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5 Movies like The Fly (1986): Body Shock Horror

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Dale Barham itcherWhat’s sci­fi and horror without a little bit of maiming, tearing, decapitating or bucketloads of blood and guts? The human body was not meant to bend the way it does in movies like ‘The Fly’, ‘The Thing’ and ‘Re­Animator’… but that’s why you love them so much in the first place! ~ Dale Barham

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

There are some films you definitely shouldn’t watch on a full stomach; ‘The Fly’ is one such movie.

It all starts out well and good for Jeff Goldblum, he’s smart, doing well with the right woman and he’s come up with the greatest invention in the history of technology, a teleportation device. Of course, this is a David Cronenberg film we’re talking about, so you can bet it all goes a bit iffy when he accidentally jumps in the machine with a house fly. As his DNA mingles with that of the insect, he starts to transform… with hideous and dire consequences!

Watch in terror as the human anatomy literally falls away piece by piece in this masterpiece of body horror. You’ll be counting your fingers and toes to make sure they’re all accounted for, right before this next lot of movies pushes you over the edge!

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Movies Similar to ‘The Fly’…

‘The Thing’ (John Carpenter, 1982)

Working in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nothing but snow for miles and miles would suck at the best of times, right? But when a group of scientists in the Antarctic come across a shapeshifting alien that has infiltrated their base, things get a whole lot worse.

There’s plenty of metamorphosis horror where the alien transforms and mutilates itself to escape capture or kill its unfortunate human prey. Whether it’s heads walking around like spiders or dogs bursting open in an explosion of tentacles and gore, this movie will burn itself onto your brain for the rest of your life.

Similarity Match: 85%
There’s a scientific element but a hell of a lot more tension. The isolation is ramped up here but there’s just as much gross-out horror moments to satisfy fans.

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‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ (Philip Kaufman, 1978)

Don’t make the same mistake as me and watch this movie on your own at four in the morning, it’ll mess you up!

Donald Sutherland stars in this paranoid horror/sci fi as a city health inspector who stumbles across an epidemic that sees people starting to act strange. They don’t talk, they show no emotion and they’re just damn weird. Could it be an alien invasion taking over the human race? You bet your butt it is!

There’s some great practical effects here, especially when you see how these aliens breed their clones. My personal favourite moment? When they get a homeless man and his dog mixed up and the abomination is set loose in the streets when the crap hits the fan.

Similarity Match: 80%
While the emphasis is more on the mood than the horror here, there’s still some shocking body horror moments that are just as memorable and equally inventive.

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‘Re­Animator’ (Stuart Gordon, 1985)

This is one hell of campy horror comedy, a movie so OTT in its gore and body horror that you can’t help but shake your head in disbelief… but hey, that’s why we watch these movies!

‘Re­Animator’ is a cult classic of the purest form, telling H.P. Lovecraft’s twisted story about a medical student who discovers that he can bring dead human tissue back to life. Of course, things go a bit crazy and people start to die, but I don’t think you’ll ever be prepared for just how mental this one gets.

Similarity Match: 75%
You’ve got the genius scientific breakthrough that goes terribly wrong, but this one is played for a lot more laughs than ‘The Fly’.

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If You Like ‘The Fly’, You Will Like …

So maybe you’re after more movies about mad scientists and the genius idea that eventually leads to terrifying and deadly results? Well never fear because I’ve whipped up two more movies that’ll convince you to never step in a science lab again!

‘Hollow Man’ (Paul Verhoeven, 2000)

Kevin Bacon stars in this vastly underrated sci fi as the brilliant mind who invents a way to turn himself invisible. While his medical team laud this incredible breakthrough, things quickly go sour as his newfound ability gives him a totally different mindset, one that sees him use his invisibility for his own perverse and twisted means.

The effects are somewhat dated, but it’s an intriguing picture with an original premise. Plus it makes you question how you’d act if nobody could see you.

I’d just sneak into the cinema… I swear!

Like ‘The Fly’, ‘Hollow Man’ sees its unlucky lead go from nice guy to psycho over the course of 90 minutes, only there’s less gore this time round.

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‘From Beyond’ (Stuart Gordon, 1986)

As another body horror movie with a mad doctor twist, ‘From Beyond’ is a disturbing look at a scientist who has convinced himself that there is an unseen dimension that exists just beyond our world where monsters and horrific entities exist. When he invents a machine to see this alternate realm, all hell breaks loose.

You can look forward to plenty of decapitation and dismemberment here… Urgh!

Once again, there’s plenty of harrowing imagery to make you cringe, but ‘From Beyond’ might just take the biscuit in terms of shock value.

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I’ll Just Leave This Bucket Here…

Okay guys, I’m just gonna leave this bucket here so you don’t get puke all over the -­ oh nevermind, there it goes, all over the new rug! And on my new shoes! I wouldn’t have shown you these if I’d known this was how you’d react!

Nevermind, clean yourself up and when you’re ready, why not let me know some of your favourite films like ‘The Fly’?

Let me know in the comments section below!

Hi, I’m Dale and I’m a Blu-Ray addict. When I’m not obsessively fixating over the ever-growing mountain of movies taking up most of the front room, I’m usually writing about all things Hollywood. Go figure, huh? If I’m not glued to the television watching ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ for the billionth time, you can probably find me crooning in my hard-rocking blues band or having inane conversations with the resident cats.
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