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Movie Review: The Fly (1986)

A fly on a black background.Summary:
Seth Brundle’s future is looking up.  He is on the verge of completing a teleportation machine and is dating the journalist who is chronicling his creation of this wonderful new invention.  One drunken night brought on by unwarranted feelings of jealousy, he makes himself the first human test subject for teleportation.  Unfortunately, a fly teleports along with him, and the machine merges their DNA, beginning Seth Brundle’s gradual, gruesome transformation into Brundlefly.

Review:
A horror movie hasn’t made me cringe and shriek to an extent like The Fly did in a long time.  I love a good horror movie, and the filmmakers hit all the right notes to make a viewing a mind-tingling, gross-out pleasure.  The urban loft sets are the perfect back-drop to the scientific horror.  The 80s clothes and hairstyles enhance the visual appeals instead of distracting from it.  The dialogue is ideal, having the characters say just enough to keep the story going but not too much to distract from the visual horror.

Seth Brundle’s gradual transformation is a terrific mix of his body gruesomely changing and him visibly losing his mind.  Jeff Goldblum does a fantastic acting job, showing the remnants of Brundle’s human mind and the emerging of his Brundlefly mind.  He manages to pull this off through the grotesque make-up, and it is this superb acting that really makes the horrific scenes read as real and not fake, B-movie material.

I have not enjoyed a horror movie this much in ages.  If you’re a fan of horror or 1980s films, you absolutely must watch The Fly.  I doubt you will be disappointed.

5 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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