Jeff Goldblum stars as Seth Brundle, a brilliant and eccentric scientist who creates teleportation pods and falls in love with reporter Geena Davis. On his maiden voyage inside the machine, a fly finds its way into the telepod and he and the fly merge at an atomic level. This means he starts losing body parts (which he saves and puts in his medicine cabinet) and becomes more and more insect like. In the grossout finale, Goldblum pukes acid all over John Getz’s arm and leg before Davis blows him away with a shotgun. Other gloppy highlights include a wrist snapping arm wrestling scene and a nightmare involving a maggot baby. (This scene also features Cronenberg as a gynecologist.)
But deep inside the gore and slime lies the center of the movie, which is the relationship between Goldblum and Davis. Goldblum is excellent and convincingly shows a range of emotions while buried beneath the pounds of latex, and Davis is good at showing love, sympathy and hysteria. You really have to admire the way she stands by her man even after he’s being a slimy glopola man.
Chris Walas did the excellent Oscar winning effects and went on to direct the so-so sequel, The Fly 2.