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The Fly / The Fly 2 (Widescreen) [Import]
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The FlyDavid Cronenberg's 1986 remake of the science fiction classic about a scientist who accidentally swaps body parts with a fly is both smart and terrifying: an allegory for the awful processes of slow death and a monster movie wi
David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of the science fiction classic about a scientist who accidentally swaps body parts with a fly is both smart and terrifying: an allegory for the awful processes of slow death and a monster movie with a tragic spin. Jeff Goldblum gives a masterful performance as a sweet, nerdy scientist whose romance with a writer (Geena Davis) makes him more fully alive. Next thing you know, a tiny oversight in an experiment causes him to transmogrify, gradually, into something more like an insect than a human. This is Cronenberg (Scanners, Videodrome) country, so expect The Fly to be a gross-out, but in the way that disease corrupts the body and can make a loved one unrecognizable on every level. This is one of Cronenberg's best films, and certainly one of the important movies of the 1980s. --Tom Keogh
The Fly II
Chris Walas, the effects whiz who turned Jeff Goldblum into the gooey, grotesque Brundle-Fly in David Cronenberg's The Fly, makes his directorial debut in this equally icky sequel. Eric Stoltz is Brundle's genetically diseased offspring, a boy genius brought up in an experimental laboratory by a nefarious foster father eager to see what his inevitable metamorphosis will bring. No surprise here: like father, like son. Daphne Zuniga is his sweet young girlfriend, and John Getz reprises his role from the first film as a bitter alcoholic with a very bad fake beard. This cut- rate "Son of the Fly" knockoff pales next to Cronenberg's classic, degenerating into a gory revenge flick. Walas strains under a limited budget, and many of the more elaborate creatures (a monstrously mutated dog, the skeletal fly monster leaping about the warehouse-like lab) are rather shabby. The makeup is suitably gooey, slathered in ooze and pus, and the mayhem-filled finale is a nasty but impressive over-the-top frenzy of blood and gore climaxing in the nastiest piece of poetic justice since Freaks. The opening birth scene (with a look-alike subbing for mom Geena Davis) is an homage to Larry Cohen's It's Alive. --Sean Axmaker
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however,more disgusting,believe it or not.a lot of the really gross
stuff was overkill and gratuitous,i thought.in the original,the gross
scenes were sort of necessary to the story.not so in this movie.i also
found the movie to have some slow spots at times,which in my mind,took
away from the flow of the story.as well,this movie had a slicker more
polished look than the original,which i think kind of takes away from
the effect.the acting is not bad,and i liked the direction the story
went.i really liked the ironic ending.i actually almost cheered at
it.if you watch the movie,you'll know why.a word of caution:this movie
is definitely not for the squeamish.despite what i didn't like,i
actually liked the movie more than not.for me,overall,i'd say i liked
this movie as well as the first one.therefore,i give The Fly 2 a 4/5.
"The Fly 2" is far less successful. It's always good to see Eric Stoltz, who is a strong actor with lots of appeal, and although his career has proven that he's not exactly leading man material, he comes close to pulling it off here. But the movie takes the formula from the first movie and screws it up: the gore is heaped on while the love story takes a back seat to it. Daphne Zuniga and Stoltz just don't generate the kind of chemistry and compassion that Goldblum and Davis did. Instead, the movie is basically an F/X vehicle. Once the two pretty young people hit the sack, it's pretty much downhill into head-smashing, face-peeling splatter movie territory. Too bad.
But Cronenberg's movie will live on forever; this two-movie disc is well worth the price for anyone interested in a frightening, suspense-filled human drama which doubles as a pretty darn cool horror show, even if its sequel is vastly inferior.
Cronenberg's 'obsession' with the disfigurement of the human shape ["The Brood", "Scanners", "Crash"] has never been more brilliantly flung into the audience's face as with THE FLY, and the casting, acting and most of the rest of the movie is really superior. The love between Davis and Goldblum forms the backdrop to this tale of terror and metamorphosis - and the auditotrium squirmed many a time and looked the other way during the eating, and conversion sequences .... not even mentioning those who just left their seats for a few moments - then returned - shall we say 'lighter'?
NO, stick to Cronenberg's remake - this one goes way beyond five stars .... a classic in our time.
[As is the 1958 original] the rest?
Get some imagination guys and write something worthy!
Most recent customer reviews
Forget about "Fly II", but the classic sci-fi movie "The Fly" is worth watching (about once every five years) as it's a truly romantic story, sensitively... Read morePublished on July 30 2004 by John Colville
I'm addicted to these movies. I didn't know what to expect, seeing as I had only seen the original with Vincent Price. This is definitely now one of my favorite movies of all time. Read morePublished on April 13 2004
A scientist creates a telepod, goes in, comes out fine, but slowly mutates into a freakish fly-being out of my worst nightmares. Read more
Let's start with the bad side ~ Part 2. Saw this one in the theatre with high expectations - but what a let down, even down to the Geena Davis lookalike birthing in the first... Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004
The 5 star rating is mainly for the first film which is the best horror film of the 80's. Its dramatic music, grousome special effects and fantastic acting (especially on... Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2003 by Graeme Loveridge
..I say this because this DVD is at such an affordable price. You get The Fly (1986) on one side of the DVD and THE FLY II (1989) on the other side. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2003 by Moviebuffer101
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