attacked by strangely deformed children, and the man begins to suspect a connection with the psychologist’s methods.
What can you say about The Brood that hasn’t been said a zillion times over? It’s a film that from start to finish is loaded with creepy stuff, and until the very end unfolds, you just never really know what is really going on and how it’s going to end up. We have a shady doctor, with a even more shady way of doing business. We have what appear to be mutant children attacking people, and we have one poor man trying to protect his daughter and make sense of it all, only to find himself with more and more questions. It’s not funny, it’s not cute, it’s just strange and bleak. And I think that’s what makes it work as well as it does.
This film packs a scene where *minor spoiler coming up* two of these “children” beat and kill a woman in front of a class full of small children, while the kids watch in horror. Now, that’s something you won’t even see much of now days, or if it’s done it’s done in a way that the kids won’t really be in the room. This was done with the kids for sure there, and watching it. It’s bloody, it’s kinda sick, and the year was just 1979. I LOVED this, I don’t know why, but the whole scene is probably one of the best of all-time if you ask me. But isn’t that what we like about this man’s films? He doesn’t sugarcoat anything. Not even with a lot of kids around to see it.
As I noted before, you never really know where this thing is going until the end, and what an ending it is. This doesn’t go fully how you suspect, and what we get is one of the weirdest and strangest sights I’ve ever seen. But it”s the crazy stuff like that that makes you just enjoy this film. There aren’t that many legit scary horror films out there. A lot of times they are campy or funny, there’s not much fun to be found in this film, in it’s style or it’s tone. It’s a full on science-fiction horror film, and it’s one of the best. It’s full of gloom and even the ending leaves you with a very gloomy feeling, perfect for Halloween time if you ask me.
I’m not sure if I’d personally say that I like The Brood better than I do Videodrome, but it’s up there equal as far as overall quality goes. Just a strange strange story that pulls you in and keeps you intrigued all the way through it. Like I said before, it’s a great film for Halloween time if you are looking for a true horror film. It’s even more powerful when you think of the real life back story behind it.
The Rating (8/10)