10 horror movie remakes done right
'The Fly' (1986)
Chris Walas's Oscar-winning special makeup effects are only one of the many reasons why David Cronenberg's "The Fly" is routinely ranked among the best horror films of the 1980s. The biggest factor in the film's success, though, is the doomed central relationship between Jeff Goldblum's overreaching scientist and Geena Davis's sympathetic-cum-horrified girlfriend, which serves as the potent emotional centerpiece of a tragic parable about the folly of Man's ambitions to control nature. Hitting theaters nearly 30 years after the release of the campy Vincent Price original, Cronenberg takes the basic moral crux of Kurt Neumann's version and ups the ante with inventive, top-notch production values and a superb pair of performances from Goldblum and Davis. Given how much time had passed - not to mention how many technical innovations had come into being - since the release of the original film, a remake in this case actually made sense, and Cronenberg's commitment to bringing his off-kilter sensibilities to a mainstream studio film birthed a modern classic.
- Chris Eggertsen