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The Fly II (1989)




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Chris Walas, the makeup and animatronics director on David Cronenberg's remake of The Fly, takes a stab at directorial duties in this sequel. Before Seth Brundle morphed into scrap metal in the original The Fly, he managed to leave behind the seed of his legacy, and at the start of The Fly 2 his son, Martin (Eric Stoltz), has suffered an accelerated growth, thanks to his fly genes. Although played by Stoltz, Martin is supposed to be only five human years old, and unaware of his imminent transformation into a fly. All his life, Martin has been confined to a laboratory at Bartok Industries, where evil CEO Bartok (Lee Richardson) plans to breed a new race of super flies. Martin spends his days working in the lab experimenting with teleportation. But then Martin meets Beth (Daphne Zuniga), an attractive researcher. Martin is attracted to her, but not only do his hormones kick in, so do his fly genes. Soon, Martin begins to transform into a bug just like his father. Desperate to stop his transformation, he wreaks revenge upon Bartok while trying the find a mate with which to swap his unwanted fly genes before it's too late.


Eric Stoltz
as Martin Brundle
Daphne Zuniga
as Beth Logan
Lee Richardson
as Anton Bartok
John Getz
as Stathis Borans
Frank C. Turner
as Dr. Shepard
Frank Turner
as Dr. Shepard
Ann Marie Lee
as Dr. Jainway
Gary Chalk
as Scorby
Harley Cross
as Martin (age 10)
Matthew Moore
as Martin (age 4)
Jeff Goldblum
as Seth Brundle, on videotape
Rob Roy
as Wiley
Pat Bermel
as Mackenzie
William Taylor
as Dr. Trimble
Duncan Fraser
as Obstetrician
Sean O'Byrne
as Perinatologist
Mike Winlaw
as Neonatologist
Bruce Harwood
as Technician
Allan Lysell
as Guard 'A'
David Mylrea
as Flywalker
Tom Heaton
as Manager
Cecilia Warren
as Anchorwoman
Andrea Mann
as Cute Girl
Robert Metcalfe
as Observer #1
Garwin Sanford
as Observer #2
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Critic Reviews for The Fly II

All Critics (16)

The horrible fate of a Golden Retriever is guaranteed to make dog lovers cringe, but beyond that, it's hard to invest much emotion in this shrug-inducing follow-up.

December 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It has some of the most graphic blood effects I've seen, including a head popping like a zit under and elevator and a man whose face is dissolved away in corrosive fly vomit.

October 4, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

What a buzz! lots of fun

November 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Worthless sequel to a very good film.

October 15, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

The less said about The Fly 2, or Son of Brundlefly, the better.

July 23, 2003 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

It's got nothing on Cronenberg's original - or the Vincent Price classic, but it is an disgustingly cool continuation of the story.interesting

February 10, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Fly II


Sequel to David Cronenberg's, The Fly is a misfire due to the fact that it just fails to capture the intensity of the original and strips away the tension that was featured so prominently in the original. The film started off well, but towards the middle, the film started to come apart and you could clearly see why the film was doomed to become an unnecessary sequel. After seeing this, you realize that David Cronenberg's remake of The Fly never needed a second part, but at the same time, it peaked my curiosity to see what sequel to that film would bring. Disappointingly, it just ended being a bad film with awful performances, decent, but ultimately cheap looking gore effect and poor directing. The cast do what they can =with such a poorly constructed script, and most of the cast just end botching their performances. This is a stupid sequel that should never have been made in the first place, and it will surely disappoint fans of the original. This is a film not worth your time and it fails to capture the chaotic horror of the original. The film had potential, and if Cronenberg would have made it, and wrote the script, this film would surely have been much better. However it is just really boring with an underdeveloped storyline and poor direction and lacking performances. The Fly II isn't worth seeing if you've seen Cronenberg's movie, and it should have been much better. Instead the film fails at being interesting for the viewer and it lacks anything truly worthwhile that would normally make it a good movie.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Taking up immediately where Cronenberg's succinct homage to Frankenstein leaves off, sort of a Son of Frankenstein, the child of the monster seeks to break the curse. The cast is sorta up to the challenge but w/o the intelligence and love inherent in the first, w/o a script, and with a less experienced director, well, there isn't much of a chance.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Quite the pleasant surprise for me to discover that 'The Fly II' isn't a disgrace from the rarefied heights of Cronenberg's masterpiece. 'The Fly II' elects a different route with a furiously mean-spirited monster-on-the-loose saga that ramifies from the original while wrenching pathos for the socially maladjusted Martin who casually asks "Do you have organic matter?" to the late-night staff of the scientific facility. In an unexpectedly touching scene, Martin euthanizes a canine that is mangled from the telepod experimentation. Darabont and company inject a lot of wily symbolism with a bug zapper and the flapping sound effects of a helicopter at the opening. When Martin metamorphoses into the fly, it's an insanely fun, grotesque creature-feature with mounds of gelatinous makeup (an acid-dissolving face) and poetic justice for the lead villain. Of course, 'The Fly II' is not the equal of Cronenberg's mesmerizing remake, but it is contagiously enjoyable, heart-breaking and unapologetic in its bloodletting.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

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