Saturday, September 22, 2012

Curse of the Fly (1965) Review

Curse of the Fly poster
Director: Don Sharp
Stars: Brian Donlevy, Carole Gray, Burt Kwouk
Genre: Horror, Science-fiction

The final entry in the original Fly trilogy somehow manages to both return to its roots and simultaneously destroy them. Allow me to explain.

The first film in the trilogy (which is also the best. Review here) relied heavily on mystery. I consider the first film to be a Science Fiction Mystery with some horror elements. The second film in the trilogy is more of a Science Fiction Horror story. This film, the third one, is kind of a variation of the first one, I'd call it a Horror Mystery with Science Fiction elements.

It's better than Return of the Fly in many aspects, slightly worse in some, and nowhere nearly as good as the original. It does a pretty good job with pacing and mystery. The film starts out with a woman running through the woods in her underwear after just escaping from a mental hospital. That's the first mystery. Then she meets and marries the grandson of the original Fly from the first one. We are shown that something is wrong with this grandson, and he appears to be ill. Second mystery. Then, at the grandson's house, nothing seems to be quite normal. Everything seems a little odd. We eventually find that there are rooms with locked doors outside the house, what is in there we do not immediately know. The third mystery.

It's all built up well enough but in the end none of it really comes together for a satisfying conclusion. Shame really. You never really feel as if any of those mysteries were truly solved, leaving you a bit disappointed.

Oddly enough, there is no monster fly in this one. I don't think there's even a regular fly in here. The only monsters are a few experiments gone wrong, which aren't as cool as the fly monster. You'd hardly be able to tell it was part of the Fly trilogy if, let's say, it came on television late one night and you missed the title.

I also have to compliment the great make-up effects.

Great use of make up effects in Curse of the Fly

There are plot holes, and some things seem a bit stupid. It's a decent enough film though, but quite honestly I really don't feel like talking about it much more. This film also got some of the continuity of the trilogy messed up. Ah, I can only recommend this to those who absolutely loved the first one. If you didn't like the first one, or even just thought it was decent, I'd stay far, far away from its two sequels.

2.5/5 stars
+Good pacing and mystery elements
-Disappointing in just about every aspect overall

Just stick to the original, or even the 80s remake.

Preceded by: The Fly (1958), Return of the Fly (1959)
Remakes: The Fly (1986), The Fly II

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