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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.
The most surprising aspect about "The Fly" to me wasn't how incredibly tragic the main plot turned out to be or even how incredibly the special effects were, but rather how much it feels like a classic monster movie.
See, the thing most overlook about Monster Movies (especially the ones I've reviewed recently) is that they're essentially tragic character studies of people put in situations that they never expected to be in and or discover something completely new that blows up in their faces.
That's what "The Fly" is; it's a modern monster movie. And I don't mean that as an insult. If anything, I mean it as a high complement.
It's very hard to both do something drastically different…
"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…
As accessible as it is masterful, David Cronenberg's "The Fly" is a literate, chilling, and gruesome horror triumph. More reconceptualization than remake, Cronenberg and company's take on Kurt Neumann's elegant 1958 thriller is a thematically rich horror film that blends science fiction, allegory, and tragic romance. It is a fable bedecked in frightening special effects and a viscerally shocking genre outing wrapped in robust and recognizable narrative layers.
Based loosely on George Langelaan's short story, Charles Edward Pogue's script is built around Seth Brundle, a man who has constructed a teleportation device, and Veronica Quaife, a writer putting together a magazine story on Brundle and his invention. The narrative is well-known: Brundle, sending himself through his telepods, becomes genetically spliced…
Cronenberg was supposedly inspired to make this film after watching a loved one die of cancer, and that tragic angle rings so true throughout The Fly. It's a story not of scientific hubris, nor misguided masochism; but rather of weakness, love and pain; a fucking ingenious twist on the archetypal "mad scientist", replacing that manic behavior with human fragility. It's not a tale of arrogance, rather of modesty; of simplicity and moderation.
The first shot is an important one, as Jeff Goldblum's wide-eyed, enthusiastic and passionate face fills the screen; lighting up the first third of this film with boundless scientific ambition and genuine enthusiasm for life, love and humanity. He meets Ronnie, a reporter who soon falls for Brundle's…
I'm quite on a roll this weekend and all of these hot films I've been seeing.
The Fly is real horror film right here.
Filled with a solid story, good acting, some real tension ans suspense, great directing, and just giving the chills while watching makes this a great film to watch during this time of the year.
Happy Birthday Mr. Jeff Goldbulm. Never stop being so awesome.
Probably the pinnacle of special effects makeup work in the 80's. Jeff Goldblum should have got an Oscar nom.
Badass scifi/horror with amazing creature and make up effects, and a heartbreaking ending.
It's gory. It's operatic. It's emotionally heart-wrenching. And it's basically the sci-fi horror version of "Amour."
I love it to bits. Little bits that I have to vomit on to eat up.
"It's the flesh! It makes you crazy!"
^David Cronenberg in a Nutshell^
Anyway, love Goldblum as always and he does one hell of a performance but the rest get their respective screentime and full potential used. All of the traits of a Cronenberg production are here, such as the enclosed locations that build up a fantastic atmosphere as the audience gets to experience first hand the mutation of Seth following a half-assed teleportation event with an uninvited guest, the titular fly, that sets a genetic fusion and his arc for the rest of the film. He's a likeable man as well for his fiancée, and makes it all tragic and horrific that we have to witness his eventual downfall as…
A masterpiece. "Be afraid, Be very afraid"
There's lots to love about The Fly. The mix of horror, sci-fi, romance, and humor is spot on. Great score. Jeff Goldblum's teeth (before full-on transformation, of course). Geena Davis' teeth. The sleek, modern aesthetic that's also so unbelievably mid-80s. And nobody's ever done gross out body gore better than Cronenberg.
Cronenberg has us go from disgusted, to afraid, to heartbroken just in the finale. Love it! A classic. Will have to watch his other films (and the original fly as well)
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…