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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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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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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R | See all certifications »

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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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The film, co-written by Frank Darabont - who has adapted a number of Stephen King's works for the screen - contains several references to King's novel 'The Stand':
  • In the novel, a viral "superflu" is engineered by the U.S. government in a biological weapons laboratory that is accidentally unleashed, resulting in a worldwide pandemic; in the film, the blob is likewise the result of experiments in biological warfare accidentally unleashed by the government. Additionally, though the government agents know the blob's true nature, they tell the citizens of Asheville that they are dealing with a highly contagious disease.


  • Kevin Dillon plays Brian Flagg; the demonic Randall Flagg appeared in several of King's novels, making his first appearance in THE STAND.


  • The blob's first victim, the homeless man, is credited as "Can Man," a reference to the STAND character "Trash Can Man." Trash Can Man was Randall Flagg's most devoted follower; in this film, Can Man shares nearly all his scenes with Brian Flagg.


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Reflected on Scott's helmet at the beginning of the movie when Paul sits down next to him 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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Referenced in The Remake (2006) See more »

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Prelude to Frenzy
Written by Wayne Coster
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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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