Macabre...ish Horror Review: The Fly
The Fly, 1986/ 96 min. An eccentric, brilliant scientist, Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), finally completes his teleportation device and decides to test it himself, in his lab at home. He invites his girlfriend, Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis), a journalist, home so she can witness it for herself. He successfully teleports inanimate objects. His first living subject, a baboon, fails and is turned inside out. (Though it’s shaped like an inside out dog.)
It unfortunately goes wrong because a fly got into the chamber, he doesn’t know it yet but Seth’s and the fly’s genetic material merges when he teleports from one chamber to the next. He’s different.
His personality, his behavior, is different. It’s subtle at first but not for long. He’s become very strong and his new diet is sugar. His body goes through terrible and horrific changes as the fly’s cells overwhelm his and takes over his body in one gruesome fashion after another.
He loses fingernails, teeth and hair, body parts fall off, others fuse together.
Soon he barely looks human at all, Seth, is gone, what’s left is this rapidly evolving, twisted up monster. In the interim, Veronica and Seth were intimate and she fears she’s pregnant and what she might be pregnant with.
It’s graphic and gruesome, frankly disgusting when he’s going through his physical changes. Adult scenes, some nudity. I wouldn’t say this movie is scary as much as it is sad and with really nice effects. I enjoyed it. Good movie! Enjoy!
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