Combustible Celluloid
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With: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Nuala Fitzgerald, Henry Beckman, Susan Hogan, Cindy Hinds
Written by: David Cronenberg
Directed by: David Cronenberg
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 92
Date: 05/25/1979

The Brood (1979)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Kidding Around

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

In this early exploration of body manipulations by David Cronenberg, murderous, unearthly children appear to be the work an evil psychologist (Oliver Reed). Samantha Eggar stars as a woman who places herself in the doctor's care, neglecting her daughter and husband (Art Hindle). It's uncannily perceptive for a so-called exploitation horror movie, digging right to the center of the human love/horror reaction to our offspring. This is one of the great filmmaker's best early films, and a stylistic -- if not budgetary -- breakthrough. MGM/UA's DVD comes only with a trailer, but the price certainly won't break the bank.

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