Body horror classic gets a comic sequel
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!