I remember when I saw The Brood in the movies when it was released. I didn't know who David Cronenberg was at the time, but after witnessing his insane imagination at work, I quickly became a fanboy.
Although Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes prepared me for almost anything - I still didn't see this one coming.
I ranked it #46 in C&L's Top Horror movies of all time.
Scout Tafoya from Screenrant writes:
The Brood is a film that makes literal the ugly, grinding effects of a divorce on a husband, wife and child. While his early work was deliberately and perfectly rough, The Brood has crystalline diction, going for scares and nearly unpalatable, emotionally charged murders with the efficacy of a man with nothing to lose. When a woman (Samantha Eggar) retreats from her divorce proceedings to an experimental clinic run by a shadowy self-help guru (Oliver Reed), her husband (Art Hindle) notices the people in his life start dying.
The Brood is one of great films about the way we hurt the ones we love; Kramer vs. Kramer with bloodthirsty psychic gnomes. Cronenberg’s stint in the 80s as the greatest science fiction director in North America begins here, with the last of his out-and-out horror shows.
The Brood will scare the sh*t out of you and it has an end like no other.
Skip the first 3:31 because a fuzzy preview commercial for the movie was added at the beginning, but then the movie kicks in and the copy looks very good.