All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. 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.
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…
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 near 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 manage 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 seen. Cronenberg's direction…
The third Cronenberg in our Horror-o-thon this year. We were going to save this one for the prime spot, Halloween Night, but it was a Thursday, and Thursdays is when our next door neighbours come over for a movie. After exposing them to Magic Mike a couple of weeks ago, we thought we should pick a Dead Ringer, er, film we know isn’t terrible. We thought about Hollie’s pick, the one with the Giant Zombie Poodle and Phyllis Diller, but thought it might be too much of a risk.
What a difference a couple of years makes! The Dead Zone was Chronenberg’s first big budget film, and on our recent rewatch, I still saw that particular ‘Canadian’ Look. With his…
Cronenberg's explorations of the physical side of horror always intrigue me and here he displays it in an accessible and rather straight up horror film. And it works really well.
Sharing only the conceit with its 1958 original, this is a genuinely terrifying film. Not for scares, but for the physical deterioration we are shown. It is amazing, terrifying yet something you cannot look away from. Every time you think that the metamorphosis cannot get any more gruesome, Cronenberg pushes it further and manages to introduce yet another horrid aspect of this slowly evolving creature.
It is, in essence, a monster movie, but done by a director that knows how to inject an oppressive atmosphere, lifting it to incredible heights.…
There's a real sense of economy with The Fly, one of David Cronenberg's most well known pieces of work, evident in the very first scene as within seconds Jeff Goldblum declares to Geena Davis that he has an invention destined to change the world. No preamble, no acres of establishment or backstory to wade through, Cronenberg just throws us right into the revelation that Goldblum's genius scientist Seth Brundle delivers upon Davis' journalist Veronica and doesn't let up from there, delivering a lithe, tight exercise in repulsive body horror and not to mention a classic example of a cautionary tale, a warning against pushing science too far and the perils of what might happen. The Fly as a result, oddly…
Commentary with just David. Interesting enough if you're into filmmaking and this particular movie. If you're interested , it's fun to listen, but not the most entertaining. It's not Seed of Chucky. I remember enjoying David's commentaries for Criterion with both Dead Ringers and Naked Lunch more.
A horrific and wonderful tragedy from Cronenberg.
This film is why the transporters on Star Trek are a bad idea. Why would I want to kill myself and then simultaneously create some asshole impostor of myself? It seems like a horrible way of going about getting around. I'd rather just have my mom drive me. It hasn't failed me in all my 38 years and it certainly hasn't turned me into a fly monster. Every once in a while she will cry and shake her head while we're on the way to the hobby shop but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make to complete my Warhammer 40k miniatures collection. Turning into a fly is not an option because I would not be able to paint them in great detail like I do now if I had fidgety fly hands.
Cronenberg's most commercial film is surprisingly one of his most gross - in a good way of course. There are some keys scenes in this movie, which live with you for years and will have turned as many on to the rest of his work as they turned off. For me the vomit drop destroying Flesh and the maggot baby are those key scenes that I still find a little hard to watch!
Golblum is twitchy and odd. Perfect casting. Davis and Getz give solid support; but it's the gradual transformation which is still fascinating today -even though some of the later scenes are obvious man in latex, you just can't take your eyes off it.
An interesting aids-era disease story, though I prefer the science fiction first half to the venereal horror second.
Really great creature effects and performance from Goldblum. Kinda gross though.
Jeff Goldblum is really funny in this. He's wry, ironic and shows great timing. One of David Cronenberg's best films.
Body horror at its most disturbing and emotionally powerful. A film that gets under your skin and stays there.
A note on the viewing: Viewed in High Definition at 2K resolution. Fox's UK Blu-ray release boasts a pleasant, film-like transfer.
The fact that I have not seen The Fly until now should come as no surprise to anyone that knows me. While I am willing to watch any film from any genre with an open mind, the world of horror cinema is one that I have trouble getting excited about. Often times the best case scenario with such films is that I feel squeamish and unsettled, because at least then I know the work offered enough to inspire a reaction, but on many other occasions I find myself disinterested within minutes.
My last journey into the mind of David Cronenberg was the film Videodrome, and while I was indeed left feeling squeamish and unsettled, I was certainly never bored. In…
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…