Seth Brundle has done it. He has mastered the art of teleportation using his two telepods along with his brilliant research. The only problem is, he is unable to transport living matter without horrifying results. Seth enlists the help of a beautiful young journalist to document his discoveries, and the two enter into a steamy romance as he works to unlock the secrets of the flesh. Seth is finally successful, but in a fit of jealousy, he makes the rash decision to enter the machine himself before he can finish testing. What he doesn't realize is that a small intruder has entered the machine with him, turning his teleporter into a gene-splicer as he exits the machine to become a mutant monster!
David Cronenberg's unique vision is every bit as powerful and terrifying as 1958 classic THE FLY, but with an entirely different focus. Cronenberg takes the shock and suspense of the original and adds to them his own twisted body horror fetish in the form of disgusting disfigurements and gooey pus-filled sores. Brundle's transformation not only alters his appearance, but changes his entire genetic structure. This allows him to climb walls while also significantly increasing his strength and agility. Unfortunately for him, his new found powers are met with a debilitating physical transformation as well. Jeff Goldblum similarly exhibits a psychological transformation, taking on the twitchy mannerisms of a fly in both his movements and speech patterns. Goldblum is the ideal choice for Cronenberg's reimagining of the maniacally-obsessed genius who is consumed by his research. Geena Davis also delivers an emotional performance as Seth's torn lover in a role that would shake her to her fundamental core in the years following production. The stunning photography gives the film a timeless quality despite the 80's fashion and technology, and Chris Walas' amazing creature designs are just as effective today as they were upon their release. All of the action and terror hits the screen at breakneck speeds leading up to the thrilling conclusion, where Davis must face off against the fully-mutated Brudlefly. The 1980's produced many of the finest remakes in Horror, and David Cronenberg's THE FLY proves to be top-ranked among them as one of his many masterpieces.
If you liked THE FLY, check out:
VIDEODROME, THE THING, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS.