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Both this and the remake are very good movies.
I really enjoyed this as I have seen the David Cronenberg version a couple of times, and now I've seen this, I like the different takes on the story
1958's The Fly starts as an epilogue to the sci-fi horror story in order to build a mystery that will be explained over the course of the film. To my surprise, that "epilogue" lasts a good half-hour! And with the title monster really just appearing in the last 20 minutes, this one may come off as a little slow to modern audiences. Perhaps especially because the Twilight Zone ending is so iconic and well-known. There is nevertheless a certain joy to seeing the beats realized, and how each piece of the presented puzzle is revealed is a slowly unfolding drama. Intriguingly, the story takes place in Montreal (the accents are all over the place, mind you), and those kinds of quirks make the film more interesting than if it stuck to more often-seen details. Despite its overly familiar bits, still packs surprises for a new audience.
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This movie ranks #31 in Badmovies.org Best B-Movies
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This movie ranks #192 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #300 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made