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The Fly (1986)

Released on 15 August 2005

Featuring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis & John Getz

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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Be afraid. Be very afraid...

This frightening, but extremely moving and romantic horror film stars Jeff Goldblum as an over-ambitious scientist who accidentally merges with a housefly while conducting a bizarre teleporting experiment. A journalist (Geena Davis) who has fallen in love with him while covering his scientific endeavours, suddenly finds herself caring for a horrific creature whose insect half gradually begins to take over.
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 terrifying!

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Horror at its best!! jeff golbulm displays acting at its best!! the film is what ALL horror films should be. A classic, especially when bits of his body start to fall off, oh yes, fantastic!

 Gory but great, Cronenbergs classic still delivers.

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The Fly was made in 1986 by one of the true masters of the genre at the height of his creativity, David Cronenberg, and is a perfect example of 80's horror. A remake of the 1958 original, staring Vincent Price, it is a simple film but one that is made very well. A scientist, whom is dabbling in a teleportation experiment, accidentally gets 'fused' with a common house fly when he tries to teleport himself, causing him to start transforming into a human fly.

What is interesting is Seth's (Jeff Goldblum) transformation from passive nice guy into a paranoid, aggressive character who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. It symbolises society's greed in the modern world and plays on stereotypes of power and corruption. It is this that gives The Fly its greatest angle, how this affects his relationship with Gena Davis and how ultimately that power leads him to the tragic finale. You feel both sympathy and disgust at Seth's character, it is unusually to have to conflicting emotions portrayed in a leading character and it is left for the viewer to decide whether he is good or bad.

The story moves at a good pace but not too quick as to make the film feel rushed. You start to see Seth's transformation into brundlefly gradually in all its stomach churning glory. Of course with David Cronenberg in the director's chair you would expect some level of body horror from the master of the genre with the final twist of the genetically spliced knife one of the goriest scenes you'll see (those without a strong stomach look away).

A film that is as gory as it is glorious, this is a must for those who like there horror visceral. One of the best horror remakes yet.

David Cronenberg's remake of the 1956 version (starting Vincent Price)

 Horror with a Heart

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Jeff Goldblum stars as the ingenious yet over-ambitious scientist/inventor Seth Brundle. During a unique teleporting experiment he accidentally merges his DNA with that of a common house fly. A journalist (Geena Davis) documenting his scientific endeavors can only watch in horror as Seth's often horrific and shocking transformation into the fly begins.

Great acting all around which is becoming increasing rare in the sci-fi/horror genre. Goldblum's portrayal of going from the caring inventor who only wants to do good in the world through his decent into madness as the hideous fly is flawless. Geena Davis' performance as the journalist who falls in love with Seth is also very persuasive.

With Cronenberg realizing that a transformation into a fly would not be a beautiful thing he has managed to create a repulsive, gradual, and no holds barred transformation into the fly. The brilliance here is the fact you feel sympathy for this misunderstood monster which Cronenberg has captured perfectly.
Even nowadays this film would still hold an 18 certificate purely because of the final and over-the-top transformation into the fly, and some parts leading up to it. The greatest triumph with this film is the sympathy you feel for the doomed inventor. Itsrare that a horror film such as this has the key ingredient of sympathy that too many movies in this genre lack. Although this film is horror, the horror elements take a back-seat to the relationship between the journalist and the inventor.

The DVD itself I had no problems with. However, it did lack in the special features department. Only containing a six minute behind the scenes featurette which is really just the retelling of the story from the actors, producers and the directors point of view with only a short insight into the production. The same can be said for the cast and crew interviews. The main language for this film is English but does you do have the option for subtitles in Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish and of course English.

Fans of the original may be surprised by the different interpretation Cronenberg has taken of the same story. Instead of an instant transformation from inventor to the fly. The fly is completely absorbed into the inventor making the transformation slow and gradual but only creating one monster, another difference from the original.

In my opinion this is an unforgettable film and a classic of this fading genre. Today horrors are all about the violence. Here we have an enjoyable movie that has elements from many genres: science fiction, romance, drama and obviously horror. But don't be put off by this; what you get is unbearable tension that is so rare from many recent films. For £5 it is definitely a movie you need to add to your collection.

Sam

 fly spray

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saw this at the flix in 1986,always been a fan of david cronenberg and this didnt let me down,combining his love of body horror with a love story produced a grotesque but compelling film that you know can not end well.great acting by geena davis & jeff goldblum lifts this up beyond a mere horror film to something else.very good.

 Groce

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Brilliant acting by Geena davies and Jeff Goldblum. This film is Brilliantly disgusting and scary. Watching jeffs charachter slowly transform from an decent scientist who means good for the world and his work into a half human half fly thingy makes you feel really sorry for him as you do for the geena davies charachter who falls in love with him.

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ActorsJeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Leslie Carlson, George Chuvalo, Michael Copeman, David Cronenberg, Carol Lazare & Shawn Hewitt
DirectorDavid Cronenberg
Certificate18 years and over
Year1986
LanguagesEnglish
Duration1 hour and 35 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.