There are very few directors who could remake a cult classic, inject their own twisted spin on the material, then have that remake not only surpass the original in every aspect but also become the directors crowning glory. John Carpenter managed it with his revisit of The Thing, arguably Martin Scorsesse managed it with The Departed, his retelling of Asian classic Infernal Affairs and of course David Cronenberg more than achieved it with The Fly, a film that when its title is mentioned in modern day, its extremely difficult not to think of his iteration alone. The Fly stars Jeff Goldblum and Gina Davies, funnily enough a couple at the time of filming, as a mad scientist who has created the potential to teleport and a young gorgeous reporter, who happens to stumble upon his creation and indeed a loving relationship with the mad man. Seth Brundle, the scientist, aims to further his ability from teleporting inanimate objects to transporting himself through his impressive creation, but trouble strikes when he happens to accidentally splice the genes of a fly with his own, mid teleport and soon his new found powers start to become frighteningly grotesque. Its a warped and twisted tale that turns everything up to 11, injects Cronenberg's common themes of sex, infection and indeed paranoia and will utterly disturb you from start to finish. Jeff Goldblum is the best he has ever been, and thats not to say this is his only decent performance, its just his portrayal of Seth Brundle is that magnetic, that charismatic and bipolar, everything he has done since pales in comparison. He was made for this role, the speed of his language, his smug and charming bass tones, his weedy character, nervously twitching as he tries to work out vast amounts of equations, is literally enchanting to watch. He also happens to go full throttle when a grisly body transformation happens and its nothing short of revolting to watch. Gina Davis is equally brilliant, she however has far less insanity to play with, however its her grounded sense of reality that really sells the entire piece, without it the film would lean into complete fantasy, and funnily enough thats not what Cronenberg is going for here. The creature effects are revolting and just brilliant, Seth Brundle's transformation is still believable and sickening 30 years on, and a large part of that happens to be down to Cronenberg's decision to allow his emotions and mannerisms stay a firm staple until the very end. It looks chilling, it sounds chilling and the script tackles so many of our fears at once, I urge anyone to not throw up a little in their mouth. There will of course be people out their how will not enjoy this type of movie, its dark, it will make you gag, it gets under your skin and with make you feel filthy, however my argument would be that is exactly what you want from a horror film. There are 2 different types of horror, the cheap and nasty kind that appeals on a simple level with no lasting effects and the psychological kind, that allows the viewer to think, care and fear the material, The Fly is the latter, it was always going to be. The Fly is not only one of the greatest horror movies of all time, its up there with one of the greatest movies of all time, brilliant, emotional and revolting in equal measures, its not for the feint hearted, but for those with a strong stomach, there is plenty here to enjoy.