|Fig. 1 The Fly poster|
|Fig. 2 Seth entering the teleporter|
In contrast to the original, in which Andre Delambre (David Hedison) is the scientist who becomes the hybridisation of a fly and human being, Seth lives alone in his apartment where he also hosts his research and experiments. The film begins with Seth bragging to Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) about the technology that he created, introducing her as the love interest. This is 'modernised' take on the previous setting to Kurt Neumann's film. The single adult living alone in an apartment was, and still is, a common way of living, and it's that single change of setting that greatly defines the two films.
The technology side to this re-telling, is well designed and conceived. The metamorphosis of Seth is quite a gruesome sight to behold, as it should be. Cronenberg 'doesn't skimp on his trademark gooeyness, but doles it out selectively. Creepiness finds other, relatively dry and goo-free places to emerge', (Hassenger, 2005) as Jesse Hassenger noted.
|Fig. 3 The complete metamorphosis of 'Brundlefly'|
Figure 1. David Cronenberg (1986) The Fly poster. At: http://ucarochester-cgartsandanimation.blogspot.com/2011/09/fao-cgaa-year-1-unit-1-anatomy-your.html (Accessed on: 28/9/11)
Figure 2. David Cronenberg (1986) Seth entering the teleporter. At: http://quarterlyconversation.com/images/the-fly.jpg (Accessed on: 28/9/11)
Figure 3. David Cronenberg (1986) The complete metamorphosis of Brundlefly. At: http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/3051/thefly5.jpg (Accessed on: 28/9/11)
Caryn James (1986) The New York Times. At: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9A0DE0D71438F936A2575BC0A960948260&partner=Rotten%20Tomatoes (Accessed on: 28/9/11)
Jesse Hassenger (2005) Filmcritic. At: http://www.filmcritic.com/reviews/1986/the-fly/ (Accessed on: 28/9/11)
John J. Puccio (2005) DVDTown. At: http://www.dvdtown.com/review/flythe1986collectorsedition/16354/3152/ (Accessed on: 28/9/11)