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- Rated: R
- Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz
- Written By: George Langelaan (short story), Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay)
- Directed By: David Cronenberg
- Genre: Mutation, Giant Bug, Science Gone Wrong
- Running Time: 96 Minutes
31 Days of Horror Movies: The Fly (1986)
By Robert T. Trate
October 07, 2013
The Fly (1986)
Halloween is a special time. It is the one time of year when everyone gives of themselves. What they give can be anything from candy to a scare. We thought this October, we here at Mania would give you 31 Horror Films for the 31 days of October. Now, many of you will know these films. Some of you, may not. Get ready for 31 days of Horror Films that will run gauntlet from scary to campy, from horrific to down right ridiculous. Happy Halloween from Mania!
Jeff Goldblum plays the brilliant young scientist, Seth Brundle. Brundle is a working on a matter transport device (very similar to the transporter on Star Trek). Geena Davis plays a reporter, Ronnie, who is doing a story on Brundle and the two quickly fall in love. One night, Brundle decides to transport himself and (unknowingly) a small household fly. The computer fuses the two together. Now, this is not an instant transformation. The true horror comes in the slow transformation of Brundle into a giant house fly.
Some films have a symbolism to them and that symbolism can change over time. A good example of this would be The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (LOTR). When the LOTR first appeared, as a book, many took the ring as a symbol for the power to wield war. Later, the ring would come to symbolize the atomic bomb. Not too much of a change, but it went from a war to an exact weapon. Now, in the The Fly, after Brundle starts to transform, he sees this as a form of cancer, much like at the time when cancer was in the public spotlight. However, after watching the film, I saw something different in Brundle’s transformation. Instead of cancer, I would associate his disease with AIDS. Why, you ask? Because Ronnie has the fear that she has been infected by having slept with Brundle. It is a small change, but one worth mentioning.
This is a scary film, really scary. Goldblum’s actual transformation is like a train wreck, you can’t stop watching. It is my favorite part of the film. Davis and Goldblum give brilliant performances and you believe that they are truly in love, probably because they were and were married shortly after. It really doesn’t get any better for Halloween than The Fly.