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The Fly II (1989)

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"A few years after Seth Brundle, or BrundleFly, met his demise by Veronica's shotgun, she dies after giving birth to its son, Martin. Seth's employer, Bartok (Lee Richardson), adopts Martin, only to have the genes so he can use them to create a super army of genetic flys. A few years later, Martin (Eric Stoltz) is fully grown, even though he is five, and the fly genes start to wake up and make him just like dear, dead dad. With the help of his girlfriend, Beth (Daphne Zuniga), they go to wherever they can find help. But Bartok finds them, brings them back, but before Martin finishes his transformation into MartinFly."

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Review Date: 08 December 2003 My Rating: out of 5


People, whether on original release or not, were probably peeved to find that first-billed Vincent Price was not the doomed main character in the 1958 original 'Fly' movie, he was merely his brother. Well, some forty or so years later, and audiences are still being screwed. 'The Fly II' is a sequel to the 1986 David Cronenberg remake, and it immediately annoys the audience on at least two fronts; 1) Instead of Cronenberg directing, we get FX man Chris Walas, never a good sign when an FX man takes over. 2) One can forgive Jeff Goldblum's absence from this film, but when you're only return performer is John Getz (who?) you've got problems. So, is it as bad as it sounds? As bad as its reputation? Read On...

Eric Stoltz, though lacking Goldblum's oddly sexy charisma (so I've been told), is quite acceptable, and rather well-cast as Martin Brundle, son of Seth who has been raised by the big evil corporation headed by nefarious Lee Richardson (were Ronny Cox and Angus Scrimm really that busy?). Doing research whilst being researched himself, Martin may seem like a normal kid, but he ages more rapidly than the rest of us (but hey, after 'Mask' at least Stoltz doesn't seem to have any of those headaches!). Martin, very interested in his late father's work, is also developing fly-like symptoms, rather tragic given he's just started a cutesy romance with research assistant Daphne Zuniga. And you thought getting a pimple before a date was bad!

The plot, much of it a retread of the Cronenberg film is uninteresting (ooh, an evil and exploitive corporation! Such genius!), but it's actually not all bad. Stoltz, in some ways an ideal choice, despite not having that edge Goldblum has always possessed, gains our sympathy pretty easily. The FX, whilst over-elaborate, are fun to look at, even though they aren't very fly-like. It's all a bit flat, though, and not very attractive to look at I must say, there's little energy, despite Stoltz giving it everything he's got.

Worth a look at least once, gore fans will get more out of this than anyone else, though it's far from the worst horror sequel out there. A more original plot and a less glum tone might've helped.

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