Seeing as the teaser for David Cronenberg's upcoming adaptation of Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis just dropped, I figured the time opportune to share with y'all the trailer to Cronenberg's The Brood—a film I consider Cronenberg's first masterpiece. I don't wanna say too much about the plot, lest I ruin the movie for anyone who hasn't seen it; but know that The Brood contains one of my favorite "Oh. My. God. They did not just do that. Holy. Fucking. Shit. Christ." endings. So yeah, what I'm saying is, you should see this movie.
And the trailer thinks so too, as its opening scroll so emphatically states:
“Now comes a major motion picture event that will take you far beyond anything ever filmed before. You are about to journey beyond fear, beyond terror, beyond the boundaries of your mind, in a film so terrifying, it will devastate you totally.”
Now at first sight, this copy may come off as pompous carnival barker-esque bluster: so overbearing, such braggadocio serves only to annoy. But if you were to think that, you would clearly be a person who has not had the pleasure of watching The Brood. This is one of those rare instances of the film more than living up to the studio hype. This shit is the real deal.
And what of the trailer that follows the hype? Overall, an incredibly effective piece of art: perfectly aping the film's tone; never revealing too much of the plot. But the one thing I can't get past, in fact the only thing that mars this trailer is the unforgivably awful “hitting every obvious horror note” narration. It is so over the top, in fact, that it verges, at times, on satire. Here’s a sample line.
“The Brood. You can run...you can hide and hope they won’t find you; but you won’t escape. Once unleashed, The Brood will destroy anyone who gets in their way.”*
OK, you may be wondering why I gave the opening text a free pass but decided to bitch about this narration. The difference? Um...uh...Ok, I don't know that there is much difference. It just seems so much worse when an overbearing, narrator makes you feel each line. Yuck.
But as parody, this narrator is a hoot.
*Not to nitpick, but the noun brood, like family or group, is singular. So this line should read: “Once unleashed, The Brood will destroy anyone who gets in its way.” Yeah, this way may sound clunky, but this way is the correct way. Grammar’s a bitch like that.