Monday, October 26, 2015

The Brood (1979)

Director: David Cronenberg

Writer: David Cronenberg

Composer: Howard Shore

Starring: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman, Nuala Fitzgerald, Cindy Hinds, Susan Hogan, Gary McKeehan, Michael Magee, Robert A. Silverman, Joseph Shaw, Larry Solway

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Ultimate Experience Of Inner Terror

Plot: A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

OK, so for the longest time while watching this film, I was fighting sleep and wondering how the hell can you consider this drama a horror...and then the last twenty minutes or so happened and I was suddenly wide awake and understanding of where this fits in the genre.  I'll say this for Cronenberg's story, he knows how to fuck your shit up with the wildest explanation of what's been going on.  Once Nola (Eggar) reveals it to Frank (Hindle), it's a great little shocker both visually and intellectually.  It's a doosey.  But then you've also got to contend with the slow paced chunk of film that came before it.  It's not bad but it is slow enough that by the time Frank gets the answer he's been looking for it feels like it's too late but not really.  The performances are good except Reed has chosen to whisper act his way through the film.  He rarely speaks at a normal tone.  The opening with him and his patient was very good. I like the picture but not enough to see again.  If you haven't seen it and you do, you're absolutely not going to guess the reason for what's behind the grisly murders until it's revealed. 

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