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The Fly (1986)

August. 15,1986
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7.6
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R
| Horror Science Fiction

When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.

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Jeanskynebu
1986/08/15

the audience applauded

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GamerTab
1986/08/16

That was an excellent one.

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Allison Davies
1986/08/17

The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.

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Juana
1986/08/18

what a terribly boring film. I'm sorry but this is absolutely not deserving of best picture and will be forgotten quickly. Entertaining and engaging cinema? No. Nothing performances with flat faces and mistaking silence for subtlety.

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crystallogic
1986/08/19

I've not yet read the short story on which both are based, but the majority of people seem to find this a better film than the 1958 version with Vincent Price in the role of the "interloper". I really like Cronenberg as a filmmaker (most of the time) and I certainly see how his version of the story was more challenging from a technical standpoint, but I don't necessarily agree that it's a better film all the same. The original had a quiet, sad psychological feel and told its story in an extremely economical way. It's what I'd call a very "tight" film and I really enjoyed Price as a nicer fellow and friend trying to figure out, along with the scientist's wife, what the hell was going on. Still, Cronenberg's adaptation is very good and I enjoyed the different emphasis; the way he took notions from the original tale and really made it his own, with the usual Cronenberg emphasis on very bad things happening to the human body.This movie is much more a study of Seth Brundle's character, too. We spend over half the film getting to know him and what he is up to, before his unfortunate accident with a pest and a teleportation machine. He's ably played by jeff Goldblum, whose physicality is very impressive in this demanding role, though I found the actor a little prone to mumbling his dialogue at times. Still, he is supposed to be a socially awkward fellow, so I guess it fits well. The relationship with Gina Davis's reporter character is very effective, and I liked her strong character from teh outset. Unfortunately she does somewhat degenerate and fall to pieces as the story progresses, but I can't really blame her. In contrast to Vincent Price's "nice guy" portrayal in the 1958 film, the "interloper", or I should say, the third part of the triangle, Veronica's newspaper editor, is a loathsome and despicable person who seems to finally do the right things despite himself. My girlfriend and I spent most of the film wishing he would get killed, and I'm sure Cronenberg made him so sleazy and nasty on purpose. It was frustrating and heartbreaking that Veronica kept returning to him and letting him back into her life, but again, I can't really blame her. In a way, too, it illustrates that even in the "enlightened" time this movie was made, a woman's value in work and life was often extremely underappreciated and a lot of very bad sexual politics sometimes took place. This still happens today, but I'm not sure a guy like Stathis would be able to get away with acting like this toward his female colleagues on any major newspaper, even if he were the editor.Anyway, you can see right off why Veronica and Seth value each others' company. He treats her well and is kind and passionate toward her, while she gives him a sympathetic ear and not only has a passion for his body but also the work he is doing, which sets her afire with dreams of fame and glory. Admittedly it's not nice to see her going back to Stathis and basically insisting that she's using Seth, but in Seth's company we see a rather different side to her. Her horror and revolusion by the end of the movie is really sad to see. Unfortunately it also leads to the one moment in this movie that I thought was ridiculous: the aborted um, abortion scene, with the rather transformed Seth bursting through the window and abducting Veronica. Now who in hell has a window like that in an operating room anyway? I'm not squeamish as such, but the entire abortion scene seemed a bit superfluous and maybe just an excuse for Cronenberg to play out some of his gynecological horror fetish, which of course reached its apex in Deadringers (released a couple of years later). I think the dream sequence was sufficient and horrible enough as it was, and anyway, you could argue that the "aborted abortion" scene became the excuse to release this movie's non-Cronenberg-directed bad copycat sequel.Make no mistake though, this film is considered an 80s classic for a reason. I may not rate it as highly as some and I certainly don't think it's as good as some of Cronberg's other, weirder films, but it's still better than some of what he's done lately (the "mature" A History of Violence being possibly his worst film to date) and it's still quite an experience. The horror of the situation really creeps up on you and the first half of the movie includes a lot of sweet scenes that almost lull the viewer into a false sense of security. There's a nice little tribute to the 1958 film near the end and the whole thing becomes gross and revolting in that 70s/80s Cronenberg way you'll either love or hate depending on your personality. I dig it quite a bit; it's one of his very personal touches you can almost always count upon. My only other criticism is that I find the music to be a little dull and too bombastic/mainstream Hollywood, although there were some nice "sad" motifs. I think a sparser, perhaps more electronic-infused score would have suited this thing well. But it's ok! Good film and a must for 80s body horror fans.

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Stevieboy666
1986/08/20

In the 21st Century when us horror fans hear the word "remake" it usually comes with a sigh, but there was a time when remakes were actually as good, if not better, than the original. The Fly is a perfect example, quite possibly one of the best remakes ever. Bit of a slow star (if you're lacking patience) but well worth sticking with. Superb direction by Cronenberg, two great leads in Goldblum & Davis plus some terrific transformation effects make this an 80's classic.

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cinemajesty
1986/08/21

Movie Review: "The Fly" (1986)20th Century Fox and Director David Cronenberg present the ultimate Horror Film. Based on a truly remarkable love story between inventor Seth Brundle, performed by down-to-every-beat actor Jeff Goldblum, and journalist Veronica Quaife in perfect-matching actress Geena Davis, create two reality-rooted believable characters in a terrifying scenario, recalling the brilliance of "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein", where the creator becomes literally the monster he has created in a further stake-raising triangle romance, supporting portrayal by actor John Getz as the journalist's boss Stathis Borans accompanied with an emotional underlining score by Howard Shore and crystal-clear sound design, which nobody will leave cold due to a constant suspense-triggering image system.This 90 minutes motion picture brings filmmaking to excellency, where any department has been thought through from detail-eyed production design by Carol Spier over highly disciplined cinematography by Mark Irwin to creature and special make-up effects by Chris Walas and his associates, who under David Cronenberg's relentless empathetic direction produce one of the best works of their careers, in congenial simplistic screenstory of the protagonist, developing a procedure to teleport firstly objects as the following more desirable organic subject as self-teleportation between to points in space, given the leading cast opportunities to follow their characters' arc of life-work-leisure-fulfillment to an uncompromised, shocking conclusion, which seeks its equal in motion picture history.© 2017 Felix Alexander Dausend (Cinemajesty Entertainment LLC)

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Sameir Ali
1986/08/22

The fly is about a Scientist. His new invention is about teleportation. He is successful in his experiment. But he was not happy that he was not able to teleport living thing or flesh. With the help of his new girl friend, he experiments with flesh. Finally, succeeds by cheating and confusing the computer. When he was alone, drunk and angry, he tries to teleport himself. It seems to be successful. But, his girl friend notices the changes. He believed that he was just filtered, like a filter coffee, all the bad things were taken out from him. But, the worst was yet to come. There wan an expected partner to his teleportation, a fly.Deserved winning for the Best Make up at the Oscars. This movie teaches you a few tricks and tips.Highly recommended.#KiduMovie

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