The Brood is a 1979 Canada horror by David Cronenberg
The BBFC passed the US Unrated Version for the 2005 Anchor Bay DVD without cuts for an 18 rating.
Previously the US R Rated Theatrical Version was passed uncut for the 1979 X rated cinema release, 1992 Video Gems video, 1997 Arrow video, 1998 Polygram video and 2005 Anchor Bar DVD.This version was cut by US film censors at the MPAA to achieve an R Rating
From version details on IMDb
28 seconds of footage deleted from:
- the ripping and licking of the foetus
- the mallet murder of the old lady
- shots of the dead schoolteacher’s battered face
Review from UK Amazon: Cronenberg get noticed
The Brood was David Cronenberg’s third feature release and the film that got him noticed outside Canada and the horror genre. With heavy weight actors Oliver Reed and Samantha Egger, Cronenberg’s excellent script – Oliver Reed said it was the best written part he had had since The Devils – and a story more psychological than outright horror, though there are a few gory scenes, Cronenberg was onto a winner.
This is a film that stays with you long after the final credits have rolled. There are many influences playing through the film, the brood children are reminiscent of the dwarf from Don’t Look Now, Howard Shore’s excellent strings only score a nod to Bernard Herrman’s score for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
Get this DVD now! it should be in your collection, quick before some idiot does a remake with CGI brood and no plot or subtext!