THE BROOD (1979 CANADA) D/W: DAVID CRONENBERG P: CLAUDE HEROUX
Oliver Reed runs the Somafree Institute of Psychoplasmics in this prime slice of Cronenberg. Samantha Eggar is his star patient, a woman who can truly vent her emotions in a physical outgrowth ("the shape of rage"). Estranged husband Art Hindle is pitted against a litter of mutant hate-babies born from Eggar`s exo-womb that kill with mallets. Not only is it a high water mark for Cronenberg`s once fascinating vision filtered through an intelligent, ground-breaking script, it`s also a damn good, well-directed horor flick. With Felix Silla and Nicholas Campbell. Cronenberg was going through a divorce at the time, and this outlet would make a scathing double-bill with POSSESSION, which has some familiar themes. He made the less interesting (but more succesful) SCANNERS next.

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