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The Brood

“Raglan encouraged my body to revolt against me… and it did.”

After going through a difficult divorce and custody battle, David Cronenberg decided to integrate elements of that part of his life into his screenplay for The Brood. It’s not an obvious parallel to his life, but when you know it’s there, it’s easy to see. Does that integration of his own life’s battles into the film help make it a stronger one than his previous ones? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Cronenberg series with his 1979 film The Brood.

We talk about the elements of his real life that informed this story, and how they helped shape his worldview of mental illness, grief, and cultish psychotherapy. We chat about the rage babies and how they worked in the context of the film. We debate some of the elements of the story, trying to figure out just what Dr. Raglan was up to at his institute. We chat about the performances throughout the film. And we look at the growing roster of Cronenberg’s regular crew helping out here, including Howard Shore for the first time.

It’s an interesting film that certainly shows Cronenberg’s growth with his body horror films, even if it still has problems. We have a great time talking about it, so check it out then tune in to this week’s show! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins.

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