Working on the MUST SEE MOVIE recommendations for 1970’s Horror inspired me to re-watch THE BROOD and boy, it really is a “Must See Movie.” I’m a big David Cronenberg fan, so I am a little biased, but this movie is so inventive and creative especially for its time.
Frank Carveth (Art Hindle) is recently separated from his wife Nola (Samantha Eggar) and is the guardian of their 5-year-old daughter. The trauma of this, as well as other repressed rage, has led Nola to seek treatment from a renowned psychologist Dr. Raglan (Oliver Reed) at the Somafree Institute of Psychoplasmics.
Dr. Raglan uses a controversial method that helps his patients externalize their rage to help purge it completely. He has found a star student with Nola, who has not only proven his method a success but has taken it one step further. Unfortunately, her fury creates monstrous physical entities that have murderous intentions and those closest to Nola are the ones in the gravest danger.
This might sound a little out there (and it is), but it’s handled so adeptly by Cronenberg and his exceptional storytelling and camerawork, that it’s riveting from start to finish. Even though the concept strains scientific credibility, you believe it and that’s the mark of a good story; That suspension of disbelief. Cronenberg has made a career out of it and THE BROOD is the clearest indication of the filmmaker that he would later become and still is in my opinion.