The Fly II (1989)
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Critic Reviews for The Fly II
It has some of the most graphic blood effects I've seen, including a head popping like a zit under and elevator and a man whose face is dissolved away in corrosive fly vomit.
What a buzz! lots of fun
Worthless sequel to a very good film.
The less said about The Fly 2, or Son of Brundlefly, the better.
It's got nothing on Cronenberg's original - or the Vincent Price classic, but it is an disgustingly cool continuation of the story.interesting
Another unnecessary sequel with gross-out special effects.
Audience Reviews for The Fly II
Sequel to David Cronenberg's, The Fly is a misfire due to the fact that it just fails to capture the intensity of the original and strips away the tension that was featured so prominently in the original. The film started off well, but towards the middle, the film started to come apart and you could clearly see why the film was doomed to become an unnecessary sequel. After seeing this, you realize that David Cronenberg's remake of The Fly never needed a second part, but at the same time, it peaked my curiosity to see what sequel to that film would bring. Disappointingly, it just ended being a bad film with awful performances, decent, but ultimately cheap looking gore effect and poor directing. The cast do what they can =with such a poorly constructed script, and most of the cast just end botching their performances. This is a stupid sequel that should never have been made in the first place, and it will surely disappoint fans of the original. This is a film not worth your time and it fails to capture the chaotic horror of the original. The film had potential, and if Cronenberg would have made it, and wrote the script, this film would surely have been much better. However it is just really boring with an underdeveloped storyline and poor direction and lacking performances. The Fly II isn't worth seeing if you've seen Cronenberg's movie, and it should have been much better. Instead the film fails at being interesting for the viewer and it lacks anything truly worthwhile that would normally make it a good movie.
Taking up immediately where Cronenberg's succinct homage to Frankenstein leaves off, sort of a Son of Frankenstein, the child of the monster seeks to break the curse. The cast is sorta up to the challenge but w/o the intelligence and love inherent in the first, w/o a script, and with a less experienced director, well, there isn't much of a chance.
Quite the pleasant surprise for me to discover that 'The Fly II' isn't a disgrace from the rarefied heights of Cronenberg's masterpiece. 'The Fly II' elects a different route with a furiously mean-spirited monster-on-the-loose saga that ramifies from the original while wrenching pathos for the socially maladjusted Martin who casually asks "Do you have organic matter?" to the late-night staff of the scientific facility. In an unexpectedly touching scene, Martin euthanizes a canine that is mangled from the telepod experimentation. Darabont and company inject a lot of wily symbolism with a bug zapper and the flapping sound effects of a helicopter at the opening. When Martin metamorphoses into the fly, it's an insanely fun, grotesque creature-feature with mounds of gelatinous makeup (an acid-dissolving face) and poetic justice for the lead villain. Of course, 'The Fly II' is not the equal of Cronenberg's mesmerizing remake, but it is contagiously enjoyable, heart-breaking and unapologetic in its bloodletting.
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