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The Blob (1988)

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A deadly entity from space crashes near a small town and starts to consume anyone in its path. Panic ensues, as shady government scientists try to contain the horrific creature.


Chuck Russell


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


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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Release Date:

5 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Abbeville, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,644,920, 7 August 1988

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Donovan Leitch Jr., who plays Paul Taylor, had to have a full body cast made of himself for one of the more complicated scenes where Paul is underneath the blob. There were about 50 people running the unstrung Paul. However, Chuck Russell did not tell Shawnee Smith it was really Donovan Leitch Jr. underneath the Blob for the first part of the scene. She believed it was going to be an unstrung person. This was so he could get more of a shock out of her. That is the take that is now seen in the movie when Meg screams out Paul's name upon discovering him. See more »


When Dilon's characters goes out from the police station, the shadow of the camera is clearly seen (minute 37). See more »


[first lines]
Announcer: That's a first down. Ball at a thirty five-yard line.
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Crazy Credits

[unused disclaimer, written for end titles; ended up on cutting-room floor] THE BLOB contains a purely fictional account of a small group of ruthless and corrupt military agents. These characters do not represent the United States government, and it would be erroneous and unfair to suggest that they do. The vast majority of North American Armed Forces personnel have demonstrated the utmost moral sense, regard for civilian welfare, and worthiness of the public trust. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some prints contain an alternate version of Eddie's death; in the DVD print, he rises from the water appearing to be a mass of decayed grey flesh. In the alternate version, he rises from the water as a completely skinless, but obviously human, corpse. See more »


Referenced in Slither (2006) See more »


Written by Mike Slamer
Performed by Mike Slamer
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A horror action classic remake of the 80's - I love this flick!
2 May 2016 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

The Blob (1988) is an 80's action horror classic remake from Steve McQueen version 1958 film. I love this film to death. It is one of my personal favorite horror movies. I was 10 years old and a kid when I saw the first time this film and I absolutely loved it. I saw some owner of the video store that was selling movies on VHS one of those films was this film from the 80's The Blob, I wish I could get this film on VHS before it was soled out, but my parents didn't give me the money, than the film disappeared of the air and I have never saw it or watch it. It was never on TV it took me 20 years to watch this movie, recently I found some guys who love this film and I order it on Blu-ray disc and I got it. I absolutely love movie's from the 80's and I love this flick to death it Is my favorite monster movie. I am, putting this flick right between Aliens and Deep Rising right between them as a monster movies.

This is my second favorite Chuck Russell film the first one will be A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) that I absolutely love to death, this is the second film I love to death. I definitely appreciate what the original did but, yeah, the '88 Blob is certainly a feast for the eyes. I have always enjoyed this movie and I had such a fun watching it. It is fun, exciting and pure entertaining. Simon West want's to direct the remake of the Blob that is coming out I think this year which is a stupid dumb idea! I don't want to see another remake of this film so no!

I love Shawnee Smith as a bad ass - tough cheerleader, she is so beautiful, gorgeous and sexy, I am completely in Love with her! I love her to death in this film. Shawnee Smith will always be Meg Penny for me, not Amanda Young from Saw! I don't care about Saw or the franchise none of those horror films are my favorite! I rather watch films from the 80's and the Blob is one of my favorite monster creature movies! I saw this flick as a kid. Shawnee Smith is gorgeous in this film she saved her younger brother, she tried to save a younger kid Eddie as well and when The Blob eats and swallows a younger kid in the sever she jumps in the water trying to saves him and she couldn't. She fires a machine gun on the Blob and say's "come on, you can do better than that!".

I love the music score from Michael Hoenig and I love the song on the end of the title Brave New Love by Alien. You also have Paul McCrane in from RoboCop (1987) after seeing him in this film, I recognized him right away, it is Emil M. Antonowsky from RoboCop!

The movie has likable characters, fast paced, a lot's of action, fun bits of humor, Paul Flagg (Kevin Dillon) escapes from those government guys, jumps over this little bridge and gives the middle finger when he jumps over the bridge on his motorcycle. I love this scene it was memorable scene I remember it. In the opening scene he crashed down the bridge but now he jumped over which was excellent. Fun bits of dialogue, the budget was used very well against great special effects, I have no problems with them, it is one of my favorites of all time.

This film is only shot an hour and thirty-five minutes which is not that long, it is like is said pure entertainment, I grow up with this flick and I love it.

I disagree with the reviewers who say the original is much better than this version. I think quite the opposite is true. The 80's "The Blob" along with the 80's "The Fly" are two of the few remakes that I think far surpass the originals. Sure, it's a schlocky 80's horror movie, but taken in that context, it's damn good!

A great script, an excellent combination of FX to achieve the look of the Blob, and absolute horror and carnage... I love it! This is a horror movie with BALLS. Within the first half hour, (spoiler alert) they kill off the guy we're expecting to be the star! They kill little kids! They kill off innocents, characters we like and want to live!

This movie takes no prisoners and pulls no punches. It takes the idea of the original, puts an interesting twist into the plot, injects it with good FX, good acting and a decent budget, and you have something far superior to the original. Just like "Little Shop of Horrors" -- The cheap and dated original can never hold up to the musical remake.

This flick get's a 10 out of 10 by me for been my favorite sci-fi horror flick of all time.

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