Horror Patch’s HALLOWEEN MONSTER MASH – Day 23: The Fly!
In this holiday feature, we will showcase the best monster movies ever made during each day of the month, leading up to Halloween.
THE FLY (1986)
When scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) completes his teleportation device, he decides to test its abilities on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a housefly slips in during the process, leading to a merger of man and insect. Initially, Brundle appears to have undergone a successful teleportation, but the fly’s cells begin to take over his body. As he becomes increasingly fly-like, Brundle’s girlfriend (Geena Davis) is horrified as the person she once loved deteriorates into a monster.
Here is another case of the remake being better than the original. Canadian director David Cronenberg achieved mainstream success with this film. He was already known as a cult director of body horror with films such as Scanners, The Brood, Shivers, Rabid, Videodrome, and others. But his remake of The Fly really put him on the map. It was a massive hit for him, and one which he would never really get again.
The cast was top notch and included IMO career best performances for stars Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. But it was the Oscar-winning makeup effects that made The Fly the classic that it is today. Special makeup FX created by Chris Walas and FX artist Stephan Dupuis won the Academy Award for best makeup for their work in the film. This is body horror at its best and a true creature feature.
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