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A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.



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Seth Brundle, a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation, which against all the expectations of the scientific establishment have proved successful. Up to a point. Brundle thinks he has ironed out the last problem when he successfully transports a living creature, but when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds he is a changed man. This Science-Gone-Mad film is the source of the quotable quote "Be afraid. Be very afraid." Written by Mark Thompson <>

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Half man. Half insect. Total terror. See more »


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Release Date:

15 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mosca  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$37,585,252 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Seth says he doesn't like to wake up every morning wondering what to wear. In Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park, Ian Malcolm says he only wears black and grey because he doesn't like to spend time wondering what to wear when he wakes up. Jeff Goldblum played Ian Malcolm in the 1993 movie adaptation and it's 1997 sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park. See more »


When Seth jumps out of the final telepod at the very end, Ronnie starts to look up to see what has happened. In her close-ups the image has been reversed. See more »


[first lines]
Seth Brundle: What am I working on? Uhh... I'm working on something that will change the world, and human life as we know it.
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Performed by Bryan Ferry
Written by Nile Rodgers, Bryan Ferry
Nile Rodgers and Bryan Ferry appear through the courtesy by Warner Bro. Records
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A masterpiece aided by special effects
22 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

I think that this is a grossly underrated film - a noteworthy landmark in modern horror. I would expect nothing less than excellent from my favourite director Cronenberg, and this doesn't disappoint. Goldblum's performance is particularly good as the nervy scientist Brundle, but I think the main reason for the film's achievement is its structure - very subtle, very well made. Most of the action takes place in the last third of the picture, but there is a great suspense building up to that point. And the special effects are jaw-dropping - Brundle's hideous transformation is reminiscent of Lynch's 'The Elephant Man'. This film has a reputation for being unnecessarily gory, which is actually not at all true. It is a very intelligent picture, about love and other issues as much as horror, and a must-see for anyone.

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