May 20, 2008

The Brood


The Brood (1979) is an early masterpiece from Canadian psychological horror auteur David Cronenberg. A film that actually utilizes the “creepy child” technique in a successful way. The Brood is a film about mentally ill individuals and their experiments with “Psychoplasmics,” a sort of fucked up experimental therapy similar to psychoanalysis. Psychoplasmics becomes deadly when rage fuels asexual monster children to unload brutal attacks on adults. These children lack self control as much as they lack facial features.

David Cronenberg might possibly be the most intelligent man to ever be involved with the horror genre. A director that incriminates himself as being obsessed with sexual perversion and disturbing situation violence (and death). In The Brood, the mother's womb becomes obsolete as she bears children through unflattering tumors attached to her body. These tumors develop into physical extensions of the woman’s body and act accordingly (killing those that have enraged her). These “children” lack sexual organs and only exist to merely serve their mentally deranged mother.


Like many of David Croneberg’s films, The Brood starts out fairly tame (with any early scene of excitement of course) and builds up to a demented climax. A climax that goes past any contemporary scientifically logical explanation given by man that somehow works on the subconscious of the viewer. In The Brood, a mother’s attachment to her children becomes the ultimate “child cult” of femininity. The mother merely has to “feel” to send off her virtual army of deformed children to carry out her impulsive and recklessly killer desires. David Cronenberg could be commenting on the dangers of emotionally uncontrollable women.

The male protagonist of The Brood is only looking out for the best interests of his daughter. David Cronenberg separates the parents into two categories. The mother being a monster of emotion that only gets worse as time goes on. The father, on the other hand, looks at everything in a logical way. He does everything he can to protect his daughter and investigate the mysterious deaths of his in-laws. It is the job of the father to stop the mother before she ends up killing everyone (including her own daughter).


If The Brood had been released in modern terms, mainstream cultural Marxist film critics would pan it as misogynistic. I hope the film isn’t remade where the father controls his monster children with his penis. You can expect that sort of scenario in contemporary times. When you have Antichrists like the Weinstein's releasing propaganda trash at excessively rapid rates, you have only two options. You can either make films of your own or take a trip back in the history of film. I recommend both.


-Ty E

12 comments:

Fox said...

I may be off on this, but I think I remember reading in the *Cronenberg on Cronenberg* book that he made this movie after an ugly divorce with his wife. If so... touche'!

Good write-up!

peregrine fforbes-hamilton said...

whenever i watch this film all i really notice is cindy hinds, what a gorgeous little girl she was.

Soiled Sinema said...

agreed, cindy really was an incredible little dream come true.

Soiled Sinema said...

You didn't capitalize the name when you attempted to pose as us.

For shame.

peregrine fforbes-hamilton said...

but i didn`t pose as you, that really was you saying how much you were in agreement regarding the stunning beauty of miss hinds circa 1978, (when "the brood" was shot).

Soiled Sinema said...

no it wasn`t, it was you saying that you agreed with yourself, you ludicrous oaf.

willy jerk-off said...

my favorite scene in this film is where cindy is taking a bath, we didn`t quite get to see her completely naked but it was still an incredible turn-on.

tarquin fortiscue hetherington (esquire, as it were) formerly of her majestys grenadier guards said...

actually, cindy hinds was like a canadian version of heather o`rourke, what a couple of gorgeous little sexpots they were.

Anonymous said...

Who does this movie end? I am looking for a 70s horror movie where a small monster / kid is killed in the end when a women throws it in the over.

Can someone help me out?

willy jerk-off said...

The Anonymous commenter forgot to say how much they`d like to bugger Cindy and Heather.

peregrine fforbes-hamilton said...

Do you remember that canadian made T.V. movie "Liar, Liar"? where Art Hindle was buggering his daughters (the lucky sod), now think about how lustfully he looks at Cindy in every scene they have together in "The Brood" (especially the scenes where he kisses her on the lips), i bet he got his prick up her lushious little arse during the making of this film, at the age of 5 Cindys arse-hole was already the gateway to anal heaven.

willy jerk-off said...

Oliver Reed was always a rabble-rouser but some people say he became much worse during the last 20 years of his life (1979-1999) specifically because he didn`t get to fuck Cindy on the set of The Brood, imagine being denied access to that gorgeous little girls lushious young body it would make any man bitter and angry for the rest of his life but that of course is because we`re living in "THE TIME OF SEXUAL REPRESSION".