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The Blob (1988)

Remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror classic about a deadly blob from another planet which consumes everything in its path. Teenagers attempt without success to warn the townspeople, who refuse to take them seriously.

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Storyline

Meg Penny is a cheerleader out on her first date with one of the football players, Paul Taylor. It doesn't go very well. Before they get where they're going, an old vagrant runs out in front of Paul's car, screaming in terror. The old man is closely followed by Brian Flagg, the local teen rebel, complete with long hair, black leather jacket, motorcycle and tough-guy attitude. Paul blames Brian for chasing the old man, but after the threesome takes him to the doctor's office, it becomes clear the vagrant had more to worry about than some young tough. He was screaming because of the acid-like substance on his hand - a substance that spreads over his body and eventually consumes him. Soon, the growing red blob, which sprouts tentacles to attack its victims, becomes a menace to the small town of Arbeville, Colorado. The military soon arrives in Hazmat suits, led by the wide-eyed Dr. Christopher Meddows. They're from the government, they say, and they want to help; but Brian's distrust for... Written by J. Spurlin

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5 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,247,943 (USA)
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Trivia

Donovan Leitch Jr., who plays Paul Taylor, had to have a full body cast made of himself for one of the more complicated scenes where Paul is underneath the blob. There were about 50 people running the unstrung Paul. However, Chuck Russell did not tell Shawnee Smith it was really Donovan Leitch Jr. underneath the Blob for the first part of the scene. She believed it was going to be an unstrung person. This was so he could get more of a shock out of her. That is the take that is now seen in the movie when Meg screams out Paul's name upon discovering him. See more »

Goofs

When Meg gets out of her car to talk to Brian as he's walking down the street at night, the head of a boom Mic is reflected on the window of the china shop at the far left of the screen just before the camera stops moving backwards See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Spoofs Friday the 13th (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

You Don't Have To Move The Mountain
Written by Keith Whitley
Performed by Hot Rize
From the album 'Untold Stories'
Courtesy of Sugar Hill Records
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Nifty, nasty remake of a true sci-fi orig. classic
27 February 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

THE BLOB (1988) *** Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch, Joe Seneca, Candy Clark. Excellent remake of the sci-fi camp classic with rebel Dillon and cheerleader Smith battling the excessively growing man-eating organism wreaking havoc on their small town community. Gooey grotesque special effects are the true star thanks to director Chuck Russell. Look sharply for Erika Eleniak as a victim as she's about to be felt up on a date (lucky blob!)


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