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The Blob (1988)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  5 August 1988 (USA)
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A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

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Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob from another planet which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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On his 30th birthday, he's back: bigger, faster, hungrier, meaner and deadlier than before...Guess he'll have his cake and eat it too. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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5 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mancha voraz  »

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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,247,943 (USA)
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Of the film's US$19 million budget, US$9 million went toward visual effects. See more »

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After Paul's arm is torn off and hits the floor, a small rise is visible for a brief moment near the wrist where the actor's real arm goes through the floor. See more »

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[first lines]
Announcer: That's a first down. Ball at a thirty five-yard line.
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Crazy Credits

The credits at the end of the movie are pink colored to match the monster's color. See more »

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Spoofs The Blob (1958) See more »

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Prelude to Frenzy
Written by Wayne Coster
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Only a 5.4 rating? This film is FUN!
7 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A meteor falls near a small town in the USA. A homeless man goes to see what's in it and a jelly-like substance "attacks" him and starts eating away at him. He's discovered by local tough kid Kevin Dillon and (with pretty Shawnee Smith and prettier Donovan Leitch) drive him to the hospital. There he's eaten alive while waiting for the doctor and the blob is loose--eating anything in its path. But, in no time flat, a bunch of scientists and military men arrive to help...or are they?

I HATED the original one...and I don't care if it was Steve McQueen's first film (he was always a lousy actor anyways). It was slow, stupid with terrible special effects and a VERY slow-moving blob. This one has a very funny script that never takes itself too seriously; it moves very quickly; this blob moves like lightning (I was actually getting scared when it chased Smith and Dillon in the diner--you see it following them on the ceiling--and GAINING!); has some great, scary special effects (and no crummy CGI); proudly gives us an R rated horror film (today it would have been cut to a PG-13) and has mostly great acting. Also the taboo about killing kids in a horror film is surprisingly ignored!

Smith (who I thought was hopeless in "The Desperate Hours") is surprisingly very good here; Leitch is good too (and prettier than her) but disappears early on; and there's a great supporting cast of good actors with especially nice turns by Candy Clark and Jeffrey DeMunn. Only Dillon disappoints--he's pretty wooden in his role. And I REALLY hated the "origin" given for the blob--it was totally unnecessary. And the very end was silly (and an obvious setup for the sequel that never was made). This was a big hit with horror fans--but didn't do much at the box office. Too bad. Maybe it will be rediscovered one of these days.

A quick, fast, funny, scary film with great special effects. Well worth catching. I'm giving it an 8.


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