The Fly II Chris Walas

Common sense dictates that you don't follow a David Cronenberg film with the directing debut of a make-up artist. But that is exactly the fate that befell The Fly II, which is decent enough as a TV movie time-killer but completely inadequate in expanding on the intelligence of the original. Eric Stoltz stars as the brilliant progeny of the ill-fated Seth Brundle, a five-year-old whose genetic enhancement has made him grow into a 20-something man. He lives in a fishbowl, studied intently by corporate jail keepers until a) he falls in love with Daphne Zuniga, and b) his dormant genes come to life and make him fly-worthy. Though it sort of follows the trajectory of the original — genius becomes fly, thinks he's superior, spews acid — it lacks that movie's humane wit and philosophical complexity. And though you might enjoy it while flipping around on late night cable, it's simply not special enough to deliberately seek out. If it were the sequel to any other horror movie this wouldn't be such a problem, but The Fly is a tough act to follow and this doesn't begin to pull it off. Offered in a two-disc special edition, disc one features a joke-y and not terribly enlightening commentary by director Chris Walas and film historian Bob Burns, a deleted scene of fly spew and a negligible alternate ending. Disc two features a terrific documentary on the making of the film, another solid doc on The Fly series itself, three storyboard-to-screen comparisons with optional director's commentary, the 1989 EPK, a "film production journal" depicting various FX tests, still galleries and the trailer. (Fox)