7. The Fly (1986)
Directed by David Cronenberg
Starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis
A beautiful tragedy, if ever there was one. The Fly has lived on as one of the staples of practical effects-driven horror in the 1980s, utilizing the effects to create grotesque imagery to compliment a sad story of a passionate scientist spiraling in the wake of a romance. Cronenberg breaks our hearts and multiple bones here in his hilarious and emotional romantic horror film starring the lovable and talented Jeff Goldblum in completely tip-top form.
Goldblum stars as Seth Brundle, a scientist who meets Geena Davis’s character, Ronnie, at a convention and begins a relationship with her. He tells her about his experiment: a functional teleporter, which he eventually tries out himself, not realizing that a fly was in one of the pods, fusing his molecular tissue with the fly to become a giant human-fly hybrid of disgusting proportions.
Seeing this happen to a man like Seth is certainly painful, especially in the wake of his new relationship, but the film’s fun atmosphere and Goldblum’s fantastic performance make this an easy watch for a date night, just so long as you’re not eating anything.