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Encyclopedia > The Fly (1986 film)
The Fly

Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Directed by David Cronenberg
Produced by Stuart Cornfield
Written by Short story:
George Langelaan
Screenplay:
Charles Edward Pogue
David Cronenberg
Starring Jeff Goldblum
Geena Davis
John Getz
Music by Howard Shore
Nile Rodgers
Cinematography Mark Irwin
Editing by Ronald Sanders
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) August 15, 1986
Running time 95 min.
Country UK/Canada/USA
Language English
Budget $15,000,000 (est.)
Followed by The Fly II (1989)
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The Fly is a 1986 science fiction/horror/romantic tragedy film produced by Brooksfilms and 20th Century Fox, directed by David Cronenberg, and starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis and John Getz. It is a big budget remake of the 1958 film of the same name, but with a substantially different plot. The film is more of a reconceptualization than a remake, one which takes the basic germ of the 1957 short story and the 1958 film and then goes in a different direction. The soundtrack was composed by Howard Shore. This movie was shot in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1985-1986. Image File history File links Fly_poster. ... David Paul Cronenberg OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943[2]) is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. ... George Langelaan (1908-1969) was a British-born writer. ... Charles Edward Pogue is a film and television writer who has worked in the sci-fi/fantasy, horror, and thriller genres, and he has also scripted several Sherlock Holmes adaptations. ... Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum (born October 22, 1952) is an Academy-Award nominated American actor. ... Virginia Elizabeth Geena Davis (born January 21, 1956) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated American actress and former fashion model. ... John Getz (b. ... Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946) is an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Canadian composer, best known for composing the scores to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and films of David Cronenberg. ... Nile Gregory Rodgers (born September 19, 1952 in New York City) is a prolific and influential musician, composer, arranger, guitarist and music producer, and co-founding member of the seminal multi-platinum hit R&B band Chic, with influential bassist, the late Bernard Edwards. ... Mark Irwin is a prolific Canadian cinematographer. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Fly II was a movie produced in 1989 starring Eric Stoltz and Daphne Zuniga. ... // April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... “Horror Movie” redirects here. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... David Paul Cronenberg OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943[2]) is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. ... Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum (born October 22, 1952) is an Academy-Award nominated American actor. ... Virginia Elizabeth Geena Davis (born January 21, 1956) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated American actress and former fashion model. ... John Getz (b. ... Charles Herbert and Vincent Price during their infamous spider web scene in 1958s The Fly. ... Look up plot in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Fly is a short story by George Langelaan that was published in 1957 in Playboy magazine. ... Charles Herbert and Vincent Price during their infamous spider web scene in 1958s The Fly. ... Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946) is an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Canadian composer, best known for composing the scores to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and films of David Cronenberg. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 107 Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area...


The Fly was a box office success upon its release and was critically acclaimed in the press. A sequel, The Fly II was released in 1989. The Fly II was a movie produced in 1989 starring Eric Stoltz and Daphne Zuniga. ...

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Plot

Veronica Quaife and Seth Brundle meet at the Bartok party

As with many of Cronenberg's films, The Fly deals with themes of bodily disfigurement or metamorphosis and the darker aspects of human emotions and behavior. An underlying aspect of the story is the doomed love affair between Goldblum and Davis and the rivalry between Goldblum and Getz that results from this. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 432 pixelsFull resolution (833 × 450 pixel, file size: 38 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Movie screencapture. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 432 pixelsFull resolution (833 × 450 pixel, file size: 38 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Movie screencapture. ... A Pieris rapae larva An older Pieris rapae larva A Pieris rapae pupa A Pieris rapae adult Metamorphosis is a process in biology by which an individual physically develops after birth or hatching, and involves significant change in form as well as growth and differentiation. ...


Goldblum stars as Seth Brundle, a brilliant but eccentric scientist. He meets Veronica Quaife (Davis), a journalist for Particle magazine, at a party held by Bartok Science Industries, which provides funds for Brundle's work. Brundle takes Veronica back to his warehouse laboratory (where he also lives) and shows her his invention: a set of "Telepods" that allow instantaneous teleportation of an object from one pod to another. Veronica is highly impressed and eventually agrees to document Seth's work. Although the telepods can transport inanimate objects perfectly, they do not work correctly on living things. Seth unintentionally demonstrates this horrific fact when he attempts to teleport a baboon, which is killed when it is reintegrated inside-out. Shortly thereafter, Brundle and Veronica begin a romantic relationship, and their first sexual encounter provides inspiration for Seth. He realizes that the machine is not perfectly reassembling living objects, but is rather "interpreting" them, and sets about reprogramming the telepod computer to cope with living flesh. Seth Brundle is the lead character in David Cronenbergs 1986 film The Fly. ... In popular usage, eccentricity refers to unusual or odd behavior on the part of an individual. ... This article is about the profession. ... Veronica Quaife is a fictional character in David Cronenbergs 1986 remake of The Fly, and is played by Geena Davis. ... Telepods are fictional teleportation devices featured in the 1986 film The Fly and its 1989 sequel, The Fly II. The teleportation system in the original 1958 version of The Fly was referred to as a Distintegrator-Integrator, and resembled two high-tech telephone booths. ... Teleportation is the movement of objects or elementary particles from one place to another, more or less instantaneously, without traveling through space. ... For other uses, see Baboon (disambiguation). ...

Brundle inside Telepod 1, mere moments before his fateful teleportation

Seth then succeeds in teleporting a second baboon with no apparent harm. Flush with this success, Brundle wants to spend a romantic evening with Veronica, but she suddenly departs before they can celebrate. Brundle's judgment soon becomes impaired by alcohol and his paranoid fear that Veronica is secretly rekindling her relationship with her editor and former lover Stathis Borans (Getz). In reality, Veronica has left to confront Borans about his continuing interference in her life, and his threat to reveal the existence of the telepods to the world prematurely. Unaware of all this, a drunk and jealous Brundle decides to teleport himself, both as a way of getting back at Veronica for her imagined infidelity (she would miss a great moment in science) and also to provide the teleportation system with its first human subject. Since the second baboon has shown no ill effects after being teleported, Brundle recklessly decides to teleport himself without waiting for the baboon to undergo comprehensive medical testing. Just before the telepod door automatically closes, however, a common housefly slips into the pod unseen. After being teleported, Brundle emerges from the receiving pod, seemingly normal. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 438 pixelsFull resolution (958 × 525 pixel, file size: 45 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Movie screencapture This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 438 pixelsFull resolution (958 × 525 pixel, file size: 45 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Movie screencapture This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the... For other uses, see Baboon (disambiguation). ... Stathis Borans is a fictional character in David Cronenbergs 1986 remake of The Fly, and is played by John Getz. ... Binomial name Linnaeus, 1758 The housefly (also house fly or house-fly), Musca domestica, is the most common fly occurring in homes, the most familiar of all flies and indeed one of the most widely distributed animals; it is a pest that can carry and transmit serious diseases. ...


Shortly after his teleportation, Seth reconciles with Veronica, and eventually begins to exhibit a sense of intoxicating euphoria, as well as heightened strength, endurance, and sexual potency. However, he also becomes arrogant and violent, and when Veronica sees that something has gone wrong and refuses to be teleported, Brundle abandons her, claiming that she cannot "keep up" with him. Brundle then meets a voluptuously sleazy woman named Tawny at a bar, and armwrestles with a burly man named Marky, with Tawny as the prize. After using his superhuman strength to give Marky's arm a compound fracture, Brundle takes Tawny home for the night. A bone fracture is a medical condition in which a bone becomes cracked, splintered, or bisected as a result of physical trauma. ...


The next morning, Veronica arrives at the warehouse in time to prevent Brundle from forcibly teleporting Tawny, who then departs. Veronica tries to warn Brundle that something is happening to him, but he throws her out of his warehouse and tells her never to return. After she leaves, however, Brundle is horrified to discover that his fingernails are beginning to fall off. Realizing that something went wrong during his first teleportation, Brundle checks his computer's records, and discovers that the telepod computer, confused by the presence of two separate life-forms in the sending pod, has merged him with the fly at the genetic level. He then realizes that he is slowly becoming a hybrid creature that is neither human nor insect (which the doomed Seth begins referring to as "Brundlefly").

Veronica reconciles with the rapidly deteriorating Brundle

After a month-long period of self-imposed isolation, a desperate Seth again reconciles with Veronica, but he has already begun to deteriorate, becoming progressively less human in appearance. He also quickly begins to exhibit fly-like characteristics, as when he becomes incapable of eating solids and must vomit digestive enzymes (which he refers to as "vomit-drop") onto his food in order to dissolve it. Soon, he discovers that he can even cling to walls and clambers around his lab upside-down. He also develops fly-like twitches and tics, and begins leaving his sloughed-off human body parts in his medicine cabinet, dubbing it "The Brundle Museum of Natural History". Eventually, Brundle realizes that he is losing his human reason and compassion, and that he is now being driven by primitive impulses he cannot control. To her horror, Veronica learns that she is pregnant, and she cannot be sure if the child was conceived before or after Brundle's fateful teleportation. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 435 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 544 pixel, file size: 41 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Movie screencapture. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 435 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 544 pixel, file size: 41 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Movie screencapture. ...


When Seth learns that Veronica is planning on having an abortion to rid herself of the possibly mutated baby she is carrying, he abducts her from a clinic and then begs her to carry the child to term, since it could potentially be the last remnant of his untainted humanity. Veronica sadly refuses, since she's too fearful that the child will be a hideous mutant, and Brundle takes her back to his warehouse.

A horribly mutated and desperate Brundle reveals the nature of his "cure" to Veronica

Stathis Borans breaks into the lab and comes to Veronica's rescue, but is injured and nearly killed by the almost fully-transformed Brundle, who dissolves Stathis' left hand and right foot with his corrosive vomit-drop enzyme. Stathis is spared from death only by the pleading of Veronica. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 430 pixelsFull resolution (1070 × 575 pixel, file size: 51 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Movie screencapture This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 430 pixelsFull resolution (1070 × 575 pixel, file size: 51 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Movie screencapture This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the...

Brundlefly is merged with a portion of Telepod 2

Brundle then reveals his desperate, last-ditch plan to Veronica: He will use the three telepods (the third pod being the original prototype) to fuse himself, Veronica, and their unborn child together into one entity, so they can be the "ultimate family". Veronica resists Brundle's efforts to drag her into Telepod 1 and then accidentally rips off his jaw, prompting his final transformation. His body sheds its outer layer of decaying flesh, revealing the monstrous combination of man and insect that has been growing underneath it. The now-mute "Brundlefly" creature traps Veronica inside Telepod 1, then steps into Telepod 2. However, as the computer's timer counts down to the activation of the fusion sequence, the wounded Stathis Borans manages to shoot the power cables connected to Veronica's telepod with his shotgun, severing Telepod 1's connection to the computer and allowing Veronica to escape unharmed. Seeing this, Brundlefly attempts to break out of its own telepod just as the fusion sequence occurs, and is gruesomely fused with chunks of metal and other components from Telepod 2. As the mortally wounded Brundlefly-telepod fusion crawls out of the receiving pod, it silently begs Veronica to end its suffering with Borans' shotgun. A devastated Veronica hesitates for a moment, and then pulls the trigger, mercifully ending the life of her hideously transformed lover. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 427 pixelsFull resolution (1131 × 603 pixels, file size: 74 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) // Movie screencapture. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 427 pixelsFull resolution (1131 × 603 pixels, file size: 74 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) // Movie screencapture. ...


Production history

In the early 1980s, co-producer Kip Ohman approached screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue with the idea of remaking the classic science fiction/horror film The Fly. Pogue began by reading George Langelaan's short story and then watching the original film, which he had never seen. Deciding that this was a project he was interested in, he talked with producer Stuart Cornfeld about setting up the production, and Cornfeld very quickly agreed. The duo then pitched the idea to executives at 20th Century Fox and received an enthusiastic response, and Pogue was given money to write a first draft screenplay. He initially wrote an outline similar to that of Langelaan's story, but both he and Cornfeld thought that it would be better to rework the material to focus on a gradual metamorphosis instead of an instantaneous monster. But when executives read the script they were so unimpressed that they immediately withdrew from the project. After some negotiating Cornfeld orchestrated a deal whereby Fox would agree to distribute the film if he could set up financing through another source. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Charles Edward Pogue is a film and television writer who has worked in the sci-fi/fantasy, horror, and thriller genres, and he has also scripted several Sherlock Holmes adaptations. ... Promotional poster for The Fly The Fly is a 1958 American sci-fi / horror film, directed by Kurt Neumann. ... George Langelaan (1908-1969) was a British-born writer. ... Stuart Cornfeld is a film producer, partner of Ben Stiller in the company, Red Hour Productions, and an actor. ...


The new producer in question was none other than Mel Brooks. Brooks and Cornfeld had previously worked together on David Lynch's film The Elephant Man, produced by Brooks' company Brooksfilms. Cornfeld gave the script to Brooks, who liked it but felt that a different writer was needed. Pogue was then removed from the project and Cornfeld hired Walon Green for a rewrite, but it was felt that his draft was not a step in the right direction, so Pogue was then brought back to try and polish up the material. At the same time Brooks and Cornfeld were trying to find a suitable director. Their first choice was David Cronenberg, but he was working on an adaptation of Total Recall for Dino De Laurentiis and was unable to accept. Cornfeld decided on a young British director named Robert Bierman after seeing one of his short films. Bierman was flown to Los Angeles to meet with Pogue, and the film was in the very early stages of preproduction when tragedy struck. Bierman's family had been vacationing in South Africa and his daughter was killed in an accident. Bierman boarded a plane to go to his family, and Brooks and Cornfeld waited for a month before approaching him about resuming work on the picture. Bierman told them that he was unable to start working so soon, and Brooks told him that he would wait three months and contact him again. At the end of the three months Bierman told him that he could not commit to the project. Brooks told him that he understood and released him from his contract. Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an Academy Award-winning American director, writer, comedian, actor and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies. ... For other persons named David Lynch, see David Lynch (disambiguation). ... The Elephant Man is a 1980 biopic loosely based on the story of the 19th century British deformed celebrity, Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film). ... Walon Green (b. ... David Paul Cronenberg OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943[2]) is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. ... For other uses, see Total recall (disambiguation). ... Agostino De Laurentiis, usually credited as Dino De Laurentiis, (born August 8, 1919) is an Italian movie producer born at Torre Annunziata in the province of Naples. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


With no director and an unsatisfying screenplay, production was at a standstill. Cornfeld then heard that Cronenberg was no longer associated with Total Recall and once again approached him with The Fly. Cronenberg agreed to sign on as director if he would be allowed to rewrite the script. His revised draft differed greatly from Pogue's screenplay, though it still retained the basic plot outline and also included the central concept of a genetic mutation. With a script that everyone was now happy with, Cronenberg assembled his usual crew and began the process of casting the picture, ultimately deciding on Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis for the leads. Chris Walas, who had designed the creatures in Gremlins, was hired to handle the film's extensive special effects. Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum (born October 22, 1952) is an Academy-Award nominated American actor. ... Virginia Elizabeth Geena Davis (born January 21, 1956) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated American actress and former fashion model. ... Chris Walas (born 1955) is an American special effects/makeup artist and director. ... For other uses, see Gremlin (disambiguation). ...


Critical response

Upon its release, The Fly was praised for being more emotionally involving and genuinely poignant in comparison to Cronenberg's previous films. Halliwell's Film Guide commented that while the film was "deliberately gruesome...with much unpleasant detail" it was also "carried along by a certain style". Jeff Goldblum's tour-de-force performance was applauded as well, and many believe it to be his finest performance to this day. Goldblum was thought by many to be a certainty for an Academy Award nomination, and when he was not nominated, many prominent film critics, Roger Ebert in particular, stated that he had been cheated.[citation needed] Leslie Robert James Halliwell (February 23, 1929 – January 21, 1989) was a British motion picture historian and encyclopedist who shaped domestic tastes through his career as a buyer for television stations. ... Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum (born October 22, 1952) is an Academy-Award nominated American actor. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...


Film critic Gene Siskel named The Fly as the tenth best film of 1986. Eugene Gene Kal Siskel (January 26, 1946 – February 20, 1999) was one of the worlds most successful film critics. ...


The film was also widely thought to be an allegory of the AIDS epidemic, although Cronenberg denies this and states that the subtext/metaphor of the film is the natural process of aging and death. He states that "we've all got the disease, the disease of being finite." This, when coupled with the tragic love-story of the plot (harking back to films such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame) makes The Fly an all-too human film, albeit filled with Cronenberg's familiar obsessions and gruesome attention to detail. The spectacular "Brundlefly" makeup effects were given a 1986 Academy Award, the film's sole nomination. For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ... The Hunchback of Notre Dame (original French title, Notre-Dame de Paris) is an 1831 French novel written by Victor Hugo. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


In 2005, Time magazine film critics Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel included The Fly in their list of Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Greatest Movies. “TIME” redirects here. ... Richard Corliss is a writer for Time magazine who focuses on movies, with the occasional article on music or sports, and has distinguished himself for his clever way with words. ... Richard Warren Schickel (b. ...


Sequel

The sequel is The Fly II (1989). There has been some discussion as to whether the sequel "really" counts as a part of Cronenberg's Fly universe. Cronenberg feels that the stories in his films have definitive beginnings and endings, and he has never considered making a sequel to one of his own films, although others have made sequels to Cronenberg films, including Scanners (1981). The Fly II was a movie produced in 1989 starring Eric Stoltz and Daphne Zuniga. ... Scanners is a 1981 action / science fiction / horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. ...


Makeup/creature effects

The Academy Award-winning makeup seen in The Fly was designed and executed by Chris Walas, Inc. over a period of several months. The final "Brundlefly" creature was designed first, and then the various steps needed to carry protagonist Seth Brundle to that final incarnation were designed afterwards. The transformation was intended to be a metaphor for the aging process. Indeed, Brundle loses hair, teeth, and fingernails, and his skin becomes discolored and lumpy. The intention of the filmmakers was to give Brundle a bruised, cancerous, and diseased look that gets progressively worse as time goes on. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Various looks were tested for the different stages before the perfected versions seen in the completed film were arrived at. Some early test footage can be seen on the 2005 The Fly: Collector's Edition DVD.


Early versions of the different makeup stages include:

  • A prototype of Stage 2, featuring more exaggerated facial discoloration, open sores, and peeling skin (test footage of this version can be seen on the Fly CE DVD).
  • The first test version of Stage 4-A, which featured the same face sculpt as the final version of the makeup, but also had an enlarged headpiece underneath Goldblum's wig. The "hernia-bulge" on his side is in a lower position on his torso than the final version, and only Brundle's face and hands are visibly mutated (also, the sticky pads on his palms are a different color than the metallic-green pads seen in the final film). The rest of Goldblum's body is discolored with body makeup, and there are numerous insect hairs on his arms and torso. In the final version of the makeup seen in the film, Brundle's entire body is lumpy and deformed (test footage of this version can be seen on the Fly CE DVD).
  • There may also be another version of Stage 4-A (which can be seen in nearly all of the publicity and still photos of that stage). This version appears to have slightly different arm appliances (with less distorted hands and the lighter-colored palm-pads of the first prototype), and more hair on Brundle's head (which actually seems to coordinate better with Stage 4-B, since Stage 4-B appears to have more hair than the filmed version of Stage 4-A). It is unclear if this really is a prototype, since most photographs of this version indicate that it was filmed on the set. The apparent differences between the "prototype" and the filmed version may be mere optical illusions created by different lighting schemes and film stocks.

The following is a breakdown of each stage of Seth Brundle's horrifying transformation as designed and created by the CWI crew (with behind-the-scenes information presented in italics):

Stage 1
  • STAGE 1 (on view in the scene where Veronica discovers the small insect hairs on Brundle's back): Brundle's face is discolored, and it looks as though he has a bad allergic rash. Small insect hairs are growing out of the scratches on his back (an injury sustained prior to Brundle's fateful teleportation when he accidentally rolled onto a stray circuit board). Actor Jeff Goldblum's face was painted with dabs of blue, red, green, yellow, and purple makeup. The fly hairs growing from the scratches on Brundle's back were made from monofilament fishing wire that was trimmed, tapered, and tinted black.
Stage 2
  • STAGE 2 (on view from the scene where the manic Brundle storms the city's streets and then enters the bar until the point where he discovers the truth about his fusion with the fly by checking his computer's records): It looks as though Brundle has a bad case of acne, as his face is full of what appear to be pimples, warts and bumps (and more lesions appear on his face as time goes on). There are also some small fly hairs growing out of various areas of his face. Many more such hairs are growing out of the scratches on his back. Brundle's entire body is becoming subtly discolored, and his fingers are swollen, blotchy, and have loose nails. Plastic warts and pimples were applied to Goldblum's face. He wore foam-rubber fingertips for the nail-pulling scene.
Stage 3
  • STAGE 3 (on view in the scene where Veronica visits Brundle after his one-month period of isolation): Brundle's face is lumpy and discolored. His hair is thinning (with visible bald spots) and he has no eyebrows. He must now walk with the aid of a pair of canes (as a result of the changes to the internal structure of his body) and vomits digestive enzymes on his food in order to dissolve it. His right ear falls off in this stage. Goldblum wore a full face/neck foam-rubber appliance with wig. The "vomit drop" was made from eggs, honey, and milk.
Stage 4-A
  • STAGE 4-A (on view in the scene where Brundle demonstrates his wall-crawling and "vomit-drop" abilities to Veronica): Brundle has lost all of his fingernails and toenails, as well as both ears. More of his hair has fallen out, and his teeth are crooked (with receding gums). His face and arms are lumpy and deformed, and coarse insect hairs are popping up all over his body. A hernia-like bulge has developed on the lower left side of his torso. Sticky, cushion-like pads have appeared on Brundle's hands and feet, giving him the ability to cling to walls. The index and middle fingers of his right hand are webbed together with a flap of flesh, and are starting to fuse together. Some of the toes on Brundle's feet are clustering and fusing together. Brundle's inner structure has changed enough so that he no longer needs to walk with the aid of canes, and his natural posture is now hunched-over and inhuman. He has also begun to exhibit nervous and jerky fly-like twitches and tics. Goldblum wore foam rubber appliances on his head, neck, arms, feet, and abdomen. Various pieces of foam were put under his clothes to suggest a misshapen form underneath. He also wore another wig with sparse hair, and custom-made dentures to show Brundle's crooked teeth.
Stage 4-B, which was deleted from the final cut of the film
  • STAGE 4-B (not seen in the final cut of the film; appears only in the deleted "Monkey-Cat"/insect leg-amputation sequence that can be seen on the 2005 Fly Collector's Edition DVD): Essentially the same as Stage 4-A, but now Brundle is completely naked. He's lost his genitals, his buttocks have fused together, and his hips have become enlarged. The hernia-like bulge on his side is very noticeable now, and eventually bursts open to reveal a small, fly-like appendage that is messily amputated by the horrified Brundle. This stage used the same sculpting for the face and arms as the Stage 4-A makeup appliances did, but since the scene revealed the entirety of Brundle's deformed body, Goldblum was required to wear the first of two full-body, foam-rubber bodysuits designed for the film.
Stage 5
  • STAGE 5 (on view from the point where Brundle loses his teeth up until the moment when his jaw is ripped off): Brundle is nearing the end of his metamorphosis. His hair is almost entirely gone, and his head has become swollen and misshapen, with his face becoming even more deformed. The right eyelid is puffed up and the left eye is enlarged. The index and middle fingers on Brundle's right hand have fused together, and the pinky fingers of both hands are "dead" and vestigial. The middle finger of the left hand has swollen grotesquely. Brundle loses a number of teeth in this stage, and the open wound on his torso (from the deleted "Monkey-Cat" sequence) is clearly visible. Later on, Veronica Quaife accidentally tears Brundle's jaw off, beginning STAGE 6. Goldblum wore a second full-body suit similar to the one seen in Stage 4-B, but this version featured more exaggerated deformities. Goldblum also wore special dentures with missing teeth and custom-made contact lenses that made one eye appear bigger than the other. The most complete makeup job in the film, this stage took nearly six hours to apply to the actor. The shots of Brundle's jaw flexing in a non-human way so as to vomit corrosive enzymes on Stathis Borans, as well as the shots of Brundle's jaw being ripped off, were accomplished with mechanized, full-bust puppet replicas of the character. In a shot deleted from the film, Brundle ejects an eight-inch proboscis to suck up the remains of Borans' foot, a sequence that also used a mechanized bust. This was the last stage of Brundlefly's transformation to involve actor Jeff Goldblum.
Stage 6
  • STAGE 6 (seen when Brundlefly tosses Veronica into Telepod 1 and then steps into Telepod 2): Brundle's dead and decaying outer layer of skin falls off to reveal his final incarnation, the entity previously dubbed "Brundlefly" by the diseased scientist. This grotesque, human-insect hybrid creature has a misshapen head with antennae, insect eyes with enlarged eyelids, and a proboscis. The torso is somewhat segmented, like an insect's, and the hips are enlarged and deformed. The right leg reverses its joint to become reverse-bending and Brundle's dead human foot is shaken loose. The creature's new, hoof-like foot ends in a pair of insect claws. The left leg is vaguely humanoid, but there is an extra joint beneath the knee, and the foot consists of three large, deformed toes that are tipped by insect claws. The left arm is humanoid, and terminates in a deformed, human-type hand with stubby, vestigial fingers. The right arm features a distorted and elongated hand that has two long, tubular fingers (which are also tipped with insect claws), and a small, fly-like leg (similar to the leg that burst out of Brundle's left side in the deleted "Monkey-Cat" scene) can be seen on the right side of the creature's torso. This ultimate fusion of man and insect was brought to life through the use of various cable-controlled and rod-operated puppets.
"Stage" 7
  • "STAGE" 7 (seen in The Fly's final moments, after Brundlefly is merged with a section of Telepod 2): After its failed attempt to reclaim some semblance of humanity by merging with Veronica Quaife, Brundlefly is accidentally fused with a large chunk of its own sending telepod. The resulting fusion of man, insect, and machine crawls out of the receiving pod, mortally wounded and in terrible agony. In a last gesture of humanity, the thing that was once Seth Brundle silently begs Veronica to end its life, and she does. This final incarnation of Seth Brundle, technically not a part of his metamorphosis into Brundlefly, was dubbed the "Brundlething" or "Brundlebooth" by the film's crew (and is also called "BrundlePod" by some fans). The pathetic creature was created as a rod puppet with cable-controlled facial features.

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Deleted scenes

The 2005 Collector's Edition DVD version of the film includes a variety of deleted scenes (in the DVD's "Deleted Scenes" section as well as in the mammoth "Fear of the Flesh" documentary that chronicles the making of the film), many of which had become legendary over the years. The DVD also includes numerous bits of dialogue that were trimmed, as well as two extended scenes. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ...


The most notable deleted scenes include:

  • A short scene that features Veronica Quaife conducting a videotaped interview with Seth Brundle (after his superhuman exercise seen in the completed film), in which he mistakenly theorizes that his teleportation has somehow improved him (prior to the DVD's release, a slightly different version of this scene could be seen in The Fly II).
  • A legendary sequence in which a desperate Brundle, already quite far along into his metamorphosis (in a transitional makeup stage that appears only in this one scene), attempts to merge an alley cat and a baboon (the same baboon that Brundle successfully teleported earlier in the film) together using the telepods. However, the resulting "monkey-cat" creature comes out of the receiving telepod terribly deformed, and attacks Brundle, who ends up beating the two-headed creature to death with a metal pipe to end its misery. The sequence goes on to show the disturbed Brundle scaling the wall of his lab up to the roof, only to feel a sharp pain in his left side (specifically, in the hernia-like bulge seen in the final cut of the film when Brundle first demonstrates his wall-crawling powers). He accidentally slips off the roof, slides down the wall, lands on a metal awning, and watches as a small, fly-like leg emerges from his torso. Horrified by this new appendage, Brundle amputates it with his teeth.

The script additionally called for Brundle to encounter a homeless woman in the alley after amputating the insect leg, whose face he would vomit on and consume, but this segment was written out of the movie before filming. The Fly II was a movie produced in 1989 starring Eric Stoltz and Daphne Zuniga. ...


Brundle's motivation for fusing the two animals together in the "monkey-cat" scene was somewhat ambiguous, but comments from the filmmakers have indicated that this was supposed to be a "test run" for Brundle's fusion "cure" seen at the end of the completed film. Thematically, the point of the scene was that Brundle was trying to find some kind of cure for his rapidly deteriorating condition, but was clearly losing his sanity at the same time.


The "monkey-cat" scene was included in a rough-cut preview-screening of the film in Toronto. Allegedly, the film was shown twice—once with the "monkey-cat" scene included, and once without, and the audience was asked which version they preferred. The audience reacted strongly to the scene, with at least one person allegedly throwing up. The general consensus from the preview audience was that Brundle was being cruel to the animals, and, as a result, they lost sympathy for him for the duration of the film. So, the sequence was cut, and remained unseen for nearly 20 years. For the 2005 DVD, the scene was restored from the original negative, with tracked-in sound effects and music taken from the completed film.

  • The film also has an unused epilogue, which was shot four different ways (all of which can be seen on the DVD). In the version of the scene as originally scripted (and previewed for a Los Angeles test audience), Veronica Quaife is seen in bed with Stathis Borans (having married him) some time after Seth Brundle's death. She awakens from another nightmare in which she gives birth to Brundle's child, and Stathis reassures her that she is safe, and that the baby she is now carrying (having presumably aborted Brundle's) is his. Veronica then falls back asleep, and we see that she's now dreaming of a beautiful human baby with butterfly wings hatching from a cocoon and flying off towards a distant light source.

The other filmed versions of the epilogue featured:

  • Veronica in bed with Stathis (much the same as the version that was previewed), but without her being pregnant. Instead, Stathis reassures her that "there's no baby". She then falls back asleep and has the butterfly-baby dream.
  • Veronica waking up alone and in her own bed, then falling back asleep and having the butterfly-baby dream. In this version, she is clearly still pregnant with Brundle's baby.
  • Veronica waking up alone and in her own bed, then having the butterfly-baby dream. In this version, she's not visibly pregnant (thus leaving the ending ambiguous).

The epilogue did not fare well with the preview audience, and ended up being cut from the film because no one wanted to see Ronnie end up with Stathis, the stop-motion animation of the "butterfly-baby" was not enitrely convincing, and because both the audience and the filmmakers felt that the story should end with Brundle's mercy-killing at Veronica's hands.

  • Numerous other bits of action and lines of dialogue were either deleted from the movie during editing, or were rewritten during filming (many of which appear in the script, which can be seen as a bonus feature on the DVD).
  • The ending of the film went through several incarnations in the various drafts of the script before the final version was filmed:
  1. In one early version of the ending, Veronica is unconscious after Brundlefly throws her into Telepod 1. When the Brundlething emerges from the prototype telepod, the raging and mortally wounded creature crawls toward the injured Stathis Borans, who manages to grab a loose wire jutting from the telepod/human/fly-hybrid creature's back and jams it into an electrical socket. The Brundlething is liquified by the electricity.
  2. A later version of the scene is nearly identical, except that the Brundlething crawls toward Stathis (whether it wants to attack him or is just desperate for help is left ambiguous) and then dies.
  3. In the version of the script that appears on the 2005 DVD, Veronica is conscious during the final scene, and when the Brundlething emerges from the receiving telepod and crawls toward her, she aims Stathis' shotgun at it, but the creature ends up dying at her feet. Eventually, this was slightly changed to the mercy-killing seen in the completed film.

Production details

  • The film was originally a project for Tim Burton to direct.[1]
  • Michael Keaton was allegedly offered the role of Seth Brundle but turned it down.[citation needed]
  • The Chris Walas, Inc. designers studied graphic books on disease as a starting point for their "Brundlefly" makeup/creature designs. The final "Brundlefly" creature is horribly deformed and asymmetrical. This reflects director David Cronenberg's idea that the creature should not be a giant fly (a common misconception about the film), but rather a literal fusion of a man and an insect that embodies elements of both.
  • Cronenberg was intrigued when he first read Charles Edward Pogue's screenplay (Pogue was the film's initial writer), but agreed to sign on as director only if he would be allowed to rewrite the script. Producer Stuart Cornfeld revealed on the Collector's Edition DVD that prior to Cronenberg's involvement Walon Green attempted to rewrite Pogue's script, but that his adaptation proved unsatisfactory.
  • A popular misconception about the film is that it embraces the notion that "there were some things man was not meant to know", as many "mad scientist" films did. However, David Cronenberg has stated that the movie instead chronicles an early experiment-gone-wrong of a revolutionary new technology, much as early experiments with radiation led scientists to suffer from radiation poisioning. Such mistakes did not prevent others from continuing the research, and, in the film, Brundle does not try to destroy his teleporter because he failed to notice the fly's presence inside the telepod with him (unlike Andre Delambre in the original film, who felt that his teleporter was too dangerous to exist, and destroyed it as a result).
  • In the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, the review of The Fly incorrectly lists Rob Bottin (Robocop, The Thing, Total Recall) as the creator of the makeup effects. In actuality, Chris Walas produced and supervised the makeup design, and his name is listed in the sidebar with the Oscars it won.
  • Scientific inconsistency: Cronenberg acknowledged that The Fly premise itself is logistically flawed due to the fact that Brundle would have obviously been aware of the dangers of foreign bodies within the telepod such as bacteria, viruses, microscopic air-borne lifeforms, etc. As such, he would have likely programmed the computer to ignore such "erroneous" biological entities. Furthermore, in order for teleporation to succeed, it would have to operate at the atomic level and not the molecular level which is where the DNA splicing would need to occur.
  • The narration and background music for the film's trailer would be re-used (with slight additions to the narration) three years later for the trailer for the movie Braindead in 1989, the same year that saw the release of The Fly II.
  • This film was #33 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.
  • Robert Bierman, the original director, claimed on the special edition DVD that he has still not seen the film even to this day. He claims this is because he had such a clear idea of what his film was going to be that he is afraid seeing Cronenberg's version would dilute that, and also because he feels it would be too painful for him to sit through the film after the tragedy he experienced during pre-production.

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Literary and cinematic relationships

  • Aside from the basic story premise of the film, the one and only nod to the 1958 film is Seth Brundle's plaintive, "Help me...Please, please help me!" - a reference to the famous ending of the original film, in which a tiny Andre Delambre (David Hedison), with the body of a fly but the head and arm of a human, is entrapped on a web, "Help meeeee! Heeeeeeelp meeeeeeeee!" as a spider menacingly approaches.
  • Besides obvious allusions to Kafka's novella The Metamorphosis, Seth's claim that he was "an insect who dreamed he was a man and loved it, but now the dream is over and the insect is awake" is a reference to passage from the ancient Chinese philosophical text known as Zhuangzi:

    Once Chuang Chou dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know he was Chuang Chou. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Chuang Chou. But he didn't know if he was Chuang Chou who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Chuang Chou. Between Chuang Chou and a butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things. (2, tr. Burton Watson 1968:49) Charles Herbert and Vincent Price during their infamous spider web scene in 1958s The Fly. ... David Hedison is seen playing CIA agent Felix Leiter in Live and Let Die. ... The Metamorphosis (German: ) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915, and arguably the most famous of his works along with the longer works The Trial and The Castle. ... Zhuangzi (Traditional: 莊子; Simplified: 庄子, Pinyin: Zhuāng Zǐ, Wade-Giles: Chuang Tzŭ, lit. ...

  • This film is the origin of the commonly used phrase "Be afraid. Be very afraid", a warning given to a floozy by Veronica during the film (allegedly, a line suggested by producer Mel Brooks). (See below) This was also a tagline for the film as well as "Something went wrong in the lab today ... something very wrong".

The Fly - The Opera

In February, 2007, Plácido Domingo announced that David Cronenberg was helping to produce an opera based on this story. Howard Shore would contribute the score. [2]


Popular culture

  • Much of the concept of the 1988 episode "Enter The Fly" in the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon is based on The Fly. Baxter Stockman and a fly mix their DNA together.
  • The last portion of Day of the Tentacle shows the three player characters to try to travel in time simultaneously. Dr. Ed warns them 'Didn't you see The Fly?'. Indeed the characters arrive in a single combined body. However, much later, it is revealed that all three aren't mutated, as they first thought, but that they just have been entangled in one's clothes.
  • The Invader Zim episode "Bolognius Maximus" pays tribute to several scenes from The Fly. On the DVD commentary for the episode the creator of the show, Jhonen Vasquez, said it was supposed to be like The Fly, only stupid. A quote from the film is also used in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac issue #4, both comic and TV show having been created by the same person.
  • The Spongebob Squarepants episode "SquidBob TentaclePants" takes its premise from The Fly.
  • In the episode of The Venture Bros., "Powerless in the Face of Death", after a teleportation goes wrong, Brock suggests putting all of Dr. Venture back in the teleporter and Dr. Venture states "like in that Jeff Goldblum movie".
  • The Fly was parodied on the animated TV show The Simpsons. The Treehouse of Horror halloween episode from Season 9 had a segment entitled Fly vs. Fly, in which Bart walks into a matter transporter while carrying a fly, thinking he would turn into a Superfly. Instead, the result is actually that of the original 1958 film.
  • In a sidestory at the end of Volume 8 of the manga series Great Teacher Onizuka, a magic-obsessed student named Ruruka Hikita is scared into thinking Onizuka is an insect when a love charm backfires, resulting in an intimate yet purely accidental encounter with the reputedly hormonal teacher. She then fears that Onizuka will impregnate her and referencing the movie, will "give birth to the next generation."
  • In the Pokémon Red/Green/Blue games and their subsequent Fire Red/Leaf Green remakes, the player has to retrieve tickets to board a cruise ship from a house/laboratory on a cape owned by a character named Bill. When the player enters Bill's house, he/she (depending on the player's initial selection) ends up conversing with a Pokémon that actually happens to be Bill. Bill then explains that he was transformed into the "Pokémon" - its species is vague in R/G/B, but is shown to be a Clefairy in FR/LG - thanks to a malfunction in a teleportation device similar to the telepod used in The Fly, which merged him with the Pokémon that accidentally stepped inside with him. Thankfully, it is an easy matter to reverse the process and attain the tickets by having Bill step back into the device and re-activating it from Bill's computer. It can be assumed that the original Pokémon has also been successfully separated and is stored in the opposite teleporter.
  • In issue #70 of Transformers (vol. 1) by Marvel Comics, Ratchet and Megatron become merged in subspace. The issue is an obvious reference to The Fly, even ending with the Ratchet/Megatron fusion silently asking Optimus Prime to end its life with a rifle blast to the face.
  • The Big Bad Beetleborgs episode "Buggin' Out" is a satire of The Fly, with Flabber trying out a teleportation device and gradually evolving into the insect monster that ended up in with him.
  • In the Green Arrow storyline Quiver by filmmaker Kevin Smith, Green Arrow, after being teleported for the first time protests that it is too dangerous a process: "Don't you watch science fiction? I don't want to end up like no Brundlefly!"
  • In Beetlejuice (1988), one scene depicts the title character dragging a housefly into his lair as screams of "Help me! Help me! Help meeeee!" are heard, an obvious reference to the 1958 version of The Fly. Beetlejuice also stars Geena Davis, who played Veronica Quaife in the 1986 version of The Fly.
  • In the Family Guy episode "8 Simple Rules for Buying my Teenage Daughter" (2005), Stewie tests a teleportation device and, before transporting, sees that he left his teddy bear Rupert in the chamber with him, and when he is reintegrated in the other chamber, emerges a deformed combination of human and teddy bear, a reference to The Fly (1986).
  • In the episode "Honey, I Shrunk the Crew" from Tripping the Rift, upon finding out that when they expand to normal size they will be genetically fused with what impedes them from expanding, Gus says "It's a good thing we aren't inside a fly or we would be looking like Jeff Goldblum. Ohhh the horror."
  • In Tomb Raider III, angered by the genetic research, Lara makes the comment "I just met a man who may as well be Brundlefly!".
  • In the single "Gin Soaked Boy" The Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon sings "I'm Jeff Goldblum in The Fly."

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References

  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091064/trivia
  2. ^ LA Opera's announcement of the operatic production

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The Fly is a 1986 science fiction film produced by Brooksfilms and 20th Century Fox, directed by David Cronenberg, and starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis and John Getz.
The film is more of a reconceptualization than a remake, one which takes the basic germ of the 1957 short story and the 1958 film and then goes in a different direction.
The film was also widely taken to be about AIDS, although Cronenberg denies this and states that the subtext/metaphor of the film is the natural process of ageing and death.
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It was remade, still as The Fly in 1986, and a new version, still as The Fly, is due for release in 2006.
As he attempts to transport himself, a fly gets inside the machine and a malfunction results in the transportation of a half man, half fly hybrid — a human with a fly's head.
The film was spoofed in the episode "Treehouse of Horror VIII" from The Simpsons, when Bart accidentally swaps heads with a fly by using a teleportation machine.
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