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The Fly
(1986)
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1986 Varèse
2005 Varèse
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Homer Denison

Performed by:
The London Philharmonic Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(June, 1986)

Varèse Sarabande
(October 18th, 2005)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Both the 1986 single album and the 2005 remastered set with The Fly II are regular commercial releases, the latter a much better value at the time of release.
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Buy it... if you desire one of Howard Shore's best pre-The Lord of the Rings career achievements, a massively melodramatic horror score of operatic constructs and overwhelmingly morbid romanticism.

Avoid it... if you expect the listening experience of The Fly to be as harmonically fluid as Christopher Young's mostly unrelated music for the inferior sequel.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,562
WRITTEN 9/9/09
Shore
Shore
The Fly: (Howard Shore) Skepticism about remakes is usually warranted, for so few manage to improve upon the concepts' prior incarnations. Such was not the case with David Cronenberg's The Fly in 1986, a loose rearrangement of ideas from George Lengelaan's original short story and the subsequent 1958 film adaptation. Whereas much of the prior film was truly laughable, Cronenberg's version was a horror tragedy of the highest order, praised soundly by critics, earning an Academy Award for make-up, and rewarded with more box office success than all of the director's other films combined. The basic premise survives; an eccentric but likable scientist invents a working teleportation device but has difficulty sending living objects through it. He eventually works out the kinks, but in the process of teleporting himself, his DNA is accidentally fused with that of a housefly that occupied the chamber with him during the experiment. His transformation into a human/fly hybrid thus begins, slowly at first but eventually turning him into a hideous, rampaging creature. Along the way, Cronenberg provides some extremely gruesome visuals, with plenty of blood and exploded intestines to go around. Key to The Fly is the love story that made audiences attach themselves emotionally to both Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis' characters, and their strong on-screen chemistry (until she has to take matters into her own hands with a shotgun, that is) was assisted by the fact that the two actors were dating in real life. There has been speculation over the years that, with so few characters in the film, the plot was actually a highly directed allegory involving the rise of AIDS, but Cronenberg has never bothered himself to address such claims. Cronenberg's collaboration with Howard Shore had been responsible to a great degree in bringing the composer from the anonymity of television and other writing venues into the motion picture scene, and their work together would continue for several decades. The two agreed to approach The Fly as though it were an opera, playing the tragedy very literally and melodramatically in the tone of the music. The technique would be relatively new in a genre that had been recently defined by far less traditional (or even orchestral) sounds, but it would prove to be successful due to the inherent emphasis on the romance in the story. The sound would also inform a new generation of film music in the genre, including the work of Christopher Young, whose score for the idiotic sequel to The Fly in 1989 would extend the larger-than-life scope of Shore's apporach into another generation of fly mutation horror.



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144 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.32 Stars
***** 40 5 Stars
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** 21 2 Stars
* 22 1 Stars
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The Fly Formula
Bruno Costa - December 5, 2010, at 2:27 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Both Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 37:34
• 1. Main Title (1:54)
• 2. Plasma Pool (1:54)
• 3. The Last Visit (2:24)
• 4. Stathis Enters (2:19)
• 5. The Phone Call (2:07)
• 6. Seth Goes Through (2:03)
• 7. Ronnie Comes Back (0:54)
• 8. The Jump (1:20)
• 9. Seth and the Fly (2:19)
• 10. Particle Magazine (1:00)
• 11. The Armwrestle (0:51)
• 12. Brundlefly (1:41)
• 13. Ronnie's Visit (0:35)
• 14. The Street (0:43)
• 15. The Stairs (1:25)
• 16. The Fingernails (2:34)
• 17. Baboon Teleportation (0:56)
• 18. The Creature (2:07)
• 19. Steak Montage (0:57)
• 20. The Maggot/Fly Graphic (1:36)
• 21. Success With Baboon (0:57)
• 22. The Ultimate Family (1:58)
• 23. The Finale (2:49)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1986 album includes no extra information about the score or film, though the 2005 album's insert includes detailed notes about both.
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