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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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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

Chad McQueen was offered the part of "Brian Flagg" but turned it down for two reasons: (1) He disliked the script; (2) His strict policy of never performing in any production based on or inspired by his father Steve McQueen's work. See more »

Goofs

When Meg and the two boys are running to leave the theater in front of the movie screen, the boy in the yellow sweater is laughing, when he should be terrified. 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 When Darkness Came: The Making of 'The Mist' (2008) See more »

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Prelude to Frenzy
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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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