Doing this year’s 31 Days of horror is a reminder of the very first year I did this back at Nightfall Unlimited. I do not think many people saw the posts. We had 82 Facebook followers and no Twitter account. This time around I already have 188 followers on Facebook and my own personal Twitter hovers around 370. So hopefully this will pick up steam eventually.
Tonight I am doing a double feature of an original film and its remake.
The Fly (1958)
The Fly was released in 1958, some think it is some older version of a cool 1980s SciFi horror film with Jeff Goldblum. But I am here to tell you the Fly is no joke. It is a serious movie that really works and to me it stands up to this day. The original is smart, I love the way it is set up. It is told in flashback scenes and starts with the demise of the scientist. From there it goes on to show everything to lead up to that point and beyond. The scientist is Andre Delambre and it shows that he is very passionate about his work and his family. He seems to work long hours in the basement. Eventually he shows his wife that his work is actually, working. He is building a teleportation device.
Later, he is not heard from for a couple of days and when his wife finds him, he is wearing a rag over his head and hiding his hand. The best part about the movie to me, he is mostly of sound mind. He knows something went wrong and has his wife try and track down the fly to try and reverse. But as things progress and the cannot get the fly he knows it is time to go. I also love Vincent Price’s role, he kind of plays the good guy in this, he is always known for a villainous character, he is great in the Fly.
This movie is 100% ahead of its time and it is a classic. I am not sure if this is for sure a horror film or a Sci-Fi creature feature from the 1950s. It is a good movie overall and to this day it works.
The Fly (1986)
I don’t know how comfortable I am calling this one a remake. It is and it is not, there are similar things between this and the original, but this has a lot of great effects and the story is solid. So if we call this a remake, it is a master piece. Of course it has flaws and it is not the perfect movie. One of the best things about this film is how slowly Seth Brundle(Jeff Goldblum) transforms into the Fly.
The path is a freaky path, he gains super-human powers and becomes over aggressive. I love the scene where he puts so many packets of sugar into his coffee. The one scene that always haunted me, the when he does the video of how “Brundle-Fly” eats, yeesh. Not to mention when he goes out looking for a girl because Gina Davis cannot go for another round, but he breaks a dudes arm to where the bone pops from the skin. It did not seem the phase the girl at all.
This is a great remake, yes I call it a remake. It may be the best of all horror remakes, I don’t know that is for another discussion, but tonight I will do something I have never done, watch the two original Fly movies.