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The Blob (1988)

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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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Chuck Russell

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Theodore Simonson (earlier screenplay), Kay Linaker (earlier screenplay) (as Kate Phillips) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 (in sewer)
Frank Collison ... Hobbe
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Storyline

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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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mancha voraz See more »

Filming Locations:

Abbeville, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,644,000, 7 August 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,247,943
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of this film's producers, Jack H. Harris, was also the producer of the original 1958 version. See more »

Goofs

Brian was not present when Meg discovered the blob was vulnerable to cold and did not hear her yell it out. So he would not have known to get the snow blower to use against the creature. See more »

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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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Fifties Sci-Fi meet eighties trash with great results!
10 November 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Remakes are often frowned upon by film fans, and for good reason, but Chuck Russell's take on the silly fifties Sci-Fi flick of the same name certainly doesn't disappoint! The film has the fifties plot structure and ideas, but it's been updated to the eighties - which means gratuitous amounts of special effects, a trashy atmosphere and lots and lots of gore! This remake has sentimental value for me personally, as it's the only film in history to make me physically sick. I would have been about seven at the time, and watching this film over breakfast isn't recommended for seven-year-old kids! However, I did, of course, get the day off school. I've grown up a bit since then, but upon watching The Blob again; I've got to say that it's lost none of it's charm, only I managed to hold back on being sick this time. The plot follows an asteroid that comes down from space. Upon inspecting it, a lowly bum finds himself with a strange organism stuck to his hand! The Blob also takes advantage of the eighties teen comedy craze, and after a couple of kids find the tramp on the road, they take him to the hospital, and that's where the fun really starts…

The special effects are often silly, but nevertheless; very effective! The sequences are very imaginative, and take advantage of the eighties style humour that make eighties horror films what they are. The way that the blob consumes people is always disgusting, and seeing the half-melted outlines of people inside the creature is lots of fun and makes for some really good horror. Because it was made in the eighties; many of the scenes focus on raunchy kids, and this gives The Blob lots of room to manoeuvre the central monster into all kinds of hilarious situations. The acting, as you would expect, is nothing to write home about; but the cast approach their roles with gusto, and the fun performances help to make the film what it is. Chuck Russell does a great job of creating the right sort of atmosphere for the film and the screenplay is better than you would expect for a trashy eighties horror flick. Some will notice that the script was co-written by one Frank Darabont, who would, of course, go on to write and direct one of the 'best films of the nineties'. Personally, I'd rather this watch this film!


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