Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Fly (1986)

Fear 2/5
Gore 3/5
Entertainment 4/5
Creepiness 2/5
Nightmares 1/5

The Fly is classic Cronenberg "body horror" at it's peak. Taking the concept from the 1956 Vincent Price film, about the only thing that remains intact is the fact that it takes place in Canada. Otherwise, it's pretty much a different movie.

The hair in this film is outstanding with Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum competing for best mullet and most destructive use of hairspray. And Goldblum is as creepy as always. And he's naked a lot which makes him even creepier.

Goldblum plays a scientist who, while trying to impress a cute reporter, exposes his secret project which involves teleportation. The reporter, played by Davis, quickly realizes that this could be her ticket to fame and is convinced by Goldblum to stick by him as he works out the final kink - the inability to send living matter through without killing it or rearranging it.

As a relationship between the two develops, Goldblum eventually figures out how to send animate objects through and then sends himself through. Little does he know that a fly has gone into the pod with him and the computer has fused Goldblum and the fly together at the genetic level. This, of course, is the central plot of the first film, but instead of having a flys head and a man's body, the new version seems fine at first...aside from his ability to do incredible gymnastics and lift hundred of pounds. His sexual appetite grows as well and he soon becomes very aggressive and irritable.

The special effects are, still, impressive and disturbing. If you have ever broken a limb, the arm-wrestling scene will make you nauseous. It might even if you haven't. And, like most Cronenberg movies, the gory sequences have more to do with the body "revolting" or "changing" on the main character and much less to do with any actual violence. This makes things all the more creepy and icky and there is a lot of that to go around here.

The story is very well done with a nice pace to it and Goldblum and Davis are very capable in their roles, despite how creepy they both are in real life (both are MENSA nerds apparently and were, for a time, actually married). Sadly, the end of the film ends with Goldblum transforming into a creature that's just too much and it gets a little silly, but hey, it's not supposed to be a masterpiece.

Hex says, "Get the flypaper out, this one sucks". But then, she rented "Music and Lyrics" on Netflix so...there you go.

- Complaint Dept

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