The Fly (1986)

Director:  David Cronenberg
Cast:  Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz
Plot:  A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

Genre:  Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi
Awards:  Won 1 Oscar - Best Makeup
Runtime:  95min
Rating:  M18 for some sexual content, profanity, violence, gore, and grotesque images.

Canadian one-of-a-kind film auteur, David Cronenberg, whose recent pictures such as Eastern Promises, and A History of Violence have made him a director to look out for in the future.  But he's no new kid in the block.  

Cronenberg has been around since the late '70s, making independent films that only a few die-hards would want to pay dollars to see.  He's a cult filmmaker with a fetish for things strange yet grotesque, often mixing science-fiction with horror, and establishing himself as one of the most creative oddballs in world cinema.

While his two latest works mark a career shift from indie features to making more accessible films with Oscar pedigree, most fans would agree that the 1980s was when Cronenberg was at his prime, directing films like Scanners, The Dead Zone, and Videodrome.  The Fly is as Cronenbergian as they come; insane amounts of gore, gruesome violence, and some of the most disturbing images to come out of '80s Hollywood cinema.

The Fly is an unconventional horror flick.  It focuses on the blossoming romance between the two main characters played convincingly and with great chemistry by Jeff Goldblum (Brundle) and Geena Davis.  When an unaware Mr. Brundle teleports himself together with a fly in a bid to become the first scientist to successfully conquer teleportation, the consequence becomes disastrous, both physically, mentally, and most pitiful of all, romantically. 

Winning a solitary Oscar for Best Makeup, The Fly is an exhibition of how far makeup artists can excel in the field of cinema.  Brundlefly, the tragic result of an experiment gone wrong, is a character that viewers will be keen to sympathize, despite its capability to maim victims in the most horrible fashion imaginable.  This is precisely the reason The Fly works so excellently. 

The last scene when the final transformation of Brundlefly makes its entrance is unforgettable; I've never felt frightened and heartbroken at the same time before. Cronenberg is simply a genius at what he does. 


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