Most people my age remember recording movies off of TV with the new technology called VCRs. We watched them over and over and those edited TV versions are how we remember them. This was the case for The Fly for me. George Langelaan wrote the short story The Fly for Playboy in 1957 which hatched the 1958 movie which I also love. My childhood memory however, is from the 1986 version directed and written by David Cronenberg who also plays a doctor. He is also responsible for Naked Lunch, another bug movie.
The Set Up
Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) is a mad scientist of sorts working on teleportation who lures Veronica Quaife (Gina Davis) to his lab with the promise of changing the world. He shows off his creation but insists she doesn’t publish his work. They end up getting involved but what Seth doesn’t know is that her publisher who sent her out to find the story is an old boyfriend. The problem with the device is it can only teleport inanimate objects. He tries a baboon and a steak but fails. Veronica gives him the idea that the computer cannot understand living flesh so he goes back to work reprogramming it.
A Drunken Mistake
After finding out about the past relationship with the publisher, Seth gets drunk and decides to try to teleport himself. Unbeknownst to him a house fly gets in the pod with him which is plausible. We would be horrified if we knew how many bugs come and go around us that we never see. Everything seems to be ok at first but this is a movie, you know it is going to go bad. He starts by exihbiting amazing strength and virility. It increases over time and supercharges his libido as well. As Veronica grows concerned, that leads to him trying to force her to teleport so they can share his newfound youth. She refuses and he throws her out. His troubling response finds him in a bar arm wrestling to take a girl home where his strength breaks the other mans arm. Taking the girl home she shows off his invention amid a romp in the sheets. But his true intention is to have her be teleported so he can have a partner matching his new traits. Veronica busts in worried as he is trying to force his new girl through.
It’s Getting Seriously Gross
2 Wrongs Don’t Make a Right
Back to Reality…
I don’t know what would happen if I were spliced with fly DNA but I’m sure it wouldn’t go well. If you have a mad scientist transforming into a Brundlefly then give me a call, if pest control won’t fix it evidently a shotgun will. IMDB gave this a 7.5 while Rotten Tomatoes ranks 91%.
Phoenix gives The Fly a puking on my food 4 out of 5.
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