We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
Scream now, while there's still room to breathe.
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.
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.
"Take THAT, Slimeball!!"
Teeters precariously along the line marked CHEESE but never falls over it.
Shawnee Smith starts on her horror journey, that would eventually lead her into Jigsaws clutches, but here her heroic cheerleader saves the town alongside Kevin Dillons slacker.
The practical FX still look great (mostly) with some gruesome, painful looking kills....even a small child gets it! Lots of recognisable faces in this too, from the guy who gets toxic wasted in Robocop to a very young Erica Eleniak.
Good gore and great fun!
Loses half a star because yet another Hollywood 'Scott' is a sleazy, moronic sexpest, HA!
We have here one of those rare remake successes. I love the original Blob in all its 50s campy sci fi glory. This 80s remake manages to pay respect to the old while bringing in the disgusting new - the Blob and its kills are so graphic and gross. I loved it.
Man, how did I forget about this movie for almost 15 years? When I was a kid I was absolutely obsessed with the movie. Due to a terribly irresponsible babysitter "Tarantula" (1955) and "The Blob" (1988) were the first Horror movies I ever watched. The funny thing is ever never was really scared by them. I admit that back then I saw the German edited Versions which means no scary faces or gore, but this obviously had a major influence on me. I started taking my G.I. Joe action figures (called "Action Force" in Germany) and drowned them in Play-Doh, reenacting my own little movie. Those were the days. Later I got myself the SNES game "Zombies Ate My Neighbors"…
As remakes go this is up there with the best. I Have very fond memories of watching this and it doesn't disappoint time and time again. The special effects are great with some really memorable scenes (sink scene in particular) oh and Kevin Dillon has the best mullet ever!! Classic!
The Blob is a remake of the 1950s horror film. Personally, I love the 1980s remake. The special effects and makeup are some of the best gory effects I've seen for a 1980s film. It's on par with John Carpenter's The Thing. The film itself is enjoyable, but it wouldn't be anything special without its effects.
Severely underrated, almost forgotten horror classic from the late 80's.
Children CAN die in movies.
Lots of fun. A definite step up from the lame, 1958 original. Kevin Dillon isn't much of an anti-hero, but at least he's not Steve McQueen.
Seeing this hugely enjoyable remake (which improves tenfold on the original) in a theater at the age of 10 was one of my greatest early movie-going experiences. I've watched it countless times since then, and it never fails to entertain, thrill, and amuse me. Tonight, I was able to pass that experience on to my 9-year-old nephew (only in a dark living room rather than a theater), which was great as expected. It's a superior monster movie in every way, with a witty script, engaging characters, terrific special effects, and some incredibly suspenseful sequences.
And as far as heroines go, Meg Penny (Shawnee Smith), a smart, resourceful cheerleader with a surprising amount of steel in her spine, could stand her ground alongside Ellen Ripley any old day, if you ask me.
For what it is, The Blob is a decent 80´s horror film with a memorable monster and some nice gore scenes. However, the movie is clichéd and although the main characters were OK none of them are actually memorable and I think they killed too quickly some that may had potential. I liked how it went for a suspenseful approach at the begining but later on the movie just starts to feel flat. Not bad but I expected better
Seeing this on 35 with an enthusiastic crowd--oh man, rules.
A great remake that is even better than the original. Watch people melt down by a man eating blob.
The '80s were a great time for remakes. Film makers (like Cronenberg and Carpenter and Chuck Russell) seemed to agree that remaking iconic sci fi movies of the 50s should happen. But the only thing that really needed changing (aside from maybe updating the old metaphors) was that way more blood and exploding heads were now necessary. The '80s were a great time to be alive.
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