Revisit the Tragic Human Horrors of David Cronenberg’s The Fly

Revisit the Tragic Human Horrors of David Cronenberg’s The Fly

As the final weeks of Spooky Season screech overly closer, let’s get in touch with our own grotesque transformations through an October essential – David Cronenberg’s 1986 soul horror tragedy The Fly.

Light on traditional supernatural thrills, The Fly probes existential fears of fragility, disease, and corrupted flesh. Jeff Goldblum stars as eccentric scientist Seth Brundle, who impulsively tests his experimental teleportation pods on himself. But tragedy strikes when a fly enters the pod, merging their DNA into an increasingly whacky fusion subject.

Cronenberg wrings excruciating tension from Brundle’s gradual metamorphosis into Brundlefly. We recoil yet sympathize as Seth watches pieces of his humanity monstrously shed, all while forging a doomed romance with journalist Veronica (Geena Davis). Their tender courtship set versus the ticking mutation clock makes for devastating drama.

The Fly joins classics like The Thing in examining paranoia surrounding bodily integrity. Cronenberg focuses his visceral style on the duplicitous fragility of skin, tissue and bone. Seth’s grotesque physical unraveling externalizes his deeper existential slipperiness in ways only soul horror can. Like all Cronenberg’s biological fears, The Fly resonates tightly thanks to profound sadness underneath the gore.

And the Oscar-winning makeup effects remain legendary, with Brundle’s successive stages of insectoid transformation among the unconfined monster designs. Peeling squatter masks presaged the coming AIDS slipperiness in the public consciousness. Behind The Fly’s ick-factor lies tragedy of self and eyeful lost.

So as you unriddle your own October metamorphoses, fathom Cronenberg’s sad mutate legend for its sophisticated marriage of scares, sympathy, and stomach-churning style. Just be wary of any teleporter pods offering shortcuts to enlightenment. As The Fly warns, such transcendence comes at a cost…

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