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"…
A gory, fun movie. Better than the original, if I dare say.
Somehow maintains the innocent tone the original while being downright vile. VERY well done.
The crazy guy from Cutting Class is going on a date with the girl from Becker and Saw II when the pink goo from Ghostbusters 2 starts eating people and the only person who can save the day is the brother of the dude from Wild Things. Which also starred Kevin Bacon!
I've been on an 80's practical effects kick lately. This movie filled that need for 80's practical effects. Really nice use of miniatures near the end and plenty of pleasant gore to satisfy you. The blob looked fucking awesome in this movie. He just, you know, looked like a blob. Basically a giant germ.
The story is not very detailed and is very typical but this leaves a whole lot of room for some kick-ass blob action and boy is there a lot of it. I was very satisfied with the amount of blob in this movie. I had so much fun with this movie.
Also did they just kill that kid? Woah I didn't know they could get away with that.
This one takes me back to that Bayou Blvd mall that my mom took me to see this film in when it originally came out. Good feelings there. The movie itself is incredibly well-scripted by Darabont and Russell but overall is a disappointing experience which somehow diminishes in my mind each time I watch it (which is about every 10 years or so). The guy who plays the sherif in Hitcher is the sherif in this one, almost as if the hitcher guy decided to settle in a tiny town after that movie and ended up getting eaten by blobby.
Always had a soft-spot for the 1988 remake of The Blob, and re-watching it recently has revealed that the picture still holds up - falling just beneath 80s remakes like The Thing and The Fly.
It might not match those classic films, but it comes damn near close with its incredible practical effects that pack a wallop - that first kill in the hospital, sheesh.
The script here is fantastic, co-written by the director and Frank Darabont - yes, that Frank Darabont! There's a fair amount of humour in the first third of the picture (the condom purchase scene set-up and eventual punchline in particular), but the film gets mean fast.
Plus, it has Kevin Dillon sporting a fierce mullet, drinking cans of bud and trying to clear a broken bridge on his motorcycle, which is just hilarious.
Back when movies had balls.. This is sick and awesome.
Surprisingly good straight-played remake, successfully updating the premise and dropping the camp in favour of an atmosphere in paranoia. It's such a thorough reworking you wonder why they kept the slightly silly title.
Nifty remake of the 1958 classic. This story of a shapeless featureless space alien instead of the usual "little green men" opens the door for a decidely different kind of invasion movie. This version stays pretty true to the original and the advancement of special effects over 30 years allows for some really great and gory kills. The best being a victim being pulled into a sink drain and a wicked attack of a main character in a doctor's office. There are some effects that aren't so good though you'll scoff when you see them. The acting is really very good and it's got its share of moments that are actually scary. The characters even the primaries could get swallowed up at anytime. I'd say this is a must watch for any fan of the original. --wbeehler Sat Jul 16 18:10:41 2011
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