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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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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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If it had a mind, you could reason with it. If it had a face, you could look it in the eye. And if it had a body, you could shoot it. See more »


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5 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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

Shawnee Smith was also in Stephen King's 'The Stand'. See more »

Goofs

When Candy Clark is bringing dishes back into the diner kitchen after trying to unclog the sink and she sees the cook being dragged into the sink, the crew can be seen in the reflection on the swinging door's window. 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

Referenced in Short Cuts (1993) 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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"Better than the original?" not really relevant, its just "different!"
1 June 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Given the 30 years gap between the two films....it certainly isn't "thirty years better"..... just 30 years different!

Certainly a good attempt at a remake but not within a bull's roar of John Carpenter's THE THING which blew the original out of the water! (Why, so many climed on its back I could never fathom!)

Dillon does an exemplarary job in an "I'm angry with everyone" McQueen reprise. Part LOST BOYS part EASY RIDER, Dillon handles the Blob pretty well. Lots of people die, some you might not expect but hey, like ET its the Government's fault again isn't it? Anyway, all the bad guys get their come-uppance, so no problem! Neat little ending too. Shame no movie producer has capitalised on it!


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