I am just going down the line of Cronenberg films, and we reached the piece de resistance known as the Fly remake. This movie takes the body horror element to a whole new level and is known as one of his best works.
The movie is about a scientist Seth Brundle played by a young Jeff Goldberg who discovered a way of teleportation and unwisely decides to test it on himself. As per the norm in these situations, things go wrong when he is unaware a fly was with him when he teleported. He must battle between man and insect as he mutates more and more into what he calls The Brundlefly.
One of the most terrifying and unsettling lines known to horror came from this movie. It goes something like this "I’m saying I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it. But now the dream is over and the insect is awake." Chills man...chills. I will say this movie is not for the squeamish as you watch Brundle go through his gruesome transformation. They show every detail, and I do mean every detail. You almost feel sorry for the guy, but you will feel more for his girlfriend played by Geena Davis. Even when he becomes a monster, she still can't bring herself to abandon him. Things get more complicated when she realizes she is pregnant and is not sure if her child is human. There is an interesting dream sequence that explores her fear of this.
The Fly is one of those remakes that pays tribute to the movie that came before it, and expands on it. Just like John Carpenter's The Thing, this movie sits on the same shelf. It is very gross, very extreme, but definitely is very well worth watching. And even if it's hard to stomach at times, it's something you can never tire of rewatching. Very much a classic. It did spawn a sequel that featured Seth Brundle's child, but it was not as good as the first movie.
Till next time, stay safe and stay scared!! -Tha Thrilla-