All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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.
David Cronenbergs Magnum Opus converts mainstream audiences by droves to worship at the alter of the master of body horror!
Jeff Goldblum's powerhouse performance was as terrifying as it was astonishing! The emotional range expressed by his character put our tits through the wringer! Making it literally impossible to not feel his pain!
Strangely affecting, oddly touching which made the horror that much more jarring!
"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…
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…
Wow, that was just sickening. Watching The Fly takes 'creeped out' to a whole new level. I'm so on edge right now, I feel almost like I did the time I woke up to a spider crawling across my face on a camping trip. Basically, I've got the heebie jeebies like I've never had them before. I'd say that's a pretty substantial achievement for a horror movie. I honestly can't think of another movie that's left me feeling this way ten minutes after it finished.
There are a lot of good things I could say about this movie and the genius that went into making it as effective as it is, but jesus, FUCK, that was a horrifying movie. I think that says it best. I'm as uncomfortable as I've ever felt after a movie, and for a gross-out horror flick I can't imagine higher praise.
A fantastic horror remake that shows Cronenberg's sensitive side, so to speak. And with the charm of a thousand suns, Jeff Goldblum shows us why he makes the big bucks.
Every line of 'The Fly' rings with double entendre, and not just the sexual kind - the "can I claim your body?" creepy-crawly-please-stay-away-from-me-forever kind.
Are you afraid to dive into the plasma pool?
Cronenberg sure loved body horror. I on the other hand, do not. Barf. But after putting off watching this for so long because I knew it would be a lot of fly-acid-spitting on things, it was a solid 'man is the real monster' film.
Although, like most classic horror & sci fi movies, I can't help quoting the Simpsons satirized versions!
"Ok, Jeff Goldblum, it's your sugar!"
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Film #13 of the "Scavenger Hunt #5" Challenge.
Task #9: Something directed by David Cronenberg.
I was ready to be rocked by Cronenberg. And boy, did he. Every scene built more anticipation and tension. Every time we saw Seth, we got more concerned for his sanity and later, more grossed out by his appearance. The fear of what he could possibly turn into next kept me reeling. And what a climax. A little corny in places but it made the film what it was and gave some emotional depth to the piece. Body horror is officially my new favourite genre. Bring on more Cronenberg!
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The greatest testament to The Fly is that by the time Brundle has been transformed to a point where he's completely animatronic, one still feels a great deal of sympathy for the man. This speaks to the humanity imbued by Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, co-writer Charles Edward Pogue, and co-writer/director David Cronenberg. This is more than a well-executed and gruesome horror film, it's a tragic mediation on dying, and it might just be Cronenberg's best film.
"I'm an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it. But now the dream is over... and the insect is awake."
A classic sci-fi/horror remake from a man who seems at his best when mixing the two generic elements- David Cronenberg.
Jeff Goldblum stars as brilliant but eccentric scientist Seth Brundle, who is working on teleportation- technology in his own home; and Geena Davis stars as love interest Veronica Quiafe. They're not ultra convincing as a couple, but 'The Fly' is no romantic drama.
With that in mind, the Academy Award winning makeup and effects by Chris Walas and Steven Dupuis are top notch. Makeup effects this good just aren't seen in today's motion pictures; not in the age of C.G.I.
Cronenberg, needless to say, has a brilliant ability to work with elements of psychological torment as well as physical horror.…
If somebody asked me what the scariest film I have ever seen was, I would quickly respond with "The Fly". This is the only film that scares me so much that I have hard time watching it. Despite that, I watch it whenever I can. This is true horror. This is my worst nightmare. When I saw this as a kid I had constant nightmares. I still do to this day. The idea of turning into a giant fly just gives me the creeps. Cronenberg's direction perfectly executes this. Goldblum's performance adds to the horror, as you can really feel what he's going through. The makeup effects are truly spectacular, more movies today need to use these effects. Give me this over any CGI blockbuster! This is horror, this is scary, yes it is gory, but the film's horror doesn't lie in its gore, it lies in its concept.
When hearing or reading about The Fly you will usually hear praise for the special effects, the gore, or maybe even the acting (all praise well deserved). What you probably won't hear about as often, though, is just how absolutely tragic and heart shredding this film is.The aforementioned gore and special effects really do deserve attention, though. They are still 25 some years later impressive, more so than about 90% of effects today. They are real. They aren't CGI added after the fact, covering up the fact that the actors are interacting with nothing. They are there with the actors, allowing them to see and feel something, and this matters. They also happen to look astounding. When Brundlefly truly emerges…
One of the most ridiculous and chaotic movies of all time. It fucks me up every time, but for some reason I embraced it more on this viewing than past ones. Cronenberg is a genius. This goes without saying, but the makeup effects are downright seamless. I never thought you could make Jeff Goldblum look *that* disgusting.
David Cronenberg's THE FLY is a perfectly executed horror film that delivers more than just horror. The well-paced plot offers a love story, hatched together by Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis's wonderfully portrayed characters, that makes way for a sci-fi tale about teleportation that ends up a horrifying tragedy when Goldblum's Seth Brundle slowly starts to become a human fly. Cronenberg does a great job focusing on Brundle's evolution while also exploring his relationship with Davis' Veronica and the little love triangle with Veronica's ex. I obviously have to praise the special effects here because MY GOD. All practical, all well-done, and all still effective after all this time. Yes, this movie is pretty dated (I mean, look at Jeff Goldblum's hair...), but it still a quality piece of film and arguably one of the best horror films out there.
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!