The make-up of The Fly

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If you’re a fan of as­ton­ish­ing make-up ef­fects, 1986’s The Fly is the movie for you. eas­ily on a par with other ’80s clas­sics like The Thing, The Ele­phant Man and An Amer­i­can Were­wolf In Lon­don, the fleshy spe­cial ef­fects take Jeff Gold­blum’s Seth Brun­dle char­ac­ter through six dis­tinct phases of grotesque trans­for­ma­tion, un­til he ends up as the mon­strous “Brundle­fly”, with a pair of ex­pres­sive eyes be­ing his only quasi­hu­man fea­ture. The makeup ef­fects were the brain­child of then-30-yearold Chris Walas who rightly won the Acad­emy Award for Spe­cial ef­fects Make-up. Walas later di­rected The Fly II, as well as do­ing the “melt­ing Nazi” ef­fects in Raiders Of The Lost Ark and cre­at­ing the Grem­lins.

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