A Month of Horror: Day 8

8 October

Movie: The Fly (1986)
Book:
Cipher

It's not often that you will see me endorse
any remake.1 There are, however, some exceptions. This is the first of at least two such exceptions. David Cronenberg's take on the 1958 classic is guaranteed to leave your flesh crawling. It is a masterpiece of body horror, the kind tat Cronenberg excels at. We had to delve into this sub-genre at least once, and while Ringers almost took this spot, I think The Fly wins on the creep factor alone. Watching Goldblum's Brundle analytically examine the pieces of himself as they fall off...it makes me squirm just thinking about it.

Speaking of things that make on squirm, Kathe Koja's debut novel
Cipher is one that will stay with you. It's been decades since I first read it, but the book has stayed with me.2 The horror starts when a couple finds the "funhole" in an abandoned building. They start dropping things in and what comes back is...different. I'm not going to spoil anything by going into any more detail.






1. I have a long standing dislike of the whole "Hollywood cashing in on a marketable name" thing.

2. Both the plot of the book and the book itself. I still have my original paperback copy.