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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.

Director:

Edward Bernds (as Edward L. Bernds)

Writers:

Edward Bernds (screenplay) (as Edward L. Bernds), George Langelaan (short story "The Fly")
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Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Francois Delambre
Brett Halsey ... Philippe Delambre
David Frankham David Frankham ... Ronald Holmes, alias Alan Hinds
John Sutton ... Insp. Beecham
Dan Seymour ... Max Barthold
Danielle De Metz ... Cecile Bonnard
Jack Daly Jack Daly ... Granville (reporter)
Janine Grandel Janine Grandel ... Mme. Bonnard
Michael Mark Michael Mark ... Gaston (watchman)
Richard Flato Richard Flato ... Sgt. Dubois
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Cop
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Lt. MacLish
Pat O'Hara Pat O'Hara ... Insp. Evans
Francisco Villalobos Francisco Villalobos ... Priest
Joan Cotton Joan Cotton ... Nurse
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Storyline

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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USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of the Fly See more »

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Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)
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Mono (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 »

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One character mentions creating radars for the Canadian Air Force. Since 1924 it was always known as Royal Canadian Air Force. See more »

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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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For UK cinemas, the BBFC imposed a brief cut to remove the shot of Alan crushing the hybrid guinea pig with his foot. Later video releases were uncut. See more »

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Enjoyable sequel, not on par with the original
31 December 2003 | by squeezeboxSee 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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