The Fly at 30: Everything you need to know about David Cronenberg's body horror classic

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Jan 20, 2017, 8:18 PM EST (Updated)

"I'm an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it. But now the dream is over ... and the insect is awake."

In 1978, Richard Donner's cinematic adaptation of Superman arrived with the tagline "You will believe a man can fly." Eight years later, director David Cronenberg reversed all that and taught us that a fly could be a man with a remake of the 1958 horror hit The Fly. Cronenberg's version kept the teleportation-based transformation storyline but warped everything else into a nightmarish fever dream depicting a scientist's awful descent into mutation and madness. The film was a showcase for eventual Internet boyfriend Jeff Goldblum and the over-the-top practical special effects work from eventual Academy Award winner Chris Walas and would cement its director's reputation as a purveyor of twisted, visceral horror. 

It became a stone cold cult classic, and now, 30 years after its initial release, we're taking a look back at all things Brundlefly. From the inspiration for the design of the teleportation pods to the Bryan Ferry soundtrack that could have been, we're breaking down all the best moments, notable trivia and intricate details of a movie that taught us to be afraid -- be very afraid.

Give it a watch below, and share your favorite The Fly memories in the comments!