He Bugged Me

Eric Stoltz in The Fly II (1989)

When Martin was born he was immediately special and not just because his mum sadly died during child birth making him an orphan. Nope the reason Martin is special is because he is the son of Seth Brundle, the man who built a tele-transportation device, but how it works died with him. Of course Seth died having had his genes spliced with those of a fly and those genes have been passed on to Martin who as such at the age of just 5 is a fully grown man. But Anton Bartok, who Seth worked for, has raised Martin in the hope to not only tap in to his mutated genes but also in the hope the super bright Martin will be able to unlock the secrets of the transportation devices. When Martin with the help of girlfriend Beth realises Bartok can't be trusted and he needs to find a cure as he starts transforming in to a fly like his father did they go on the run.

Like a fly fighting sticky paper hanging from the ceiling "The Fly II" was always fighting a losing battle as there was no way they could live up to let alone surpass the comically disgusting nature of "The Fly" and the brilliance of Jeff Goldblum as Brundlefly. But for a movie which was never going to thrill audiences to the same extent "The Fly II" is by no means the stinker it could have been and whilst inferior is surprisingly watchable.

Daphne Zuniga in The Fly II (1989)

But beyond the comparisons "The Fly II" has an issue, a huge, smack in your face issue which is the fact it is far too obvious. The minute the story gives Martin a girlfriend you know what will happen; together they will go on the run from Bartok industries to try and find a cure before he evolves into a fly like his father did and before Bartok and his scientists get to experiment on him. It is a shame that the writers couldn't have found a way to make it less obvious because after a while it becomes a case that you are not watching for what is going to happen but to see how decent the special effects and horror is which I will say is combined okay but nothing special.

Nothing special is how I would describe the performance from Eric Stoltz as whilst he brings his own character and intensity to the role of Martin he of course was fighting that losing battle because of the comparisons to Jeff Goldblum despite them being different characters. The thing is that Stoltz is a likeable actor and Daphne Zuniga is a likeable actress but there is no real power to their performances making them weak whilst those around them seem to be overplaying things.

What this all boils down to is that "The Fly II" is unsurprisingly inferior to "The Fly" but it would have had to have been a miracle to not end up inferior. But it is not totally terrible and whilst far too obvious is still surprisingly entertaining.

Movie Recommendations

The Fly

The Fly (1986)

Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum - Silverado) is a bit of a mad scientist workin ...

Re-Animator

Re-Animator (1985)

Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) is a hard working student whose only dalliance from ...

Halloween II

Halloween II (1981)

So as already mentioned "Halloween II" basically follows on from the exact ...

Poltergeist

Poltergeist (1982)

Steve Freeling (Craig T. Nelson - Stir Crazy) and his young family live on ...

Amityville II: The Possession

Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

Anthony Montelli (Burt Young) and his wife Dolores (Rutanya Alda) have just ...

Basket Case

Basket Case (1982)

A young man by the name of Duane Bradley (Kevin Van Hentenryck) rents a roo ...

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) is having some very strange dreams, in ...

The Omen III: The Final Conflict

The Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)

Having grown up Damien Thorn (Sam Neill) is not only now the head of Thorn ...

Midnight Offerings

Midnight Offerings (1981)

Vivian Sotherland (Melissa Sue Anderson) is a very possessive teenager, som ...

Dark Night of the Scarecrow

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

In a small American town local letter carrier Otis Hazelrigg (Charles Durni ...

The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead (1981)

Five friends; Ash (Bruce Campbell), his girlfriend Linda (Betsy Baker), his ...

The Entity

The Entity (1981)

Having returned home one night, Carla Moran (Barbara Hershey - Hoosiers) is ...

Cannibal Apocalypse

Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)

It's been a while since he was in Vietnam but Norman (John Saxon) is still ...

The Fog

The Fog (1980)

Legend has it that 100 years ago a thick fog enveloped the sea off of the c ...

The Hearse

The Hearse (1980)

Jane Hardy (Trish Van Devere) has had a rough year and almost suffered a ne ...

Follow The Movie Scene

Follow The Movie Scene on Twitter Like The Movie Scene on facebook Join The Movie Scene on Gplus Subscribe to The Movie Scene's RSS