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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is becoming something that never existed before. It’s becoming… Brundlefly.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Ah, Cronenberg’s The Fly, how I love thee. It’s hard for me to rank my Cronenberg films, actually… He has kept a very recognizable voice throughout all of his films despite them each being significantly different from each other. The Dead Zone, for instance, is about the most rewatchable thing he’s ever done, but The Fly is so perfect and iconic and sad/fun that I don’t know if I could ever rank any of his other work above it. Yet it’s The Brood that jumps immediately to mind when I think the name “David Cronenberg.”

There’s very few filmmakers with that complex effect on the geek brain and for that, Cronenberg should be commended.

Today we are looking at The Fly, as make up artist Stephan Dupuis puts the finishing touches on Jeff Goldblum’s later stage Brundlefly appearance.

Thanks to William Forsche and the Practical Effects Group for the image! Click to (slightly) enlargen!



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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

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  • Oct. 8, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by DarthBlart

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    This movie holds up . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . my wife watched it for the first time a few months ago and had to quit. Awesome!

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    The Fly

    by Bubba Gillman

    90% greatness. Kind of falls apart in the final scenes. The makeup effects on Goldblum are great. The final Brundlefly creature effect is subpar. But Goldblum's performance is greatness. I can never tell what he's pointing out when he's on the ceiling and he says to Gina Davis "What's this...?" and pulls up his shirt.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Back when Geena Davis was hot

    by thelordofhell

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    *Back when Geena Davis was hot

    by fred

    amen to that. especially in the Girls on Planet Earth are Hot. damn.

  • Definitely one of the best horror films ever made.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    This is a terrible, terrible movie.

    by Raptor Jesus

    Guys, once the accident happens it's all downhill. There is no way to save anyone. There is no real plot. It's just icky stuff. In the original Vincent Price was trying to save his brothers wife from a murder charge. You know, exposition. Something to root for. An outcome. This was just pointless. Oh, and I'm a HUGE Cronenburg fan. But this was a major conceptual disaster.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Help me......

    by closeencounter


  • Oct. 8, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST


    by TisketMaster

    'Exposition' is not a synonym for 'plot.' You have a point, though. However, I still think the movie is a great work of art. Some of the best movies violate the books on "How to write a screenplay." See, I disagreed with someone on AICN and yet conceded they had a point and argued mine. Let the flamebaiting, trolling resume (I'll admit that shit amuses me, too.).

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by loafroaster

    It's all very well saying that with hindsight as, yes, it doesn't end very well for all parties concerned. But the transformation process happens slowly, you've no idea how it's going to end going in fresh. How about rooting for Brundle to somehow reverse the process? Or rooting for Ronnie to escape the nightmare once it goes tits up? Or for Brundle to show her mercy and let her go? To hold on to his humanity and accept his fate? A major conceptual disaster? Sheesh...

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    one of my all time favorite films

    by Monnie Knapp

    I remember watching the TV edit many times as a kid. It wasn't until I was in my teens that I rented the theatrical version and the level of gore kinda blew my young mind. A good friend and I had this, Dawn of the Dead, The Thing, and The Shining in a pretty steady rotation for a while there. The desolate holes in which these films leave the viewer are poignant and moving in their bleakness. There's something very attractive about epic doom.

  • is it going to be a happy ending? a bad ending? this is enough to keep you interested in the movie.

  • who had transformed into a fly with a human head. Does anyone know the title of that series?

  • When I think back on it now, I honestly can't believe I lasted as long as I did. This was a case of the TV in the family room with the VCR being the only TV in the house with the cable (hell there was only one other tv in the house at all, period lol a small b&w in me and my bro's room), and me sneaking downstairs at like midnight or one to try and watch the movie, almost entirely just out of because I knew it was rated R and the booklet said it had nudity. ohhhh boy is it a wee bit of a different world today when it comes to exposure to that stuff lol<br> <br> Anyway, I still distinctly remember watching the scene where a topless Geena Davis was riding Goldbloom on the couch, the experiment happens, yada yada, and things start to gradually go weird with him. The furthest I made it, his face had already started to get kinda fucked up, he was trying to eat a donut, I think it was, and right in the middle of it, he vomited this utterly disgusting looking bile, and it startled me so much, and mind you this whole time I'd had my finger right over the Channel Up button (or down, whatever) so I could get off that station at a second's notice if I saw something that freaked me out. Well, that did it. I hit that button on the cable box so hard and fast, I pushed it like all the way back across the top of the TV, almost knocking it off the other side.<br> <br> I proceeded to go to bed, but I know I did not actually get to sleep for AWHILE after that. To this day, I won't even watch the trailer for Cronenberg's Fly, because I'm sure there's going to be some money shots that'll scare the hell outta me and I won't be able to "unsee".

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Brundle's medicine chest

    by Cassius_Crackhead

    When Brundlefly loses his teeth and puts 'em in his bathroom medicine chest body part collection....I think I see his dick in there, too. Maybe he keeps his balls in the freezer next to the dead baboons.

  • But the fly in him won't let her rest. I also really like the scene when he puts hella sugar in his coffee. It was one of those iconic images of viewing this film growing up.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    So is it Fly 2 tomorrow?

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Geena definitely looked her best in the 80's

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    DAMN, do I miss big, frizzy 80's hair on girls.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Indy and The Last Crusade for tomorrows pic?

    by tomdolan04

    He also has his mothers ears, but the rest belongs to you

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    When he says.."What's this? I don't know..." - my take...

    by Darth Macchio

    ..was that he was pointing to vestigial "legs" sprouting from the side of his body, ie - he's growing a new pair of limbs to have 6 like the fly. Could be wrong on that... And I think the "concept" you were looking for was more "The Metamorphosis" from Franz Kafka more so than the Vincent Price original (a great movie too). I have no idea if true or not but it seems like Cronenberg remade the fly but themed it after Kafka a little bit. That's how I've always seen it... Oh and for those thinking it was when Gina Davis was hot (The Fly was 1986 I believe)...did you see her in that talking mouse movie from like 10 years ago? She was pretty in The Fly but beautiful in the talking mouse movie. All I can think is her true beauty was waiting for short, sculpted, red hair.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    I refuse to watch this because it's a remake.

    by Jay

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    so many great moments

    by MustGoFaster

    The fried baboon, the arm wrestling scene, the donut puke...this has to be the ickiest movie ever made.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Rosemary's Baby tomorrow.

    by loafroaster

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    The Addams Family sequel tomorrow.

    by Mark Williams

    Gomez, "He has my father's eyes." Morticia, "Gomez, take those out of his mouth."

  • Maybe it's the sentimentalist deep inside of me, but no matter how many times i've watched Cronenberg's "The Fly", and we are well into double digits here, there is no way for me to stop myself from breaking into tears at the tragic, heartbreaking conclusion. THAT is when you know you've witnessed a cinematic masterpiece, when a film can play you like a two dollar fiddle, right to the melancholy end, regardless of how calloused and hardened your outer shell of a psyche may be. Definitely one of the best horror films ever made. Case closed....

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Raptor Jeusus

    by DZ

    Since when is saving anybody needed in good fiction. It's a fucking tragedy and a glorious one.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by Keith Small

    Amen to that!

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by Monnie Knapp

    C'mon dude, this picture stands on its own. I think I remember this same post concerning The Thing last week. These films are more than remakes, they are classics in their own right. You'll never know that I guess, so shitty deal for you.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by DonLogan

    i'm pretty sure bantuwind was being facetious, 'cause all remakes suck right?

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    The slow transformation is what makes it great.

    by chifforobe

    First of all, this is body horror-- of which Cronenberg is a master. It's about the magic and horror of the flesh. AND-- this is exactly how a real genetic transformation would look-- slow and awful. No other movie about mutations and transformations gets that right-- he changes at the rate that a new strand of DNA might actually affect the body-- at least it seems realistic.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Horror and tragedy

    by Hipshot

    The downfall of a brilliant, troubled man. Once the accident happens, we watch his world fall apart, and pray Gina Davis won't be swallowed up along with Brundle. Beautifully written and executed.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Trixas: that was Maniac Mansion.

    by Fawst

    Based very loosely on the brilliant LucasArts game of the same name.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST

    For chrissakes raptor_jesus

    by one9deuce

    Are you taking a beginning screenwriting class or something? THE FLY doesn't conform to what the author of your textbook (who has never had a screenplay greenlit) says is a great screenplay? THE FLY is a tragedy. And a great one at that. And as loafroaster astutely pointed out: if you go in fresh you don't know how it ends, and it works perfectly. I really hope you're being facetious bantuwind, because THE FLY and THE THING are great movies. A remake by a talented filmmaker who loves the original film and believes he can bring something new to it can be a masterpiece. A remake that a table of studio suits greenlight because they own the rights and believe they can make money off of it is shit. There is a difference. Unfortunately 99% of the remakes we get are the latter.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Re: I Notice At No Point Did You Equate Cronenberg With ...

    by ArmageddonProductions

    ... "CRASH" or "NAKED LUNCH" or "SPIDER" or even "EXISTENZ". The guy does some great work ... but they ain't all VIDEODROME.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST

    P.S. - Remakes

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Anybody equating Cronenberg's THE FLY or Carpenter's THE THING with today's studio-desperate slate of "a remake a month" cash grabs deserves to be fucking shot. I mean, even as a joke.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Missing pieces: "And Raptor_Jesus' well-said..."

    by ChaunceyGardiner

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Crap - and I forgot what I had written.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    Can we please not forget that this was Jeff Goldblum's...

    by DarkHawke

    ...greatest acting work EVAH?! I've long said that if this wasn't a FUCKING BRILLIANT horror flick from the deeply, wonderfully twisted mind of David Cronenberg, Goldblum would have at least gotten an Oscar nod, if not have taken home a big ol' gold statue for his work. Imagine if, say, Brundle had been dealing with cancer, or some kind of wasting disease like AIDS. Sure, the movie would have been light years different, but the performance would have been much the same. And Goldblum had to act through all those layers of makeup and STILL make us care for Brundlefly. Never seen him do better in anything, and THAT is why this movie remains a classic!

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Best Movie ever

    by Seth Brundle

    seriously, the story is just perfect, best remake ever done for me and jeff makes seth so interesting plus a ton of gore,

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Lets re-watch the ending right now, click link

    by Seth Brundle


  • Oct. 8, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST

    If only all remakes were as good as this one

    by Seth Brundle

  • See what I did there? Ah? Ah? Oh.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Easy clue. Tomorrow's pic of the day is from "Ski School 2".

    by jawsfan

  • ....nobody else noticed that?

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 4:17 a.m. CST bad

    by DementedCaver

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Fuck you Hollywood.

    by fred

    Fuck you for not making such masterpieces anymore.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST

    The Brood

    by hspahr

    Out of all of Cronenberg's masterpieces (yes, masterpieces), I always felt that The Brood would have fared a remake the best. The story really stuck with me, but I think Cronenberg was hampered by a minuscule budget. I'd really like to see The Brood expanded and fleshed out (and I'm all for Cronenberg doing it).

  • Watching the character deal with his situation is incredibly powerful.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    I thought they were remaking this *again* at some point...

    by Darkness

    Cronenberg did a invaluable job with his vision of the "The Fly". It stemmed loosely from the HIV pendemic that suffocated the eighties - a fitting allegory of isolation, and segregation. Jeff Goldblum was superb in the role. Unfortunately, Geena Davis was annoying.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Great point on Goldblum, re - wasting away from a disease...

    by Darth Macchio

    I bet if it was a portrayal of a man with a terrible but "normal" disease, he may have indeed gotten an Oscar nod. But Hollywood then was worse than it is now when it comes to comedy or horror - that those genre's are "pulp" and unworthy of acknowledgment with very few exceptions. Those exceptions for horror always seemed related to some biblical-based elements (Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist) but the moment it's a traditional "monster" movie, their eyes roll and their noses turn up and they dismiss out of hand (it's reductionist to call The Fly a 'monster' movie but you get my point). You see this with comic book movies and action movies in general - some people still can't escape their neurosis driven arrogance. They have to shit on something as it validates their own views of their supremacy when it comes to taste. Not in all cases of course...sometimes shit is shit..even in the world of comic book movies, comedies, and horror. But these unelected self-important douchebags dismiss the entire genre as some bohemian/barbarian form of entertainment. Not any more tho - Avenger's nets a billion dollars and those beady eyes quit rolling in a BIG hurry. They're still assholes, though.

  • Oct. 11, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    The Dead Zone? Starring Walken? That Dead Zone?

    by SithMenace

    Quint, you're possibly the most respectable person on this site, but The Dead Zone? Please tell me I'm thinking of a different movie than you. Because that movie was a tragedy, especially if you've read the original book.