The Fly (1986) review
The Fly is a re-envisioning of the short story and the 1958 film. David Cronenberg took the reins on this film and instead of creating another theriocephalic hybrid the transformation is a slow and ultimately gruesome and painful process. I have seen two other Cronenberg films and in my opinion are gruesome and gritty, and play with the idea of deformities and decay of the human body. These two films being Crash and Scanners, Scanners is a story of people with amazing psychic powers that can inflict incredible pain (mainly people’s heads exploding). Crash was quite an uncomfortable view for me showing the idea of a man becoming involved in an underground cult of car crash fetishism but from these films it shows that to produce such an abomination (the brundlefly fusion) he was the right man for the job.....
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Jeff Goldblum produced an amazing performance of Seth Brundle slowly transforming and descending into madness. He did well to produce a change in his character throughout the film, beginning as a shy and mumbling individual and changing due to his developing relationship with Veronica into a confident person spurring him on to expand on his experiment. When he came closer to becoming a full brundlefly hybrid his performance was still very strong and the twitches and obvious change in morals of the character were solid.
‘The playful, quirky chemistry between Goldblum and Davis in the first half of the movie ensures that this gothic horror is heartbreaking as well as stomach-churning’
The remake was very different from the original imploring gore and special effects to shock the audience and create a very believable hybrid creature. The gore however isn’t used in bad taste and is thoughtful, the scene with the inside out baboon is gross but heartbreaking as Seth’s character becomes mortified with his meddling. The audience can also see how the gore of when Seth is changing affects the character much like the scene where he vomits over his food as he has no teeth to break his food down much like a fly. Through this gore and special effect Cronenberg takes the audience through a feeling of what it would really be like to splice the creature with human DNA. This producing a diseased looking creature that plays on the audience mind with death and cancerous images.
‘As a remake, THE FLY transcends the original, taking it in new directions and exploring its underutilized potential. Whereas the original degenerated into a campy fly hunt, the remake opts for a slow metamorphosis from man to fly that develops as a disease might. This gives Cronenberg time to examine the implications of such a process, meditating upon our fear of disease, death and change’
The Fly takes the road of punishment for playing God. Seth takes an idea unimaginable by people and brings it into reality of the story but realises that he has to be careful who he shares his discovery with. Seth knows at the beginning of the film that his invention would change everything in the world and is very cautious but because of this discovery his humanity is punished. This shown through a drunken episode in which he becomes sexually jealous of Veronica’s involvement with her ex and decides that he should test his teleportation device unknowing that a fly has unfortunately crept in with him.
‘It is an early culmination of sorts of Cronenberg's auteur hallmarks: sexual evolution, the sympathy of technology and biology, the tragedy of decrepitude among sentient beings, and the primal power of dreaming and ambition.’
Even though this film did have a few wretching moments I did enjoy the film and Jeff Goldblums portrayal of Seth was incredible. It however brought a different view of metamorphasis than of the original film by creating a new creature of spliced DNA which I will use in inspiration of my project as my creature will be that of an insect and hopefully create an abomination as it were of a human/cockroach hybrid