The Fly (1986)

The Fly (1986) (87) “Is this a romance we’re having?” Jeff Goldblum asks Geena Davis. In these opening scenes of The Fly, one might pretend that’s the movie they’re watching. In the hands of body-horror maestro David Cronenberg, however, things quite literally start falling apart. The Fly is tragic, almost cruel, and definitely revolting. Cronenberg explores the boundaries between man and beast, and the limits of an audience’s tolerance for graphic mutation and mutilation. The magic of this movie is its ability to suspend you between states of revulsion and fascination.

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