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The Vincent Price chiller is in fine form on this new Blu-ray edition....
Fox / 94 Minutes / 1958 / Unrated / Street Date: September 10, 2013
After watching years of modern horror films, I find it very entertaining to watch some of their older predecessors. While I'm all for an entertaining horror or slasher film, it's sometimes fun to watch a movie that attempts to shock you with simple, even archaic cinematic tricks.
Fox's primary entries to this "classic" horror genre were twoFly movies featuring Vincent Price. The Fly starts out as a murder mystery, when Helene (Patricia Owens) calls her brother-in-law, Francois (Vincent Price), claiming to have murdered her husband, Andre. As the story unravels, we learn what has actually happened to Andre, and why he has been murdered...and the results are science gone amok!
Like so many films of its nature, The Fly is more outlandishly enjoyable than it is good. Its special effects are beyond laughable, its melodrama pained in its emotive corniness, and its performances one-note at best. But Price – and in many way, those around him here – became an icon by steadfastly devoting himself to the moment on screen, even if said moment involved interacting with a fly with a professor’s head on it begging for death. And even now, 50+ years later, it’s a blast tagging along with him on silly horror journeys like this one.