The Fly is one of my favorite monster movies. I’ve wanted to do a Stock*tober card depicting this scene for the last 2 years, but I could never quite decide how to pull it off. I generally like to base the drawings for these cards directly off of shots from my chosen films (with a few tweaks for compositional reasons where necessary), but this one gave me a bit of trouble. I wanted to show Stathis' reaction to his body parts being dissolved by Brundlefly's acid as well as a nice clear look at Brundle himself, but such a shot never quite appears onscreen. In the end, I couldn’t bear to go another year without producing a Fly card though, so I settled on poor Stathis. Poor, poor Stathis.
Speaking of John Getz's character, he's got one of my all-time favorite character names in film: Stathis Borans. What an uncool name. I love it.
David Cronenberg's remake of The Fly is a tight 96 minutes long and every scene is crammed with meaty performances from Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis who have real onscreen chemistry (and had real offscreen chemistry at the time as well). In addition to being short, there are only 3 or 4 noteworthy locations in the entire film and the primary cast is comprised of just Goldblum, Davis, and Getz. There is no fat to be trimmed on this movie and it squeezes great drama out of every scene. There’s not even a denouement, which is part of why The Fly features one of my favorite movie endings of all time. The climax happens, the audience is mortified, and then the credits roll. It packs a real punch.
Then, of course, there are the outstanding practical effects, the great concept, the outstanding script…The Fly simply has it all.
…and a character named Stathis Borans.
Drawn on a 2.5x3.5” piece of bristol, inked with my beloved Tombow brush pen, colored with Copic markers, and finished off with the requisite amount of white gel pen for highlights on the extra slimy bits.