The Fly II (1989)


Director: Chris Walas

Writer: Mick Garris, Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat, Frank Darabont (Screenplay) George Langelaan (Characters)

Starring: Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga, Lee Richardson, John Getz, Frank C Turner, Ann Marie Lee, Garry Chalk, Saffron Henderson


Plot: The almost human son of “The Fly” searches for a cure to his mutated genes while being monitored by a nefarious corporation that wishes to continue his father’s experiments.


Verdict: Practical Effects Gold


Story: We follow right from our hero’s birth, as he is kept in the science area for scientific purposes. We see how he ages rapidly, doesn’t sleep and by the time he was 5 he was a fully grown adult. He gets the chance to work on his father’s research and with his added intelligent he tries to solve the problems the transporter machine has. We watch how the people who have kept him have been keeping secrets from our hero. We watch to see how he figures out the broken part, but see what he really wants is to remove the mutant DNA left by his father.

With the original being one of the best special effects films or all time and the story rounded everything off nicely. So how do you get a sequel, well he got is girlfriend pregnant and now the baby is born. This seems like it could work and having the scientist lock him away to experiment on also works. We go through the same slow transformation and like his father he tries to solve the problems in the genetics. Having the lead business man of the lab going against our hero and playing him shows how far people will go for answers. It has some very disturbing scenes with the transportation machine but I looked at the time for the first time almost an hour into it, which is always a good thing for a story telling side of the film. (7/10)


Actor Review


Eric Stoltz: Martin son of the Seth Brundle, he gets bought up in the scientific lab where he shows amazing intelligence, but never sleeps and grows faster than anyone has seen before. When he discovers a potential cure for his illness the transformation starts to happen, can he figure out the right thing to do before it is too late. Good performance in a role that was always going to be hard to follow. (8/10)


Daphne Zuniga: Beth co-worker and love interest for Martin, she helps Martin work on his project but when he changes they go on the run together. Solid performance, ticking all the boxes for the supporting love interest. (6/10)


Lee Richardson: Bartok owner of the company who are keeping Martin there, he comes off like a father but he has bigger plans for his prize project. Solid performance in the evil business man role. (6/10)


Support Cast: Filled with scientist and security guards that all help the story continue and make for targets when Martin goes through his transformation.


Director Review: Chris Walas – From award winning makeup artist in the first Fly, he does a solid job to continue the story and use great effects throughout. (8/10)


Horror: Even though it comes off slowly, once the transformation occurs it starts to get filled with special effects kills and a larger body count. (8/10)

Settings: Most of the film is set in the lab facility and it all works for what the characters are trying to achieve. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Brilliant effects with the creature creation and for the kills used throughout. (10/10)

Suggestion: I would say this is one for all the horror fans to enjoy, it has great effects to make plenty of gore soaked kills. (Horror Fans Watch)


Best Part: The transformation.

Worst Part: People may find it slow starting.

Kill Of The Film: Stuck under the lift.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $20 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Tagline: A new generation of terror!


Overall: Solid Sequel to a Classic



  1. GREAT review Dazza! hope you don’t mind the Dazza bit 🙂

    It’s a pretty good film isn’t’ it, I said it was a pretty decent sequel! I NEVER knew Frank Darabont did the screenplay, that just gives it extra brownie points now.

    The dog scene was so sad though!!!!! 🙁 🙁

    (glad he got suitable vengeance)

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