Franchise Review: Curse Of The Fly

Motorist Martin Delambre attempts to keep evidence of his family’s bizarre experiments in teleportation hidden from his wife, who is hiding secrets of her own.

It would be six years before this entry into the franchise was made.

Why it took so long is a question I’ve never found an answer for, sure “Return Of The Fly” was a quickie film but it was a successful one at that so you’d have thought they might go back to the well again, but not six years later though. This time though things were different.

Vincent Price is missing from this installment, unfortunately by the time this film was being made Price was under contract to American International Pictures. It’s a shame as he was the mainstay of the series and it would’ve been nice to wrap up the series with him featured.

Oh, I’d also like to point out that this film features one of the most entertaining opening scenes I’ve ever seen, I won’t spoil it for anyone that has never seen it but I’m surprised it’s not talked about more. With this feature we see Brian Donlevy takes the lead and carries on the ‘Delambre’ family story.

The story continues though not in the way you’ve come to expect due to it’s lack of, well a human/fly hybrid. This seems to polarize fans, whilst some declare it’s the worst of the series and some declare it the best, whilst I don’t agree with either I do have to say that I do think it’s an enjoyable film.

“Curse Of The Fly” may seem cheesy and sure it hasn’t exactly aged well but it’s got a great atmosphere to it and it still comes across as spooky, just enjoy it for what it is.

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

This film was rarely seen for many years, as it was the only entry in the trilogy to never to receive a videotape or laserdisc release. It did not receive its home video premiere until 2007, when it was released on DVD in a box set with the original series of films.

Claude Rains was going to play Henri Delambre at one stage.

Many say that this movie has no connection with the original The Fly (1958) and Return of the Fly (1959) mainly because no Fly monster is shown, but, the central character with the last name Delambre, a photo showing the Fly during a conversation about the family legacy, the new version of the matter transporter machine, and a scene with Inspector Charas (played by a different actor), this film definitely has connections to both of the previous two Fox films in this trilogy, The Fly (1958), and Return of the Fly (1959). Produced on the cheap in England, it was a box office bomb because audiences wanted to see a man with a fly head. This was the last Fly movie released by Fox until the 1986 Jeff Goldblum/Geena Davis remake.

Charles Carson replaced Herbert Marshall.

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