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The Fly (1958) is a truly great film. The film itself uses implication to show the horror of the monster rather than graphic detail (indeed it is only shown clearly in one scene). Although the story is based upon a simple idea it works very well and the quality of the acting is superb. Not wanting to give too much away there is one memorable scene where the monster tries to write a message for help on a blackboard while its 'fly arm' battles to stop it.
In my opinion it is the acting and direction rather than the plot which makes this film great. Vincent Price plays a concerned brother in law very well indeed and you can feel the sadness of the character as events beyond his control threaten those he loves. Patricia Owens plays an unfortunate wife who does what she has to do even at the risk of facing imprisonment.
This film is in full colour with a variety of subtitles and comes with an original theatrical trailer. Watch the trailer first - it sets the atmosphere without giving away any of the plot of the film. Simply great.
The Return of the Fly (1959) was obviously a lower buget film than the original, but it is still a great film. The main clue to the lower buget is that the film was shot in black and white unlike the original which was in technicolour. The film features much more of the monster and more Vincent Price (yay!). Set about 15 years or so after the first film the film begins with a saddening funeral.
This is much more of a monster flic than the first Fly film and focuses much more on action rather than upon the fight of a monster to retain his humanity. Although the quality of acting is still excellent and the characters are still interesting and complex one can easily see the original as the superior of the two films. Although there are some nice touches (such as the monster having to drag a useless limb behind it)the plot lacks the emotion of the first. The low buget can be seen on the man-headed fly which looks far inferior to the similar creature on the first film. Despite these flaws this is still a great film and in its own way a worthy enough sequel to the Fly.
The Return of the Fly is presented in black and white, with loads of subtitle options and the original trailer. The trailer is quite good but is a bit of a spoiler (although it seems to quote most things out of the film's context)and is worth looking at.
To conclude I would say that these a a great buy for any horror / monster film enthusiast.
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