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Halloween 2012 - The Fly

October 31st, 2012 (07:11 am)

I went as The Fly for Halloween this year.

Photo by Jennie.

The original 1958 film version. This would be the tale of the scientist who invents teleport booths, but while using himself as a test subject accidentally gets in the teleport booth with a housefly. Resulting in a man with a fly head and arm, and a tiny fly with a tiny human head and arm.

I revamped my Halloween 2010 prop, Chilean Miner Escape Pod, into a Teleport Pod.


On the front of the pod is this QR Code:

If you don't have a smartphone or it's not QR Code-enabled, here's the link it launches:
An ad for Delambre Industries in HTML5.

So I showed up at the party with the teleport pod and dressed as the scientist.

After an hour or two I announced those at the party were about to witness an historic event --- the first experiment in human teleportation, as I had another teleport pod out in the front yard. I was confident nothing could possibly go wrong.
"Human teleportation is inherently purifying!"

Photo by Julie.

Then I returned as The Fly!

And revealed this scene on the back of the teleport pod:

Back (Note spiderweb with spider and little fly-guy):


Extreme Closeup:

On the pod is this box with a button:

When pushed, it plays two .WAV files from the 1958 movie, basically the tiny fly with the human head squeaking "Help me! Help me!" while the spider approaches it caught in the web. It uses a recording module from Radio Shack. Thanks to Wes, and Michael, for their soldering work. Same sound here (Requires Flash).

Thanks to Casa Wilson for throwing their yearly Halloween party!


Posted by: planettom (planettom)
Posted at: October 31st, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)

During October, with the fly-mania I had while making this costume, I watched all 5 FLY movies. I'd actually never seen any of them all the way through before.

First off, the original "The Fly" short story by George Langelaan (Wikipedia) appeared in the June 1957 PLAYBOY.

THE FLY (1958, IMDB). David Hedison (VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA) plays Andre Lelambre. Vincent Price plays his brother. Directed by Kurt Neumann (ROCKETSHIP X-M), who died before the film opened in theaters. Screenplay by James Clavell (SHOGUN). Retrospective on Cinefantasique.

RETURN OF THE FLY (1959, IMDB) Written and directed by Edward Bernds (QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE). Philippe Delambre, the grown son of Andre Delambre, attempts to recreate his father's work. Oddly, this is in black-and-white, the original was in color.

CURSE OF THE FLY (1965, IMDB). Also black-and-white. A strange coda for the series; the grandson, Martin Delambre, is still messing around with teleport booths. Starts with a woman breaking a window and running through the night in her bra and panties in slow motion, which maybe shows the change in movies from 1958 to 1965. Not that revealing, but you'd never have seen that in a movie 7 years earlier. Filmed in London, unlike the first two that were filmed in Los Angeles (But all are set in Montreal). Although it references events in the first two movies, it doesn't get the details right, so it's hard to figure how it can take place in the same continuity as the first two films. Burt Kwouk is in the movie, Cato in THE PINK PANTHER movies.

THE FLY (1986, IMDB). David Cronenberg's considerably ickier remake, with Jeff Goldblum as Seth Brundle. This time, rather than just body parts being switched, man and fly are mixed at the DNA level.

THE FLY II (1989, IMDB) . Eric Stolz plays the son of Brundle.

Then there's the 1997 SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR VIII Halloween Special with the segment "Fly vs. Fly" (SIMPSONS wiki) where Homer buys teleport booths at a yardsale and Bart gets Fly-ed. Bart the Fly was even made into an Action Figure.

There was a 2008 opera of THE FLY, which was performed in Paris and Los Angeles.

Posted by: planettom (planettom)
Posted at: November 1st, 2012 12:31 pm (UTC)

Got a little more mileage out of the Fly costume on Halloween.

At an afternoon Halloween party:

Then for Trick or Treaters:

Only had 4 or 5 Trick or Treaters. Lame!

At 10 PM, I went over to the Studio Movie Grill on Holcomb Bridge Road. There was supposed to be this thing called HORROR REMIX, which sounds a bit ROCKY HORROR/MST3K --- it's bad horror movies edited down to just the "good parts", and the audience cheers and jeers appropriately (Or inappropriately). And it was free admission. So I went with my Fly garb. There were a few other people in costume as well. But there was a mix-up, instead of HORROR REMIX, it was just the John Carpenter HALLOWEEN (1978). There were definitely two crowds there --- those who had been expecting John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN, and the more boisterous lot who were expecting more of an audience participation event. So, when it became apparent there was a mix-up, and HORROR REMIX was not to be found, there was a mass exodus from the theater about 20 minutes after it started.

As for how I even heard about this Horror Remix thing, Tuesday evening I'd gone to see DREDD at the $2 Venture theater in Duluth. When I came out, there was a flier under my windshield wiper, promoting this Horror Remix thing Halloween night at the Studio Movie Grill. Also, there was a rooster running around the parking lot. The rooster has nothing to do with this, I just feel I should mention it, as it's not every day I exit a movie theater and find a rooster in the parking lot.

Edited at 2012-11-01 01:22 pm (UTC)

Posted by: planettom (planettom)
Posted at: September 19th, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)

I reprised this at Dragon Con 2013.

More on this.

Posted by: planettom (planettom)
Posted at: November 8th, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)

My 2012 Halloween costume The Fly made the io9.com Halloween Costume Show! (At the end of the article)

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