Grown in a root cellar then unleashed upon the quivering masses.
The Canadian "Deliverance".
Part of the trend of successful urbanites being dragged back to nature in penance for some societal wrong. The scenes are captivating because these actors were actually suffering those harsh conditions for most of the film and their hard-ass stubbornness makes them likeable... to an extent.
The ending reveal was a bit of a let-down, but timely for the era. Don't expect a whole lot of on-screen kills, but if it's a slow-burn descent into madness against a backdrop of Candian wilderness you're looking for, then look no further.
Is Charles Band's name actually attached to a decent horror film? Have decades of Full Moon trash lowered the bar so much that this film appears to rise above everything else under that label?
Yeah, I think yeah.
The more I think about it, this may be one of the creepiest proto-slashers of the decade. Definitely ranking just under TCM for inventiveness and atmosphere. (and the fact that it is NOT Eaten Alive, ugh)
Regular mannequins are freakin' scary and…
What can be said? Maybe: If you haven't seen "The Changeling" (1980), then how can you approach any ghost story made after? Would it be a stretch to say that if it wasn't for this film, the soundtrack of horror would have evolved entirely differently? The Japanese hair ghosts would never have been as scary? Films like "Insidious" or "Poltergeist" might never have been made? Well, maybe that is a stretch, but I think it's safe to say that all…
A case could be made arguing this film as the most important horror film of all time. No other film in Cronenberg's repertoire more succinctly communicates the meaning of the word "Cronenbergian" or the phrase "body horror".
Equal parts science fiction, horror, and psychological thriller, "The Fly" reached into the minds and bodies of a population reeling from epidemics of seemingly unpreventable disease and substance abuse and brought medical science from the subconscious to the forefront of our conscious nightmares.
No other film yet made has painted a more bleak and truthful picture of man's relationship with technology, and, consequently, himself.