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Release Date:
5 August 1988 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Man is no longer the supreme being on this planet. See more »
Plot:
A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Only a 5.4 rating? This film is FUN! See more (136 total) »

Cast

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Kevin Dillon ... Brian Flagg

Shawnee Smith ... Meg Penny

Donovan Leitch Jr. ... Paul Taylor (as Donovan Leitch)

Jeffrey DeMunn ... Sheriff Herb Geller

Candy Clark ... Fran Hewitt

Joe Seneca ... Dr. Meddows
Del Close ... Reverend Meeker

Paul McCrane ... Deputy Bill Briggs
Sharon Spelman ... Mrs. Penny

Beau Billingslea ... Moss Woodley

Art LaFleur ... Pharmacist / Mr. Penny

Ricky Paull Goldin ... Scott Jeske

Robert Axelrod ... Jennings

Bill Moseley ... Soldier #2

Frank Collison ... Hobbe
Michael Kenworthy ... Kevin Penny
Jack Rader ... Col. Hargis
Billy Beck ... Can Man
Wade Mayer ... Movie Patron
Douglas Emerson ... Eddie Beckner

Jack Nance ... Doctor
Charlene Fox ... Woman in Doctor's Office

Erika Eleniak ... Vicki De Soto

Margaret Smith ... Nurse

Teddy Vincent ... Sally Jeffers

Don Brunner ... White Suit #1 / Scientist

Clayton Landey ... George Ruit

Jacquelyn Masche ... White Suit #2

Julie McCullough ... Susie
Daryl Sandy Marsh ... Lance (as Daryl Marsh)
Jamison Newlander ... Anthony
Judith Flanagan ... Eddie's Mother
Richard Anthony Crenna ... Soldier Outside Town Hall (as Richard Crenna Jr.)

Pons Maar ... Theatre Manager
M. James Arnett ... Radio Man
Peter Crombie ... Soldier at Command Post

Rick Avery ... Soldier with Cracked Faceplate
David Weininger ... Soldier #1
Moss Porter ... Sergeant
Noble Craig ... Puddle Soldier
Opelene Bartley ... Old Woman in Tent
Portia Griffin ... Gospel Singer
Jennifer Lincoln ... Young Woman in Town Hall
Charlie Spradling ... Co-Eds
Kristen Aldrich ... Co-Eds
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lloyd Bryan Adams ... Townsman (uncredited)
Lilli Fields ... Movie Patron (uncredited)
Robert Hammond ... Chainsaw Killer (uncredited)
Ann Mills ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Verna Lynn Richland ... Movie Patron (uncredited)

Chuck Russell ... Theater Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Chuck Russell 
 
Writing credits
Theodore Simonson (earlier screenplay) and
Kay Linaker (earlier screenplay) (as Kate Phillips)

Irvine H. Millgate (story)

Chuck Russell (screenplay) &
Frank Darabont (screenplay)

Produced by
Andre Blay .... executive producer
Jack H. Harris .... producer
Rupert Harvey .... line producer
Elliott Kastner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Hoenig 
 
Cinematography by
Mark Irwin 
 
Film Editing by
Tod Feuerman 
Terry Stokes 
 
Casting by
Johanna Ray 
 
Production Design by
Craig Stearns 
 
Art Direction by
Jeff Ginn 
 
Set Decoration by
Anne H. Ahrens  (as Anne Ahrens)
 
Costume Design by
Joseph A. Porro 
 
Makeup Department
Max Alvarez .... wig maker: makeup effects crew
Evan Brainard .... makeup effects sculptor: makeup effects crew
Theresa Burkett .... foam sculptress: makeup effects crew
Michael Burnett .... special makeup effects assistant
John Caglione Jr. .... makeup effects: New York
Mark P. Case .... makeup effects technician: makeup effects crew
Todd Chaney .... materials fabricator: makeup effects crew
François Dagenais .... foam technician: makeup effects crew
François Dagenais .... makeup effects sculptor: makeup effects crew
Janeen Davis .... assistant hair stylist
Janeen Davis .... assistant makeup artist
Mitch Devane .... makeup effects sculptor: makeup effects crew
Kathryn Fenton .... key makeup artist (as Kathryn Miles Kelly)
Thomas Floutz .... special makeup effects artist
Steve Frakes .... mechanical constructor: makeup effects crew
Steven Frank .... hair stylist (as Steve Frank)
Cynthia Gardner .... makeup effects coordinator: makeup effects crew (as Cynthia Sercelj)
Tony Gardner .... special makeup and animatronic effects designer
Tony Gardner .... special makeup and animatronic effects supervisor
Tony Gardner .... special makeup designer: makeup effects crew
Loren Gitthens .... makeup effects sculptor: makeup effects crew
Chris Goehe .... key moldmaker: makeup effects crew
Chris Goehe .... makeup effects shop foreman: makeup effects crew
Morton Greenspoon .... contact lens consultant: makeup effects crew
Melinda Kennemore .... wig maker: makeup effects crew
Andrew Kenworthy .... makeup effects sculptor: makeup effects crew
Michael Maddi .... makeup effects sculptor: makeup effects crew
Shawn McEnroe .... makeup effects sculptor: makeup effects crew
Michael O'Brien .... assistant makeup effects coordinator: makeup effects crew
Becky Ochoa .... wig maker: makeup effects crew
Dwight Roberts .... mechanical constructor: makeup effects crew
Mark Siegel .... makeup effects sculptor: makeup effects crew
Mike Smithson .... makeup effects key artist: makeup effects crew
Mike Smithson .... makeup effects sculptor: makeup effects crew
Marlene Stoller .... wig maker: makeup effects crew
Bill Sturgeon .... makeup effects shop foreman: makeup effects crew
Tommy Turner .... makeup effects technician: makeup effects crew
Christian Wabschall .... special materials technician: makeup effects crew
Brian Wade .... makeup effects key sculptor: makeup effects crew
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist
Chet Zar .... makeup effects key painter: makeup effects crew
Chet Zar .... makeup effects sculptor: makeup effects crew
Tim Turner .... special makeup effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Blaine Converse .... post-production supervisor
Daryl Kass .... unit production manager
Gordon Wolf .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Tom Archuleta .... second assistant director
Josh McLaglen .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Ray Acosta .... carpenter
Tony Allard .... propmaker
John Alvin .... poster artist
Libet Arnold .... construction office coordinator
B. Miles Blakney .... carpenter
Steve Blakney .... set dresser
Don Blanks .... carpenter
Michel J. Briere .... carpenter (as Michel Briere)
Jeffrey Bruynzeel .... carpenter
Joseph H. Catmull .... construction foreman
Thomas Conti .... model maker
Michael D. Costello .... scenic artist
Mitch Devane .... sculptor
Ron Ervin .... carpenter
Amanda J. Flick .... lead scenic artist
Ross Harpold .... set dresser
Robert Hennessy .... carpenter
Barbara Kahn .... set dresser
Anton Kaprow .... carpenter
John D. Kretschmer .... lead man
Gerald Labitts .... scenic artist
James Lima .... conceptual artist (as Jim Lima)
David B. Long .... construction foreman (as Dave Long)
Dave Mahaffey .... carpenter (as David Mahaffey)
Eric Mahaffey .... carpenter
J.J. May .... property master
Shawn McEnroe .... sculptor
Kenny Montante .... on-set dresser
Randy Moore .... set designer
Tim Parker .... carpenter
Portia Perry .... set painter
Renee Prince .... scenic artist
Michael Reinhart .... construction coordinator
Todd Richardson .... carpenter
Chris Santini .... carpenter (as Christopher Santini)
Kip Sawyer .... scenic artist
Brian Selzer .... art production assistant
Mark Siegel .... sculptor
Tim Smith .... scenic artist
David Stawecki .... carpenter
Gary F. Steele .... set designer
Sandra Sweeney .... set dresser
George Tampakes .... on-set dresser
James Thomason .... props assistant
Sally Thornton .... set designer (as Sally A.Thornton)
Ildiko Toth .... scenic artist
Pete von Sholly .... storyboard artist
Brian Wade .... sculptor
Glenn B. Wilson .... props assistant
Lauren York .... construction foreman
Chet Zar .... key painter
 
Sound Department
Andrew Adams .... cable person
Robert J. Anderson Jr. .... sound mixer
John H. Arrufat .... sound editor (as J.H. Arrufat)
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Gary Blufer .... sound effects recordist
Jeanette Browning .... adr recordist
Gordon Ecker .... supervising sound editor
Laurie Ecker .... sound effects coordinator
John Michael Fanaris .... sound effects coordinator
Bruce Fortune .... sound editor
Frank A. Fuller Jr. .... sound designer
Scott Ganary .... adr mixer
Scott Ganary .... foley mixer
Hector C. Gika .... sound editor
John Hays .... boom operator
Wayne Heitman .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Hoki .... sound recordist
Matthew Iadarola .... sound effects
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Stanley Kastner .... sound re-recording mixer
John Lawson .... stereo sound consultant
Lee Lemont .... assistant sound editor (as Lemont T. Lee)
John Leveque .... sound editor
Mark 'Frito' Long .... sound recordist
Glenn T. Morgan .... foley supervisor
Christopher E. Schmid .... sound effects editor
Bruce Stambler .... supervising sound editor
Greg Steele .... sound recordist
Becky Sullivan .... supervising adr editor (as Becky Sullivan-Coblentz)
Shawn Sykora .... sound editor
Christina Tucker .... adr mixer (as Chris Tucker)
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... sound editor (as Don Warner)
Richard E. Yawn .... sound editor
Jeffrey Perkins .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jan Aaris .... mechanical effects technician
Peter Abrahamson .... blob mechanic: blob effects crew
Eric Allard .... mechanical effects: post-production
Richard Alonzo .... blob sculptor: blob effects crew
Philip Bartko .... special effects supervisor
David Beasley .... blob mechanic: blob effects crew
Nick Benson .... special effects
Gary D. Bierend .... special effects technician
Evan Brainard .... mechanical effects designer: makeup effects crew
Sheri Brooks .... purchasing coordinator: blob effects crew
Virginia Buck .... blob fabricator: blob effects crew
Kenneth C. Clark .... mechanical effects: post-production (as Ken Clark)
Lyle Conway .... "blob" creature effects designer and creator: blob effects crew
Bill Corso .... blob effects designer: blob effects crew
Chuck Crisafulli .... blob wrangler
Robert DeVine .... special effects
Joe Dolinich .... lead moldmaker: blob effects crew
Roy L. Downey .... mechanical effects technician (as Roy Downey)
Marilyn Dozer-Chaney .... blob fabricator: blob effects crew
Loraina Drucker .... blob painter: blob effects crew
La Rae Eicher .... blob fabricator: blob effects crew
Noelle Eicher .... blob fabrication supervisor: blob effects crew
Jim Eustermann .... creature effects crew: blob effects crew
Jeffrey S. Farley .... creature effects crew
Troy Farmer .... creature effects crew: blob effects crew
Terri Fluker .... blob fabricator: blob effects crew
Scott Forbes .... mechanical effects: post-production
Donald Frazee .... mechanical effects technician
Logan Frazee .... mechanical effects technician
Terry D. Frazee .... mechanical effects supervisor (as Terry Frazee)
Christopher Gilman .... special effects supervisor: meteor effects
Dale Gordon .... special effects technician (as Dale B. Gordon)
Daniel J. Gordon .... special effects technician
Jaq Greenspon .... special effects
Phillip Hayman .... blob fabricator: blob effects crew
Todd Heindel .... creature effects crew: blob effects crew
Camilla Henneman .... blob fabricator: blob effects crew
Adam Hill .... blob shop foreman: blob effects crew
Bryant Holt .... lead moldmaker: blob effects crew
Michael F. Hoover .... lead painter: blob effects crew
Kent Jones .... blob sculptor: blob effects crew
David Kindlon .... blob mechanic: blob effects crew
Erin Koplow .... blob painter: blob effects crew (as Erin Brasfield)
Patricia Kowchak .... blob effects coordinator: blob effects crew
Bruce Y. Kuroyama .... mechanical effects: post-production (as Bruce Kuroyama)
Julian Ledger .... blob sculptor: blob effects crew
Louis Lindwall .... mechanical effects: post-production
Scott Lingard .... mechanical effects technician
John Lundberg .... blob mechanic: blob effects crew
Curt Massof .... blob painter: blob effects crew
Dave Matherly .... blob sculptor: blob effects crew
James D. McGeachy .... blob shop foreman: blob effects crew
Bob McKee .... blob mechanic: blob effects crew
Mike Measimer .... creature effects crew: blob effects crew
Michael Meinardus .... mechanical effects technician (as Mike Meinardus)
David Mesloh .... blob mechanic: blob effects crew
Hal Miles .... animatronic technician
Ralph Miller III .... blob mechanic: blob effects crew
Andrew Miller .... special effects technician
Dean W. Miller .... special effects
Heather Mills D'Augustine .... blob effects coordinator: blob effects crew (as Heather Mills)
Donald Myers .... mechanical effects technician
Becky Ochoa .... special effects hair
Gary Platek .... additional blob projects: blob effects crew
Gary Platek .... special creature effects
Bradford Plows .... creature effects crew: blob effects crew
D. Kerry Prior .... special effects artist: Dream Quest Images
Joe D. Ramsey .... mechanical effects: post-production (as Joe Ramsey)
Alan Rifkin .... mechanical effects: post-production (as Al Rifkin)
Wendy Ripley .... blob fabricator: blob effects crew
Phil Rodriguez .... creature effects crew: blob effects crew
Doreen Sachartoff .... blob fabricator: blob effects crew
Mark Setrakian .... head mechanical designer: blob effects crew
Richard King Slifka .... creature effects crew: blob effects crew
Robert Spurlock .... mechanical effects: post-production (as Bob Spurlock)
Trey Stokes .... blob movement designer: blob effects crew
Bill Sturgeon .... mechanical effects designer: makeup effects crew
Sally Syberg .... blob effects coordinator: blob effects crew
Douglas Turner .... blob sculptor: blob effects crew
Wim van Thillo .... blob designer: blob effects crew
Joe Viskocil .... mechanical effects: post-production
Harold Weed .... blob designer: blob effects crew
Tom Williamson .... blob mechanic: blob effects crew
A.J. Workman .... blob fabrication and puppeteering
A.J. Workman .... blob mechanic: blob effects crew
A.J. Workman .... special effects
Mark Yuricich .... mechanical effects: post-production
Stuart Ziff .... additional creature effects designer and creator: blob effects crew
Yancy Calzada .... puppet repair (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Brian Adams .... visual effects production assistant
Scott Alexander .... model maker foreman
Ken Allen .... matte artist
Judy Bamber .... animation assistant
Philip Barberio .... optical lineup
Scott Beattie .... visual effects photographer
Allen Blaisdell .... visual effects
Clyde E. Bryan .... visual effects photographer (as Clyde Bryan)
Jeff Burks .... animation supervisor
Scott Campbell .... motion control photographer
Dave Chamberlain .... model maker
Kathy Chasen-Hay .... visual effects editor
Chuck Comisky .... visual effects
Michael Condro .... motion control photographer
C. Marie Davis .... visual effects editor
Anthony Doublin .... model maker foreman
Don Dow .... visual effects cameraman
Christopher Duddy .... visual effects photographer (as Chris Duddy)
Michael L. Fink .... visual effects production supervisor (as Michael Fink)
Alex Funke .... visual effects photographer
Pete Gerard .... model maker foreman
James Green .... visual effects photographer
Michael Griffin .... optical lineup
Joe Hagey .... electronics (as Joseph Hagey)
Fred Iguchi .... electronics
Rick Johnson .... visual effects photographer
Patric Kenly .... animation camera operator
Rick Kess .... model maker
Laura Lang .... visual effects production coordinator
Laurel Lichten .... model maker
Ron Longo .... optical compositor
Jeff Matakovich .... visual effects
David McCue .... optical compositor
George Muhs .... visual effects
Marlo Pabon .... optical compositor
Jeff Pyle .... modelmaker
William Reilly .... motion control technician
Eugene P. Rizzardi .... model maker (as Gene Rizzardi)
Jody Rogers .... visual effects editor
Robert Scifo .... matte artist
Nick Seldon .... model maker foreman
Keith Shartle .... visual effects producer
Diana Shornstein .... visual effects production manager (as Dana Miller Shornstein)
Chuck Shuman .... visual effects photographer (as Chuck Schuman)
Paul Skylar .... model maker
Leon Stankevich .... optical lineup
Mark Sullivan .... stop-motion animator
James Valentine .... rotoscope supervisor
Ted Van Dorn .... model maker (as Ted Van Doorn)
Robert Wilcox .... electronics
Beau Windham .... visual effects production assistant
Hoyt Yeatman .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
M. James Arnett .... stunts
Joni Avery .... additional stunts
Rick Avery .... additional stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
Greg Brickman .... additional stunts
Bobby Burns .... additional stunts
David Burton .... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts
Bud Davis .... additional stunts
Steve M. Davison .... additional stunts
Tim A. Davison .... additional stunts
Mike De Luna .... stunts
Gary Epper .... additional stunts
George Fisher .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Steve Holladay .... stunt coordinator
Steve Holladay .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... additional stunts
Gary Hymes .... stunt coordinator
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... additional stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... additional stunts
John Meier .... additional stunts
Paula Marie Moody .... additional stunts
Bennie Moore .... additional stunts
Larry Nicholas .... additional stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts
Debby Porter .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... additional stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Dennis Scott .... additional stunts
Paul Sherrod .... additional stunts
Ric Roman Waugh .... stunts (as Ric Waugh)
Richard Wright .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marsha Blackburn .... still photographer
Jock Brandis .... gaffer
Marc Brown .... second assistant camera
Findlay Bunting .... first assistant camera
Richard M. Butkus Jr. .... electrician (as Rick Butkus)
Michael Condro .... first assistant camera
Loren Corl .... dolly grip
Caleb Edwards .... key grip
Ian Fox .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Pascal Franchot .... grip
Eric J. Goldstein .... camera operator: "b" camera
Dana Gonzales .... assistant Steadicam operator (as Dana W. Gonzales)
Austin Goss .... best boy electric
Tom Harjo .... best boy grip
Neil Holcomb .... electrician
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator
Dwight Locke .... grip
Don MacLean .... electrician
Mike Maday .... grip
Bob Myers .... grip
Terry O'Brien .... grip
László Regos .... Steadicam operator (as Laszlo Regos)
Daniel E. Teaze .... additional assistant camera (as Daniel Teaze)
Daniel E. Teaze .... camera loader
Stephen Wong .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Steven Wong)
Jay W. Yowler .... electrician (as Jay Yowler)
Jay W. Yowler .... lighting technician
 
Animation Department
Kent Burton .... animator
Mark Setrakian .... animatronic designer
 
Casting Department
Eric DaRe .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Donna Morong .... casting assistant: New York (as Donna Jacobson)
Mary Santiago .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sanja Milkovic Hays .... costume supervisor
Nazhat Hester .... costumer
Garet Reilly .... costumer
Scott Tomlinson .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Blaine Converse .... post-production coordinator
Eric J. Goldstein .... additional post-production photographer
Ira McAliley .... apprentice editor
Rebekah Rudd .... first assistant editor
Carol A. Streit .... second assistant editor (as Carol Streit)
 
Music Department
Greg Townley .... score engineer
Richard Whitfield .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Chuck Hindman .... transportation captain
Jeff Orlebeck .... transportation captain
Lawrence J. Romanoff .... transportation coordinator (as Larry Romanoff)
 
Other crew
Phil Albright .... production assistant
Joe Asberry .... stand-in
Brenton L. Baker .... lead puppeteer
Robert Barker .... production assistant
Helen Caldwell .... script supervisor
Julie Carnahan .... craft service
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Judith Collins .... craft service
Blaine Converse .... assistant: Mr. Harvey
Dennis Curcio .... puppeteer
Dan Curry .... title designer
Archy Dolder .... location manager: re-shoot
Matthew Earnest .... puppeteer
Lynette Eklund .... lead puppeteer (as Lynette Johnson)
Christian Emmett .... lead puppeteer
Mary Ernst .... puppeteer
Louis Farah .... set paramedic
Laura Favila .... puppeteer
Bryce Fletcher .... puppeteer
Gerrit V. Folsom .... location manager (as Gerrit Folsom)
Jeffrey Fox .... puppeteer
Gayle Fraser-Baigelman .... assistant auditor
James W. Gavin .... helicopter pilot
Eric Gruendemann .... production auditor
Logan Hamilton .... blob wrangler
Rachael Horovitz .... unit publicist (as Rachel Keefe Horovitz)
Craig Hosking .... helicopter pilot
J.R. Hostetler .... puppeteer
Deborah Houtsma .... assistant auditor
Mitch Jones .... puppeteer
Harriet Katz-Stevens .... assistant auditor (as Harriet Katz)
Mimi Keon .... production assistant
David Kindlon .... mechanic
Michael King .... location manager
Carol Kravetz .... production coordinator
Kelley E. Krone .... stand-in
Margaret Labry .... production assistant
Eric Linn .... blob wrangler
Michael Maddi .... mechanic
Michael Joseph Meehan .... stand-in
Ralph B. Meyer .... assistant location manager
Vincent Palmo Jr. .... production assistant
Susan Panitz .... assistant: Mr. Blay
Scott D. Peterson .... blob wrangler
Steve Prentice .... puppeteer
Michael Risoli .... production assistant
Marlo Rivera .... blob wrangler
Florian Schereck .... production accountant
Gerard Sellars .... production assistant
Mark Siegel .... creature maker
Mark Siegel .... puppeteer
Darryn Smith .... blob wrangler
Bob Smithson .... production assistant
Jane Snell .... assistant production coordinator
Trey Stokes .... blob movement design
Trey Stokes .... lead puppeteer
Edgar Stroke .... puppeteer
Lisa Welton .... puppeteer
Tom Williamson .... puppeteer
Gwendolyn Zero .... puppeteer
Keith E. Cooper .... production executive (uncredited)
Jim Eustermann .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Robert Shaw .... assistant: Elliott Kastner (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... adr voice (uncredited)
 

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95 min
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Trivia:
Of the film's US$19 million budget, US$9 million went toward visual effects.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Because of the highly corrosive acids The Blob uses to dissolve it's 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 it's destructive wake.See more »
Quotes:
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Announcer:That's a first down. Ball at a thirty five-yard line.
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49 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Only a 5.4 rating? This film is FUN!, 7 May 2004
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

A meteor falls near a small town in the USA. A homeless man goes to see what's in it and a jelly-like substance "attacks" him and starts eating away at him. He's discovered by local tough kid Kevin Dillon and (with pretty Shawnee Smith and prettier Donovan Leitch) drive him to the hospital. There he's eaten alive while waiting for the doctor and the blob is loose--eating anything in its path. But, in no time flat, a bunch of scientists and military men arrive to help...or are they?

I HATED the original one...and I don't care if it was Steve McQueen's first film (he was always a lousy actor anyways). It was slow, stupid with terrible special effects and a VERY slow-moving blob. This one has a very funny script that never takes itself too seriously; it moves very quickly; this blob moves like lightning (I was actually getting scared when it chased Smith and Dillon in the diner--you see it following them on the ceiling--and GAINING!); has some great, scary special effects (and no crummy CGI); proudly gives us an R rated horror film (today it would have been cut to a PG-13) and has mostly great acting. Also the taboo about killing kids in a horror film is surprisingly ignored!

Smith (who I thought was hopeless in "The Desperate Hours") is surprisingly very good here; Leitch is good too (and prettier than her) but disappears early on; and there's a great supporting cast of good actors with especially nice turns by Candy Clark and Jeffrey DeMunn. Only Dillon disappoints--he's pretty wooden in his role. And I REALLY hated the "origin" given for the blob--it was totally unnecessary. And the very end was silly (and an obvious setup for the sequel that never was made). This was a big hit with horror fans--but didn't do much at the box office. Too bad. Maybe it will be rediscovered one of these days.

A quick, fast, funny, scary film with great special effects. Well worth catching. I'm giving it an 8.

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