John's Review of The Fly

  • 2 years ago via Flixster
    The Fly

    The Fly (1958)

    Though I was a huge fan of Cronenberg's remake, it still took me 20 years to finally watch the 1958 original. A much different film than Cronenberg's, The Fly's premise of a scientist working on teleportation remains the same. This film has a framing device as it opens with Andre's death and the bulk of the film is relayed in flashback. The performances are solid from Patricia Owens and David Hedison as the scientist and his wife - his transformation becomes downright heartbreaking and the supernatural elements seem completely plausible thanks to the acting. Vincent Price's Francois is a necessary character for the framing, but he adds less impact to the story. The effects during the climax are fantastic for the time and downright unsettling. The effectiveness of 1958's The Fly completely floors me, and it is a pity it took me so long to watch it.

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