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Scream now, while there's still room to breathe. Terror has no shape.
Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob which is the spawn of a secret government germ warfare project which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously, while government agents try to cover up the evidence and confine the creature.
Film #3 of Hoop-Tober
The 1980s does it again. What a great decade for horror movies, and movies in general.
In remaking 1958's "The Blob," Chuck Russell adds a swiftness, potent sense of terror, and special effects polish to the original film's B-movie sensibilities. Made thirty years after the original horror film slipped and slid into theaters and drive-ins, Russell's "The Blob" turns the material of its predecessor into the basis of a slick, jolting, and horrific thrill ride.
Scripted by Russell and Frank Darabont, 1988's "The Blob" maintains the original film's premise. Treating that premise with deadly seriousness and beats of adventure, the new story adds a subplot dealing with the blob's origins. Other than that story thread, the film sticks to following the young residents of a town under siege by a deadly, gooey force. It is the…
A friend's barn, an oldish projector, a PA system, a DVD copy of one of the best remakes ever made, and about 20 minutes of lite work, resulted in a make shift drive-in that pretty much duplicated the real experience, except for the fact that the screen was smaller, there was no concession food, and there was zero making out, at least in my car. On future make shift drive-in nights though, I hope to rectify these three things. Well, at least the making out part.
Film #2 of Reelz' 31 Films of Horror
"Great, I killed the strawberry jam" should be listed on AFI's "100 Years...100 Movie Quotes" list, just sayin'.
The Blob completely terrified me as a kid for one reason and one reason alone: a damn kid died in it. Up until the time I saw this movie as a child, I hadn't seen a horror film in which a kid was killed by the monster of the movie. I saw it happen for the first time in this film and it was brutal. Even watching that death scene again tonight has left a lasting impression on me, or maybe it's because it terrified me so much as a child? I don't know.…
The effects work is among the best of the 80s, right up on the same pedestal as The Thing, which is the chummiest of company to be compared to. Highest of compliments. It's also one of the better horror remakes there is, right under The Thing, again. The big thing lacking is face hair but the mullet will suffice.
In which Kevin Dillon licks Emil from Robocop's face and other great stuff happens.
I've watched The Blob loads of times now and each time I think the deaths in this get more and more entertainingly horrible. Especially the bloke who gets pulled head first through a plughole, what an absolutely superb bit of bizarre violence that is. In fact, The Blob is a lot more violent and gory than I remember from when I first saw it when I was about 14, there are some splendidly disgusting bits in this.
It also has the horror film happening of somebody poking something suspicious with a stick, leading to a personal disaster on their behalf. I really must make…
Once the dopey characterization is out of the way, this movie delivers completely on its promise as a gory, effects-filled updating of an original that wasn't that great. I definitely prefer this one to the '50s version, and find the origin of the blob here a bit scarier than what was originally offered. The effects are still impressive in this era of CGI and the surprising amount of compassion that I felt for the characters must have meant that all the time I spent getting to know them was worthwhile.
Having grown up attending rep screenings at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, PA (where the '58 movie house massacre was filmed), both versions of THE BLOB hold a special place in my heart. They represented "hometown horror" in a very literal sense; your backyard is not safe, even from undefined bloodthirsty masses from space.
Underrated as hell. The effects are amazing, the atmosphere the movie creates gives it a true sci-fi feel. The soundtrack is great, the acting isn't all that bad either. The Blob stands up there with The Thing and The Fly as a fantastic update to a 50's classic.
Solid as hell practical effects work. How did it take me this long to watch this? The blob itself looks amazing. I expected a slow moving molasses-like mass of rolling death not a quick as lightning adaptable stealth predator. It's undefinable shape and multifarious tentacles and appendages really lends itself to Lovecraftian horror. The kills are gloriously over the top.
At first I was like: Who is this wannabe James Dean motherfucker. Young Ethan Hawke? No... James Marshall from Twin Peaks? No... Kevin Dillon... who would have thought?
Overall a better and scarier experience.
Some remakes are terrible, some are good and then some are better than the original The Blob falls in the latter category. Here at Mondo cinema we love the fifties sci fi classic, but this is a miner masterpiece of horror cinema. The town of Arborville is besieged by a killer organism at first seemingly from space, that consumes every living thing in it's path. They do a lot with this simple story, almost making it a quasi slasher film, the blob stalks people sneaks up on them etc just like Jason. There is a nice twist in the story later on revealing that the blob is a government weapon. The movie also features Mondo Cinema favorite Shawnee Smith (I…
First time watch since '89. Loved it. Very watchable and way better than it has any right to be or even needs to be.
diet THE THING.
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[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…