VIDEO: The Fly II (1989)

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The sequel to one of the best remakes of all time deserves way more credit than it gets.

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  • Earthbound_X

    Animals will always be innocent, while a kid could grow up to be a total jackass.

    I think that’s why animals deaths touch us more in movies.

    • Thomas Stockel

      That’s a pretty good observation.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Good point indeed.

  • Cameron Vale

    I liked how Cronenberg’s original was one of very few movies that was about DNA and seemed to know a thing or two about it, so it saddens me that the sequel doesn’t follow in those footsteps. It’s petty, I know.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I thought they did at least a good job of trying to keep some science in it, even if it was movie science.

  • The Horror Guru

    That dog scene gets me every time. =(

    • tedzey71

      Same 🙁

    • Thomas Stockel

      Yeah. Me, too.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      It’s done so well. They know exactly how to hit you in the feels.

  • Richard Eriksson Hjelm

    To be fair I think the age thing evens out with him being a mutant

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Agreed.

  • Mark Foote

    Very well reviewed, Cecil. Big fan of this movie and have to throw out a nod to the fantastic score by Christopher Young of Hellraiser fame. I was always a little saddened that this movie didn’t do well enough to create another sequel (taking a page out of James Cameron’s book “Flies”?).

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks!

      Great score indeed. The movie did open #1 at the box office and did fairly well over its theatrical run but as time went on it seemed more like people were determined to hate it since it wasn’t as serious as the first. A shame, they definitely could have done at least one more.

      • Thomas Stockel

        I don’t know why people don’t like it, either. I dig the film and I remember when I saw it with my friends we seriously dug it. And yeah, that ending is all kinds of awesome.

  • Jérôme Cloutier

    My favorite part will always be random security guy # 7 getting his face dissolved, while lead security asshole just gets his neck and limbs cracked. At least Bartok gets some appropriate poetic justice. Ditto with Mark Foote on the score. I actually prefer this score to the Howard Shore one from the first. I have nothing but fond memories of this film on Cable at midnight when I was 10 years old and the impossibility to sleep afterwards for a week. Gotta love horror.

    • Jérôme Cloutier

      Also, fun tidbit, the Geena Davis lookalike is Saffron Henderson, that rocker chick JJ from Friday the 13th part VIII. Makes sense considering the Canadian connection.

  • Moppet

    I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but I always liked the sequel to the remake better. I think it’s because the first is a draining affair, the stacks one sort of horrifying on top of another until even the ending is the birth of a monstrous entity. The sequel, on the other hand, is about second looks. The monstrous thing is just a shell for a baby. The dog is still that wonderful creature he liked as a child, even though it’s been transformed. The fly is kind to animals, and only goes after particular people despite its monstrous look it’s thinking and logically sorting out who it goes after, and what it has to do to return to a more human form.

    The two monstrous things in the pod, at the end, are an exact reversal. Something ugly turned back into what it truly was on the inside. Something outwardly Human, suddenly becoming the monstrous thing it was on the inside prior.

    The first film was a descent into darkness, a man becoming a monster both physically and mentally in many ways. The second film was about finding what was really on the inside of a thing, despite its outer appearances.

  • Jake

    I must confess, the only reason I watch this film is for the super-hot Daphne Zuniga!