In 1957 within the pages of Playboy magazine a short story appeared that sent shivers down the backs of readers.
George Langelaan’s ‘The Fly’ would tell the tale of a scientist in the midst of experiments with disintegrating and re-integrating matter. Feeling confident with his breakthrough discovery he steps into the machine to test it on himself.
Unfortunately, a fly enters the disintegrator with him and when they both reappear on the other end a tale of horror commences. Now the scientist and fly have the others atoms all jumbled up within each other and it has become quite a terrible predicament. The scientist and his wife are in a race against time to find that fly in the hopes that if he goes through the disinegrator with it again everything will be sorted out.
A year later 20th Century Fox adapted the story for the big-screen. Starring David Hedison, Patricia Owens and Vincent Price, The Fly would become a popular hit with audiences. Inevitably two sequels would be made in an attempt to capitalize on the title, but they were nowhere near the success of the original.
Fast forward to 1986 and director David Cronenberg updates the story. This time out Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis and John Getz are the principals co-starring alongside another pesky fly that creates a whole mess of problems for Goldblum’s hapless scientist.
I take a look at the original 1958 film The Fly and its 1986 remake.