The first version of The Fly came out in 1958. The story is much the same, Andre Delambre is experimenting with teleportation when a fly climbs into the machine with him, and the two get spliced together. We get the events as Delambre’s wife recounts them to the sheriff and Andre’s brother Francois (played by the iconic Vincent Price).
The Fly is considered a classic Horror movie, commonly listed along with The Invisible Man and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and as such is referenced in dozens of other movies and shows. There is one reference that I want to share though, that sticks in my mind far more than any other.
If you grew up in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, you probably already know what I’m talking about (or you’ll remember and smack yourself for forgetting). The original introduction to The Fly for many kids in that period, was one Baxter Stockman. The scientist who faced off against the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The story of his mutation follows that of The Fly almost exactly, and his final form is easily reminiscent of the monster from the classic 1958 movie.
So there is no denying the impact The Fly has had on TV and cinema since it’s original release and it continues to inspire filmmakers today.
Back in March, there were rumors of FOX looking to “re-adapt” the film, with J.D. Dillard at the helm. Dillard, so far seems to be untested, with only the genre-bender Slight to his name. His latest work, a movie titled Sweetheart, from Horror-heavy Blumhouse, will hopefully give us a better understanding of the man’s vision and whether or not we should look forward to this latest version of The Fly.