The Fly

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David Cronenberg combines his trademark affinity for gore and horror with strongly developed characters, making The Fly a surprisingly affecting tragedy.

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When scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) completes his teleportation device, he decides to test its abilities on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a housefly slips in during the process, leading to a merger of man and insect. Initially, Brundle appears to have undergone a successful teleportation, but the fly's cells begin to take over his body. As he becomes increasingly fly-like, Brundle's girlfriend (Geena Davis) is horrified as the person she once loved deteriorates into a monster.

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Jeff Goldblum
Seth Brundle
Geena Davis
Veronica Quaife
John Getz
Stathis Borans
Leslie Carlson
Dr. Brent Cheevers
Michael Copeman
2nd Man in Bar
Howard Shore
Original Music
Mark Irwin
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Ronald Sanders
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Rolf Harvey
Art Direction
John Board
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Critic Reviews for The Fly

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (60) | Rotten (5)

  • What makes The Fly such a stunning piece of obsessive film making is the way Cronenberg deftly allows us to identify with his monstrous creation.

    August 4, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Wildly imaginative, gut-wrenchingly scarifying and profoundly primal (not to mention funny), David Cronenberg's The Fly is a movie that whacks you in the solar plexus and leaves you gasping.

    August 4, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • What's good about the film are the strong performances and the ingenious, mostly amusing script. What's ugly, of course, is the grossness. And what's bad is the movie's inability to reconcile its good and ugly aspects.

    August 4, 2013 | Full Review…
  • As slimy and as grotesque as some of its special effects become, The Fly is a far superior horror film to the top-grossing film in America of late, Aliens.

    August 4, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The Fly seizes on our ingrained, instinctive horror of sexuality, the sense of shame that our fundamentally puritanical society can't help but teach us, and by confirming our worst fears, helps us, for a moment, to move beyond them.

    August 4, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • A gross-your-eyes-out horror movie that is also the year's most poignant romance.

    October 18, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Fly

  • Oct 08, 2015
    The Fly may be horror but it is of the Evil Dead / Nightmare On Elm Street variety where the jokes / silliness lighten things up. This was a movie I had heard about but had never seen until just recently. The Fly is not a bad film but more a product of its time rather than a timeless classic. Recommended for fans of 80s grotesque / animatronic horror and, of course, Cronenberg fans.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2013
    Goldblum and the over-the-top special effects really craft this movie into the classic that it is today, but Cronenberg's ability to find pathos in the most unlikely of places is among the film's more compelling aspects.
    Kase V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2013
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  • Jul 05, 2013
    A mainstream horror movie blended with a heavy dose of science fiction B-movie and melodrama, The Fly is not only wildly fun and entertaining but also very well-made. It begins by diving straight into the story by introducing us to Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), a scientist with an invention that he claims will change the world. He invites journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) to his lab to show her the invention, which is a pair of pods that can teleport matter between them. Veronica plans to write a book documenting Seth's progress in perfecting the pods, and they get romantically involved (of course). However, all that goes awry when Seth decides to teleport himself from one pod to another whilst home alone, and a fly joins Seth in the telepod without his knowledge. Seth's invention successfulyl teleports him, but it also merges Seth's DNA with the fly's, causing him to gradually transform into an insect-like abomination. From that point on things begin to get gross, but Jeff Goldblum naturally brings a very human quality to his character and grounds the schlocky plot with a surprising amount of emotion. Despite the gorey moments, it's hard not to be rooting for the characters because the actors and script make them very believable and sympathetic. Even the seemingly two-dimensional character of Veronica's obsessive boss ends up redeeming himself to a certain degree, so the movie is almost like a low-budget sci-fi tragedy. Of course there's also a fair amount of low-budget horror special effects and gore, including Seth Brundle's unique way of eating food as he transforms into the fly-human hybrid (which the movie refers to as Brundlefly). All in all The Fly is a very enjoyable science fiction movie that has a welcome low-budget feel to it yet still has a great script and more than sufficient character development. The gross special-effects might be a turn-off for some people, but The Fly really has a lot going for it that makes it very fun and absolutely worth seeing.
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