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Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Fly - Review (1986) 31 Days of Horror #2

Synopsis:  Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) is a scientist that thinks he has figured out the secret to teleportation.  Everything, including his new romance seem to be coming up roses... except for the itsy, tiny little fly that happens to join him in the tele
portation pod.

Review:   The film works because you can identify with Jeff Goldblum (who does a tremendous job playing odd,) someone on the brink of greatness that just can't get there.   His mad scientist bit a less psychotic and more geek chic.

There are some moments in the film that I remember from the last time I saw it (probably about 15 years ago) as if it was yesterday.  Although it does not deliver a lot of scares, it succeeds at being wacked out creepy, gross and thought provoking.  What starts as a romance (with the beautiful, underused Geena Davis) evolves into a cautionary tale.  This is one of Cronenberg's best.


SCARINESS              2.0 out of 5  
This is not a very scary film, but it sure is creepyand gross.

GORE/VIOLENCE       4 out of 5
It does not sport a huge body count, it does sport some disgusting images that will stick with you as you watch other things detach.

STORY                       4 out of  5
A simple story of a man that risks everything to obtain some godlike power and loses everything... literally.


Overall Rating (just as a film, not a horror film):  7.5 out of 10

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