JWM SPOOKATHON 2017: The Fly (1986)


A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. (IMDb)
It’s gross (that fingernail scene–*shudder*), it’s gloomy (Brundle’s pad is a perfect set), and unquestionably glorious in its gory sci-fi camp. Goldblum shines all the way through, from awkwardly charming and secretly hunkalicious-in-the-80s scientist to wild-eyed eccentric (“Drink deep, or taste not, the plasma spring!”) to morbidly witty Brundlefly (“The medicine cabinet is now the Brundle Museum of Natural History”) to tragic monster (“I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it”).
8/10 (Great)
CREEPY QUOTE: Tawny: “Are you a body builder or something?”
Seth Brundle: “Yeah, I build bodies. I take them apart, and put them back together again.”



JWM SPOOKATHON 2017: The Fly (1958)


A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device. (IMDb)
Starts off as a uniquely compelling murder mystery (more of a whydunit than a whodunit) but only goes downhill once the flashback begins, as the sci-fi intrigue and horror is tarnished by the annoying Andre (“You said you were frightened by progress. I’m filled with the wonder of it.” *eyeroll*) and his incompetent damsel in distress wife, cheesy effects (see the ridiculous fly hand), a bloated sequence of an attempt at catching a fly, and an unintentionally laughable climax (“Help meee”).
6/10 (Mediocre)
CREEPY QUOTE: “I shall never forget that scream as long as I live.” – Inspector Charas

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