Yesterday we went old school, today (comparatively) new school. The ’80s gave us a couple of perfect examples of how to execute a ‘reimagining.’ This is one of them (Cronenberg’s The Fly being the other), but sadly Hollywood decades later has shown no sign that it was paying attention. Carpenter did it by returning to the source material, which would have been technically impossible to shoot in the ’50s, and thus wisely foregone. Even so, the later version demonstrates how gobsmacking practical effects can be. We will see how the story is handled in the digital age soon, as a prequel to Carpenter’s version is in the works. It would be nice if the film were even half as good as either of its forebears, but I won’t be laying any money on it.