• Publication date: April 9, 2009

"Be afraid... Be very afraid" Revolutionary Science Spawns Diabolic Monster

One of the films inspired by Franz Kafka�s 1912 story, �The Metamorphosis�, �The Fly� is an American science fiction horror film released in 1986. It details a science experiment gone bad , when a fly wanders into the teleportation chamber to become a non-elected participant in the experiment .

One of the films inspired by Franz Kafka�s 1912 story, �The Metamorphosis�, �The Fly� is an American science fiction horror film released in 1986. It details a science experiment gone bad, when a fly wanders into the teleportation chamber to become a non-elected participant in the experiment. Directed by David Cronenberg, and starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis and John Getz, the film is a high-budget remake of the 1958 Wes Craven film of the same name- and for once the remake has been hailed as one of the best horror movies of all time.

Wes Craven watches this one from the sidelines along with Mel Brooks, as both produce the script written by screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue and David Cronenberg. The original 1858 film and script were based on George Langelaan's short story �The Fly�.

Brilliant and eccentric scientist Seth Brundle [Jeff Goldblum] runs into Veronica Quaife [Geena Davis] a journalist for �Particle� magazine, at a press conference and cocktail party held by Bartok Science Industries.

Bartok is all hush-hush about Seth�s latest invention, and in his bid to woo the fair lady Seth invites Veronica to his warehouse-based laboratory to show her his revolutionary invention.

The invention involves two cylindrical compartments he calls telepods, and Seth has indeed managed to teleport inanimate objects across space from one telepod to another.

Yet when his experiments involve living creatures they come out in the second telepod all screwed up. He discovers this soon enough when he tries teleporting a baboon, only for the monkey to materialize in the destination pod inside-out. Seth realizes that it�s a simple matter of programming the computer to respect certain parameters while reassembling the particles after the journey through space. He tests it and it is another success.

Yet when Seth finds Veronica nowhere to celebrate his achievement, his mind wanders to doubting whether his lady friend might have gone back to her ex-lover, Stathis Borans [John Getz], her editor in the magazine.

Seth takes it upon himself to rob her of this scientific milestone; by performing his experiment and being the sole witness to the teleporting of the first human subject ever- himself.

Only a fly wanders into the pod with Seth as he was closing the door�

Critically lauded upon its release for its makeup effects as well as Goldblum�s performance, �The Fly� won the 1987 Oscar for Best Makeup, it�s only Academy Award nomination. In addition, it netted 3 Saturn Awards; for Best Actor [Goldblum], Best Horror Picture, and Best Makeup, receiving 6 wins and 8 nominations in total that year.

With an estimated budget of $15 million the film grossed $60,629,159 in total. �The Fly� features director Cronenberg making a cameo appearance as the obstetrician who delivers a maggot baby- only one little detail that won it the R rating tag, along with other gore factors, sex, nudity and language in its 96 minutes of screen time.