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The Fly Reviews

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August 7, 2016
A truly gut-wrenching masterpiece. A horror film that features sophistication, superb acting and plenty of violence and gore. This movie proves that Jeff Goldblum is a superb but quite underrated actor. At the same time, proves that David Cronenberg is a true master of body horror. 'The Fly' is a very rare remake that is arguably superior to the original.
July 25, 2016
Shockingly sexualized and grotesque, David Cronenberg's remake evolves beyond the campy original.
July 24, 2016
1931's Frankenstein Is One Of My Favorite Films.
July 19, 2016
This tragic and disturbing body horror film has strongly developed characters which make it a surprisingly affective horror film.

After a scientist attempts to teleport himself, a fly accidentally gets in with him and he begins to gruesomely transform into a man/fly hybrid.

This movie is all about tension. It leads up to the big reveal of the monster at the end. Also, it has greatly developed characters. The movie does a great job making us sympathize with Brundle and at the end, it contains a tragic ending which works so well because we can't help but feel sorry for Brundle after seeing what he's been through. It's pretty hard to watch but it's fitting.

The special effects look phenomenal and despite being almost 30 years old, they still look gruesome today. Few movie monsters are as disturbing to look at as this one. I once thought that The Thing (1982) had great effects for its time (which it does) but this movie clearly has put as much effort into making the effects as gruesome and realistic as possible.

But I didn't like how the movie started off slow. It took half an hour for Brundle to first get infected. I get that the movie was trying to set up the characters (and it succeeded in doing so) but the first half hour felt much slower then the rest of the film. It should have been cut down a bit. However, the other hour of the film which follows is well-done and it had great buildup and tension.

Despite a slow start, The Fly is a very well-done movie which has strongly developed characters. Its effects are disgusting and realistic and they still hold up today. Its ending is very tragic and it gets me every time. If you don't mind gore then I strongly recommend this film.
May 16, 2016
a grosse but a very good movie not for the weak
May 12, 2016
The Fly (1986) ???
Stomach-turning remake of 1958 cult favorite (of the same name) about off-the-wall scientist Goldblum who makes fatal mistake of letting a fly into his transportation devise. Combined with the fly, he turns into one. Science fiction/thriller remake is almost unbearably intense; it is vivid and credible, with rich performances by its two stars, but it's also uncomforting, certainly icky, and perhaps all too effective. David Cronenberg co-scripted with Charles Edward Pogue. This won a best makeup Oscar. Followed by THE FLY II.
May 9, 2016
Really good, makes you feel for the characters, but horrifying and disturbing.
½ May 2, 2016
Cronenberg delivers in the classic that would have fallen in anyone else's hands. A smart script is delivered by the cast in a slow burn that builds up to an emotional climax.
½ April 30, 2016
A masterpiece of sci fi horror supported with great performances of Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. Not for sensitive people.
½ April 13, 2016
Disturbing and engaging, the fly is a fascinating look at human nature. Jeff Goldblum is fantastic, but the acting really drops off from there. A must-see.
April 10, 2016
Nicely crafted remake which i would compare to the other remake "The Thing" in that they both reimagined their relative originals adding superior production and perfect acting.
½ April 1, 2016
"The Fly" has a very strong build-up in which we get to know the characters and identify with them. Slowly, hints that something's gone horribly wrong start to emerge and segue into the final act, that justifies the application of the term "horror film". The characters are interesting, the acting is realistic (especially by Goldblum but also Davis most of the time), the make-up, effects and direction are excellent and the allegorical aspects of the story give the film some extra gravitas.
March 22, 2016
Beautifully directed and delightfully gory, Chronenber's "The Fly" is a remake that will stand the test of time and scare movie lovers for years to come.
March 8, 2016
Haunting but powerful, The Fly is an incredible film buffeted by extraordinary effects and makeup and the wonderful performances of Goldblum and Davis that help create a terrifying yet sympathetic character. This movie stays with you long after it's over.
March 6, 2016
This may be one of the only sci-fi tragedies, and by the end of the movie you realize that's what it really is--a tragedy. You can't help but feel sorry for the main characters due to their circumstances, and if it was put in the hands of any lesser director, it may not chill you emotionally as it does visually.
½ March 6, 2016
David Croenbergs mix of graphic horror and romance is what truly makes the Fly Successfull. The Fly stars Jeff Goldblum as Seth Brundle, a scientist who has recently made a scientific breakthrough with teleportation called "telepods". Seth then begins to grow fond of this journalist who he shows his new discovery to. Soon after rather than normally teleporting inanimate objects. Seth puts himself into the telepod causing a disastrous incident. The Fly is a very disturbing but good movie. Croenberg masters the art of suspense and nails the transformation of Goldblum slowly transforming into this disgusting household pest. My biggest issues with the Fly is I feel the movie is lacking an amount of substance to be a more solid Sci Fi thriller. Geena Davis' definetly was outperformed by Goldblum and with her role in the film, she needed to be stride for stride alongside him. Despite some flaws The Fly is still a good movie. Great special effects, a terrific Goldblum Performance, and its disturbing story make The Fly a well rounded film.
February 26, 2016
Deeply unsettling in it's horrifying visuals yet poignant, powerfully acted and unforgettable. David Cronenberg's loose remake of The Fly exceeds the original's quality in all forms to become one of those unmissable horror movies.
½ February 19, 2016
Although the special effects are dated, the story, direction, and performances still stand out. The horror of the film grips you because it serves as a parable for watching a loved one degenerate from the ravages of disease.
February 7, 2016
I enjoy this film,which is amazing! When a scientist tries to work at
moving himself from one place to another,he finds a mishap.A fly suddenly comes into the picture,and Dr. Brundle (Blum) sees himself becoming the fly in all aspects.Geena Davis plays his true love, and she finds herself mixed up in the crazy scheme.
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