The Fly

August 15th, 1986


The Fly

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A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 7.5/10 (53,399 voted)

Critic's Score: 79/100

Director: David Cronenberg

Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz

Seth Brundle, a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation, which against all the expectations of the scientific establishment have proved successful. Up to a point. Brundle thinks he has ironed out the last problem when he successfully transports a living creature, but when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds he is a changed man. This Science-Gone-Mad film is the source of the quotable quote "Be afraid. Be very afraid."

Writers: George Langelaan, Charles Edward Pogue

Jeff Goldblum - Seth Brundle
Geena Davis - Veronica Quaife
John Getz - Stathis Borans
Joy Boushel - Tawny
Leslie Carlson - Dr. Brent Cheevers (as Les Carlson)
George Chuvalo - Marky
Michael Copeman - 2nd Man in Bar
David Cronenberg - Gynecologist
Carol Lazare - Nurse
Shawn Hewitt - Clerk

Taglines: Half man. Half insect. Total terror.

Release Date: 15 August 1986

Filming Locations: John Anderson Charcoal Broiled Hamburgers, 5270 Yonge Street, Willowdale, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $7,007,423 (USA) (17 August 1986) (1195 Screens)

Gross: $40,456,565 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Chris Walas had a meeting with his crew prior to production. He said they could do this film or Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Working on this film meant that they would have to come up with all of the designs and begin construction in three months. Walas' crew unanimously agreed that it wasn't possible in that time frame but decided to do anyway because it was more of a challenge.

Crew or equipment visible: Just as BrundleFly and the part of the Telepod are teleported together, a piece of an arm of a puppeteer in a blue shirt can be briefly seen behind the Telepod.

[first lines]
Seth Brundle: What am I working on? Uhh... I'm working on something that will change the world, and human life as we know it.

User Review

Better than the original and one of the best horror films ever made

Rating: 10/10

David Cronenberg redefined what we think of as creepy with this brilliant film. The makeup special effects and grossouts are top notch, but what is most surprising about The Fly is that it turns out to be a very well acted and emotional love story. It greatly surpasses the original '58 version.

The film focuses on the relationship between Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis at the top and once it takes its turn towards horror it really pays off. It's not just scary, it's a tragedy too. Jeff Goldblum is phenomenal. He is mesmerizing as he delivers great dialogue and once he's barely recognizable he still breaks through the makeup and you can feel the human inside. I can't believe he didn't get an Oscar for this, it's easily his best performance.

I can't express how much I love The Fly. It's more than just horror, and it's proof that you just may find a truly great movie where you least expect it.

My rating: 10/10


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