Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Psychological Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror films from the 1980’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?

The Brood

A man challenges the unconventional therapy techniques used on his wife.

 

Canada
1979
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Relative: 
Mother
6
A must-see. I kid you not!
6
5.04
7.04
6
2
2
4
Effects
Pace
Plot
This is one of David Cronenberg’s scariest movies. He writes and directs what seems like a personal story. It is a complicated film if you don’t give it your full attention. Some things don’t make sense, at first, and perhaps never will. The Brood is memorable because its big moments are absolutely terrifying. What the budget can’t afford, Cronenberg conveys with clever cinematography.
If this first appears to be all about creepy kids with creepy faces, a closer look in fact reveals a much deeper plot. It’s a movie about divorce, parenting, experimental psychology and pregnancy. The story is more layered than Cronenberg’s earlier horror feature films, 1975’s Shivers and 1977’s Rabid, and it gets you in much darker, more dramatic places.
Expect a slow burn that doesn’t give you all the answers, with huge narrative gaps and intense peaks. Every boring or incomprehensible scene is redeemed by a burst of pure terror. Every time you are about to give up on it, know that a creepy mutated, asexual kid awaits around the corner. Know that the ending is amazing. Prepare for a shocking film full of blood and terror.
Alternate Titles: 
David Cronenberg's The Brood
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