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…
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.…
As slimy, goopy, and unsettling as Cronenberg's true blue stuff, but with a sheen of romantic melodrama that (for me anyway) kicks it over the top. The sheen doesn't block out the terror, nor does the body horror make the proceedings seem any less tragic, and the climax, with a Not-Brundle, now suffering from two consecutive botched teleportations, silently begging/forgiving Veronica for killing him, represents the most raw emotion I've ever seen harvested out of a special effect.
It's hackneyed to bemoan the modern state of blockbusters, but you can't help but do so as you watch a scifi thriller with this much power and maturity unfold in front of you. It's hard for me to visualize the inevitable 21st century remake, because how do you even show organic deterioration with PG-13 CGI? And would anyone show up if you did?
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, perhaps she'll die.
I will never look at Jeff Goldblum the same way again.
In all seriousness though, Cronenberg's take on The Fly has a lot going on, particularly with regards to sex, ego and self image. It's frequently horrifying, and overall an incredibly sad, even tragic film. This makes the occasional moments of levity from Goldbum all the more welcome, as they prevent The Fly from becoming unbearably bleak. Goldblum and Geena Davis are excellent together, and their romance gives The Fly more of a chance to be gentle than either of the other Cronenberg pictures I've seen, Scanners and Videodrome. The early domestic scenes are well written and well characterized, and make me very curious to see his more recent work, which seems to have moved from the transformation and/or mutilation of the body to the transformation and/or mutilation of the soul.
I dug this. I can't wait to see it again.
"Secondary element is not-Brundle."
Jeff Goldblum at his Goldblumiest in one of the most revolting Hollywood pictures ever made, as I'm sure McDonald's and other purveyors of cheeseburgers must have seen their stocks plummet after its release.
"Hmm...two bucks?...and it only transports...~matter~?"
Irreparably damaged my psyche at a very early age. Damn babysitters. 1/2 star, but really 3 1/2.
Monkeycat! Monkeycat! Monkeycat!
I'm so tired of these romantic comedies...
If you have seen the fly 2 with Jeff goldblum please comment below and tell me if it is worth watching as I have never seen it.
I haven't seen the fly in years and after sitting down to rewatch it again I have to say this film has not aged a day Jeff goldblums performance is gold in this movie and the special effects are incredible and David cronenberg in my opinion is a severely underrated director if you haven't seen them I highly reccomend you check out a history of violence and eastern promises both directed by David cronenberg and starring viggo mortensen.
Gleefully horrifying. Extra points for the pro-choice subtext.
- A Trip to the Moon
- 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!