All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.
Peter Parker had it easy.
• The Fly is arguably the most touching and unsettling body horror movie ever made
• Jeff, uh, Goldblum is truly remarkable and even under tons of makeup you still feel his unique personality on screen
• It’s fascinating how Brundle not only goes through extreme physical transformations but also keeps adapting his mentality and behavior during the whole process, never losing his great sense of humor
• Hey, at least it wasn’t a damn mosquito that got in the pod
• The lovely Geena Davis also gives a very nuanced and deeply emotional performance and her relationship with Brundle is pretty much the backbone of the movie
• Gives a whole new meaning to the act of “dropping…
"I'm an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it. But now the dream is over and the insect is awake." Who would've thought that this is a line to cry over? A line genuinely and perfectly said as it is, is in all its absurdism able to make one feel deep, sad things. Who can make a film amidst the grimy, thrashy and spine-tingling horror and dark humor of a B-movie update about a man who morphs into a fly because his transportation device has a nasty little bug enter it unintentionally while testing it, and envelop such a fully-embodied tragedy into it? Well, David Cronenberg of course.
Cronenberg's reimagining of the '50s B-sci-fi horror film from…
It's been a Cronenberg family kind of day, what can I say?
How can a movie simultaneously be one of the most viscerally disturbing monster movies ever AND one of the most heartbreaking, tragic love stories of the 1980s? It's a rarity to find a movie that hits so squarely on all intended marks (scares, suspense, gross-out moments, special effects, emotional intensity...), but David Cronenberg's still-stunning remake of THE FLY (oh yeah, it's also one of the greatest remakes of all time) does exactly that.
Jeff Goldblum has never been better than he is here, as a brilliant but socially awkward scientist who has invented a primitive form of teleportation, but makes a fatal misjudgment when he tries to teleport…
As accessible as it is masterful, David Cronenberg's "The Fly" is a literate, chilling, and gruesome horror triumph. More reconceptualization than remake, Cronenberg and company's take on Kurt Neumann's elegant 1958 thriller is a thematically rich horror film that blends science fiction, allegory, and tragic romance. It is a fable bedecked in frightening special effects and a viscerally shocking genre outing wrapped in robust and recognizable narrative layers.
Based loosely on George Langelaan's short story, Charles Edward Pogue's script is built around Seth Brundle, a man who has constructed a teleportation device, and Veronica Quaife, a writer putting together a magazine story on Brundle and his invention. The narrative is well-known: Brundle, sending himself through his telepods, becomes genetically spliced…
David Cronenberg is not a minimalist—I think any claim to that term evaporates right around the moment a man turns into an undulating mass of tumors in real time—but his economic formalism, I think, displays the same strengths as the best in that field. That is to say, he has an incredible knack of specifically guiding and manipulating the viewer to certain topics but giving enough leeway to invite all manner of interpretations. Released into the context of the exploding AIDS crisis, The Fly’s story of a man mysteriously, literally falling apart, his body not tumorous but simply disintegrating, obviously had social resonance.
But even now as people broaden out and assign other meanings to it (fear of aging, of…
"Something went wrong, Seth. When you went through, something went wrong."
Reuniting with his usual accomplices - art director Carol Spier, DP Mark Irwin, composer Howard Shore - Cronenberg made one of the more commercially-accessible, among his other indescribable works, creature feature that intertwines themes - experiment-gone-wrong and man messing with stuffs that he shouldn't - that will never feel out of place once he ran his hand all over it. Cronenberg apparently trims the convoluted first draft of the script (which has flashbacks and three main leads) into a more first-person, character-driven, metamorphosis narrative that was infused, thanks largely to the great Jeff Goldblum, with such warmth, charming wit and humane quality, before it got strip away from him…
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll turn into The Fly" is a phrase that I someday could be using on my daughter if a very poor future parenting decision goes remarkably in my favor.
One of the many highlights of Cronenberg's established filmography, The Fly is a truly masterful horror film that expertly mixes drama and slow burning tension until it erupts before the audiences eyes. Jeff Goldblum has almost certainly never been better than he is here, playing Dr. Brundle with awkward charm that steadily turns into animalistic intensity and a full on descent into madness perfectly complemented by some of the best special effects work by Chris Walas. Just about everything that could work in the films favor does and then some: the script is well written and made better with actors who can perform it to near perfection, the cinematography is haunting, and the finale is awe inspiring. A great film that comes highly recommended.
So this is a movie about Geena Davis getting into a relationship with a baad boyfriend that turns into a fly man. It also has Jeff Goldblum, and he is cut from stone. This is Cronenberg's best film and if haven't watched it, fix it that mistake immediately.
But where did he get the monkeys from?
Such a classic movie monster feel. The lighting. Music. Finale. Romance. All of it. Perfection.
Fiquei em uma difícil decisão entre 4 ou 4,5, sem dúvida alguma esse é grande e ótimo filme. O que mais me incomodou durante toda a jornada pela grande obra do Cronenberg, foi o seu curto tempo, isso fez parecer (pra mim) muito corrido toda o roteiro do filme.
É um pacote cheio de boas atuações e com uma fantástica história. Diferente de qualquer outro filme, ele não nos mostra o que sempre estamos acostumados a ver, onde o personagem se transforma diretamente no monstro e vai trazendo o preconceito das pessoas sobre ele; Temos em "mãos" o desenvolvimento da coisa, como ele é formado, o passo a passo para a evolução, o que nos leva a ter apenas 3/2 lugares de total presença durante todo o filme, o que não foi mais que suficiente.
Um ótimo filme que em minha visão é diferente de muitos outros, recomendado para todas as pessoas (menos quem tiver estômago fraco).
501 Must-See Movies *2004 Entry #336
“The horror! The horror!”
-Kurtz, Heart of Darkness
The above quote from Joseph Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness" (if you want a film adaptation watch Apocalypse Now) is what instantly sprang into my mind when the film was over. This film is a beautiful tragedy in every sense and what makes it so effective is how sympathetic Seth Brundle is. He's just a scientist who wants to help change the world and due to a mishap gets a slow humiliating transformation into an inhuman monster. The ending scene in which Brundlefly makes his final transformation in all his grotesque glory (which contains practical special effects on par with John Carpenter's The Thing) is a sight to behold. Which is accompanied shortly after by an incredibly poignant downer of an ending that contains such raw emotion. This one of those science fiction/horror films that you must see before you die.
Nasty as all get out, but obviously one of -- if not the -- greatest body-horror film ever made.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…