Moviedrome Mondays: The Fly (1958)

Unfortunately, I could not find a youtube link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s intro to director Kurt Neumann’s 1958 science-fiction horror film The Fly. Instead readers will have to rely on this link to Cox’s intro transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was August 7, 1988 (read here). Personally, I am a bigger fan of director David Cronenberg’s 1986 remake, which came off as the work of a filmmaker discovering a personal connection to the material. In contrast, Neumann’s film plays out more like a routine monster movie by comparison. Nevertheless, Vincent Price is entertaining as always and the climax is impressive in it’s own way.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer


11 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: The Fly (1958)

  1. When I saw the original I was very young, and it terrified me. Now I just see a huge fly mask, and it seems laughable. But I still have a fondness for it.
    Goldblum’s fly monster was incredible; very body-horror, and typically Cronenberg.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I think the original is a consummate example of quality 50s B-horror. Yes, like Pete says, the fly mask is laughable. But the story arc is compelling and the ending…”Help me…Help me.” It has haunted me for forty years.

  3. While I still think that David Cronenberg’s 1986 remake is superior, the 1958 version is still worth checking out 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  4. I think Cronenberg expanded upon it’s themes in a very personal way and I think that is why I feel it is a much better movie than the 58 film. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  5. Good. I’m glad to hear it…I like the Croenberg version too. I think it is an amazing feat of special effects and Jeff Goldblum is fantastic. The Fly (1986) is probably my favorite Croenberg movie, though I like The History of Violence and Eastern Promises a lot too.

  6. What I love most about The Fly is it’s ability to transform itself from a murder mystery to a psychological thriller. It’s not horror in the traditional sense but it is simple, effective, and disturbing, The Fly is considered a classic and for good reason..

  7. Interesting thoughts there Paul 🙂 I still think that David Cronenberg’s 1986 remake is the much better film though because it feels more like a personal work compared to the 58 version. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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