Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Blob (1988)

An amorphous organism comes crashing down to Earth, where it begins absorbing the locals as it grows and grows into THE BLOB! THE BLOB is reborn using state-of-the-art special effects in the 1988 remake, one of the better Science Fiction films to be remade in the 80's following John Carpenter's THE THING. Chuck Russell molds the updated screenplay around germ warfare and Reagan Era politics at the close of the Cold War. The drama unfolds like a bad episode of 90210 for the predominantly teen cast, but that really isn't what the film is about here. It is about melting as many people as possible into slimy goo, and no film does it better than THE BLOB! Several of the most graphic and shockingly unexpected death scenes from the 1980's come out of THE BLOB, and no one is safe when the creature consumes men, women, AND children! We watch as people are liquified on screen, with their arms and faces dripping off from the creature's acidic jelly. The Blob was brought to life by a young Tony Gardner using an array of inventive practical and visual effects that hold up considerably well even decades after its release. THE BLOB is a good old-fashioned monster movie that has been bloodied up for modern audiences, and it sure is fun to watch!

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like THE BLOB:
THE THING, THE STUFF, INVADERS FROM MARS, SLITHER, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.

4 comments:

  1. This film belongs to my favorite films of the late 80s years. A great remake of the classic with wonderful effects and a lot of tension, great actors. I like the film very much and have even the book to the film ^^

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  2. Totally agree man! The effects are still awesome by todays standards, in fact, I actually miss that kind of make up effects in movies. A good remake.

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  3. "AND children!" LOL

    I wasn't expecting much when I first watched it, but I was so very pleasantly surprised. Great humor and fun effects.

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  4. This is an all-time favorite for me, the only thing its missing is a catching theme song like in the original lol.. Its hard to say which death is my favorite, but I am partial to the guy that gets sucked down the sink.

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