The Brood

Nashville Scene

DIRECTED BY: David Cronenberg

REVIEWED: 11-03-97

Canadian splatter-movie auteur David Cronenberg was a lot more interesting when he made movies for drive-ins instead of arthouses, and this visionary horror film ranks among his most disturbing, provocative work. At an isolated clinic, psychotherapist Oliver Reed teaches patients how to manifest mental anguish in treatable boils and lesions on their skin--a practice that may be tied to a string of grisly murders committed by hooded, mallet-wielding dwarves. It's haunting, it's terrifying, it's original, and it illustrates the governing theme of Cronenberg's work: The mind is constantly at war with the flesh, and flesh is easier to destroy.

--Jim Ridley

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