Friday, September 28, 2018

33 Days to Halloween- 1986 The Fly

Over the next 100 days, I will present one movie of significances in horror, suspense or thrillers for each year from 1919 to 2018. The next film presented here is the 1986 science fiction horror movie "The Fly" starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz and directed by David Cronenberg.

The Fly (1986)
Dir- David Cronenberg

"Be afraid, be very afraid!"

In usual Cronenberg form, we have another remake of a classic horror movie that uses a lot of sex and gore in its interpretation. Jeff Goldblum plays Seth Bundle, a brilliant scientist who invents the technology that can teleport matter ala Star Trek. Geena Davis is a reporter who falls for him. The inevitable happens, and the intrepid scientist soon develops a whopping appetite and an insatiable sex drive. Little does he realize that his DNA is being altered to that of the house fly that rode with him. The results are eye-popping, as he falls apart and drops body parts all over the place yet retaining his brilliant mind. Remaking this film started with the intent to follow along with the same storyline of the classic Vincent Price film, Producer Stuart Cornfeld suggested making the metamorphosis gradual, but the studio would not finance this. Mel Brooks production company got the project moving, and after some delays, David Cronenberg was brought in to direct. Cronenberg delivers a great film with incredible FX and a show-stopping metamorphosis that won an Academy Award for FX Artist Chris Walas. Easily his best and the most grotesque film Director Cronenberg even makes a brief cameo as a gynecologist in a nightmare sequence. You feel sorry for Seth and wonder if his lover will give birth to a baby larva. 

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