The Fly (1986)
Original Version Released 1958
The original Fly movie was a well-made bit of studio kitsch (watch the trailer by clicking here), which became a cult classic largely because of the stunningly brilliant central idea at its core.
A scientist teleports himself from one location to another without realising that a fly has buzzed into the machine with him. The result is that Dr Andre Delambre (David Hedison) emerges from the disintegrator-integrator with the head and arm of an enormous bluebottle!
That ingenious idea was the one solitary element that David Cronenberg retained for his remake 29 years later. Instead of a rather melodramatic, stage-bound mystery, Cronenberg fashioned the most unique love story of the ‘80s (how many other love stories do you know that involves a bathroom cabinet full of body parts and an inside-out baboon?).
Underneath the revolutionary and grotesque Oscar-winning make-up effects by Chris Walas, the remake is a really a moving story of someone having to deal with the agonisingly slow death of their lover. A bit like Amour, only with a bit more flesh-melting puke.