The gore, the horror, the bodily fluids, where should I start, well, there’s no where better than the beginning. Not so different from the original film when it comes to story content; an ambitious scientist (Seth, Jeff Goldblum) working on a transportation devise which uses matter manipulation at its core, and a love interest (Veronica, Geena Davis) which is crucial to the development of the story. This time round the leading female plays a reverse role to the original, as a more reserved character when it comes to nourishing the doctor’s every whim. Seth, the young scientist, wants to change the world and Veronica, a reporter, wants to be there to record it. “The character breaks from the protagonist of 1958’s The Fly in that he can articulate the changes in his body right to the very end” this quote taken from the A.V. Club defines the major difference between the two films. David Cronenberg (Director) uses Seth’s transformation as the main focus of the story, bringing body horror up close and personal.
We see Seth use the teleportation device on himself, unaware of the fly inside mounted on the window. He emerges from the device externally unscathed and unaware of the molecular changes taking place within his body. A day after, in the middle of the night, he awakes in his pubescent state as he acquires great agility, strength and sexual prowess, all the good stuff, but with no side effects – as yet. The movie progresses with subtle changes to Seth beginning to show; he becomes irritable and more impatient, which Veronica – now his love interest – begins to recognise. His metabolism, train of thought and speech all seem to accelerate at an alarming rate making him less coherent and more cynical. These changes intensify with every scene, until the inner beast or fly starts to physically shine through.