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The Fly

Released 1986
Distributor 20th Century Fox

Cronenberg’s tragicomic gross-out remake of the 1958 Vincent Price original goes to extremes unusual for a major studio release. Jeff Goldblum plays the charmingly off-kilter scientist Seth Brundle whose experiment backfires, turning him into a six foot, four inch insect; “Brundlefly”. Goldblum’s low key humor and close-to-the-vest performance, along with the empathetic screenplay (echoing the mordant comedy of Kafka’s Metamorphosis), anchors the film in the workaday world, even as the movie becomes increasingly, almost absurdly, repulsive. The brilliantly icky make-up effects, by Cronenberg’s partner-in-slime, Chris Walas, took the Academy Award.

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About Katt Shea

Writer-director Katt Shea has been honored with retrospectives of her critically acclaimed films at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, The British Film Institute in London and various festivals throughout Europe.  Her work includes: Poison Ivy starring Drew Barrymore and Tom Skerritt, The Rage: Carrie II, and Dance of the Damned.

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