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    R-Rated Horror Scenes That Didn’t Make The Original Cut

    In “The Fly,” eccentric scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) is applying the finishing touches to a pair of teleportation pods that dominate the open space of his industrial apartment. One evening, after an argument with his new girlfriend Ronnie (Geena Davis), a drunken Brundle teleports himself on a whim and emerges unscathed. However, Brundle didn’t notice the housefly in the pod’s window, and in the coming days and weeks, the scientist realizes that his DNA has been spliced with the insect’s and that he will morph, progressively and hideously, into a mutant hybrid creature.

    David Cronenberg’s film is a powerful story about love and disease that reached a mainstream audience without compromising the director’s grotesque “body horror” aesthetic. In fact, “The Fly” features some of Cronenberg’s most grotesque imagery, from subtle rashes and abnormal body hair to exploding eyeballs and a ripped-off jaw. However, there was a scene that proved too much for test audiences even in this bloody milieu. 

    As seen on home video releases, the scene would have occurred about three-quarters of the way through the film, and depicted an increasingly deformed Brundle using the telepods to fuse a cat with a baboon, creating a monstrous entity that is one end feline, the other end primate. Disgusted by what he’s done, Brundle struggles with the ferocious mutant before bludgeoning it to death with a metal pipe. There are two problems with this scene. First, it is a jarringly unsympathetic action, even if Brundle is losing his mind. Second, the animatronics are risible; the creature looks like a zoomorphic shag carpet.

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