I Watched… (#24)

17 Apr

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The Fly (1986)

David Cronenberg is on top form as he teams up with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis to deliver the visceral and memorable remake The Fly.

Seth Brundle (Goldblum) has discovered teleportation and falls in love with a beautiful journalist, Veronica (Davis). What should be the happiest time of his life quickly descends into a nightmarish ride after a teleportation accident starts transforming him into a fly.

The film starts as a fun, gentle and slightly humorous sci-fi before quickly turning into a frankly disgusting horror after Brundle starts turning into BrundleFly – a creature that has to be seen to be believed. There is also the strong romance sub-plot as Veronica’s love slowly diminishes for Seth with every growing fly hair. Whilst it is disgusting, the gore and horror has a purpose, the kind scientist mutates into a grisly, monstrous creature and love is truly tested; this film reminded me of the Hunchback of Notre Dame (just an 18-rated horror version of it).

The score and special-effects are great as is Goldblum’s performance as the eccentric scientist yet it all seems too simple to come together as a completely satisfying whole.

Positively disgusting in a good way, its melding of sci-fi, horror and love makes The Fly a truly memorable vintage of 1980s Hollywood.

7/10

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