David Cronenberg made this iconic psychological thriller with its well-crafted characters and plot-line at the height of his career.
Oliver Reed plays Hal Raglan, a secretively sinister psychiatrist experimenting with a new kind of therapy that unleashes violent reactions in his patients, one of whom is Samantha Eggar as Nola, who is locked in a bitter custody battle for her little girl Candy with husband Frank (Art Hindle) who desperate to rumble Raglan and his unorthodox methods.
But that’s not all – a group of little red-coated people, who are supposedly mutants bred inside Raglan’s dodgy clinic – are bludgeoning Nola’s relatives to death before you can say “Don’t Look Now”.
Deeply seventies from the wall-papered interiors to the dated fashion statements (Reed sports the classic waist-coated suit and sheepskin car-coat straight out of ‘High n Mighty’), displays the classic Cronenberg visuals; the screeching violin score presaging doom and desolate snowscapes of Toronto.
THE BROOD is out on BLU-RAY and DVD in July 2013 on SECOND SIGHT FILMS