The Blob (1988)

R  |   |  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

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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


$19,000,000 (estimated)


$8,247,943 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 2014 Limited Edition Blu-ray release of The Blob (1988) by Twilight Time featured new Q&A with the director Chuck Russell at Cinefamily. Thanks for this is due to Friday Night Frights, Ryan Turek & Ewan Bourne. See more »


Because of the highly corrosive acids The Blob uses to dissolve its prey, there should be some kind of trail of acids it leaves behind where ever it goes. But not so much as a drop of it is shown throughout the movie. Instead, it seems to leave no sign of it in its destructive wake. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Short Cuts (1993) See more »


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Written by Keith Whitley
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From the album 'Untold Stories'
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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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