Cinema: Love in the Animal Kingdom the Fly

Directed by David Cronenberg; Screenplay by Charles Edward Pogue and David Cronenberg HOWARD THE DUCK Directed by Willard Huyck; Screenplay by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz

Boy meets girl. Boy gets girl. Boy is transformed into humongous, repulsive fly-human. Girl gets pregnant.

Or how about this one? Duck from outer space meets girl. Duck and girl become best friends. Duck saves earth.

Either some Hollywood Mr. Big decided that love stories needed a little interspecies spice, or they're snorting talcum powder at story conferences. No other explanation will suffice for the appearance of these two new comedy- fantasy thrillers. As it happens, both films have popular, if not honorable, antecedents. The Fly is a free, gory and engaging remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror movie, directed by...

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