The Fly II ★★★

Just like its predecessor, only without the subtext, strong character development and pathos! For what it is, though, The Fly 2 is a pretty good monster movie - it's efficiently directed by makeup artist Chris Walas (who won an Oscar for Cronenberg's film), has an empathetic lead performance by Eric Stoltz and features impressive late-'80s face melting effects. I noticed a copy of the book The Shape of Rage on a character's desk this time, so that was pretty nifty.