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The Fly (1986)

Original Version Released 1958

The Fly 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!

The Fly 1986

 

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.

 

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