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Monday, February 11, 2013

Curse Of The Fly (1965)

Starring Brian Donlevy, George Baker, Carole Gray, Yvette Rees, Burt Kwouk
Directed by Don Sharp
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

When a son of the Delambre family marries, the family tries to keep the horrifying failures of their teleportation experiments a secret from his new bride.

In this 2nd sequel to The Fly, the shocker that made quite an impact on audiences with the scientific experiment that merged a man and a fly together, the filmmakers wisely realized that they should take a different course after the events of the last two films.  So there is no fly in this film, nor a monster created by merging it with a man's DNA, but an emphasis on casting the Delambres as monsters themselves for their treatment of the victims of their experiments.  Although a worthy approach, cleverly scripted by Harry Spalding, and well directed by Don Sharp, this film's not in the same league as The Fly, but that was okay with me.  There are still chills a plenty, and it was good to see Brian Donlevy starring in this film, echoing his roles in the Quatermass films as a determined scientist who has positive aims, but has left his morality behind in pursuing them.

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