Franchise Review: Return Of The Fly

15 years after the events of “The Fly,” Andre’s son does some transportation experimentation of his own.

It only took a year to release this sequel, can you imagine that happening these days?!

“The Fly” became a hit and so of course Hollywood did what it’s always done and capitalized on their hit by making a sequel. The only difference between then and now was timing, there’s no way a film studio could get a sequel made that quickly in this day and age.

The only person who returned for this sequel was Vincent Price but it works, he does a great job of linking this sequel with the first film and establishing the next part of the story. That story being that the son of ‘André’ wants to vindicate his Father and complete his work.

Now the film is entertaining, there’s no denying that, I personally really enjoy it, but I do have some things that irritate me a little. There’s no doubting this was a classic studio ‘quickie’ so we see a lot of recycling such as the same sets being used, nothing out of the ordinary for the time.

Also the studio has dropped the use of technicolor here and going for the cheaper black and white option, I mean I’m assuming it was a budgetary decision. I’m not complaining about it though as I think the black and white works better for this style of film.

“Return Of The Fly” is an entertaining enough sequel, it continues to be creative and fun enough to keep you entertained. Not bad for a quickie sequel.

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

Vincent Price signed on after reading the first draft of the script. However, the studio demanded re-writes in order to reduce production costs. The re-writes reportedly removed much of what Price liked about the first draft.

Director Edward Bernds has said that, contrary to rumours at the time, he was not hired to replace Kurt Neumann, who had directed the original The Fly (1958). Neumann had died in 1958, before this film began production, and before his death was not being considered by the producers for the director’s job.

The script was written specifically to use the standing sets from The Fly (1958).

The producers decided that Vincent Price was all they needed, so they hired no other actors from the first movie. Filming was completed in March 1959 for a July release.

The movie double billed with The Alligator People (1959).

Philippe asks Alan to get a guinea pig for their experiment, but in the next shot fetches a white rat. Throughout the editing of this scene it appears Alan can’t tell the difference between the critters and Philippe doesn’t notice.

Debut of actress Danielle De Metz.

It has been erroneously reported that “The corpse shown on the slab in the morgue just before Max Barthold receive visit from the Fly, has six fingers (sic) in his left foot.” The left foot has only five toes, but the angle makes the ball of the foot appear as if it may be a sixth toe.

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