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The Blob (1988)

1988 film directed by Chuck Russell

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Blob - leave it be baby, leave it be

  • Aug 25, 2001
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Dear Hollywood:

It isn't often I write you, but sometimes I think things need to be brought to your attention. The question of the day is - WHY?

Back in the old days (1958) we had little to fear but fear itself. We were pleasantly mundane with our acceptance of creatures dropping in on us from outer space and leaving little trinkets behind to develop into malfeasance and make our lives edgy but secure. There were no FX surprises lurking around our corner and CGI hadn't even been heard of. Our monsters were lame creatures resembling a putrescent mixture of playdoh and jello, but we were pleased.

We even accepted the fact that Steve McQueen, who was probably 30+ years old, played the part of a wayward and perky high school student on the trail of the burbling mass of goo that was stalking the town.

Did we NEED a new blob? Were we not satisfied with the old guy, and the out-dated but loveable characters in the original movie? Will you people NEVER learn that sometimes the only #2 you need to make is in the little building out back with the half moon on the door?

In the future, please contact the viewing public before you decide to remake a movie, adding moronic special effects, jaded characters and a blob with tentacles! Thank you.

Your defeated but constant viewer,

Yep folks, they remade the original. Like most remakes, who cares? They thought they could spiff up Psycho by adding that bird-faced, Twiggy-like apparition Anne Heche and take away the demented soul of Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates. We didn't care - you can only do THAT shower scene one time and get the effect. And we won't even mention the abomination they produced with that sinking boat and the love fest between Leonardo and Kate - please!

This 1988 REMAKE stars Kevin Dillon as the bad boy wanna be Steve McQueen character Brian Flagg, and his love interest, the clueless Shawnee Smith (intriguing name) pretending to be a real person with Linda Hamilton tendencies from T-2. In this REMAKE the bad guys are really the government, as it usually is anyway, as they know about the meteor and the devastation it brings, yet they promote it anyway. As usual, scientists THINK they can control an organism that is from another time and another place and that lives by its' own timetable. Scientific data be damned, I'm gonna eat me some humans. Yum-yum!

It is like entering Bizarroworld watching the scientists sport around in their self-contained white bio-tech jumpsuits, outfitted with complimentary interior lights so you can see the fear mapped out on their faces, as they traverse through the sewers in Arborville after a creature that looks like the exposed intestines of the netherworld. Very Outbreak like in their bio-garb. The blob is NOT supposed to have teeth, nor a mouth, nor arms and legs, nor tentacles. It is a BLOB!

And Jeffrey DeMunn as the Barney Fife standin sheriff is neither friend nor fowl in the movie as he gets in a stand-off, with his measly six shooter, against the forces of the US Government and all that entails and our hero for a day, Kevin Dillon with his assault rifle. Of course it is determined from the beginning of the movie how it will turn out and just who the hero will be - it's a REMAKE. Long live the powers of engineering and the forethought of this town to have their own personal snowmaking machine - doesn't every town have one?

Will it be Barney Fife? Will it be Steve McQueen? Will it be our Linda Hamilton from T2 wanna be? Will it be Del Close, the deranged and demented minister Rev. Meeker? Just who WILL defeat this oozing, teeth-knashing nemesis? It will be Hollywood of course, when they come out with the next blob redux in 2028 - they dig those 30 year rehashes!

Yet we never give up, we continue to tinker and play with things that God did not intend for us to tinker with. A spliced gene here, an altered DNA there - will we never learn? If you think that playing around with embyronic cell testing or human cloning won't result in some demented creatures with arms coming out of their heads and an eyeball in their navel, just check out what a little gene altering did to the piece of goo that burbled forth from the meteor in this movie. These ideas have to come from somewhere baby and they generally backfire like the guy that turns his back on the character in a movie after he thinks he has killed him. Watch out for Carrie and that arm coming out of the ground .....

I will give director Chuck Russell a warm noogie on the head, he did a decent job on this REMAKE, but after all, it is still the same old story with some pyrotech thrown in. Somehow Frank Darabont and Chuck Russell received writing credits for this movie, I guess the original release had absolutely nothing to do with this one? Still, they kept true to form with the idea of the movie and left the monster to his own devises. It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature, no matter where She originates from.

Favorite line from the movie by the government official after the blob dude starts attacking their own ..... ‘Let's scrag that SOB' ...... Yeah, right, all of a sudden it is personal.

Susi ;-(


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review by . October 11, 2009
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This is a great remake of the original 1958 flick. It has the best of both worlds, cramming the 50's Sci-fi horror flick with 80's characters and special effects. A rare gem, indeed: a horror film that is actually horrifying. 'the blob' breaks most of the cardinal rules of cinema ('thou shall not kill people we like, nor the innocent, nor children'), leaving the viewer adrift, with no safe place to go and no idea what is going to happen next. It makes us genuinely like and care about the characters …
review by . May 14, 2009
The Blob is a bloody and nasty update to the fifties "classic" horror/science fiction film THE BLOB. I actually prefer the remake (one of the few times you'll hear me say that) because it covered ground that the original failed to cover and the Blob looked meaner and nastier than the original pile of goo. Kevin Dillon stars as the reluctant hero. The story to the remake is very much the same (except for the expected eighties additions and themes). No hokey poky stuff here folks. If you like the …
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A strange gelatinous organism from space falls to Earth in the small American town of Arborville. The blob engulfs and eats dogs, then humans, then everything in sight as it grows larger and more harmful to the townspeople. The government gets involved, but are their motives in the best interest of the citizens? Hockey-haired rebel Brian (Kevin Dillon) and brave cheerleader Meg (Shawnee Smith) may be the only townspeople to uncover the secret to it all! The classic 1958 monster film gets a modern facelift in which the major difference is the grade of special effects on display. The plot remains essentially the same, with a dash of conspiracy and paranoia thrown in for good measure, but the blob--and the full-view digestion of its victims--is more frightening than ever.

A remake of the 1958 science fiction film.
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