Monday, December 20, 2010

Return of the Fly (1959)

With his mother fresh in her grave after losing her sanity, the young Philippe Delambre resumes his father's research in an attempt to succeed where his father had failed in the transmission of living matter through time and space. Tragedy strikes twice, however, as Philippe suffers the same damnable fate as his father in becoming a half-human freak! RETURN OF THE FLY follows many of the same familiar steps as the original, but lacks the emotional strength shared between the two leads from before. The great Vincent Price plays a much larger role in this second film, serving as a friend and mentor to his stubborn nephew. What is most unique in this feature is Philippe's growing paranoia of the pesky flies that seem to trail his every move, a bit of foreshadowing that leads towards an all-too-expected end. A subplot involving industrial espionage also adds a touch of Film Noir to the scientific backdrop. Philippe's monstrous alter-ego does not make an appearance until late in the picture, but while the creature's design is quite impressive, its bulbous head does seem rather silly. RETURN's greatest casualties then becomes its conflicting plot tools, sluggish pace, and surprisingly upbeat ending, which hold it back from becoming more successful. Still, RETURN OF THE FLY provides ample shocks in its final scenes to please the fans that eagerly awaited a sequel.

Rating: 7/10.

14 comments:

  1. I watched this movie once about 15 years solely because it was the source of a lost Misfits song, the lyrics of which consist mostly of the characters' names repeated over and over.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78_5OWn577c

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  2. Reason enough, I can assure you ;)

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  3. Carl, Hoping up next from you is a Review for the third in the series Curse Of The Fly. I have never seen this one & am desperate to do so. Close to obtaining as there is a The Fly Collection DVD set with the three original movies plus the two more recent updates & available for around $15.
    Any thoughts on Curse Of The Fly from yourself or anyone that may have seen would be very welcome. Thanks. Paul

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  4. Therein lies the problem, I only own the original Fox Double Feature with the first two films, and I have never seen the third! Going to try to Netflix it, but the review will likely fall behind the remakes. Hopefully have it up soon!

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  5. 'Curse of the Fly' is pretty much a non-sequel, Paul. It's a British film that basically says it's a sequel, gives one character the same last name, but otherwise has nothing to do with it.

    If you want to see my full piece on it, go here: http://mondobizarrocinema.blogspot.com/2009/04/forgotten-sequels-part-2.html

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  6. Thanks Alec. Now Night Of The Lepus, that's one to pull out of the hat ;) .

    Carl, I am going to be getting the Fly Collection complete set after Christmas & as Curse Of The Fly is the only one I have not seen I shall watch first & share my thoughts.

    http://ballisticbloodbullets.blogspot.com/

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  7. Looking forward to the read Paul! I'm fairly certain Alec covered NIGHT OF THE LEPUS, but I cant remember for sure. I think I have it on here, because I was sure me and Alec were laughing about it sometime in the past? NIGHT OF THE LEPUS is the best thing that has ever happened to Horror EVER. I love it!

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  8. I own 'NotL.' I can always spot it because my friend burned a copy of it on a disc, which just so happens to be a powder blue DVD from Kodak. It's hard to miss!

    As far as the film goes, I don't think I really reviewed it. I have featured it on Impossibly-Cool Cover Art (for it's intentionally-vague poster) and in one of my Top 12 Lists on That Guy With The Glasses.

    It's my Easter tradition- since 'Peter Rottentail' is a piece of shit!

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  9. Guys, my poor attempt at humour with 'One to pull out of the hat' on Night Of The Lepus with the Rabbit theme ;) .
    I have always had a soft spot for the movie having first seen it on late night TV many, many years ago as a youngster. Big Fun & a Great 'B' movie monster flick outing along with the likes of The Food Of The Gods & BUG.

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  10. That one flew entirely over my head like Q The Winged Serpent! ;)

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  11. I never saw either of the two FLY sequels, but do recall seeing numerous photos of them in various Famous Monsters magazines. I remember the head of the fly being right monstrous looking and I think the other two are in B/W as opposed to the color of the original. I was never big on THE FLY anyways. I almost bought this set, though.

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  12. The mask looks great but it is just comically oversized, which makes it impossible to take seriously

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  13. I never watched this one. I wasn't that great a fan of the original. But it's been years since I watched any of them. Maybe I should give it a go.

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  14. This was a one-time view for me most likely, but the original absolutely deserves another shot!

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