A 666-Character Review of ‘The Fly (1986)’
When an experiment goes wrong, Seth Brundle mutates into something truly monstrous, both in body and mind. An update of the 1958 classic, David Cronenberg’s vision for this tale of science gone wrong pushes things further in every direction. Jeff Goldblum plays Brundle with a nuanced eccentricity and a convincing descent into madness. Though where the horror shows most is in the effects. It’s a slow and degenerative transformation that can still turn stomachs today. However, it should be noted that not all of the effects have aged well, particularly some of the vomit-centric scenes and shots of Brundle climbing the walls. When all is said and done, it’s about two-thirds dramatic sci-fi, and one third pure and hard body horror, an uncomfortable experience that holds up thirty years on.