The Fly Reviews
July 29th-30th 2012
January 21st 2017
This is a film that knows how to deliver the scares at the right level of belief thanks to its use of suspense, visuals, and genuinely likable characters.
Outside of its central themes, the film is a beautiful production. The acting is great, and the effects and makeup top notch. It is a rare movie in which the remake is better than the original, and it has stumbled on stupidly simple formal more remakes should use. It is have a similar idea, but take different paths to get there. The journey and results will be amazing.
However The Fly from 1986 (yes thirty years ago!) isn't all about great prosthetics and make-up effects it also explores human emotions, relationships and science (although the computer looks naff!).
The film is actually a remake of a 1958 horror B-movie starring Vincent Price. The small cast is led by Jeff Goldblum. Someone I had only seen in Death Wish and Jurassic Park. However he delivers a good performance as a scientist whose experiments on matter transportation goes wrong. He experiments on himself and turns into a human/fly hybrid.
As the film progresses he gradually turns more insect. Complete with the escalation in special effects.
I might have to track the 1958 version down as many commentators say this remake is of the rare breed that better the original?
I've seen several Cronenberg films and this ranks high up amongst them.