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The Blob (1988)

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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


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 »


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

5 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mancha voraz  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)


$8,247,943 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Theatrical trailer shows part of deleted scene in which Fran is chased by the Blob through the restaurant. In this deleted scene she is running towards the doors while the Blob is knocking down tables and chairs. When she gets to the doors she realizes that they are locked and that she doesn't have a key so she jumps out of the window. Another scene was filmed but deleted in which Blob kills and eats a squirrel. Also, some versions of the movie had alternate death scenes of Paul and Eddie, with different editing (Paul's death) and different gore effects (Eddie's death). See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Announcer: That's a first down. Ball at a thirty five-yard line.
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The Code of horror protocol was broken in 1988
17 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Thank God.

All bets were off when the five credited screenwriters decided, hey the monster can kill a ten year old kid, and it can be fun.

This wise remake (re-imaging) based on the old Steve McQueen solid drive-in hit delievers the horror/suspense goods in spades. And rather than make a retread, they dropped a little 'explaination' into the frey and not only does it work, it enhances the original.

Kevin and Shawnee prove they can hold their own in the leading man and woman roles. It's odd that this really marks Kevin's biggest contribution to the entertainment world. Perhaps he looks too much like his brother.

In any event, chills and spills in this wacked out story abound. I mean, who of us wouldn't be scared of a thing without a face -- a thing that just eats everything in sight.

Catch it.

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