The Purge: Election Day if you are interested in reading my thoughts on that film. For here, it was time to watch another Netflix DVD, so I decided on Curse Of The Fly (1965). I didn't really intend to do a series review when I watched the original film again, but that is what this has turned out to be. I will get around to the remake and its sequel eventually as well.
Martin (George Baker) is driving to his hotel when he encounters a woman running around in just her underwear on the road. This woman turns out to be Patricia (Carole Gray), who has just escaped a mental hospital. Since they have agreed not to talk about their pasts, Martin doesn't know about Patricia's secret, and Patricia doesn't know that Martin is experimenting with a teleportation device. Martin's brother, Albert (Michael Graham), is in London with their dad Henri (Brian Donlevy) awaiting to hear from Martin so they can teleport Henri over to Martin who is in Canada. The reason Martin doesn't want to share what he does is because the experiments aren't going so well when trying to teleport a human.
Curse Of The Fly was written by Harry Spalding and directed by Don Sharp. This is kind of an odd ball film for the series. This entry is actually from the U.K., and doesn't have a fly anywhere in the film. Another odd thing is that Spalding seems to be a direct sequel to the first movie, with a minor change in that the son is now named Henri. Actually, it is hard to tell if this is a direct sequel or a sequel to the second film. The events in the second film are never mentioned, as far as I could tell, but Henri is older than his counter part in the last film. I don't know if he is old enough from the last film to have two grown sons, but I guess it is possible. Regardless, Curse Of The Fly was different in not going with a fly at all. The story still has to do with teleportation and what can go wrong with that though. This time around it has to do with disfigurements and, in one case, acceleration of aging. It was a little weird seeing side effects when there wasn't any before. Of course, in the other movies it was only used once or twice before the fly got in the way, so maybe not enough was done yet to know if there were side effects yet. Either that or these guys are shitty scientists. The device gets a makeover in this film. Before it was where you would stand, or maybe sit, but this time they lay down in it.
The story for Curse Of The Fly wasn't bad, but I'm wondering if everyone would have enjoyed it more if there had been a fly involved. Sure the story had played out already in two other films, but isn't that kind of why we are watching these films? It was disappointing, to say the least, even if they did make up for it by giving us a few failed experiments to look at. The story plays out kind of slowly, and I didn't feel all the plot points worked very well. If there was a good point, it was how uncaring almost everyone turned out to be. The wife got messed up from the experiments? Throw her into a room and lock the door. You have mental problems? Find ways to make it worse. Police are about to discover everything? Kill most of the people involved and hide the evidence.
There are some makeup effects to be found, but those are the only effects. The makeup is used to show disfigurements, which I have to admit that they looked pretty good. The acting was just okay to me. While Carole Gray does a fine job with her role, I got tired of her fainting at every little scare. George Baker was always a bit too serious, and I didn't care for the way he had to be so dramatic when he wasn't feeling good. He gets a pain and throws himself against the car. No wonder he feels pain.
While I liked the story, I wonder if would have been better off being under a different title. Also, there was just things about it that I just found too silly, even though I know they are meant to be part of the times, like women fainting. And who the hell gets married after such a short time and swearing they won't talk about what the other has done in their past? Curse Of The Fly has some moments that are well done, but it just wasn't a great film. Considering this was a rarely seen film until it appeared as a set on DVD, it might very well be worth checking out if you are looking to complete the series yourself. Not a bad film, but not a great one either.
3 out of 5 I hope I don't get locked away if I get disfigured
1 year ago