The 80s once proved to be particularly fertile ground for filmmakers to show the world that, contrary to popular belief, remakes can very well be better than the original. Between John Carpenter’s “The Thing from Another World” (1982) and “The Blob” (1988), cult director David Cronenberg also succeeded in 1986: With “The Fly” he delivered dark sci-fi horror like “Scanners” and “Videodrome”, well-known masters of body horror for many, his absolute masterpiece – which not only won an Oscar, but for us is still one of the great cult classics that every genre fan should have seen.
After all, the teleportation horror is not only one of the best horror films for us, but also one of the best science fiction films of all time – and is accordingly one of the few films that are represented in two DashFUN all-time best lists. “The Fly” was released by the FSK from the age of 18 and is currently available in the same uncut version on Disney +:
» “The Fly” on Disney+*
The film is thus available as one of many sci-fi milestones alongside “Alien”, “Predator” and “Starship Troopers” on the Maushaus streaming platform.
Based on the short story of the same name by George Langelaan, which was made into a film in 1958, “The Fly” tells the story of a scientist (Jeff Goldblum) who developed a teleporter. With the help of a complex computer and two wired cabins, he can transport matter directly from one place to another. But soon it’s not enough for him to simply use objects for his experiments – so he first puts a monkey through his machine before finally carrying out the ultimate self-test. With devastating consequences…
Of course, at the end of the day, “The Fly” is burned into memory with its unbelievably disgusting, handmade and, even from today’s point of view, still masterful special effects, for which there was once a fully deserved Oscar. The fact that Cronenberg’s sci-fi horror is often mentioned in the same sentence as Carpenter’s “The Thing” is not just due to its qualities as a slimy, muddy creature feature and the remake-better-than-original factor, but in the end above all three men: David Cronenberg, Jeff Goldblum and Howard Shore.
The film not only gets more and more disgusting the longer it goes, but also unfolds a deeply human horror that gets under your skin with every passing minute. And that is also due to the fact that director and author David Cronenberg takes the necessary time at the beginning to bring his characters closer to his audience. What also helps is, of course, a super-charismatic main actor like Jeff Goldblum, who, long before “Jurassic Park”, knew how to charm his viewers (and not least female viewers too). With such an approachable imperfect smarthead you just like to root for it.
And then of course there is film music legend Howard Shore (“The Lord of the Rings”), who underscores the film’s dark basic theme and its bloodthirsty violent peaks with the perfectly matching, dark sounds. His score puts the crowning touch on the atmosphere of the film and ultimately makes “The Fly” what it is: An incredibly atmospheric genre jewel that, even after more than 35 years, still grabs you from the first to the last minute spell.
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This is a re-release of an article previously published on DashFUN.