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.
BFI Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder - Review #1 - The Fly (1986)
Whenever someone says remakes are always bad, I just say "Go watch Cronenberg's The Fly" because you'll take back what you just said instantly. It's a great science fiction horror that brought so much more to the screen than the original did. Not saying the original is a bad film, but it's certainly not great. But David Cronenberg's 1986 remake is great, in fact, it's more than great. This film falls into the first act in Cronenberg's filmography, body horror. While the film does lose his frequent past use of social commentary, it makes up for that in being one of the most entertaining and…
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…
One of the best remakes, enjoyable.
Clasico q nunca habia visto. Me gusto, esta muy bien llevada y Jeff esta muy muy bien en el papel, sacando el hecho de q casi se parece a una mosca. La peli apela mucho a lo asqueroso, no gore, sino asqueroso, q era algo q era muy comun en esa epoca dado a la falta de recursos para realizar ciertas cosas, asi q si pueden trascender lo viscoso la van a disfrutar bastante. Por las dudas no la vean comiendo.
se o original já era muito bom, o remake ficou muito melhor, esse é um dos casos em que o remake é tão bom ou melhor que o original. ambos são histórias divertidas e clássicas.
Wow that was gross.
The machines are buzzing, thunderbolts are flashing illuminating the elsewise dim room and as the fog clears up, we mechanically follow the movement of the camera zooming into the figurative dark cave – the thought of the creature which might step out of it is leaving a mixed feeling of scientific curiosity and repulsion.
David Cronenberg's body horror has definitely earned its place in movie history. The transformation of a human body is impressive and revolting at the same time and the Oscar-winning make up-team couldn't have done a better job. It's like watching someone go through puberty with body parts growing unproportionally, developing hairs at places you wouldn't expect and becoming even more moody than the eccentric…
This is the kind of film that seems made for David Cronenberg, a body-horror film that pushes the limits as to what true grotesquery is.
What really makes the film so effective is that so much context is added regarding the transformation we are witnessing take place onscreen. Seth Brundle (played spectacularly by Jeff Goldblum) is slowly deteriorating before our very eyes and he approaches every part of this transformation with a new philosophical outlook on what man is meant to accomplish. Geena Davis also does a fantastic job as the audience-insert character that serves as Seth's last tether to reality.
The special effects are horrifying. There's a difference between grossing out an audience with effects and truly scaring them…
The Fly is about a man become not a man. It is about a slow but complete loss of humanity. It is about how love does not conquer all, and sometimes the most merciful thing to do is kill. David Cronenberg's most commercially successful film is a work of sublime emotion, as well as grotesque drama.
The story of Seth Brundle, who accidentally fuses his genes with that of a fly is well known. His tragedy has become cultural, with its frequent association with the AIDS epidemic of the late 1980s, although this is not an authorial reading. In fact, Cronenberg intended the plight of Brundle to be taken broadly, as analogous to any sort of disease. The most interesting…
go to church david cronenberg!!!!
There are few movies, horror or otherwise, that are as unbearably sad as The Fly. Even before it becomes a monster movie story about the inevitability of watching your partner die – Amour with more K-Y jelly and latex (wait, what) – it stings because the opening scenes could be the start of a great romantic comedy for geeks. Cronenberg was very wise to change the married couple of Charles Edward Pogue’s original script to a pair that is just meeting as the movie begins. Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis have the kind of onscreen chemistry that real-life couple usually can’t recreate, and their early scenes are charming enough that we can shrug off the horrifying memory of an inside-out…
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- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- 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!