The Fly

The Fly

David Cronenberg (1986)

91min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
It's easy to see why visceral visionary David Cronenberg wanted to remake the landmark 1958 chiller about scientific experiments in molecular teleportation. This plunges into the same primal territory he explored in Shivers, Rabid and Videodrome, regurgitating his deep-seated fears of ageing, disease, deformity and the beast within. Only Cronenberg can get away with working out his raw phobias on screen while being poignantly witty and repulsively entertaining at the same time. Jeff Goldblum's sensitive performance takes the edge off the grisly special effects, but many will still find it hard to get past the gore.

Summary

A scientist invents a teleportation machine, but as he prepares to test the apparatus on himself he is unaware that a housefly is inside the system with him. The experiment causes his body to splice genetically with the insect, leading to a terrifying and grotesque transformation. David Cronenberg's remake of the 1950s horror, starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis and John Getz.

Cast & Crew

Seth Brundle Jeff Goldblum
Veronica Quaife Geena Davis
Stathis Borans John Getz
Tawny Joy Boushel
Dr Cheevers Les Carlson
Marky George Chuvalo
Gynaecologist David Cronenberg
Nurse Carol Lazare
Clerk Shawn Hewitt
Director David Cronenberg
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Violence, swearing and a sex scene. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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