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113 out of 134 people found the following review useful:
Better than the original and one of the best horror films ever made, 16 July 2003
Author: Derek237 from Canada
David Cronenberg redefined what we think of as creepy with this
brilliant film. The makeup special effects and grossouts are top notch,
but what is most surprising about The Fly is that it turns out to be a
very well acted and emotional love story. It greatly surpasses the
original '58 version.
The film focuses on the relationship between Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis at the top and once it takes its turn towards horror it really pays off. It's not just scary, it's a tragedy too. Jeff Goldblum is phenomenal. He is mesmerizing as he delivers great dialogue and once he's barely recognizable he still breaks through the makeup and you can feel the human inside. I can't believe he didn't get an Oscar for this, it's easily his best performance.
I can't express how much I love The Fly. It's more than just horror, and it's proof that you just may find a truly great movie where you least expect it.
My rating: 10/10
93 out of 119 people found the following review useful:
Does one thing well, 7 June 2005
Author: paul2001sw-1 (email@example.com) from Saffron Walden, UK
Most science fiction films are big on ideas and special effects, but weak on coherence and character development; most horror films are just the same, except without the ideas. But David Cronenberg's 'The Fly' takes one simple idea, develops it properly, and eschews (its genuinely terrifying) special effects until its truly horrific climax. And by paying some attention to the personalities of its protagonists, it actually makes you care about them (Jeff Goldblum is excellent in the lead role), and adds a level of serious reflection on the very nature of human mortality to the raw shock. The mix amounts to a gruesomely good film.
82 out of 109 people found the following review useful:
One of the best horror movies ever made, 14 September 2002
Author: DunnDeeDaGreat from Woodbridge, VA
The Fly is more than a horror movie it's a statement of the eighties. I remeber seeing this film for the first time when I was five years old and telling my friends about the gore scenes but as I got older and viewed the film again I realzied how much of a tragic love story the film was. Jeff Goldblum gave an Oscar worthy performanc of ill fated scinenits Seth Brundle and Genna Davis gave an equally good performance as his love interest. The special effects were very good for the eighties and the film does have some scary moments. If you've never seen the film you should.
72 out of 95 people found the following review useful:
The terrifying "Brudlefly-project"!, 27 May 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
Truly great but very nasty update of the classic 1958 sci-fi film with both Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis in the roles of their lives. Technically, this is a remake, but with a genius like David Cronenberg in the director's chair, it's obvious that this isn't anything like the uninspired and irritating remakes that are being released nowadays ("The Amityville Horror", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" ). Cronenberg's interpretation of this ultimate terror-tale differs greatly from the original. In fact, the only resemblance is the basic premise of a fusion between an obsessive scientist and an ordinary housefly. Goldblum is terrifically cast as the brilliant, but slightly confused mastermind Seth Brudle, whose lifework are "telepods"; funny looking machines capable of transmitting matter through space. Journalist Davis, with whom he has a romantic adventure, closely observes the progress of his work but when he teapot's himself through space, the catastrophe happens. Mentally as well as physically, Brudle undergoes a horrible transformation into a fly and it cannot be stopped. "The Fly" is a very devastating film. Powerful enough, but not exactly pleasant to look at. Like only the greatest directors can pull this off, Cronenberg overwhelms the audience with a sublime mixture drama, misery and repulsiveness. You feel as helpless as the characters themselves and you painfully wait for the unhappy ending to come! The screenplay is filled with genuine metaphors and the romance between Goldblum and Davis is beautifully illustrated. The special effects, mainly created by Chris Walas (who went on directing the 1989-sequel) are definitely still staggering and they don't look the least bit dated by today's standards.
58 out of 76 people found the following review useful:
Still Fascinating & Very Disturbing, 8 March 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
It's been over 20 years since this movie was made, but the special
effects are still amazing and the story is an entertaining - and
disgusting - as ever! I watch it about every 5-7 years. It's utterly
fascinating, but it is so uncomfortable to watch at times I always
wonder, as I am viewing it, why I put myself through this each time!
The original movie, with Vincent Price, is "dullsville" compared to
Things can get really disgusting as Jeff Goldblum ('Seth Brundle") slowly turns into a huge fly. The transformation is very gross in certain spots, and certainly gut-wrenching to witness. You can just feel his girlfriend's anguish and horror as she witnesses Goldblums' incredible physical and mental change. Geena Davis gives a convincing performance in that roles as "Veronica Quiafe."
The story is not just a dumb horror-creature movie, but an intelligent science fiction tale with both leading actors excellent. I don't Davis ever looked prettier, too. John Getz also is good as her magazine boss, "Stathis Borans." Those three characters dominate the film. I can't even remember anyone else in here.
The ending is stunning, almost leaving the first time viewer in shock. In fact, by the nd, this movie will have you emotionally worn out.
48 out of 68 people found the following review useful:
A Superb and Terrifying Movie!, 9 January 2000
Author: Chris-332 from Hawthorn Woods, IL
I have to admit it. The Fly is the only David Cronenberg movie I have ever
seen. I haven't seen any of his others, such as The Dead Zone, Naked Lunch,
or eXiStenZ (I think that's how you spell it). But it's just an example that
you don't have to be a Cronenberg fan to enjoy this classic. The movie was
definitely not a horror movie starring a mad scientist who transforms into
an evil fly. It's really not even a horror movie. It's a drama with amounts
of romance and suspense/horror. Jeff Goldblum did the best performance of
his career as Seth Brundle, a scientist who has invented something he calls
"Telepods". They're pods that transport you from pod to pod, space to space.
He tests this invention with animals and objects until one night he gets
very mad because he believes his girlfriend (Geena Davis) is seeing someone
else (John Getz), even though his belief is wrong. He tries the pods out for
himself, unknowing that a fly got trapped in the pod with him. The pods
splice them together, and slowly throughout the movie, Seth Brundle
transforms into a gross and devastating creature, half man, half
The movie had no errors in it. The acting was great, the terrifying score by Howard Shore was amazing, the directing was exceptional, the story was brilliant, and the extremely sick and disgusting special effects were fantastic. Go see this movie! But don't go on a full stomach, unless you want to lose that meal in you.
47 out of 69 people found the following review useful:
A masterpiece aided by special effects, 22 July 2000
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.
27 out of 37 people found the following review useful:
Successful transition of Cronenberg's brand of 'body horror' to the mainstream..., 10 April 2002
Author: Howlin Wolf from Oldham, Gtr Manchester, England.
Why is it this film that will always be his REAL 'breakout', and not
any of the others before or since? The truth is, beneath all the
biological yucks and makeup (there is plenty of both) lies a strong
emotional core. Goldblum is enthusiastically likable as scientist Seth
Brundle, and Geena Davis is just how Geena Davis seems to be in real
life... sweet. It is how the events change both characters EMOTIONALLY,
not physically, that inspires the true horror.
The blending of both the above elements makes this remake appeal simultaneously to the 'gross out' crowd, and those in the mood for a more cerebral horror experience. A concept of B-movie stature, electrified by the skills of A-list talent.
35 out of 53 people found the following review useful:
Brussels, Belgium, 26 July 1999
Author: RIK-22 from Brussels, Belgium
It was nice reading the reviews for this film as so many people picked up
the real elements of this movie and not just about the
This movie, as most great movies, is a subtle love story, where someone realises they are a burden and maybe even a danger to them, and so make the ultimate sacrifice.
Cronenberg is probably my favourite director as he is able to take unusual film idea and turn it into something intense and believable. As he has evolved he has improved his writing and as a results the stories have become more hidden and more intelligent.
I think the Fly, Deadzone and Videodrome are his best work. His more recent films, Crash and the Naked Lunch have impressed me with his ambition and ability to try something new, but have failed as entertainment.
I can't really put my finger on how Cronenberg is able to create the intensity and atmosphere that he does, even with very obscure subjects, but I would love to see him try some less obscure subjects and make films of the caliber of the Fly again.
Highly recommend 9/10
30 out of 44 people found the following review useful:
He dreamt he was a man and loved it, but now the dreams over and the insect is awake, 11 December 2004
Author: EJBaggaley (EJBaggaley@yahoo.co.uk) from uk
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The film 'The Fly' has one of the saddest story lines I have ever seen in a horror(Sci-fi and drama) film. Its about a man named Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) who invents a Teleportation machine and accidentally teleports himself with a fly from one transmitting pod to another, which places the insects genetics into Seth Brundle, causing him to slowly mutate into a giant insect. What mostly moved me about this film was the sorrow and pity I felt for Seth Brundle and his girlfriend Veronica (Geena Davis) as he was mutating into an giant insect. To see a man who loved life so much and finally making it in life by meeting the woman of his dreams and by succeeding in his six year goal in inventing Teleportation and then losing it all by transforming into a monster, is enough to put a tear into my eye. I admit this film in many aspects was quite hideous, but because Jeff Goldblums and Geena Davis' acting was so proper and convincing, this is what made the film into what it is. The scene when Seth Brundle went smashing threw the abortion clinic window and then trying to convince Veronica (Geena Davis) not to abort his unborn baby as the baby was the only thing left of the real him, I thought was very sad and moving for Jeff Goldblums acting was so real and professional in that scene, I honestly don't think that any other actor could have played the role of Seth Brundle better than him. I recommend anybody to see this film for I rate it an 7 out of 10.
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