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Two Insects For the Price of One! Be afraid. Be very afraid.
on 17 July 2014
The Fly/ The Fly 2 is a double feature with both films on separate discs. It's a great deal especially if you cant afford the blu-ray and you basically get two great films, both which have great transfers so no complaints there. The fly remake from 1986 is still to this day a solid and creepy picture, a remake of the original Vincent Price classic which almost surpasses it in every way. Canadian director David Cronenberg was just beginning to make some of his best work and this was made at his peak of his career, flirting with the bug thing that would become a staple of his career in later films like Naked Lunch and the goo-laden Existance. Forever the co-star, Jeff Golblum seized this title role and perfectly guided Seth Brundle's descent into Brundlefly. Veronica Quaife (Gena Davis) is a journalist for a science magazine, trying to find a break-through story that can make her career and happens upon Seth Brundle (Goldblum). Brundle convinces her to come back to his lab and check out his project. It's there he reveals his life-project; his teleportation chambers, only these aren't just any normal telepods, they can transfer things from place to place. Only it has not been perfected to where it can transfer a living creature and Seth offers Veronica or as he calls her Ronnie, to stay with him and film what will happen when he perfects it. There Ronnie and Seth fall for each other and begin an affair while trying to perfect the machines. There is one little past problem of Ronnie's, her ex and boss, Stathis played by John Getz, wants Ronnie back, but she refuses and continues the project. When she's gone away from Seth, he gets drunk and goes into the telepod not even sure of the results to come, unfortunately a fly accidentally gets into the machine with him and he telepods successfully! Everything seems fine at first, until he slowly transforms into a hideous creature/mutant fly. The Fly is a creative and gross but nevertheless awesome movie with great performances and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I don't think you will be disappointed. It's just a fun watch for a midnight with your friends and you want a good scare. The effects are cool and not cheap and the make up fx were truly magnificent. The Fly is a phenomenally well-made, exciting movie, light years ahead of the 1958 'original' of which this is only vaguely a remake. Cronenberg totally understands his material, and as a result gets everything just about spot on - he saves the best till last, with a final shot and fade to black which feel just exactly right. Extras include an original trailer, behind the scenes featurette and cast and crew interviews.
I honestly don't see what the issue is with the sequel. Didn't understand all the criticism as I really thought it was quite good and very underrated, the film was surprisingly even gorier than the first. The film was directed by the creature effects artist of the original - and sequel: Chris Walas. You might recognize his name, because he wrote "Gremlins 2" and did the creature effects for "Gremlins," as well. Anyway, he directs the film pretty good for a creature effects artist. Part Two begins as Veronica, the pregnant girlfriend of tragic deceased scientific genius Seth Brundle, dies whilst giving birth to son Martin under the watchful eye of Bartok Industries, the organisation that funded Seth's telepod experiments. Thanks to the unique human/fly genetic make-up he has inherited from his father, Martin experiences accelerated growth, and by the age of five, is a fully grown scientific whizz-kid (played by Eric Stoltz) working for his benefactor Anton Bartok (on the same telepod project that claimed his father's life) and romancing pretty computer operator Beth Logan (Daphne Zuniga). Bartok (Lee Richardson), however, is not as benevolent as he seems: with his own wicked agenda in mind, he has led Martin to believe that his rapid growth is the result of a very rare growth disorder, and has kept the lad under continuous observation, waiting for the day that his dormant insect genes fully awaken to transform him into a multi-limbed monster. Whether you watch this sequel immediately after the first film or years later, you'll soon realize that "The Fly 2" stands on its own merits as a crisp horror tale, as well as continuing a legacy with intellect and thrills. Maybe having Frank Darabont ("The Mist", "The Shawshank Redemption") work on the script helped bring the depth and arc this follow up required. A great followup that offers spirited performances from B-list stars Stoltz and Zuniga, a touch of pathos with a memorable key scene involving a mutated dog, and a whole slew of top-notch special effects, the most stomach churning of which see one poor guy having his head crushed by an elevator! Extras include an original theatrical trailer, cast and crew interviews and a making of the fly 2 featurette.