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Encyclopedia > The Brood
The Brood
Directed by David Cronenberg
Produced by Claude Heroux
Written by David Cronenberg
Starring Oliver Reed
Samantha Eggar
Art Hindle
Harry Beckman
Music by Howard Shore
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release date(s) 1979
Running time 92 min.
Language English
Budget CAD 1,400,000 (estimated)
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The Brood is a 1979 Canadian horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. It stars Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar and Art Hindle. It was filmed in Toronto and Mississauga, Ontario. Image File history File links The-Brood-1979. ... David Cronenberg at Cannes 2002 David Paul Cronenberg OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. ... David Cronenberg at Cannes 2002 David Paul Cronenberg OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. ... Robert Oliver Reed (February 13, 1938 – May 2, 1999) was an English actor known for his macho image on and off screen. ... From The Walking Stick, 1970 Samantha Eggar (born March 5, 1939) is an English actress. ... Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946) is an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Canadian film composer, best known for composing the scores to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and films of David Cronenberg. ... // New World Communications Company Info •This company no longer exists. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... 1922s Nosferatu Films from the horror genre are designed to elicit fright, fear, terror, disgust or horror from viewers. ... David Cronenberg at Cannes 2002 David Paul Cronenberg OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. ... Robert Oliver Reed (February 13, 1938 – May 2, 1999) was an English actor known for his macho image on and off screen. ... From The Walking Stick, 1970 Samantha Eggar (born March 5, 1939) is an English actress. ... Art Hindle (Born July 21, 1948 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) is a Canadian actor and director. ... Motto: Pride in our past, Faith in our future Area: 288. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area [1] Ranked...

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Plot

Typical for Cronenberg, the film externalises human thought and emotion onto human physiology. In this case, an unconventional psychotherapist (Oliver Reed) has created a technique called "psychoplasmics." He encourages his patients to "go all the way through it" and allow their negative emotions (rage, fear, etc.) to cause their bodies to undergo (usually radical) physical change. A man verbally abused by his father develops welts over his body as a way of expressing his pain. Another patient develops lymphatic cancer, supposedly a manifestation of his self-hatred. Robert Oliver Reed (February 13, 1938 – May 2, 1999) was an English actor known for his macho image on and off screen. ... Lymphoma is a general term for cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. ...


In the case of the principal characters, it causes a woman (Samantha Eggar) to parthenogenetically birth strange, mutated children and, via a telepathic bond, have them act out whatever negative emotions the mother is feeling at the time, with disastrous consequences when her therapist brings those emotions to the surface. From The Walking Stick, 1970 Samantha Eggar (born March 5, 1939) is an English actress. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Asexual reproduction. ...


Production

In interviews, Cronenberg has said that this film was partially inspired by a painful custody battle with his ex-wife for their daughter Cassandra (who has since worked as an assistant director on several films, including her father's eXistenZ). Cronenberg has also condemned the censorship of the climactic scene in which Eggar gives birth to one of the monsters and starts tenderly licking it clean. This scene was "trimmed" in the United Kingdom, ironically causing many viewers to assume the character was eating her baby[citation needed].In 2005, the full uncut version was made available on UK DVD. eXistenZ is a 1999 psychological thriller/science fiction film by Canadian director David Cronenberg. ... Censorship is defined as the removal and withholding of information from the public by a controlling group or body. ...


The Brood was the first Cronenberg film to be scored by Howard Shore, who has written the music for all Cronenberg's subsequent works except The Dead Zone. Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946) is an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Canadian film composer, best known for composing the scores to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and films of David Cronenberg. ... The Dead Zone is a 1983 film directed by David Cronenberg. ...


Trivia

This film was #78 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments. This article is about the U.S. cable network. ...


External link

  • Canadian Film Encyclopedia [A publication of The Film Reference Library/a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group]
  • Study on Cinetudes

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