From the buzz-buzz of a fly in the opening credits to its very wholesome ending, the original Fly captivated my attention and should belong in any movie library of a horror aficionado.
Constructed as a murder mystery and told through one big flashback, The Fly features Vincent Price in a role that is totally devoid of any mischief or instigation (!). As someone who loved watching Dr. Phibes at six years of age, you can imagine my shock -- with a hint of curiosity -- as Price delivers a convincing portrayal of the mad doctor's brother, Francois, who is in love with his sister-in-law Helene but will never pursue her.
|"Would you still love me if I turned into an insect and subsisted upon milk and rum?"|
|Who wouldn't want to be woken up by such a beautiful face?|
In my experience as a teacher, where I work outside of school hours creating plans, tricks, and games to make math "fun," I see how difficult it is to engage in entertaining endeavors like a concert or a weekend outing; all you can think about is the next best thing you can add to your field of work. Words cannot describe how difficult it is to reach that point of balance and I have such sympathy for people like Helene because I've never had to be that person. When I hear her say, "I've seen [Andre] two hours in the past two weeks," it truly saddens me to think that she's not getting the life she deserves, or their child Felipe isn't getting the time bonding with Dad that's so integral to one's childhood.
|. . . but Vincent Price delivers it here and that's why he's awesome.|