The metamorphosis within the film seems to focus on the theme ‘playing God’ and by doing so does God punish man? Although you do not see the transformation unfold on screen you are left with a fusion of fly and man. Film4 states, "Wife Helene (Owens) and brother Franacois (Price) are of course powerless to help. Andre has learned the hard way the perils of trying to bend the laws of nature too far." (Film4) The reviewer observes the message of the film, that humans should not mess with the laws of nature. Neumann’s man/fly hybrid resultant in the 1950's would have shocked the generation, yet now the audience sees a man with a fly's head and arm - tame in terms of horror.
List of illustrations
Figure 1. Neumann, Kurt (1958) The Fly Movie Poster. At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Theflyposter.jpg (Accessed on: 15/10/11)
Figure 2. Neumann, Kurt (1958) Andre/Fly. At: http://www.isthatyourboy.com/2010/11/monster-movie-of-week-fly-1958.html (Accessed on:15/10/11)
Figure 3. Neumann, Kurt (1958) Helena and Andre/Fly. At: http://www.isthatyourboy.com/2010/11/monster-movie-of-week-fly-1958.html (Accessed on:15/10/11)
Film4 (unspecified reviewer and date posted) The Fly. At: http://www.film4.com/reviews/1958/the-fly (Accessed on:15/10/11)
BBC Almar Haflidason (2007) The Fly (1958). At: http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2000/07/21/fly1958_review.shtml (Accessed on:15/10/11)
New York Times Review Howard Thompson (1958) The Fly (1958) The Screen: Hair-Raiser; The Fly' Is New Bill at Local Theatres. At: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9502E4DA1031E73BBC4850DFBE668383649EDE&partner=Rotten Tomatoes (Accessed on:15/10/11)