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31 Days of Scares- #5 ‘The Fly’ Brundle’s Final Form

Jason McDonald

The 31 Days of Scares isn’t a countdown of the best horror movies.  In fact, it’s not even about the best movies. It’s simply about some of my favorite “scares” or scenes from horror movies and they’re in no particular order.  So there’s no need to debate countdown order. It’s pretty random.  With that said: on to the countdown!

There are a lot of great films to be found in the “body horror” genre, but nothing has ever disturbed and repulsed me as much as David Cronenberg’s 1986 film “The Fly.”  Like a lot of people my age I probably watched “The Fly” at an age that was entirely unprepared to handle the grotesque nature of that film.  It freaked me out so much that it took years for me to watch it again.  And that worked out for the best because it was only when I was older that I was able to look past the horrific effects and see the human heart beating within the monstrous fly.

The scariest part of “The Fly” isn’t the acidic vomit or the mutating human, though that’s nearly there, it’s the idea of  a man desperately clinging to his humanity.  The loss of one’s humanity and realizing that you’re an outcast from the world is a soul sucking pit of horror unto itself.

This particular theme rings truest in the final moments of the film when Goldblum’s outer shell completely dissolves away and all that’s left is the monster.  However, his final act is restores a bit of his humanity as he begs for mercy, pleading with Geena Davis to blow him away.  Much like yesterday’s Evil Ed scene, this is one of those rare moments in horror where at one instance you’re ready to scream and in the next you want to just sit in a corner and cry.  Check out the final moments of David Cronenberg’s “The Fly” down below.



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