Nola Carveth (Samantha Eggar) is going through a tough divorce. She’s in a custody battle with her husband, Frank (Art Hindle) for their daughter Candace (Cindy Hinds). At the same time, she’s been seeing psychotherapist Hal Raglan (Oliver Reed) at the Somafree Institute. Raglan uses a treatment he calls “psychoplasmics”, where patients let go of their emotions through changes in their bodies. And Nola definitely has some emotions she needs to release: urns tout she’s a very disturbed woman who was abused as a child by her mother.

Then Nola’s mother is murdered by a disturbing, goblin-looking thing while she’s looking after Candice for Frank.┬áNext, Nola’s father is killed–also by a little strange creature.

At least it looks like Nola has responded to the treatment well. A little too well. Frank is convinced that something sinister is happening at Somafree.

Toronto-born David Cronenberg started making shorts and movies in the 1970s. He used his own divorce and a custody battle for his daughter tas an inspiration for The Brood. This is his third movie, and it’s just as disturbing as the majority of his horror films. It also marked his first collaboration with composer Howard Shore (it was Shore’s first movie).