The Fly (1958)

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A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.




  • Vincent Price and Patricia Owens in The Fly (1958)
  • Torben Meyer in The Fly (1958)
  • Herbert Marshall in The Fly (1958)
  • "The Fly," Vincent Price. 1958 20th Century Fox
  • Patricia Owens in The Fly (1958)
  • "The Fly," Herbert Marshal and Vincent Price. 1958 20th Century Fox

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7 July 2010 | secondtake
| Classic 1950s pop-horror, gets under your skin
The Fly (1958)

You might be convinced to see a movie just because it has Vincent Price and Herbert Marshall in it--they come from different backgrounds, but both are serious actors with nuance and clearly chiseled personalities. And they definitely raise the movie up.

But it's the story that is the star here. A Ray Bradbury kind of science fiction, where a futuristic idea enters middle America, and where something goes terribly, bizarrely wrong. If you think about it it's disturbing, but the movie doesn't pause to let you think. One of its strengths is that it never flags. And the main character, the handsome father and scientist (who creates the invention of the century in his basement), is brilliant. He's suave, alternately relaxed and obsessed, reasonable and believable even when talking about the unbelievable.

The flaws are so obvious they you can skim over them--the fly effects at the end, their stupidity at catching and losing the fly, the notion of insanity, the television kind of family interactions--but it does make the movie more of an entertainment than some fine art classic. But hey, that's what it's supposed to be, and really enjoyable. Even in parts brilliant. Watch it!

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