George Langelaan’s short story The Fly was first adapted for the screen in 1958, starring Vincent Price and David Hedison. David Cronenberg directed the 1986 version, based on his own screenplay, which was a rewrite of an initial draft written by Charles Edward Pogue.
Released on August 15th, 1986, Cronenberg’s movie received much acclaim, with a lot of the praise focusing on the special effects and Jeff Goldblum’s performance. Chris Walas and Stephan Dupuis won the Academy Award for Best Makeup at the 1987 Oscars and Chris also won for Best Makeup at the Saturn Awards.
The Fly remains one of my favourite Cronenberg movies, with a well-handled relationship at its centre that ensures you really care about the main characters and, of course, it boasts some fine, gooey, grotesque body horror makeup effects as Goldblum undergoes his transformation, which is equal parts horrific and sad.
Here are some of the posters and other artwork that has been created for the film…