I bought The Fly on Blu-ray sometime last year for dirt cheap and hadn’t had a good enough reason to re-watch it until now. Watching a bunch of horror films means watching at least one “creature feature” and what better film than David Cronenberg’s The Fly? I had only seen the film maybe once or twice before when I was considerably younger so re-watching it helped me appreciate it all the more.
One of the greatest things about The Fly is how quickly you’re thrown into the film. Immediately the audience is introduced to Jeff Goldblum’s Seth Brundle, a scientist on the edge of discovering how to transport matter. There is really no time to think about the situation. You are seeing Goldblum’s experiments at the start of the film and from there things get weird quickly.
I’ve always been a fan of Jeff Goldblum, but I had to admit that what really impressed me were the trick photography and creature designs. The film does a really great job using prosthetics and is thoroughly able to gross out even the most hardcore horrorphiles. It isn’t a bloodbath film, but it definitely has moments where repulsion outweighs horror, and that is a great technique. I remember seeing the original The Fly (1958) when I was very young and loved it. It was scary and the plot was intriguing and kept me entertained. The re-imagined work of Cronenberg is a great ode to that original film, but is able to standalone as a fantastic work.
Although the film is definitely time-sensitive to me (I tend to only enjoy or stomach watching horror films around Hallowe’en time), it is still a staple of great horror filmmaking and definitely belongs in any Blu-ray collection. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen it, it’s time to pick it up again.