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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

The Brood is a strange movie, for sure, but it’s one of David Cronenberg’s least talked about movies from his early career and I don’t know why. Here’s what the movie has: deformed murderous children, drunk as shit Oliver Reed, a crazy cult, Samantha Eggar doing something… very, very wrong. Like it should be illegal wrong… and a crazy death scene set in a kindergarten classroom FILLED WITH KIDS.

Scanners is an iconic film, but I think The Brood is a much better made film. But I’m content loving it, I don’t need everybody to agree with me…

So, today we have a shot from the making of The Brood, with David Cronenberg apparently showing some of the horrors in store to his young star, Cindy Hinds, who always reminds me of Carol Anne every time I watch this film. Click to embiggen!



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Aw, fuck it. How about one more David Cronenberg pic tomorrow? Why not?

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  • Oct. 24, 2011, 4:30 a.m. CST

    The classroom scene is creepy

    by JAGUART

    That classroom scene with the kids reactions is just plain creepy.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Τhe Brood sucks.never liked it.

    by KilliK

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 4:45 a.m. CST

    The one publicity still of her with the arms reaching for her

    by tangcameo

    Scared the hell out of me when I was six. Gave me nightmares for months.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Scared the crap out of me on VHS

    by melonman

    And I remember my older sister seeing it at cinema and giving her nightmares. There was a TV trailer that was one of the first (I think) that just showed audience's horrified reactions. It may not be his best film, but it's IMHO still Cronenberg's scariest. On a really basic visceral level it really gets under your skin. And the climatic imagery of Samantha Eggar in the barn with her succubi is bloody dark primal stuff.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Shivers or Dead Ringers?

    by Isaac R.

    It's a tie.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Dead Ringers is his best. OPINION!

    by gotilk

    You're welcome.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 5:41 a.m. CST

    gotik/issac_r: yeah, Dead Ringers is a major masterpiece

    by melonman

    One of a few the Cronenberger's done, but pretty much perfectly made on it's own terms

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    The horror of children.

    by NeonFrisbee

    There is nothing, NOTHING more terrifying than children. And I'm not talking weirdo monster mutant children, just children. Normal, everyday children. Totally fucking horrifying. Why anyone in their right mind would try to spawn them *on purpose* (accidents happen, but on purpose? WHY?!?!) makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. It's like willfully giving yourself over to a life of misery.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 6:02 a.m. CST

    We should all be celebrating the miracle of Abortion.

    by NeonFrisbee

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST

    carol anne

    by Bouncy X

    wow yeah, before i read the article i was surprised to see she made a movie with him. its eerie how much she looks like her there.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST


    by SigourneyWeavers3Dbeaver

    Okay, okay, we get it - you're a pedophile.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    @creepythinmanlives... CRASH!

    by Isaac R.

    Holy shit! I completely forgot that one...Ty for reminding me!

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    My dad took me to see this when I was six.

    by JudasPriestly

    My father wasn't known for his common sense.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Someone please explain this to me....

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    How have I missed this one? I mean, Cronenberg? Horror? Oliver reed? Jesus Christ!!! I've heard of it but I've never heard anything special about it and I had no idea it was early Cronenberg. Is it a scary movie? I only ask because I've been on a mission these last few years to see the scarce few actually SCARY movies. There aren't many. Would this one just be another in a long long line of disappointments?

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST


    by SolidStateSociety

    You should definitely see it!

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I feel your pain. I too have somehow missed this one. (embarrassing) Maybe it will bump Dead Ringers out of my top spot.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST


    by gotilk


  • Hi I'm David Cronenberg. I've made some of the most incredible, atmospheric/phychotronic motion picture experiences of all time. None of my movies have been anything less than classic and prophetic. Give me 200 million to make an R rated epic masterpiece on a scale never attempted.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    neonfrisbee, you got issues, dude

    by slone13

    Big time. You've got "kiddie diddler" written all over you.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    I totally agree with neon. I'm not a pedophile.

    by UltraTron

    Look at the number of girls from Harvard signed up for sugarbabies and sugarmommas. Now tell me that the woman you are with would never whore herself out for cash. Did she graduate Harvard? If she did perhaps she whored to get herself through. What is her background? You don't fucking know where that trim has been. Now go mate with her and deal with her offspring. Whoops she left you inexplicably. Whoops she took the kid. Whoops she didn't take the kid and left it with you. Which one of these scenarios is not life threatening? Kids: you're fucked. Now just give me that cute chick at the bar who instantly endeared herself to me with her little robot dance. It was so fucking adorable. I'll get her pregnant and ruin her life tomorrow.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    SPOILER question about this movie...

    by Fawst

    Does she eat a fucking baby?! I just GIS'd for Samantha Eggar, and I'm guessing that's what she's about to do, considering she's holding a bloody newborn up to her mouth.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    No, I think she's licking it clean...

    by ufoclub1977

    like a momma lion to its cub.

  • ...especially when it comes to women. I don't know who's responsible for your pathetic, fucked up lives - maybe your daddy didn't take you out back and play ball with you growing up - but seriously, you need to start associating with a better class of people. People unlike yourself, for example.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Monster Under The Bed

    by yourebreakingthejacket

    The Brood also has an effective "monster under the bed" scene. Good movie with some good scares. The bleak Canadien winter also adds to the sense of dread for me.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Cannot stand Cronenberg...

    by Ryan

    Seriously, the guy is completely overrated. Gross for the sake of being gross with weird and surreal movies that almost never make complete sense.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    I miss Cronenberg

    by Davidhessstation

    I remember when he used to make great horror films. Now he does this lame forgettable dramas.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    @davidhessstation Riddle me this

    by Proman1984

    So it took one film "Dangerous Method" for you to say that all Cronenberg does now is "dramas". Answer this one question then, did you even see the film?

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    Cronenberg is God. The Fly alone puts him up with the greatest.

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    The Brood is some moody,crazy shit that reminds me (for some reason) of Prince of Darkness for scary atmosphere. Existenz, Shivers... Ultratron already put it down. The guy is fucking amazing. Also, A History of Violence chilled me to the core. It was indeed horrific.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, noon CST

    Haven't seen this one yet, but coincidentally,

    by sweeneydave

    I got the disk from Netflix today.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, noon CST

    Is this the film that has the guy with lumps on his

    by phifty2

    neck or chest and he rolls around on the ground as a form of "therapy"? Also, yes Cronenberg rules. He needs to chill on his more mainstream stuff, as good as it is, and give us some more body horror.

  • women issues.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I type better on iPhone than iPad. It's really silly how a bigger

    by UltraTron

    keyboard doesn't help. I think the iPhone is the fastest way you can type. It's what they are typing on in Startrek when you see them diddle 3 keys and suddenly they've re-routed systems and wrote code to reconfigure the warp drives to emit some kind of plasma they arn't designed to do

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Forgot about history of violence. Fucking awesome.

    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Wow, where's the Cronenberg love?

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    All I ever hear isa there is no originality in movies today. Yet, CVronenberg is beng slain on this board. I don't get it. Yes, he has gone more mainstream recently, but even his "mainstream" movies are mainstream movies that are very identifiable as Cronenberg. History ov Violence and Eastern Promises are perhaps his most mainstream movies yet, and they are being vilified on this board. Even those two movies, however, contain scenes that not many "mainstream" directors would have the balls to do, and not many directors out there can develop a level of trust with his/her actors and actresses to get them to do these scenes. Come on, the bathhouse scene in HOV is brutal and for some reason the nudity makes it so much more intense and feels much more dangerous than your typical boring fight scene. I remember sitting in the theater during that scene literally squeezing the hell out of the arm rests. Not many recent fight scenes have gotten me that involved. He hasn't lost his edge, he's just honed it.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Rewatched this movie recently.

    by AsimovLives

    Last time i had seen it was in the early 90s on TV. It's funny, but beiongan adult now, there's another perspective to viewing the movie. And if one knows that the movie was made as an emotional response to the divorce that Cronenberg had recently gone through, it makes for quite some interesting viewing. Many say the fact the lead actor does kinda physically resembles Cronenberg himself is no coincidence.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Quint: SCANNERS is a way better made film than THE BROOD

    by Monroville

    After watching both of them back-to-back, it is obvious that someone had a talk with Cronenberg and he took some notes. First off, when you have a horror movie introducing violent acts, you don't necessarily have to show intestines and the like, but you have to do more than show a smear of blood on the wall (when the lady gets attacked in the home later in the movie, couldn't he have had the camera on the floor, shooting the back of her head as she was lying down, have "the brood" stand-in wack the mallet down on a blood pack on the other side of her head with the camera cutting a second after impact? No brains involved, but a hell of a lot more impactful than seeing her smear blood on the wall). Second, the music by Howard Shore really SUCKS. Jesus Christ, it pulls the movie down, even as it stands visually. It is evident someone said something about this, because SCANNERS (being Cronenberg's follow-up) has a decidedly iconic soundtrack which elevates the movie (the scanner battle in the artist's den especially comes across as on the edge of goofy, with the eye and face histrionics, but the music really helps to sell the scene). Even the editing is better in SCANNERS, with the end-fight with Revok being a prime example. To this day, that wail Ironside does even after it cuts to black creeps the hell out of me and sends shivers up my spine. Oh yeah: if anyone thinks A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE is any good, just check out the graphic novel to see what it could have been.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Forgot about the slain the berserker fight in eastern promises.

    by UltraTron

    Tits it was

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    I thought it was good. Didn't read the comic.

    by UltraTron

    I can enjoy a movie version of a particular story separate from its source material. And not every book is better than it's movie. Still. I'll read the comic now and get back with you

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Cronenberg - always ahead of the curve...

    by Composite_Beppo

    Thanks, Quint - I love The Brood, and that scene with Eggar is burned into my brain - this just demonstrates what I have often thought - Cronenberg was far more twisted than Asian horror and was doing that stuff long before Asian horror became popular in this country - The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome - some really amazing and perverse stuff!

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    I agree, Cronenberg is fucking awesome

    by lv_426

    I especially enjoy his gorier early works, but also his newer stuff as well. Besides cheesy action flicks from the 80's, I pretty much grew up being fascinated with the early and often better works of Ridley Scott, James Cameron, John Carpenter, Paul Verhoeven, and David Cronenberg. Where are this generations' Cronenberg/Carpenter/Scott/Cameron/Verhoeven types of films and filmmakers these days? Direct to video flicks? The internet? Making video games? Just take Verhoeven's brilliant satire skills alone. We need some of that nowadays. Seriously. I like plenty of newer more current films as well, but nothing feels as daring, or as crazy anymore as those great genre films made in the late 70's and into the 80's.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    I enjoyed both A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. I know History is the more loved one of the two, but personally I thought Eastern Promises was better. As for Cronenberg making newer more mainstream films, I don't mind. I also wouldn't mind if he did go back to his roots so to say and make a gorier body-horror film again. If he wanted to do a big budget, truly mainstream film, then I'd love to see what that would be like as he hasn't really done that yet. I just wish he'd make more films these days.

  • Benjamin Button felt like a story I could see Cronenberg tackling. Same with Fight Club. I'm not saying that Cronenberg would do those films the same way, just that the material and the vibe of those films felt a bit like something that comes close to a Cronenbergian type of aesthetic and feel. Probably the most recent film that feels truly like a Cronenberg flick would have to be Splice. I thought it was really good about 2/3 through until it started to get a bit too much near the end.

  • I used it in a Chuck Norris quote: =You know that scene in Scanners, where Michael Ironside makes that dude's head explode using his mind? That was no special effect. Chuck Norris was visiting the set that day and was standing off camera and he accidentally sneezed, and well... the rest is geek cinema history.=

  • The one about Freud and Jung. Holy Fuck! I can't believe I forgot about that one. It probably already had a lame =limited release= already, which means I would have missed it. Meanwhile... Hollywood stinks up the theater with more Pirates and Transformers films.

  • I say that the only way you can remake that film is to have Cronenberg himself remake it. And thinking of A Dangerous Method's cast... I could see Fassbender as the Michael Ironside villain. Viggo as the Patrick McGoohan mentor type of dude. If they hadn't already starred together in X-Men First Class, then James McAvoy could play the lead in the Scanners remake. Not that I would really want a remake of Scanners, but if they had to do one, that cast plus Cronenberg at the helm could work.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST


    by Adam13

    I don't think a single person has mentioned that movie. Not a gore fest, obviously, but I think it's his most tightly structured film. And Fiennes is friggin' amazing in it. That one has really stayed with me, though I must agree that Dead Ringers is one of the most disturbing films I've seen.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    SPIDER is also the most realistic onscreen depiction of schizofenia ever. Not to mention it's a damn good movie and a very good adaptation of the original book. But the oscar had to go for that stupid bullshit pice of shit movie A BEAUTIFUL MIND. Fucking ass!

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Wait... I'm a pedophile because I can't stand kids?

    by NeonFrisbee

    Umm, are you sure you know what the term pedophile means?

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST


    by Adam13

    It's certainly the most sustained portrayal I've seen, though there are some good moments in other films, like Sean Penn in She's So Lovely. But yeah, it's such an unwavering performance. And Ron Howard seems like a nice guy, but man his movies are so pedestrian.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST


    by SigourneyWeavers3Dbeaver

    Methinks the neon frisbee doth protest too much.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    How about a behind the scenes pic of Altered States?

    by UltraTron

    You might have had one already but there's always room for more. Basicly it stood alone as the most intelligent sci-fi screenplay ever brought to the screen until another film recently challenged that contention. That film is called Avatar. It contains perhaps more sci-fi exposition unloaded onto the screen during it's running time than altered states. Just think of how fucking brilliant states is and how he focuses on the chick to bring him down from the mushroom trip and then ultimately to reconstitute himself back from primordial energy.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by NeonFrisbee

    Methinks sigourneyweavers3dbeaver is projecting. You sicko perv.