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.


LIFEFORCE
1985, Park Circus/MGM, 101 min, UK, Dir: Tobe Hooper

Sex-starved space vampire Mathilda May terrorizes the world while looking for something to wear, in director Tobe Hooper’s gleeful, over-the-top sci-fi flick - one of the great pulp movies of the 1980s. Steve Railsback co-stars as the love-struck astronaut dazzled by May’s charms, with help from Peter Firth as a government agent and “Star Trek's" Patrick Stewart as the head of an asylum. Co-starring Frank Finlay, Michael Gothard (THE DEVILS).


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