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The 50 Best Sci-Fi Movies

30. The Fly (1986)

Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz

Back in 1958, critics applauded a campy B-movie called The Fly, which starred genre veteran Vincent Price and focused primarily on freaky effects. When it came time for him to remake that Price flick, David Cronenberg knew that he'd need to raise the stakes considerably.

So how'd he do so? In vintage Cronenbergian fashion, our boy Dave stuck with the excessive gore, disgusting bodily deformities, and the strong emphasis on character that has long placed him in a horror/sci-fi category all his own. Jeff Goldblum gives his best performance ever as an egotistic research scientist who's experimental "telepod" is compromised by a run-of-the-mill housefly. After entering the pod at the same time as the little fly, Goldblum's character's DNA begins to mutate with that of the fly.

At first, he develops superhuman strength, such as the ability to snap a man's arm in half while arm-wrestling (a great scene, we might add), but the fun ends abruptly as he gradually morphs into a human-sized buzzer, which Cronenberg shows in all of its hideous glory. By paying such close attention to Goldblum's character, specifically his love for a science magazine writer played by Geena Davis, Cronenberg turns what could've been a cheesy B-movie into an affecting tragedy.

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