The fly is based on a man who fuses with a fly. In both films they have two very strong views on what the monster represents in the film, for example in the original fly even though you have this hybrid of half man and half fly you see the machine as the monster and the general use of technologyas the main source of fear. As for the 1986 version it was more of a disease spreading of this condition that’ s turned the scientist into this fly geneticallyand completely this is more of the fear and not straight away as in the original where you see the scientist has a head of a fly and left arm. The films aim at a general obsession of knowledge and power giving the hint of the old saying curiosity killed the cat which in the original film they did literally as he tested on the cat hoping it wouldappear in the second chamber, instead it disappears and gets classed as dead. So my general view is that mans power of obsession is the main message of both the films and thats the true monster of it all. This is a couple of reviews cut down from the internet backing up my view on obsession of power,the first two are about the 1986 version of the fly and thelast one is about the 1958 original fly.
just imagine, a beautiful moonlight night, and you roam all over the city, unobserved, eavesdropping on people, jumping across rooftops. For a brief moment you are the king of the city roofs, and then the bitter reality strikes in. It is one of the most personal moments in a horror movie, of the protagonist enjoying his new found power, before the bitter reality strikes in a rather gruesome manner.
Brundle’s downfall is not just due to the tiny mistake he made, it is in equal part to his blinded vanity. The refusal to see the truth, the path on which he is hurtling down. So drunk withthe success of his “experiment” is Brundle that he is unaware, that the very “power” he is boasting about is going to prove his nemesis. Veronica’s sensible advice, is contemptuously brushed aside as mere jealousy. On the other side is Veronica, initially an admirer of Seth’s experiments, she becomes a mute witness to his horrifying transformation.
Well, okay, so maybe it wasn’t quite fully functional. As Helene pointed out to her overexcited husband, the teleportation machine had an uncomfortable habit of reconstituting objects sent through it as mirror images of themselves. This flaw might be acceptable for a machine intended only to transport inanimate objects, but such a quirk obviously wouldn’t do if Andre wished to use it to transport anything living. Over the next few weeks, Andre worked obsessively to correct the flaw in his machine, and ultimately met with total success. (Of course, that was small consolation to his pet cat, Dandolo, which Andre accidentally vaporized in his first attempt to transport a living creature.) After perfecting his machine, Andre invited his brother over to witness his remarkable achievement, as he habitually did when one of his projects came to fruition.