The Fly (1958)


THE FLY (1958) NOTE: SKIP TO 6:50 TO AVOID THE LAME-O HOST. A scientist (David Hedison of Voyage to The Bottom Of The Sea TV fame, billed here as “Al”) dabbles with matter transportation… with disastrous results. He’s not your typical madman scientist though, as his monologue detailing how his invention will change the world demonstrates. But it was his idea to disintegrate the family cat. The story is told via flashback, when the great Vincent Price, the befuddled brother, comes in after Hedison is murdered by his wife (Patricia Owens, looking like a red-headed Katherine Heigl). Others can’t help but note that she freaks out every time there’s a fly in the room. Lovely color print (in “Horror-Color”). Curiously the 1959 sequel, The Return Of The Fly, was shot in black & white. You can’t help but think that composer Paul Sawtell wasn’t all too happy about the buzzing fly sound heard through half his opening credits score. Dialog Alert: “Go and get some sugar, quick!” BONUS TRAILER: Watch the outrageously cool 1958 trailer, featuring a wonderfully ominous Vincent Price introduction. The hyperbole even outdoes the great William Castle (“So fantastic, words can’t begin to describe it”), and Vincent’s reading is, well… priceless. “The Fly is on its way. It’s far beyond anything your mind could ever conceive.” The last-minute is a bizarre pastiche of sound and effects. New Movies, Fridays ‘Round Midnight.

3 Comments

  • 1
    ubique
    November 24, 2012 - 05:50 | Permalink

    one of the greatest trailers in the history of the known universe!

  • 2
    Willard
    November 24, 2012 - 10:05 | Permalink

    Great isn’t it? Seeing Vince in William Castle mode is a real treat. Thanks for commenting.

  • 3
    ubique
    November 25, 2012 - 03:14 | Permalink

    actually, i’m sorta less than objective, as i love virtually anything with vincent price in it (among my friends we only refer to him in hushed voices as “the master”), but even discounting this it’s a stunning clip, both visually & (especially) sonically really unusual & inventive. incidentally, it gave me a strong urge to rewatch some of the master’s gems (“the tingler”, “the bribe” & the outstanding “an evening with edgar allan poe” – all highly recommended!).

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