THE FLY
1986, 20th Century Fox, 100 min, USA, Dir: David Cronenberg

This new version of the 1958 sci-fi hit isn’t just a remake but a complete reimagining, with director David Cronenberg mixing in his own sensibilities about organic life and its startling mutability. Teletransporter inventor Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) inadvertently mixes his genes with a house fly’s when he decides to use himself as test subject. His future as a human being, including his romance with science writer Veronica (Geena Davis), changes forever as he begins a slow slide into a gooey half-man/half-insect, complete with superpowers and messianic delusions of grandeur. Chris Walas and Stephen Dupuis won Oscars in 1987 for Best Make-Up.


FLATLINERS
1990, Sony Repertory, 115 min, USA, Dir: Joel Schumacher

An all-star cast of med students (Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt) experiment with death, stopping each others' hearts and "flatlining" before being revived. Until, that is, they discover their exercise has unleashed the secrets of their past in a supernaturally terrifying manner.


APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX
1979, American Zoetrope, 202 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola

Reluctant assassin Martin Sheen leads a motley crew of soldiers upriver to find unhinged and off-the-map colonel Marlon Brando in director Francis Ford Coppola's wildly surreal Vietnam epic. The film's arresting score incorporates both original music by Coppola and his father, composer Carmine Coppola, and Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelung." Adapted from Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness,' and co-starring - among many others - Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper (in one of his greatest supporting performances).


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