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The Fly II

Director: Chris Walas Run Time: 105 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1989

Starring: Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga, Lee Richardson, John Getz

Wasting no time with the adrenalin rush, The Fly II opens with a very dramatic birth. That’s Veronica Quaife (decidedly not Geena Davis) on a metal slab, painfully bringing her and Seth Brundle’s offspring into the world. It’s enough to kill her, but after some tissue removal there appears to be a healthy baby boy. Adopted by lab CEO Anton Bartok and named Martin, he is raised in a clinical environment under close study as he ages rapidly beyond his years, a genius mind picking up where his father left off with creating a teleportation device. Things go about as you’d expect when the father figure is more interested in Martin’s output than Martin the human being.

A sequel placed in the hands of the special effects master of the first (Chris Walas, who also created the Gremlins), The Fly II delivers in the practical effects department, with gooey mutants and oozing flesh galore, which nearly landed it an X rating. We are also awarding it the prize for Best Password Reveal.