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The Fly (1986)

20th Century Fox

Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis.

Rating: R.

Run time: 95 mins..

Genre: Horror.

Verdict: Beautiful (see rating system)

The story of a scientist whose transportation device goes wrong has has been around for quite a while and Vincent Price starred in a pretty effective movie version way back in 1958.

However, in one of the rare instances of a remake turning out better than the original, this 1986 version featuring Oscar-winning make-up is superior in every way.

Jeff Goldblum plays scientist Seth Brundle who cracks the final problem preventing him from transferring objects - and creatures - through the air from one pod to another pod in his lab (like the trasnsportation device in Star Trek). It's an audacious discovery Brundle also hopes will impress beautiful journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis).

However, as you'd guess from the title, a fly literally gets in the ointment, or rather one of the pods, just as Brundle prepares to transport himself. A slow transformation into unimaginable horror begins and it's all too easy to imagine YOU are the scientist caught in an irreversible and terrible process. You'll never think the same way again when you hear a fly buzzing around!

Good performances and excellent special effects make this a great shocker. Try the 2005 two-disc special edition, which is loaded with featurettes on the making of the film.

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