Friday, October 04, 2019

31 Days of Halloween - Day 4 - Movie

A scientist experimenting with matter teleportation, winds up in dire straits when a fly enters one of the matter transmitting booths with him and they swap heads and an arm.

The Fly (1958) is a classic of the genre and with good reason. Beautifully made in color and in wide screen, the movie is filled with tension and tragedy. The story unfolds mostly in flashback after the scientist Andre Delambre (David Hedison) is killed by his wife Helene Delambre (Patricia Owens) who refuses to explain why she killed her husband until her brother-in-law, Francois (Vincent Price) tricks her into telling himself and Inspector Charas (Herbert Marshall). There are two occasions where Andre's situation could have been reversed, once immediately after his accident, and once shortly after his death. Hides gives a convincing performance as a man slowly losing his humanity and recognizing this.

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