The 1986 remake of “The fly” was the first horror movie I ever watched, and ever since horror has been one of favourite film genres. The most memorable part of the 1986 remake was Jeff Goldblum naked, so the original had a lot to live up to!
The film starts with a flash forward, the wealthy Helene is found in a factory late at night, standing beside the machine press she has used to murder her husband by crushing him to death. Helene admits to the murder and is held under watch in her home in a dazed state. She refuses to reveal even to her brother in law Francois, played by horror movie legend Vincent Price, why she murdered her husband. Helen’s husband Andre was a scientist on the verge on finishing his matter teleportation device, and together they have a young son. The movie is then told via flashback, detailing the events that lead up to this horrible murder. Andre has has finished his teleportation device and decides the time has arrived to test it. The first indication that this may not have been such a great idea was when the cat he trials it on disappears into ether, with only it’s piteous, mournful meowing left to be heard. Not to be put off by, Andre plunges literally head first into trialling it on himself with devastating consequences.
This movie is a real slow burner, you are confrontingly presented with the murder at the outset and then left with so many questions. Scene by scene the movie builds up to it’s shocking reveal,which is actually quite sad rather than being frightening. I don’t want to reveal more of the plot then I should, but watching both Helene discover what her husband has become, and Andre slowly loose control of his mind to the fly were both tragic moments in the film.
So would I recommend the movie? For anyone who loves old Horror movies, it’s a must see. as it combines the best of both horror and sci-fi. But did I enjoy it? Not so much. I love horror, and I love blood and guts and being scared out of my pants, and this didn’t do that for me. I think I prefer the remake, but that could be because of the nudity factor!
Miss Lucy x