The teleportation movie that turns into something else!
The Fly is one of the best body horror movies ever made. As such, it succeeds where most werewolf films failed and features grander effects and make-up. The visuals are astonishingly elaborate and get increasingly disgusting as the story unfolds. The transformation sequence spans over several scenes and the tragedy is deeply felt because the two leads convey a wide range of emotions over time.
Dialog is meticulously calculated. There is an aura of remorse and regrets that the catchy gimmick foreshadows. 1986’s The Fly remakes a 1958 film by the same title that can use the update. The plot is roughly the same, but this one is much scarier and more intense. It is a perfect mix of psychological and physical horror; terrifying, gory, and often both at the same time for maximum shock value.
It is arguably David Cronenberg’s best directorial and screenwriting portfolio piece at this point in his career. Despite its extreme premise, the film is never surreal or complicated. The characters are well-written, natural, compelling. Thriller tropes meet lycanthropy in this instant classic that will surely leave its mark. It is unique and close to perfection on all levels.