Thursday, November 08, 2007

In this searingly grotesque deleted scene from David Cronenberg's acclaimed remake of "The Fly," Jeff Goldblum's character attempts to genetically fuse a cat with a baboon . . .



I suspect the "cat-baboon fusion sequence" was axed from the original release because it seemed too disturbing, too gratuitous, or both. But it beautifully captures the main character's desperation; the sense of encroaching somatic menace is palpable.

I've heard excellent things about "A History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises," but part of me craves the next big Cronenberg science fiction movie.

8 comments:

fusoid said...

And now the video has been wished into the corfield. Gone, nada.

Gosh darn, and I wanted to really see a cat-baboon fusion...!

Alternative video sites for referral, anyone?

fusoid said...

Huh! Now, 40 minutes later, after the traditional "this video is no longer available" coda, the video is available again. I suspect some sinister Google scientist is toying with us! ;')

dad2059 said...

Too bad the matter-transmitter concept was sunk because of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle.

But quantum entanglement does give some dim hope.

Never underestimate the determination of a brilliant mad scientist though!

Katie said...

Definitely the best performance of Jeff Goldblum's career...and I've watched A LOT of J.G. movies. :o)

So much of this movie was just completely barf-worthy, though.

Elan said...

Boundary dissolution as an aspect of the material world, of matter itself, is a deep topic.
Cronenberg rocks.
And yes - Eastern Promises is amazing and plays with morphing identities and boundary transgressions much as The Fly did.

Mac said...

"Boundary dissolution" -- that's Cronenberg in a nutshell.

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen this remake of "The Fly" (though I did dig the Vincent Price classic original). BTW, what was the object emerging from the Jeff-thing's torso there at the end, ala "Alien"? Fly SPAWN hatching (looked like an insect leg, sort of)? No wonder the Jeff-thing seemed pretty unhappy with how its possibilities seemed to be developing there at the end....

--W.M. Bear

Anonymous said...

...was digging that crazy babcat (catboon?) until Brundlefly starting whaling on him with that metal pike thingie...and if you want grotesque, btw, check out the end of The Fly II. Whoa!

I say put Cheney and Bush in the matter transfer unit, stir, and what comes out deserves itself...