This isn’t a review or analysis, just a happy “heads up”to my fellow cable-cutters: YouTube currently has David Cronenberg’s 1979 mind-frack The Brood, complete and in decent quality.
According to IMDB, “A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist’s therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.” And that’s really all you want to know going in.
Also known as Chromosome 3 in Europe, the Canadian film starred Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar. This is Cronenberg before Scanners, Videodrome, The Dead Zone, The Fly, etc., and many of his future flavors can be seen here in, um, their infancy... I don’t want to spoil anything, but I have a feeling that Rick & Morty fans will get an extra kick out of this movie!
Although the first 3 1/2 minutes of this video are a low-res trailer, the quality goes way up when the film starts.
The ad campaign said “Experience ultimate terror in a film so frightening, it will totally devastate you”, and many theater-goers agreed. This is a real classic, and the crazy creep-factor-nine ending is one for the horror history books.
*Bonus treat for music fans: Howard Shore (then only 33 years old), famous for the beloved, award-winning Lord of the Rings soundtracks, created this excellent horror score while he was still the director of NBC’s Saturday Night Live band.