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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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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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Release Date:

5 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mancha voraz  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,644,000 (USA) (7 August 1988)

Gross:

$8,247,943 (USA)
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Trivia

The M16A1 Kevin Dillon uses near the end of the film is a prop M16A1 typically used in movies from the 70's and 80's. Easy to spot by the horrible reproduction of the forward assist mechanism on the upper receiver.

In this scene, he also had the charging handle to the rear, which means the bolt would be locked to the rear and not under tension from the recoil spring moving the bolt carrier into battery. See more »

Goofs

The visiting team has 12 men on the field in the football game in the opening scene. See more »

Quotes

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

"Blob Wrangler" is one of the texts in the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Holliston: Blobby (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Shattered
Written by Mike Slamer
Performed by Mike Slamer
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A 'Blob' of Cheese
9 August 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

If you're reading the comments to decide whether you should see this movie, you've already overthought it. This is not the type of film you think about. It's the type you watch by accident. But the good news is, it's a happy accident.

"The Blob" is the very essence of a B movie, and that's meant as a compliment. Equal parts ham and cheese, this flick aspires only to deliver schlocky fun. And boy does it succeed.

Kevin Dillon overplays the snarky rebel with tongue-in-cheek glee. Shawnee Smith, who will never be mistaken for Meryl Streep, glides through the proceedings with an I-can't-act obliviousness that actually enhances the film. I can't decide if this is her best or worst performance ever. It may be both.

If you enjoy campy B-movies, camp here for 85 minutes. It might be a Blob, but it ain't a mess.


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