the flyFor Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, I wanted to explore horror films from every decade or at least I am going to try and do that. For today, we are exploring the 1958 horror classic The Fly which stars the legend Vincent Price (House Of Wax) as Francois. One night, a nightwatchmen for Francois’s newspaper company catches a woman near the printing press where a man’s body lies underneath it. The woman ends up being Francois’s sister in law Helene (Patricia Owens) and the body under the press ends up being Francois’s brother Andre (David Hedison). Questions are looming around as to why she did it and the story that she tells Francois and the inspector is truly amazing and hard to believe. Was Andre transformed into a fly through his newest invention or was Helene making all of this up in her head? The film features a very small cast and it’s rounded out by Herbert Marshall (The Little Foxes) as Inspector Charas, Kathleen Freeman (Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult) as Emma, Betty Lou Gerson (101 Dalmatians) as Nurse Andersone, Charles Herbert (13 Ghosts) as Philippe, and the film was directed by Kurt Neumann (Rocketship X-M).

fly 2Sadly in the world, there are people that when they hear the title The Fly, they think of the Jeff Goldblum version that came out in the 1980’s instead of this classic that starred one of the greatest actors in horror. I don’t take anything away from the David Cronenberg version, but this one is a classic and is the reason why I chose this version. This came at a time when horror films weren’t really scary if you think about it because a lot of them were about using insects that we hate and making them bigger and scarier that way. I love how it starts towards the end and it works it’s way back as she tells the story from the beginning because at first you have no idea why she killed him. Then it gets a little suspenseful towards the end of the film when you see that special fly that they are all looking for. It’s actually kind of cool and the special effects are cool for the time that this came out. Vincent Price is once again brilliant as the reluctant brother in law who wants to believe Helene, but is having a hard time doing so. The film has a small cast, but it works for this film because the story after all centers on Helene and Andre. If you are a fan of great screenwriting and great acting, then I would definitely check this one out before you check out the remake. I am going to give this film an A- for a final grade.

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