Monday, 27 September 2010

The Fly (Jeff Goldblum version)

The remake of this film was directed by David Croenberg and starred Jeff Goldblum as the scientist who gets spliced with a common housefly. The review from IMDB about this film is very positive towards the main actors, saying 'The story is not just a dumb horror-creature movie, but an intelligent science fiction tale with both leading actors excellent'.
Film 4 was also quite positive in their view towards the film saying 'If a fly hadn't crept into the machine with Brundle, he and Quaife would be free to live happily ever after. As it is, the man of science undergoes an alteration that leaves his lover warning those around her to 'be afraid, be very afraid'.
This film includes a lot more special effects than its 1958 counterpart, although they're still quite dated. The use of horror makeup is a lot more profound as Jeff Goldblum is transformed slowly into the fly throughout the last half of the film. The fly creature itself was moved around using a rig that was attached to puppeteers who could move it around how the director wanted.

This film includes a lot of vomit and disgusting fluids that are a lot more of a shock to the audience, such as when Jeff's character, Seth Brundle vomits on donuts to break them down so he could eat them, and when he shows people how a fly eats. Me being squeamish, couldn't watch those parts heh, but the sound effects that went with it were enough to create an image in my mind. The New York Times didn't take well to the goriness of this film, saying 'This all-out flaunted goriness becomes distracting, and completely destroys "The Fly"'

I found the fly creature to be sort of unrealistic in the way that it moved, but that's just because its a dated way of creating that sort of character and getting it to walk. Lots of different rigs were used depending on how much of the creature was seen by the camera, so getting them to match up would have been a challenge.


  1. Okay - a couple of observations; consider your presentation; avoid wrapping your text around your film stills, because it makes for a diffult read; I've showcased them already, but visit

    and follow the hyperlinks for examples of what I want from a student when asked for a 'review'.

    Use italics to distinguish quotes, and be sure to include the publishing info of the sources used (Who said it, when, in what etc.)

  2. Ah ok, my bad. I totally forgot about the italics for the quotes >_<

    I was having trouble with the text and looked fine in the preview but it messed up completely when i posted it :S dunno what happened to it.