I had no knowledge of this film was before watching it, but I was amazed at how much I enjoyed the film despite how dated it is. It was good to see a film that had the very basics when it came to special effects yet still able create disturbingly chilling moments that still haunt people to this day... they even got me!
There wasn’t much effort put into the design for the fly human genetic mutation because all the mutation consisted of was the fly and the scientist swapping heads and the special effects being a rubber mask and a glove. Although this sounds laughable, the reveal was still a chilling moment when the cloth is pulled from Andres head. Helene’s scream is what make this scene so iconic and it is quite disturbing when the scream is repeated and her face is multiplied through the ‘fly’s’ eyes. The famous scream has been spoofed in many films, like Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) being the most recent reference I can recall.
“If you watch this one expecting a sci-fi or horror spectacular, then you’ll be disappointed. If you’re more interested in psychological drama, then you might enjoy this fun, slightly campy film.” I feel this sums up the film nicely because it is defiantly not a film where special effects should be applauded but more of a film that relies on getting the audience getting drawn into the story and empathising with the scientist and his wife. Amongst all the seriousness of the film there were some moments in the script that were probably intended to be serious but came across as silly humour, in particular the scene where he explains to his wife the whereabouts of the cat...
“Andre Delambre: [about the cat killed by the transporter] She disintegrated perfectly, but never reappeared. Helene Delambre: Where's she gone? Andre Delambre: Into space... a stream of cat atoms... “