The Blob – USA, 1988 – reviews

The Blob will be released by Scream Factory as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on October 15, 2019.

Artist Joel Robinson designed the new artwork; the original poster will, of course, be on reverse side.

Extras will be announced nearer the release date.

Here’s our previous coverage of the movie:

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‘Scream now, while there’s still room to breathe.’

The Blob is a 1988 science fiction horror feature film written by Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont, and directed by Russell. It is a remake of the 1958 film of the same name.

The movie stars Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch, Jeffrey DeMunn, Candy Clark and Joe Seneca.

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Special effects in the film were handled by Tony Gardner. He was originally supposed to handle only a few small effects, but after personnel changes he ended up running a crew of thirty-three, including artist Chet Zar and mechanical effects designer Bill Sturgeon.

The Blob (1988) Directed by Chuck RussellShown: Ricky Paull Goldin

Reviews:

“Russell’s 1988 reboot doesn’t shy from subtext, in this case a perhaps late Reagan Era distrust of government and its sometimes shady doin’s. If this version doesn’t quite have the old school charm of the original, it’s an often inventive remake that features some good performances, appealingly gruesome special effects and a rather dark but effective sense of humor.” Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com

“Everything that was awesome about 50’s creature feature movies is in this movie and then amplified with pure 80’s cheese. It’s a blast! The only thing that could have made it better (besides a bigger boss fight at the end) is if it’d been set in a college town and the blob invades a party where a bunch of hot naked chicks are running around topless.” Happyotter

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“This version of The Blob is not just a great remake, but is also a very solid, well-made, tremendously entertaining monster movie. As much as I may bitch about the plethora of remakes these days, I wouldn’t mind seeing so many of them if they were all as fun as The Blob.” Robin’s Underrated Gems

“Although the state-of-the-art special effects are duly impressive and come at a breakneck pace, what works in this remake is not just the improvement in effects technology but also a striking rethinking of the film’s subtext […] the post-Irangate-Pentagon scandal of the 1980s.” TV Guide

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“Highly entertaining update is certainly a memorable time with a cast filled with familiar character actors, above average effects (though a few times they’re only so-so), an old fashioned feeling to the proceedings and a last third that piles on plot twists, tension and cool blob deaths.” The Video Graveyard

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Cast and characters:

  • Kevin Dillon … Brian Flagg
  • Shawnee Smith … Meg Penny
  • Donovan Leitch Jr. … Paul Taylor (as Donovan Leitch)
  • Jeffrey DeMunn … Sheriff Herb Geller
  • Candy Clark … Fran Hewitt
  • Joe Seneca … Dr. Meddows
  • Del Close … Reverend Meeker
  • Paul McCrane … Deputy Bill Briggs
  • Sharon Spelman … Mrs. Penny
  • Beau Billingslea … Moss Woodley
  • Art LaFleur … Pharmacist / Mr. Penny
  • Ricky Paull Goldin … Scott Jeske
  • Robert Axelrod … Jennings
  • Bill Moseley … Soldier #2 (in sewer)
  • Frank Collison … Hobbe

Filming locations:

Abbeville, Louisiana

Technical details:

Related:

The Blob (1958)

Beware! The Blob

The Blob (2019)

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3 Comments on “The Blob – USA, 1988 – reviews”

  1. Some of the best practical melty gore effects i’ve ever seen; a real high point. Also a stark comparison between this and the original with its to-old-to-be-teenagers high-jinx and abysmally catchy them song. The cinema scene and the part where the blob explodes that lady in the phone box are still icky and fresh in my weeping minds-eye!

  2. Never the biggest fan of the more modern teen Horror films and remakes, but this one gets it right. Kudos to the revisionist take on the Blob’s origin and how it functions. This one really surprised me.

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