The Brood was, in fact, the first Cronenberg film I saw — and it was probably the first time I’d been shocked by a movie in several years at that time. The brutal nature of its horrors wasn’t quite like anything I’d seen up to that point. I don’t find it shocking today — certainly not in the way that Cronenberg’s Videodrome (1983) retains its shock — and it lacks the kind of single iconic image of the exploding head of Scanners (1981), but it has a quality of its own. There is a sense of inner dread that is unique to the film, born of the lurking horror we suspect may be in ourselves. That alone makes it one of Cronenberg’s most compelling and unsettling works.
The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen The Brood Thursday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. in Theater Six at The Carolina Asheville, hosted by Xpress movie critic Ken Hanke.