THE FLY

HOME VINCENT PRICE REVIEWS FEO AMANTE THEATER SCIENCE MOMENT UNFAIR RACIAL CLICHÉ ALERT
FEO FEED BACK?
NEWS?
SUBMISSIONS?
Read:
SUBMISSION
GUIDELINES

MOVIES
FEO AMANTE THEATER
My Short Films
LAST CALL

THE NIGHT MY MONSTER DIED
SCIENCE MOMENT
TOP TEN SCARY MOVIES
UNFAIR RACIAL CLICHÉ ALERT
RACIAL CLICHÉ RESPONSE
INTERVIEWS

STORY TIME

COMICS

CONS

HORRIBLE NEWS
Movies Kelly Parks Review by
Kelly Parks
The Fly
Bookmark and Share
SHOULD YOU?
TIP JAR
RETURN OF THE FLY
MOVIE REVIEW
THE CURSE OF THE FLY
MOVIE REVIEW
THE FLY - 1958
20th Century Fox
Rated: No rating

"Help me . . . Help me . . . "

The scene is more famous than the movie. THE FLY, Directed by Kurt Neumann and written by George Langelann (RETURN OF THE FLY, THE FLY [1986], THE FLY II) and James Clavell (THE SATAN BUG), has an excellent opening. A watchman is just arriving at a factory when he hears machinery being operated. He follows the noise and sees a woman standing near a large industrial press. The machine is clearly the source of the noise and when the woman sees the watchman she runs. Upon closer investigation the watchman makes a grisly discovery: the corpse of a man whose head and left arm have been crushed by the press.

The Fly sheet

Cut to Francois Delambre (Vincent Price: THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, THE TOMB OF LIGEIA, THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS) receiving a phone call from his sister-in-law. She calmly informs him that she has killed his brother André. Francois doesn't believe her but promises to come right over. Before he can leave he receives a second call, this time from the night watchman at what turns out to be a factory owned by the Delambre family. The watchman tells him about the corpse and the woman, who he recognized as Mrs. Delambre, André's wife.

Francois calls police inspector Charas (Herbert Marshall: GOG) - the story takes place in France - and everyone meets down at the factory. Francois confirms that the corpse with the crushed head is his brother André by identifying a scar on the corpse's leg.

The Fly 1959

Charas and Francois go to André's house and find his wife Helene (Patricia Owens: THE DESTRUCTORS, GHOST SHIP) relaxed and happy and perfectly willing to admit that she killed her husband but unwilling to say why. Francois seems more upset that Helene is in trouble than that his brother is dead which leads Charas to at first suspect a love triangle.

Hints of something more unusual come in the form of Helene's obsession with examining every fly she notices, and a story from Phillipe (Charles Herbert: THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK, 13 GHOSTS), André and Helene's young son, about a frantic search for a "fly with a white head". Eventually Helene breaks down and tells the story.

We flash back to the week before and find that André (David Albert Hedison: LIVE AND LET DIE) is a successful inventor. He shows his wife his latest invention: a working teleporter. This device is able to disintegrate matter, beam it to a receiver, and reintegrate it back into solid matter again. It functions well on inanimate material but living things don't seem to make the trip. Of course, once he thinks the bugs (ha!) are worked out, the brave scientist must try it himself.

!!!SCIENCE MOMENT!!!:
The idea of teleportation has been a favorite of sci-fi forever, right up there with warp drive, but the details have always been glossed over and this is no exception. I’m sure you’ve heard of "E = mc2" ? This famous Einstein equation tells you how much energy you get when you convert matter into energy. "E" is energy, "m" is mass and "c" is the speed of light. If we use metric units, a full grown man masses about 85 kilograms. The speed of light is pretty close to 300,000 kilometers / second or 3 X 108 meters / second so plugging these numbers in gives us an energy of 7.65 x 1018 kg-m2/sec2 or 7.65 x 1018 Joules. In case that means nothing to you, it's equivalent to 1800 megatons of TNT (about 90 good, old-fashioned H-bombs). Not exactly the kind of experiment you want your husband doing in the basement.

The well known resolution that comes when the experiment goes horribly wrong is fascinating but raises a lot of questions. If he trades heads with a fly*, wouldn't that means he trades brains? Why would he still be himself at all? Regardless, that portion of the movie is well played if a bit of a let down from the good, mysterious build up from the first half. If you're a fan of horror and sci-fi then THE FLY is a must-see movie, but it's not going to knock your socks off or anything. I give it three shriek girls.

Shriek GirlsShriek GirlsShriek Girls
This review copyright 2000 E.C.McMullen Jr.

The Fly (1958) on IMDb Bookmark and Share

Return to Movies

E.C. McMullen Jr. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

CURRENT REVIEWERS
E.C.MCMULLEN JR.
ON
AMAZON
BLOG
DEVIANT ART
ECMJR - PORTFOLIO
FACEBOOK
IMDB
PANDORA
ROTTEN TOMATOES
STAGE32
TWITTER
YOUTUBE
KELLY PARKS
ON
IMDB
FACEBOOK
MYSPACE
TWITTER
YOUTUBE

 

DVD


*
TRIVIA NOTE:
One of the most famous scenes in this movie is when the husband,
now with the head of a fly, sees his wife screaming at him through his hundreds of bug eyes. To achieve this effect, the company that made the Cinemascope lenses for THE FLY
was none other than prescription eyewear maker Bausch and Lomb.

One of the taglines for this movie was

"The Monster Created by Atoms Gone Wild!"

When I read that I imagine atoms wearing wet T-Shirts with Tramp stamps on their backsides.

 

FROM
E.C. McMullen Jr.
WILLOW BLUE
KINDLE

"'Willow Blue' will burrow under your skin and stay there long after you've put the book down."
- Jeffrey Reddick, Creator of FINAL DESTINATION

PERPETUAL BULLET
PAPERBACK

"'Some People' ... may be the standout story in the book."
- John Grant, 2 time Hugo Winner and creator of Infinityplus

ALSO

E.C. McMullen Jr.'s
short story
CEDO LOOKED LIKE PEOPLE
in the anthology
FEAR THE REAPER
PAPERBACK
"This Ray Bradbury-esque is one of the most memorable and one of the more original stories I've read in a long time."
- Reviewer, Amazon
I will take you home...Feo Amante's Horror Home Page, Feo Amante's Horror Thriller, and feoamante.com are owned and
Copyright 1997 - 2016 by E.C.McMullen Jr.
FAIR USE - PRIVACY POLICY - OWNERSHIP - CONTACT
All images and text belong to E.C.McMullen Jr. unless otherwise noted.
All fiction stories belong to their individual authors.