The Brood


After Rabid, David Cronenberg directed Fast Company, a formulaic drag-racing movie he made because, well, he liked drag racing. In terms of motivation though, it's The Brood that perhaps still sees him at his most personal, packed with a bleak symbolism and bitterness fuelled by the divorce he was going through at the time. Too talky for some and slammed on release for an outrageous sequence of foetal gore, it sees Oliver Reed as the scientist studying patients who can create child-sized clones of themselves (think lots of Don't Look Now pygmies but in baby-grows) to act out their nastiest thoughts. Samantha Eggar is his star pupil, Art Hindle her frustrated estranged husband trying to stop the mad bitch, leading to a truly iconic, horrific climax.

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