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“The Fly” (1986) The Deleted “Monkey-Cat” scene

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Shot, but later deleted from the film was a 6 to 7 minutes sequence in which the scientist Seth Brundle attempts to re-create the accident with his teleportation device that mutated him. He takes the surviving baboon from his earlier experiments in the film, and an alley cat that he found. Then tries to fuse the two together through his Telepods. But unlike his accident in which he in the fly were linked on a genetic level, the baboon and the cat become this hideously mutated two-headed creature. With the creature in obvious pain, Brundle picks up a pipe and proceeds to beat it to death. He then goes up to the roof of the building where he lives feels an excruciating pain in his side and attempt to climb down the wall but loses his grip. He didn’t slides down the wall and falls to the ground where a growth in his side appears. A mutated insect limb. Horrified, he tears it off.

Here are five facts about the scene:

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1. Why it was cut.

Besides the fact, that it delivered to much gore too early in the film, the real reason it was cut was because test audiences could no longer sympathize with the character of Seth Brundle. At some point in this film our Protagonist becomes the Antagonist. And the problem with the film including this scene, was that you no longer cared about the suffering the main character is going through. It was pretty evident to the filmmakers as a result of the test screenings, but the movie was better off without it.

2. “Stage 4b”

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This sequence features a stage in Brundle’s transformation not seen in the final film. Makeup Artist Chris Walas and his team dubbed it “stage 4b”. Walas said in interviews That was actually one of his favorite looks of Jeff Goldblum in the film. Because it had a Jekyll and Hyde quality about it. It was the halfway point between who Seth Brundle was in the beginning of the movie and into the creature Brundlefly that he later transforms into.

3. Director cameo

Besides his cameo as the gynecologist, director David Cronenberg is the one wielding the pipe that kills the creature in this shot.

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A large set of the warehouse wall was constructed for the shot where Brundle loses his grip and “slides” down the wall. To create this, the filmmakers made the wall slanted, like a slide so Goldblum could fall as well as give the illusion he’s sticking to it like a fly.

5. A shot from this deleted scene appears in the film’s original theatrical trailer.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Fly” (1986)

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The later stages of Jeff Goldblum’s transformation required over five hours of makeup and over five lbs. of prosthetics.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)

Jeff Goldblum appears in the film as the Grandmaster of Sakaar.

And Sam Neill appears in a cameo as an Asgardian actor playing “Odin” in Loki’s play.


Even though they have no scenes together, this marks the first time the two have been in the same movie since “Jurassic Park” in 1993.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Fly” (1986)

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The teleportation pods, or “telepods” as they’re called in the film are designed after the cylinder of a Ducati motorcycle. The film’s director David Cronenberg, is a collector of vintage motorcycles.

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Joe’s Random Movie Review: Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

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As I’ve said in a previous post, we are living in the ever growing, ever tiring era of remakes, reboots, late sequels, prequels, etc. Movies like this are either a hit or miss as there are many factors to consider the least of which is a good storyline. I think its fair to say that back in 1996 when Independence Day was first released, it showed audience a new look to the ever classic alien invasion science fiction genre. It was action packed, contained a stellar A-list cast, and was undoubtedly considered to be first movie in what we are now very familiar with; the Michael Bay- type action movie. Lots of visual effects, explosions, villains you love to hate, and nice guy heroes. And twenty years later… they came back.

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Independence Day: Resurgence takes place twenty years after the original alien invasion of Earth. Earth has essentially assimilated the leftover alien technology and made it their own with hovercrafts, antigravity propulsion, colonizing of the Moon, etc. And brought back a few familiar faces back to face the extra terrestrial foe yet again (without the ever popular Will Smith). And it brought in new heroes, like Liam Hemsworth as Jake Morrison and Jessie Usher who plays the now grown up Dylan Hiller.

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While this was undoubtedly a good sequel, it still had its issues. There was an even less ammount of character development on the part of any of the heroes, as if the action itself was a main character. Granted, that’s pretty much how the original was. But that was when this type of action movie was new to the scene. In this movies with explosions every ten seconds, this style of filmmaking gets old fast. In that aspect, this was a movie that was joyfully made for the fans and was trying way too hard at some points to be a carbon copy of the first movie. While there is some character development on the new characters, more could’ve been given.

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This film also attempts to shed some light on what the alien’s inicial plan was for harvesting the Earth. This included an excellent backstory about Congolese fighting the aliens who were left behind on Earth, and the only ship to remain intact. This backstory alone would’ve made a great stand alone movie, as the tone of those scene in this movie were less Independence Day and more like Predator. And the film also dealt with more in the nature of the Alien’s telepathy on the characters of Dr. Okun (Brent Spiner) and President Whitmore (Bill Pullman). The idea of exploring the telepathy was something only touched on in one scene in the first film, but this film makes it a plot point.

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The corniness, and yet the humorous points of this movie mostly came from the return of some of the original characters (mostly on the part of the crazy, but hilarious Brent Spiner and the hysterical Judd Hirsch). But there were parts of the movie where one could not help but roll their eyes. Particularly the fight scene which bears a striking resemblance to Pacific Rim (you’ll know when you see it).

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All in all, this was a good sequel. Not great, but still an entertaining addition to franchise for a whole new generation.

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Final Score: 6.5/10

Directed by Roland Emmerich

Cast

Liam Hemsworth………Jake Morrison
Jeff Goldblum……David Levinson
Bill Pullman…….Pres. Thomas Whitmore
Jessie Usher……Dylan Dubrow-Hiller
Sela Ward…..Pres. Elizabeth Landford
Travis Tope…….Charles Ritter
William Fichtner…..Gen. Joshua Adams
Charlotte Gainsbourg…..Dr. Catherine Marceaux
Judd Hirsch……Julius Levinson
Brent Spiner….Dr. Brakish Okun
Vivica A. Fox……Jasmine Dubrow-Hiller
Angelababy……Rain Lao
Robert Loggia…..Gen. William Grey