The Blob (1988)
Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob which is the spawn of a secret government germ warfare project which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously, while government agents try to cover up the evidence and confine the creature.
I really wanted to like this movie. I feel terribly cynical trashing it, and that's why I'm giving it a middling 5. Actually, I'm giving it a 5 because there were some superb performances.
what a terribly boring film. I'm sorry but this is absolutely not deserving of best picture and will be forgotten quickly. Entertaining and engaging cinema? No. Nothing performances with flat faces and mistaking silence for subtlety.
A very good remake that is just begging for a religious apocalyptic sequel as we see at the end. Both special effects and the cast are very good in a story tweaked for its time of the Cold War 1980's. Just compare it to the original from 1957. Nice action and character development too. There is a great surprise in character leadership throughout. It was also nice seeing Candy Clark too. Shawnee Smith was wonderful also.The plot actually works in this 1988 quasi-gorefest. It is basically an almost-exact remake of the 1958 film with some minor nuances added like the government's complicity in harboring this "biological weapon" and the hero being actually a couple with more of an emphasis on her than him. Basically the other differences were in the precise roles of the various co-stars and featured players, plus the tendency in this remake to kill off more audience-friendly characters, including children. There is also much faster-paced action throughout, as this blob really goes after its meals like each one is its last. The movie really explores the full potential of a giant blob that dissolves and absorbs anything it comes across, and you have to appreciate a story that leaves no stone un-turned. It's the sort of movie that's uses violence and gore perfectly, it's all that you'd imagine it could be and sometimes more.Overall rating: 8 out of 10.
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.
Following a rash of mysterious deaths in a small Midwestern town, a local teen finds it to be done by a killer amorphous blob that grows bigger with each body dissolved into it and forces him and his friends to try to find a way to stop it before it gets out of hand. Overall this was an outrageously fun remake that really has a lot going for it and is a lot more enjoyable than expected. One of the better parts here is the ton of high quality special effects on-board, which is quite well removed from the original an serves as this one's biggest influencing factor. With a large portion of that coming mainly from the slimy creature and it's constantly changing appearance, there's some really creepy work done here to make the different incarnations of the creature, going from formless blob and distorted, mechanized mass it eventually turns into as this is quite an impressive creature. Much as that works, this one has a lot of great stuff that gives it a cheesy, enjoyable quality on the special effects front, mainly because of the increased screen-time here for the creature so not only is there more action scenes but they're also highly energetic and enjoyable. The attack on the clinic is a prime example as it just winds through the personnel with a great sense of fun and action as the race to get up from the bed in order to get out before the creature gets to the dissolving victims that generates a lot because of the gory wounds and scars. Due to the how it plays out, that continues on into the finale that really plays up a rather healthy amount of excitement due to the course of the action scenes of the creature's attacks on the different defensive groups in the sewers before the utter fun of the big shootout at the end to really get a lot out of this so there's a lot of impressive elements at work throughout the film. Overall, these are more than enough to hold off the few small flaws here. While providing the film with a lot of great action scenes, the introduction of the biohazard team in the last half doesn't really do much and seems to feel tacked on merely for an added body count since they're not mentioned before then just get dropped into the film without a lot of cleverness to the story. That lack of regard for cohesiveness is what makes their overall purpose hinder the film a tad, and it never really gives a solid explanation for the purpose behind their experimentation either as for how it got loose to begin with. Likewise, the fact that there's a few too many similarities both in terms of storyline and even wholesale sequences that come straight from the original could be a bit problematic for some with this one due to those factors. Overall, though, this one is a lot of fun and has plenty to like about it.Rated R: Graphic Language and Graphic Violence.
A truly stunning remake of the sub par original, Chuck Russell does a fantastic job of directing one of the most visionary science fiction/horror films in decades. With imagery that will haunt you for years, this is an intense film that no child should be allowed to see. The suspense and terror are unrelenting and you won't be able to avert your eyes until the films shattering climax. A strong cast gives good performances but it is Shawnee Smith who is both powerful in her role and ultimately completely captivating. She has become a superb actor over the years and her work here is some of her very finest. If you only see one sci-fi/horror film this year, make sure it's The Blob.