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…
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…
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…
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…
That's funny, I follow someone on Letterbox who just reviewed this movie... Coincidence I think not.
So The Fly is Cronenberg's re-imagining of the a 1950s B-sci-fi horror film from Kurt Neumann. Its gross and wierd, but at the same time also moving and interesting.
Its odd because I don't have much to say on this movie. It was just pretty good in my eyes, but nothing special. Great effects, and I loved the central relationship that was the backbone of the movie. Without it, or if it bombed, the movie would have been a mess. As absurd the plot was at times, it still remained touching thanks to Jeff Goldblum's great acting. But overall just too wacky and desperately…
Lizz was sad that Goldblum didn't get swatted.
This film is actually fairly entertaining. Not horrifying but extremely gross. The 80's effect isn't the best as we know. But the thoughts of certain scenes is gory.
I once read that Cronenberg wasn't a particularly adept storyteller. I think this movie provides evidence of that.
Also, Jeff Goldblum's hands are the most mesmerizing props in cinema.
Film # 13 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 7" Challenge
Task # 1: A body horror movie
“Be afraid. Be very afraid”. This famous quote is originally the tagline of “The Fly”. Because the plot is so different from the 1958 version, this can’t be called a remake. Jeff Goldblum plays the eccentric Seth Brundle, who build a teleportation machine. He can transport matter from one capsule to another. Journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) is following him in order to write a groundbreaking story about Seth’s experiments.
Goldblum might play his best role in “The Fly”. He manages to portray the nervous scientist with so much charm, it’s understandable that Veronica falls head over heels for him. At…
Pros: Strong central characters and arcs that drive the narrative forward. Goldblum's oddball idiosyncrasies and Davis' charm blend well and hold everything together. Visceral, grotesque, memorable use of practical effects.
Cons: Dialogue in act one could've used some pruning.
Great body horror. Lousy romance.
I'm saying... I'm saying I - I'm an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it. But now the dream is over... and the insect is awake.
I'm saying... I'll hurt you if you stay.
Horror Fest, Day 7
So, I think it was about time to review David Cronenberg's body horror version of The Fly. I don't think it's right to compare this to the original film from 1958 because both of them are completely two different films. Kurt Neumann's film actually had suspense and a mystery vibe included and it barely had it's bizarre theme and from that aspect it did it's job well. As for Cronenberg's version it was a dark and twisted body horror film and to me the remake is more of a classic than it's father.
The remake was so much memorable than the original and you can think of those movies differently and separately. Cronenberg's version was not…
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…