Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Brood (1979)

Fear 1/5
Gore 3/5
Entertainment 3/5
Creepiness 5/5

A woman who's recently been diagnosed that she's cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, undergoes psychiatric treatment with a doctor that applies a form of experimental therapy. Her husband believes that this is the only solution in repairing their marriage and believes the therapy will help rid her of her lifelong deeply rooted anger and anxiety. But all efforts go undone when we learn that all of her energies are manifesting themselves into something entirely vicious and pint-sized.

The experimental form of psychiatry involves a whacked out doctor who impersonates individuals in that person's life whom they have deep seeded issues and problems with. This is done as means to get them to confront their issues head-on. When her young daughter makes a visit and returns home with bruises on her arm, the father stops the daughter from seeing her mother and that's when the fun begins.

Just when it appears that mommy has everything under control, family and friends start getting killed....by people, 1/8th their size. Her mother-in-law, which seems to be a sharp focus of her anger and frustration, gets waxed first. As the little girl is being cared for, a deformed little guy in a hoodie comes flying through her kitchen window and takes a meat tenderizer to her noggin'. The little girl escapes unharmed and for a brief instant, the father thinks that maybe, just maybe, the little tyke had something to do with it.

As the film progresses, the body count rises with one of the final kills coming to the school teacher of the little girl who is also banging headboards with dear ol' daddy. By now, there is a duo of pint-sized terrors, and they proceed to beat and murder the teacher right in front of the kids. An absolutely brutal scene, with all kids looking on as her head is bashed in and a chorus of screams ring out.

The grand finale sees the father meeting up at the retreat of the psychiatrist and he learns what it is that is actually allowing for her catharsis. You see, all of her anger and rage is literally going into the birth of her 'brood', a minion of midgets, hellbent on seeking revenge against those that have wronged her.

At times slow moving, the film is however original, brutal and just plain icky. The scene where the mother gives the 'grand revelation' and one final birth, then licks her new born, really got to me.

Cortez the Killer


Matt-suzaka said...

Being such a huge fan of Cronenberg’s films, I am slightly embarrassed to say I have never seen The Brood…and I own it! I’ll come back to this review after I do see it though…

Cortez The Killer said...

Get on it kid.

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