David Cronenberg's updated take on the 1958 cult classic removes what was fun and camp and give an disturbing analysis of what will happen with a body crossed with a fly - degenerated mind and gross scenes of a man losing body parts. Cronenberg's most mainstream movie is a horrific science fiction tale where Jeff Goldblum give one top performances buried in disgusting make-up. Geena Davis give the film it's heart.
Leave it to Cronenberg to mold an interesting movie out of a story of a man (through unhappy happenstance) slowly mutating into a giant manfly (mostly fly, tho) there are some tender, sad moments here (the creature grabbing a shotgun barrel and pointing it towards his head in desperate resignation), and yes, there is "body horror" (watch that wrist!), Is this a Luddite film? Not really, but be cautious with the tech,
A straightforward exposition reveals a surprisingly tender tragedy which doesn't dwell on cod-scientific detail, instead the implications of disease, decay and death. A noticeable emotional refinement of the raw meat body-horror of earlier Cronenberg despite the quantities of gloop. It's not too fanciful to draw lineage with Quasimodo, Elephant Man and Metamorphosis for societal attitudes to perceived deformity.