THE BLOB (1988) Reviews and overview

 

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

The Blob is a 1988 science fiction horror 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.

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.

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“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.” Blu-ray.com

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“Well aware of the cheesy, B-movie reputation of the original film, Russell and Darabont embrace the outlandish premise, but they smartly never poke fun at the threat. Instead, the well-paced humor stems from the characters and their situations. Russell’s clever direction extends to the editing, like a hard cut from the blob’s first attack to a closeup on jello being slurped up.” Broke Horror Fan

“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!” 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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The Blob (1988) was released as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray by Scream Factory on October 29th 2019.

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

New audio commentary with director Chuck Russell, special effects artist Tony Gardner and cinematographer Mark Irwin, moderated by filmmaker Joe Lynch
New audio commentary with actress Shawnee Smith
New It Fell From the Sky! – an interview with director Chuck Russell
New We Have Work to Do – an interview with actor Jeffrey DeMunn
New Minding the Dinner – an interview with actress Candy Clark
New They Call Me Mellow Purple – an interview with actor Donovan Leitch Jr.
New Try to Scream! – an interview with actor Bill Moseley
New Shot Him! – an interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin
New The Incredible Melting Man – an interview with special effects artist Tony Gardner
New Monster Math – an interview with special effects supervisor Christopher Gilman
New Haddonfield to Arborville – an interview with production designer Craig Stearns
New The Secret of the Ooze – an interview with mechanical designer Mark Setrakian
New I Want that Organism Alive! – an interview with Blob mechanic Peter Abrahamson
New Gardner’s Grue Crew – behind-the-scenes footage of Tony Gardner and his team
Audio Commentary with director Chuck Russell, moderated by film producer Ryan Turek
Theatrical Trailers
TV Spot
Still Gallery

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 the sewer)
Frank Collison … Hobbe

Filming locations:

Abbeville, Louisiana

Technical details:

95 minutes
Audio: Ultra Stereo
Technicolor
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1

Related:

The Blob (1958)

Beware! The Blob

The Blob (2019)