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.…
Some of the best make-up effects ever utilized in a horror film, or a film in general, make "The Fly" one helluva gruesome ride. As Jeff Goldblum slowly transforms from man to half-man-half-fly hybrid, everything gets grosser and goopier until a terrifyingly tragic ending that'll leave you horrified, saddened, shocked, and totally speechless. This is the best performance I've ever seen from Goldblum, a true masterclass in character progression as he develops from his reserved, eccentric scientist persona to a sugar-loving, contortionist, wall-climbing madman and then finally into the titular fly. Be impressed. Be very impressed.
Note: I originally gave this a 5* rating but I'm going to be conservative and lower it to 4.5 with the concession that it…
I'm an insect who dreamt this movie wasn't perfect.
Now the dream is over.
Starts off by diving in and ends with a bang.
Glad I finally caught this.
Film #16 of the Scavenger Hunt #2 challenge
Task #19: A film featuring bugs or insects.
A classic. Watched this a few times as a kid. Strangely, I remember it being scary... and an overall better film. It's still a very engaging and entertaining film, though -- at times even disgusting. One of the better horror films of the '80s, even if its premise is rather unrealistic. Hats off to Jeff Goldblum for his terrific performance.
That ending gets me every time -- and always the exact same mix of emotions.
This is now twice I've shown this to people where their only response afterwards was "why did you show me this?"
I guess it was a little gross for them.
There are very very few films that I'll enjoy, but will pretty much never consider watching again ever.
This is one of those.
Disgustingly entertaining. The first half wasn’t boring, but not nearly as exciting as the second half, and the love story seemed rushed at first. Either way, I still really enjoyed the film. I love how it’s not just a horror/sci-fi but also has strong elements of romance. I could also ideas coming from the real world such as disease and how it affects loved ones. I didn’t watch it with a seriously critical or analytical eye, but I think there is solid depth to it. I was expecting something a little more Kafka-esque. Some of it was there, but I wasn’t disappointed when it wasn’t. The effects were gross and horrifying, as they should be, and it thoroughly creeped me it. Great performance by Goldblum with his classic acting as well as body/physical acting. It must have been a tough time going through all of that. I’m not sure if I like Videodrome better or not.
Although the original was one of my least favorite Vincent Price films, I watched this remake because I love Cronenberg's Eastern Promises and think Jeff Goldblum is a hella good actor. Aside from some awful choices in hairstyle, The Fly has aged surprisingly well and is the rare remake that manages to be better than original, not that the bar was set particularly high. It takes a B-horror movie and turns it into genuine Shakespearean tragedy, though the gruesome factor definitely makes it hard to watch from time to time. It's not a masterpiece by any stretch but is a really good horror flick and a great remake, which is definitely something.
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!