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Return of the Fly (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | July 1959 (USA)
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Philippe Delambre, the now-adult son of "The Fly", does some transportation experimentation of his own.


(as Edward L. Bernds)


(screenplay) (as Edward L. Bernds), (short story "The Fly")



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Complete credited cast:
David Frankham ...
Ronald Holmes, alias Alan Hinds
Insp. Beecham
Dan Seymour ...
Max Barthold
Cecile Bonnard
Jack Daly ...
Granville (reporter)
Janine Grandel ...
Mme. Bonnard
Michael Mark ...
Gaston (watchman)
Richard Flato ...
Sgt. Dubois
Gregg Martell ...
Barry Bernard ...
Lt. MacLish
Pat O'Hara ...
Insp. Evans
Francisco Villalobos ...
Joan Cotton ...


Fifteen years after his father's experiments with matter transmission fail, Philippe Delambre and his uncle François attempt to create a matter transmission device on their own. However, their experiments have disastrous results, turning Philippe into a horrible half-man, half-fly creature. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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HUMAN MONSTER created by atoms gone wild! See more »


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Release Date:

July 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El retorno de la mosca  »

Box Office


$225,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Vincent Price signed on after reading the first draft of the script. However, the studio demanded re-writes in order to reduce production costs. The re-writes reportedly removed much of what Price liked about the first draft. See more »


When Alan is about to run the detective's car into the lake, he first takes a rock and places it on the gas pedal of the car. During that scene, when he is leaning into the driver's side of the car, an arm reaches up for the steering wheel - obviously the stunt driver who was going to drive the "driverless" car. See more »


[first lines]
Francois Delambre: [voice over] Here passes from this earth Helene Delambre, widow of my brother, Andre, whom I loved deeply, hopelessly. She was destroyed in the end by dreadful memories, a recollection of horrors that did not dim as the years went on, but instead grew monstrously, and left her mind shocked and unsteady, so that death, when it came, was a blessed release.
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Enjoyable sequel, not on par with the original
31 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE FLY was a fairly classy, atmospheric sci-fi movie with some horror overtones. It was fun and campy, but also somewhat disturbing in its depiction of a man losing his humanity, a theme which was explored more deeply in David Cronenberg's astonishing remake.

RETURN OF THE FLY is basically a cheap follow-up which is better than it should be. This is mostly due to the always reliable Vincent Price, who returns as the brother of the scientist who became the fly-monster in the original. Here, he desperately tries to sway his nephew from following in his father's footsteps.

The movie concentrates on the son's attempts to recreate his father's teleportation equipment with a hesitant Price helping out, then shifts gears as his other partner, a British ex-con, is discovered to be attempting to steal the research.

This leads to a few misadventures with the teleportation machine resulting in a man becoming a human guinea pig (literally), and ultimately the son becoming a fly-monster himself.

Shot in stark black and white (as opposed to the original's lush Technicolor), RETURN OF THE FLY has a sleazy, grindhouse quality to it. Whereas the original explored the horror of losing one's mind and physical being, this time it's basically just a "monster roaming the countryside" scenario, with any psychological or philisophical aspects thrown out the window in favor of cheap thrills. And while the make-up effects are somewhat improved upon, the ridiculous optical effect of the son's head on a fly's body is unintentionally funny.

Overall, however, it's entertaining enough, and above average for the B-horror movies of the era, though it may be disappointing for fans of the original.

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