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078 – TFFP: The Fly (1986)

Forgotten Flix Podcast : EP78 - The Fly - courtesy of Kevin Spencer - inkspatters.comIn this episode of The Forgotten Flix Podcast, we’re creating GroomleJoel as we fuse our gross-out geek love for David Cronenberg’s classic The Fly (1986)!

Directed byDavid Cronenberg

Screenplay by: David Cronenberg and Charles Edward Pogue

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, and John Getz

Background Info (from Wikipedia): The Fly is a 1986 American science fiction horror film… remake of the 1958 film The Fly, but retains only the basic premise of a scientist accidentally merging with a housefly during a teleportation experiment. Some critics saw the film as a metaphor for the AIDS epidemic. The score was composed by Howard Shore and the make-up effects were created by Chris Walas, who won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

This week’s movie picks are:

Jason’s Pick:

Philadelphia (1993)

Joel’s Pick:

Nightbreed (1990)

Next episode we’re talking about… Big Trouble In Little China (1986) with guest host Kevin Bachelder of the Saturday B-movie Reel and Tuning Into Sci-fi T.V.!

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3 comments for “078 – TFFP: The Fly (1986)

  1. Jules
    September 5, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Nightbreed certainly did play in the theaters; I went to see it opening weekend, and then several times afterwards. Nightbreed is an awesome movie, but Cabal is a better book. But, I digress, the opera is called Andrea Chenier, the actual snippet featured in Philadelphia is the aria called La Mamma Morta (the Death Mother), and that particular version was recorded by Maria Callas.

    All I can say about the Fly, excellent movie, one of Cronenberg’s best, one of Goldblum’s best performances, which is actually both a curse, and a compliment, I’m sure he’s cursing it from the casting offers that came afterwards. The movie is one of those rare occasions when a remake far exceeds the original in nearly every single way.

    By the way, if you actually do an episode around Nightbreed, tease it first, I would really love to send you a few comments, and observations…

  2. September 7, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Hi Jules! You’re spot on about NB playing in theaters. It was just in and out so quickly it seemed like I didn’t.

    I agree about The Fly being one of Cronenberg’s best too. And despite how gory it gets, I think it’s one of his more accessible and mainstream genre movies.

    And as for a Nightbreed episode, keep an eye on the show schedule as we get into 2013… 🙂

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