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.
"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…
A clever example of science-fiction & unsettling work of horror, The Fly tells the story of Seth Brundle; a brilliant but eccentric scientist who is on the brink of a revolutionary breakthrough as his teleportation machine is near completion. Earlier only able to teleport inanimate objects, he finally is able to send through living things from one pod to another. But while he is testing the machine on himself, a housefly manages to enter the pod & what comes out from the other pod after successful teleportation isn't completely Brundle.
This is the first film by David Cronenberg that I've seen so I had no idea what to expect. And as the film ended, I was left astounded by what I had…
It's hard for me to judge The Fly as anything but an attempt to artistically elevate its B movie origins to an extent that robs the film from the sort of thrills that kept its antecedents engaging.
Toller 80er Jahre "Creature"-Horror-Film von David Cronenberg mit teilweise echt ekligen Szenen (Stichwort: Fingernägel), der recht gut gealter ist.
"After all these years, I've finally The Metamorphosis!"
You can tell that Jeff Goldblum studied up on his 1950s-style mad scientist line delivery.
While this film is definitely loved, I think it's a very misunderstood film. People focus in on the body horror and gore but forget what a compelling drama it is and also forget the depth and complexity of its themes.
Brundle's transformation suggests AIDS, cancer and simply the plight of aging and it works as a metaphor for any of those. It contemplates man vs nature and what the boundaries of science should be and on top of all of that, the romance of the film is one of the most compelling I've ever seen realized on-screen. It goes beyond just simple chemistry between the leads; it takes them through all of the best and worst scenarios of relationships in…
I have no idea what the '58 film is like, but this one I've learned really adds in the gore. The special effects are extremely good.
It's well paced, and the characters are properly developed which increases its rating.
Amidst the horror (which really only comes half-way in), Jeff Goldblum's quirky comedy mixes in well.
Yes, the Fly is amazing.
It is gross and creepy and very funny and Jeff Goldblum is weird and Geena Davis is weird (and her outfits are very good). I could go on but there is no point. This is legitimately all you need to know.
This is Cronenberg in his prime. Quintessential horror / sci-fi. Damn.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!