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October 27, 2015
Science fiction/horror classic that holds up as some of the best work by all involved. Jeff Goldblum gives one of his best performances as Seth Brundle, conveying both his charm & intelligence that you like him even as he starts to transform while also displaying remarkable physicality in the make-up. Goldblum has a fine chemistry with Geena Davis, adding a tragic romance to this already layered film. Behind the camera, Cronenberg crafts one of his finest films, playing with some real science fiction while showing his mastery of 'body horror'. The visual effects themselves remain stunning, helped in large part at they were done practically (Brundle's slow transformation is both horrific yet fascinating too watch) while the story stays leans at 95 minutes (yet another great film under 2 hours). Granted, repeat viewings do show a few plot holes (specifically, why isn't other doctors or the cops not called at some point) but overall, this is one of the finest & scariest science fiction/horror films ever made.
October 27, 2015
Tragic, gruesome horror. A quality film.
October 26, 2015
Entertaining film with interesting and gruesome special effects. An excellent remake.
Robert B.
Super Reviewer
½ October 8, 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.
October 2, 2015
Impressively gross. Aside from that, the characters are great.
½ September 30, 2015
Saw this on 29/9/15
The fly starts off well with a fine performance from Geena Davis and a smart blend of sensible sci-fi and horror until the fly comes in, the film still retains it's horror or body horror (Crorenberg's), but treads into familiar territory. The only thing that saves it from being a total waste is the abundant use of violence. Oh, the makeup work is good.
September 18, 2015
A instant horror classic
September 16, 2015
I was ready to be rocked by Cronenberg. And boy, did he. Every scene built more anticipation and tension. Every time we saw Seth, we got more concerned for his sanity and later, more grossed out by his appearance. The fear of what he could possibly turn into next kept me reeling. And what a climax. A little corny in places but it made the film what it was and gave some emotional depth to the piece. Body horror is officially my new favourite genre. Bring on more Cronenberg!
September 15, 2015
Making the audience invested in the strong romance between Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, David Cronenberg remakes a camp B-movie into a heartbreaking, terrifying parable about illness and death.
½ September 14, 2015
Bahhh... Groossssss...
August 17, 2015
David Cronenberg's disturbing and sad horror film, full of great special effects and an intriguing story.
August 12, 2015
A classic horror movie from the talented David Cronenberg, did get a single wrinkle despite its 29 years now.
August 5, 2015
This is a very good movie. The acting is good. Excellent direction. Interesting story and premise. Good special effects. A disturbing movie at times.
August 4, 2015
A very good remake of the classic horror story. Some of the scenes had me cringing as teeth and nails start falling off him as he makes the change from human to fly.
July 29, 2015
While heavily improved in visuals and editing, The Fly will never compare to the success of the original picture
July 24, 2015
Cronenberg's best work is a tragic horror masterpiece with spot-on characterization. [A+]
July 15, 2015
In the breed of horror films that rely on bizarre, disgusting special effects, well-written characters and unexpectedly moving humanity make The Fly a supreme one.
½ June 21, 2015
One of my favorite Cronenberg flicks. The Fly is a fun and tragic creature feature about a mad scientist crippled by his own ambition. I could not see a better actor playing Seth Brundle than Jeff Goldblum, but it's how Cronenberg details this characters transformation, and the ethical questions that coincide, that really makes it all so effective. A Cronenberg Classic, this one. ***Spoiler alert: This movie may make you think twice about your stance on abortion.

4 1/2 STARS

June 10, 2015
This is what the original should have been.
June 7, 2015
quick recommendation don't consume any food just before during or immediately afterwards (like many Cronenberg movies...)
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