A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
"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…
"Be afraid. Be very afraid." Released in 1986, body horror auteur David Cronenberg's re-imagining of THE FLY is not only a grotesque and devastating sci-fi/horror film replete with raw visceral power, but a compelling and emotional love story that disintegrates into a deeply affecting tragedy. Cronenberg takes the basic premise of the 1958 film and the short story by George Langelann it was based on and molds it to his proclivities and obsessions as a filmmaker that involve the process of mental and bodily deterioration, the connection of sex and violence, the effects of technology and concepts on ourselves and society, as well as our fear of disease, death, and change. THE FLY features not only career best performances from…
I love that arm wrestling was so prevalent in the 1980s that even David Cronenberg incorporated it into a film.
I remember watching this for the first time and having these physical feelings while viewing: my skin crawled, my body shivered, my eyes widened in terror and fear. In terms of pure body horror, Cronenberg did his job. "The Fly" is a taut and frightening vision of science gone horribly wrong with some of the most jarring makeup effects ever seen. If you're an individual who gets creeped out easily and has a squeamish disposition for gruesomeness at the highest level, don't watch this. But if you're like me and you can handle this gruesomeness without getting weakness, then get ready to be afraid. Be very afraid.
I haven't seen The Fly in quite some time but I do remember liking it a lot more than I did this time around, sadly. I love the first hour of it but after that it slightly goes downhill a bit when it really shouldn't because that's when the excellent special fx's are giving the spotlight but by the end I just don't care enough about the Brundlefly enough to rate this higher.
Cronenberg for me is a director I admire but the more I rewatch his films it really drives home the fact theres only a handful of his work I truly love with all my heart.
David Cronenberg took one of the many sci-fi exploitation films from the 1950s and turned it into a tragic romance wrapped in the veneer of a horror film. Jeff Goldblum stars as Seth Brundle, a scientist who makes a huge breakthrough in teleportation technology. But when a fly gets in the chamber while he is experimenting on himself, his DNA is accidentally spliced with that of the fly, slowly turning him into a strange human/fly hybrid.
Cronenberg focuses on the gradual decay of Brundle's body, yet this never feels like mere gross-out horror. We feel his pain, his terror, his disgust at what is happening to his own body. The film's horror stems from his horror, and the tragedy of…
Cronenberg Weekend, Day Two: The Fly / Dead Ringers / Naked Lunch / Crash
I enjoyed it but I do think the original film with Vincent Prince was creepier.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
i think this film is the reason i'm afraid to get pregnant
Be amazed, be very amazed
David Cronenbergs take on Beauty and the Beast sure is an interesting one. The Fly is grotesque, The Fly is unique, The Fly is terrifying, The Fly IS Jeff Goldblum. Cronenberg spends the perfect amount of time developing his characters here so that they bring just the right amount of sympathy when shit goes wrong. Too long and they become tangential, too short and they become uninteresting and careless. As a whole The Fly is about breaking barriers, boldly going where no man has gone before, it's exploration, it's beauty, it's fucking disgusting and it all ties together oh so perfectly. It's love triumph over beauty, or lack there of, which brings humanity and…
Two career-best performances, coupled with some of the most repulsive moments in horror cinema as well as a heartbreaking finale make for one of the best horror films ever made. This is Cronenberg's best, alongside The Brood.
Big shout out to the Howard Shore soundtrack here; the central theme is incredible stuff.
Some of these aren't from the 80s but it's about DAT VIBE.
I've put both Mad Max and Beyond Thunderdome…