Sunday, 26 September 2010

Review of 'The Fly' (1958)


Being one the most memorable movies which, came from the 1950's era. 'The Fly' is a film that hasn't kept to its original genre over the years. The Fly as directed by Kurt Neumann was made as a horror but through recent years and the development of the horror genre 'The Fly' has now crept into the comedy genre.


'The Fly' is based on a traditional Canadian family (Hence the slight hint of a French accent) of which spends his time experimenting with the sciences to create new and exciting innovation. The film enters this family's life when the husband/father has achieved (as they state the movie) 'the impossible'. His breakthrough - having the ability to teleport object via disintegrating and then re-assembling their electrons in another destination. Coming to the climax of his research and testing Andre DeLambre (scientist) tests his device on the living organism and after a few test (including his cat) he achieve his goal. Finally after the short success when teleporting himself he splice his electrons with a fly which enters his teleportation system before activation. From here on out Andre and his wife (Helene Delambre) attempt to find the hybrid fly before the fly instinct take over. After close encounters with catching the fly to no avail, Andre has to sacrifice himself as the fly begin to take over.

‘For younger viewers, especially those generally familiar with horror and who might have seen the 1986 version of this film, there are a couple surprises. One, that the story in the original, while similar in its broadest features, is very different in the details, and has a very different focus.’ - Brandt Sponseller


I loved reading this review because I felt it was too generous in compliments about my film. My opinion is that the  film was a disaster in my eyes for many reason but the main one being is that the storyline was about as complex as a Mr. men book. For me to sit and describe the movie pretty much in a paragraph, demonstrates it simplistic idea of a man pushing the boundaries of science. Yet the question that came to my mind where:


·         Why is a well-off businessman in a printing press industry have a hidden life as a scientist who basically makes the invention of the century that full-time professional scientists haven't even made progress?
·         And why if this movie is a horror (which was set to be in 1958), do we see the hybrid near the end of the movie?

Now, don't get me wrong when I look at the era it was made in, I have some sympathy with the idea of the film and how it would be hard to accomplish a horror about a humanoid fly. But then I look at the 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' and I see that is a horror. It is meant to scare you and till this day it will remain a horror. Where as 'The Fly' is now a comedy, as the boy made people laugh with his face and comments. When talking about his mother and her curious change of mind Philippe states 'You not what women are like!'That not horror that stand up.  When reading the film 4 review of ‘The Fly’ I found this quote which made me laugh because it was so apt.


‘Despite one of the silliest concepts in horror cinema - Price admitted being unable to keep a straight face during filming - there is something irresistible about this tale of a man who swaps heads with a housefly.’  - Film 4



In conclusion the film lacks a baseline story which would grip a viewer into what going on. The fact that before reviewing I believed the film to be nothing more than a joke a bit like the Scary Movie spoofs of today. In fact Neumann should be disgraced to even attempt to call this a good creation. I am glad that I have been able to look at a remake because to anyone who hasn't watch it. I suggest you don't it is a waste of 1hr and 34 mins of your life.  As stated in the Radio times review:

‘This is no match for the superior David Cronenberg remake’ – Alan Jones





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