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.
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.…
This film was much better than I expected it to be. A very enjoyable first time watch.
Two things 'the Fly' taught me:
1. Jeff Goldblum was once ripped. Who knew?!
2. Always look away when in the presence of an arm wrestling match. Cos, you never know.
The most incredible thing about the The Fly is that it's a monster movie but one in which we follow the monsters warped path from average human to disgusting creature.
The movie is a slow burner in the best sense of the word. Seth Brundle's transformation isn't overnight, the audience watches as each scene his health deteriorates further. Late in the movie he has become so grotesque the audience wants to look away but David Cronenberg keeps the audience entranced.
Jeff Goldblum is excellent as Seth Brundle, he's a flawed scientist that refuses to give up on his project. That is his downfall. Masterfully shot and with such a limited budget the fact it still looks excellent is an achievement. A twisted parable on the dangers of science and humanity's constant need to push boundaries.
As Ahab would say, I'd fuck it.
I always forget how desperately sad this film is.
There's not a single bad thing I can say about this grotesque, tragic love story.
Goldblum gives a physically challenging and 100% committed performance and his steep decline, physically and psychologically, is captured in all its stages.
Amazing make-up and special effects, brilliant score by Jerry Goldsmith, and a perfectly paced story make this cinematic perfection (if you can stomach the content) and a movie I will revisit every year.
Brundlefly! Jeff Goldblum is a national treasure.
I also had the opportunity to see the Cronnenberg body horror classic, The Fly in a late night screening. It was the first time in about 10 years that I had seen it, the last time being during a course I was taking on the fantastic during my degree. It was of course absolutely brilliant. Along with An American werewolf in London and The Thing it makes you wonder why modern filmmakers choose CGI over Physical effects. I always forget just how tragic it is and how devastatingly sad the ending is. It also occurred to me that in the age of the superhero film it’s a pessimistic take on a familiar origin premise, scientific accident imbues a new physicality. I’d love to see a Croneneberg-ian take on the Avengers.
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Transformacija je dosta savršena - istovremeno ljigava i smiješna.
Echt wel een van de betere sciencefiction/horror films. Tijdloos ook vanwege weinig gebruik van SFX maar echte props.
Absolutely loved this film. David Cronenberg is easily becoming one of my favourite filmmakers. The special effects are some of the best I`ve ever seen. I`m looking forward to re-watching with Cronenberg`s audio commentary.
The fly in the teleportation pod. A classic story, yet I hadn't seen this film. I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie, but it surprised me in many ways.
First of all I was a little disappointed when Brundle (the scientist) stepped out of the pod unharmed (even with some kind of superpowers). I wasn't sure how the story would evolve, but I had a faint idea that he would evolve in the fly (kind of obvious, but yeah). The way this happened though was really well done.
Gradually altering the physical and mental properties felt like a really good character build and it captured me every second. I'm normally not that gore kind of guy but I…
Seth Brundle: Oh...that's disgusting.
That's it. That's the movie.