The Fly (1986)
Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for The Fly
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Fly
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.
"The Fly" is one of the more realistically creepy films you will ever see. With great pacing leading up to the incredible transformation, David Cronenberg's fantastic picture is all about suspense, and he is a master at keeping you engaged. In the vein of "Videodrome," "The Fly" follows a similar formula, as we follow the main character's transformation into a monster of multiple sorts. The screenplay in this film is terrific and the practical effects are some of the most realistic things you will ever seen on screen. Leave it to Cronenberg to make you squirm. I loved every bit of this film, but I can't get my mind around what the creature looks like at first. I didn't feel as terrified as I think I should have been, but the acting is great which really helped. It is definitely one of my favourite horror films out there, and that is a lot coming from someone like me. It takes a lot for a horror ilm to impress or scare me. "The Fly" is a great film.
The Fly Quotes
|Seth Brundle:||I want to be the first insect politician.|
|Seth Brundle:||You're a fucking drag, y'know that?|
|Veronica Quaife:||Be afraid. Be very afraid.|
|Veronica Quaife:||What does the disease want?|
|Seth Brundle:||It wants to turn me into something else. I think I'm becoming...Brundlefly. Don't you think that's worth a Nobel Prize or two?|