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This article is about the 1979 film. For the Professional wrestling stable see The Brood (professional wrestling). For the Venice Beach crossover-thrash band see The Brood (band). For the Marvel Comic villains, see Brood (comics). For the Herman Brood & His Wild Romance album, see The Brood (album)
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
Editing by Alan Collins
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release date(s) 1979
Running time 92 min.
Language English
Budget C$1,400,000 (est.)

The Brood is a 1979 Canadian horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg, starring Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar and Art Hindle. It was filmed in Toronto and Mississauga, Ontario. In 2004, one of its sequences was voted #78 among the "100 Scariest Movie Moments" by the Bravo Channel.[1][2] The Brood was named 88th on the "Chicago Film Critics Association's 100 Scariest Movies of All-Time".[3] The film was Cronenberg's first major success.

A novelization was written by Richard Starks.



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.

In the case of the principal characters, it causes a woman, Nola Carveth (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. In the film's climax, Nola is killed when a rescue attempt of her daughter fails, causing the titular Brood to attack Candice, and then die after their mother dies. Candice's father, Frank (Art Hindle), takes her away, but it is hinted that, due to the extreme violence she witnessed and the loss of her mother, she has gained her mother's ability, as shown by two odd welts growing on her. The film then cuts to credits, leaving Candice and her father's fate unknown.


In interviews, Cronenberg has said that this film was partially inspired by a painful custody battle with his ex-wife for their daughter Cassandra. She has since worked as an assistant director on several films, including her father's eXistenZ.

Cronenberg has condemned the censorship of the climactic scene, "trimmed" in the United Kingdom, in which Eggar's character gives birth to one of the monsters and starts tenderly licking it clean. "I had a long and loving close-up of Samantha licking the foetus... when the censors, those animals, cut it out, the result was that a lot of people thought she was eating her baby. That's much worse than I was suggesting."[4]

In 2005, the full uncut version was made available on UK DVD.

The Brood was the first Cronenberg film to be scored by Howard Shore, and is also Shore's first film score. He has written the music for all but one of Cronenberg's subsequent films.


The American director Breck Eisner has announced to direct the remake of the film[5], the Spyglass Entertainmen is written by Cory Goodman.[6]


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