Film Review: Curse of the Fly (1965)

Release Date: March 31st, 1965 (Phoenix premiere)
Directed by: Don Sharp
Written by: Harry Spalding
Based on: The Fly by George Langelaan
Music by: Bert Shefter
Cast: Brian Donlevy, Carole Gray, George Baker

Lippert Films, 20th Century Fox, 86 Minutes

Review:

“You’re not God, you’re not even human. You murdered those men and you made me a murderer too.” – Albert Delambre

Out of all The Fly movies ever made, this one is the worst.

However, it also has some of the coolest ideas by allowing the experiments to evolve in logical directions that see new monsters come into existence.

The story starts with a guy crashing his car because a very scantily clad babe runs out in the middle of a dark backroad. As the story rolls on, the guy falls for the babe but there is something wrong with her other than the fact that she escaped from a nearby mental asylum.

There are ties to the previous movies in this series but it essentially retcons that continuity. Plus, Vincent Price is nowhere to be found, so the film kind of suffers from that.

Anyway, we discover that there are all these other failed experiments locked away in these stables that are essentially prison cells. We get to see what’s happened to those who were experimented on once this new technology had run amok.

While it’s cool having all these other monsters, the movie is poorly executed and I don’t feel like it really recognized the potential it had with all these bonus terrors the writers and director had in their back pocket.

With that, I also felt like this film franchise really got away from itself. It could’ve and should’ve evolved into something new and fresh but it honestly just fired off a bunch of blanks and didn’t really seem to know what it was even aiming at.

Curse of the Fly isn’t terrible but it isn’t necessarily good, either. But I do like that it seemed to have some creativity in the story even if it was poorly capitalized on.

Rating: 5.25/10
Pairs well with: the previous two movies in The Fly film series, as well as the ’80s remakes and other creature features of the ’50s and ’60s.