THE FLY (18)
D: David Cronenberg
20th Century Fox/Brooksfilms (Stuart
USA 🇺🇸 1986
W: Charles Pogue & David
Cronenberg [based on the story by George Langelaan]
DP: Mark Irwin
Ed: Ronald Sanders
Mus: Howard Shore
PD: Carol Spiers
Cos: Denise Cronenberg
Jeff Goldblum (Seth Brundle), Geena
Davis (Veronica Quaife), John Getz (Stathis Borans), Joy Boushel (Tawny)
The golden rule of remaking a film is simple, be
original whilst still capturing the general essence of the original film. David Cronenberg's version of The Fly doesn't just do that, it provides a perfect example of a
Keeping to the main plot of the story from the B-movie
original, Cronenberg adds elements and allegories of addiction and infection to the mad-scientist monster movie.
Though the makeup effects may look like a guy in the
rubber mask by today's standards, the performances from Jeff Goldblum & Geena Davis are nothing short of entirely convincing.
Goldblum plays eccentric scientist Seth Brundle, who
has stumbled upon a miraculous invention which he plans to "change the world as we know it"- a teleportation device.
On his inaugural test of the machine, he is
unknowingly spliced with a common housefly. Initially, he develops superhuman strength and heightened sentence, but then faces the harsh truths that he is becoming less and less
The Fly is a genuinely terrifying horror movie with
intelligent allegories which lift it well above the schlock which saturated the genre during the early/mid 1980's.