Fear Fac­tor

Body hor­ror clas­sic gets a comic se­quel

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

David Cro­nen­berg’s The Fly is that rarest of beasts – a re­make that’s ( whis­per it) bet­ter than the orig­i­nal. The se­ries has been MIA on screen since the schlocky ’ 89 se­quel, but the over­sized in­sect is back with a five- is­sue comic se­ries from Witch Doc­tor’s Bran­don Seifert, who has up­dated the themes for a mod­ern au­di­ence.

“When The Fly came out a lot of peo­ple saw it as an Aids metaphor, but fear of in­fec­tious dis­ease is very dif­fer­ent now be­cause of this huge ex­plo­sion of po­ten­tial pandemics like Ebola, bird flu and swine flu,” Seifert says. “In the ’ 80s ca­sual sex was like Rus­sian roulette. Nowa­days we’re much more afraid of get­ting a dis­ease from some­body on the bus.”

The Fly: Out­break picks up af­ter The Fly II. In the years since the head- crush­ing hor­ror at Bar­tok In­dus­tries Martin Brun­dle has been work­ing on a cure for his trans­genic dis­ease, but an ac­ci­dent at the lab ex­poses dozens of his col­leagues to the Fly in­fec­tion…

Seifert has turned his at­ten­tion to the per­ti­nent is­sue of ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied or­gan­isms. “Now putting genes from other an­i­mals into hu­mans is some­thing we ab­so­lutely can do. There’s a big con­tro­versy about GMOs, and a lot of fear, so as a hor­ror se­ries it’s a re­ally ob­vi­ous thing to tap into.” The Fly: Out­break is un­leashed later this month.

Flies! Fou­sands of ’ em!

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