Movies that are slightly off.
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.
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.
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…
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…
This movie is a lot better than the other Blob movie. This movie actively used the idea of a blob that eats people where's the other movie was more people reacting to it. There was more disgusting scenarios in this movie with the blob and had some pretty scary effects that I liked. This movie was also more thrilling and suspenseful and horrifying. I noticed when I woke up this morning #WhichBlobIsBetter still wasn't trending even though I asked everyone to help me out in getting it trending. You'll notice on my review of the other blob movie I said it would be great to get #WhichBlobIsBetting trending. I'm not upset but it would've been nice to get that tag trending. Anyway I vote this movie is better. Thanks for reading!
Better than a lot of 80's horror movies even though it's not on the same level of quality as some remakes of this decade (The Fly and The Thing) The Blob manages to capture the feel of a good B-horror movie and furthermore, keep an original creepy tone with lots of gore. The only big thing that bothered me was the fact that they killed some interesting/important characters too soon.
I'll have to check out the original from the 50's.
I know the stinger is supposed to be ominous, but a hick mountain town managed to kill off the original Blob with a couple tanks of nitrogen and some fire extinguishers. We'll be fine.
Honestly, it's kind of a shit weapon.
1.5 stars for the commentary track.
Director Chuck Russell and horror author Ryan Turek give an interesting commentary that goes into all aspects of production. I've found it's great to have a moderator for these tracks as they keep conversations moving forward and don't let the silences go on too long. Russel goes into everything from how he got into the industry, his fascination with the blob, the choices that went into creating the script and the monster, casting, filming, post-production and finally the release and subsequent cult following.
It's fun to hear about the choices that were almost made that would have completely changed the film. For example, Richard Grieco and Teri Hatcher were almost cast as the stars of this film, which…
Ever since John Carpenters The Thing,every monster or alien substance pretty much ooozes,mutates,slimes and just basically does nasty things to the human anatomy,The Blob being no different,dissolves bodies,and slimes it's way around Arborville, California.Throw in a government conspiracy about biological warfare experiments and you get a rather entertaining remake of a rather entertaining original monster flick from the 50's.Of course audience back in the 80's just wanted to see the next gory special effects movie,in an era chock full of em. From the start where the tramp finds the meteor,the blob makes a bee lone for his hand,unfortunately not even chopping his hand with an axe can not get rid of the slimey bugger. Unfortunately for the tramp even when…
This was glorious. The special effects team for the kills carried the whole movie. Those were some traumatizing scenes. I really loved that the movie broke or ignored so many taboos and tropes regarding who lives and dies.
This is what I'd consider a perfect script for a standard Hollywoof style film - it's a shame they kind of don't make these mid-budget films anymore.
Off the top of my head this film's got memorable characters, a smart and funny script, a couple of shocking but not distractingly big twists, a vague self-awareness that doesn't come off as too pandering or wannabe post modern. And of course, the revolting abject special effects that go on are really good.
Shout outs as well to an interesting build up in theme and tone that goes far beyond what you'd initially think of in a film like this. The plot progression is surprising and grand but at no point does it…
One of the better example when the remake beats the shit out of the original. Just so much horror fun. Dillons haircut is the funniest part, though.
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