Skip to content

The Brood (1979) Oliver Reed Fest. Day 1

David Cronenberg meets the ferocious whispering of Oliver Reed.

To start my mini fest of Oliver Reed films I thought it best to start with a film he made right here in my native homeland. It was produced in the Toronto area of Canada with one of our countries most acclaimed film makers.

brood1

Ollie stars here as a rather self serving psychiatrist of sorts who is dabbling in what is termed as psycho plasmics. He is utilizing people with severe mental hangups for his own gain in developing and proving his theories. When talking to his patients he takes on the being of those that have brought issues and conflicts into his patients past. It could be an abusive Father or lost lover. The results are that the patients experience physical defects of some sort as their distress or anger comes forward emotionally. Hence the book “The Shape of Rage” which is prominently displayed throughout the film.

In his care is Samantha Eggar who is married to Art Hindle. They have a small daughter and are separated while she lives at a retreat in Oliver’s care. While there we begin to learn that she had a tormented childhood with an abusive Mother and an alcoholic Father who turned a blind eye to the beatings. While these “therapy” sessions are going on both her parents are brutally murdered by  a small disfigured childlike creature.

brood-1

The police are not sure what to make of it and hubby Art Hindle believes that Reed is no good and hiding something. He then begins to seek out past patients and doesn’t like what he finds. When another bloody slaying takes place, Hindle is convinced that Eggar and Reed are somehow connected. To make matters worse his daughter has been abducted by two of these strange beings.

Following his instincts he heads right to Reed’s clinic where he confronts the good doctor. Oliver seems distressed himself and we the audience along with Hindle are about to discover why Eggar is Ollie’s star pupil. It’s all headed towards a gross out finale with a terrifying scene involving the little girl that Reed and Hindle are trying to save.

Brood_30935_Medium

While I have never been a huge fan of Cronenberg films in general I have seen most of them. This is probably the first of his efforts I did see  back in the VHS era. The reason at the time was it had Ollie leading the cast.

By this time Oliver was no stranger to being cast in films made in Canada. Just the year previously he had starred opposite Raymond Burr and John Ireland in Tomorrow Never Comes that had been filmed in Quebec. Both of those gentleman were of course born in Canada as well. He’d also appeared in the 1966 effort The Trap which had been filmed in B.C. He would once more return to the Toronto area to film a low budget shocker with Peter Fonda titled Spasms released in 1983.

the-brood

This thriller represents a good look at a horror film from the era of it’s production and a definite departure from the typical plots of the day . It’s different therefore imaginative. Eerie and with the solid presence of Reed involved it’s well worth seeking out for not only the Cronenberg fans but horror fans in general who like the style that isn’t an upscale Hollywood slasher film. It has that George A. Romero feel to it at times if I can use that as a parallel. Slashers were about to invade the theaters in droves after the recent success of Carpenter’s classic Halloween. Along came Jason and the rest shortly there after.

The Brood, Cronenberg and Reed take us in a totally new direction in horror at the time. Give it a look if you already haven’t.

 

 

 

4 Comments »

  1. Cronenberg’s more experimental stuff doesn’t excite me either, but this sounds interesting like you said, for more cerebral horror. Art Hindle is such a familiar face to us, from Invasion of the Body Snatchers on.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Movies ala Mark

With a Cast of Thousands

Classic Horrors

From silent screen to Halloween, and everything scary in between.

IDENTIKIT

The current online container for the writer Konrad Wardh

Just Hit Play

The Good, the Bad and sometimes Ugly in film

Strother Martin Film Project

What we've got here is failure to communicate

Sophia Riley Kobacker

it's all about the story, possums...

Wolfmans Cult Film Club

Cult, B-Movies, cheesy fun films to Film Noir to classics new to me.

Talking Pulp

All things pulp and then some

cinema cities

a personal odyssey through film

Mark David Welsh

Watching the strangest movies - so you don't have to...

Scenes from the Morgue

The Lost Art of Pulp Ads: Film, Booze, Smokes & More!

Film Speech

All things film and television

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

portraitsbyjenni

My perspective on life & Classic Movie Recommendations

Statis Pro 1978 Replay

Methodically replaying every game of the 1978 baseball season!

4 Star Films

Looking deeper at the best classic movies

everythingnoir

Movies, Television, Books....Everything Noir

Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd film locations (and more)

by John Bengtson "the great detective of silent film locations" New York Times

Sister Celluloid

Where old movies go to live

Silent-ology

Uncovering the silent era

Canadian Cinephile

"The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them." - Alfred Hitchcock

Noirish

The annex to John Grant's *A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir*

Cinema Monolith

Reviews of movies from my giant DVD tower, and more.

Sunset Boulevard

Writings of a Cinephile

The Bogie Film Blog

A Film by Film Affair with Humphrey Bogart

Vienna's Classic Hollywood

Vintage Hollywood films and stars

The Film Authority

You're ten seconds from watching an amazing film...

Once upon a screen...

...a classic film and TV blog

shadowsandsatin

. . where the worlds of film noir and pre-code collide . .

hitchcockmaster

Where Suspense Lives!

Tipping My Fedora

Enjoying mystery, crime and suspense in all media

Silver Screenings

an irreverent blog of old movies

monsterminions

They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To

Comet Over Hollywood

Home for classic movie lovers

filmgeek101

classic movie views for the classic and not-so-classic movie fan

Riding the High Country

Reviews and ramblings

Speakeasy

watching movies

Movies ala Mark

With a Cast of Thousands

Classic Horrors

From silent screen to Halloween, and everything scary in between.

IDENTIKIT

The current online container for the writer Konrad Wardh

Just Hit Play

The Good, the Bad and sometimes Ugly in film

Strother Martin Film Project

What we've got here is failure to communicate

Sophia Riley Kobacker

it's all about the story, possums...

Wolfmans Cult Film Club

Cult, B-Movies, cheesy fun films to Film Noir to classics new to me.

Talking Pulp

All things pulp and then some

cinema cities

a personal odyssey through film

Mark David Welsh

Watching the strangest movies - so you don't have to...

Scenes from the Morgue

The Lost Art of Pulp Ads: Film, Booze, Smokes & More!

Film Speech

All things film and television

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

portraitsbyjenni

My perspective on life & Classic Movie Recommendations

Statis Pro 1978 Replay

Methodically replaying every game of the 1978 baseball season!

4 Star Films

Looking deeper at the best classic movies

everythingnoir

Movies, Television, Books....Everything Noir

Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd film locations (and more)

by John Bengtson "the great detective of silent film locations" New York Times

Sister Celluloid

Where old movies go to live

Silent-ology

Uncovering the silent era

Canadian Cinephile

"The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them." - Alfred Hitchcock

Noirish

The annex to John Grant's *A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir*

Cinema Monolith

Reviews of movies from my giant DVD tower, and more.

Sunset Boulevard

Writings of a Cinephile

The Bogie Film Blog

A Film by Film Affair with Humphrey Bogart

Vienna's Classic Hollywood

Vintage Hollywood films and stars

The Film Authority

You're ten seconds from watching an amazing film...

Once upon a screen...

...a classic film and TV blog

shadowsandsatin

. . where the worlds of film noir and pre-code collide . .

hitchcockmaster

Where Suspense Lives!

Tipping My Fedora

Enjoying mystery, crime and suspense in all media

Silver Screenings

an irreverent blog of old movies

monsterminions

They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To

Comet Over Hollywood

Home for classic movie lovers

filmgeek101

classic movie views for the classic and not-so-classic movie fan

Riding the High Country

Reviews and ramblings

Speakeasy

watching movies

%d bloggers like this: