"What I'm saying is I'm an insect who dreamed he was a man and loved it, but now the dream is over and the insect is awake"
Seth Brundle, The Fly
This writeup is about the movie The Fly, the 1986 version starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. It was followed by a sequel (The Fly II) and holds a special place in my heart since it was the very first movie that kept me up all night.
I never saw the original version (1958) except for a few scenes that were presented in some movie special several years ago.
Fair warning: if you haven't seen this movie (not likely) there
are spoilers ahead. And I wouldn't recommend this writeup or the movie to those with a weak
This movie follows the metamorphosis of Seth Brundle, who is trying to develop a device that will make teleportation possible. In the beginning, he is only successful with inanimate objects, and after he meets a reporter (Veronica Quaife) he discovers how to make his contraption recognize, disassemble and reassemble organic matter. Before this we are presented with the gruesome results of an early tryout with a monkey. He agrees to let Veronica have the exclusive on his discoveries and they become lovers.
When the time comes to experiment on a human (himself), he is not aware of a stowaway fly that is teleported with him. The teleporter is not aware of how to handle two separate entities and merges them into
one. No change is apparent at first, but then strange hairs start growing
and Seth's strength increases. Little by little, his body starts
deteriorating, parts begin to fall off. The new entity (Brundlefly) is
getting rid of his shell to emerge in a new form.
This, of course, worries Veronica, especially when she finds out that she is
pregnant with Seth's child. With the aid of a former boyfriend tries to get an
abortion. Seth stops her, arguing that the child that is inside her is the
last vestige of humanity that remains of him. Of course he has better
plans for them, he plans to merge the three of them (Veronica+Seth+the baby) to
create a new entity, a truly united family.
This movie isn't particularly scary. What used to keep me up all night
were the infamous "vomit sequences", those are rather gruesome
scenes. Part of the flies digestion take place outside the insect's body,
they vomit an enzyme that starts processing the food before it is ingested
(think about this next time you shoo a fly from your plate). Oh yes, be
afraid, be very afraid.
Source: The Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com