THE FLY (1986) Reviews and overview



The Fly is a 1986 American science fiction horror film co-written and directed by David Cronenberg. Produced by 20th Century Fox, and Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein), the movie stars Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis and John Getz.

It is a remake of the 1958 film The Fly but retains only the basic premise of a scientist accidentally merging with a housefly during a teleportation experiment.


The score was composed by Howard Shore and the make-up effects were created by Chris Walas, who won the Academy Award for Best Make-up.

Despite being a gory remake of a classic made by a controversial, non-mainstream director, the film was a commercial success, the biggest of Cronenberg’s career, and was the top-grossing film in the United States for two weeks, earning a total domestic gross of $40,456,565.

In 2005, Time magazine film critics Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel included The Fly in their list of the All-TIME 100 Greatest Movies, Time later named it one of the 25 best horror films. The film was ranked #33 on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments. Similarly, the Chicago Film Critics Association named The Fly the 32nd scariest film ever made.

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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…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Charming, tentative and beautifully written, the initial relationship between leads Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis harks back to the screwball romances of old, which only makes Goldblum’s ensuing physical and mental degradation all the more horrifying to behold. In Cronenberg’s hands, this genetic disease becomes a forceful metaphor for everything bad you can imagine, from cancer, AIDS and ageing to lost love and inexplicable heartbreak.” Tom Huddleston, Time Out

“As the scientist Seth Brundle, Goldblum mixes humor, horror, and pathos so effectively that his performance merits comparison to Boris Karloff in Frankenstein. As he is progressively transformed into something more and more monstrous, he becomes a creature that we still care about and sympathise with.” Mike Mayo, The Horror Show Guide

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Cast and characters:

  • Jeff Goldblum as Seth Brundle
  • Geena Davis as Veronica “Ronnie” Quaife
  • John Getz as Stathis Borans
  • Joy Boushel as Tawny
  • Leslie Carlson as Doctor Brent Cheevers
  • George Chuvalo as Marky
  • David Cronenberg as Gynecologist