The Blob Review
Synopsis:A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.
The Blob (1988) is a 1h 35-min rated R American science-fiction thriller horror movie that was a remake The Blob (1958) and was Abbeville, Louisiana, USA and 425 Park Avenue, Abbeville, Louisiana, USA. Director Chuck Russell (The Mask (1994), Eraser (1996), The Scorpion King (2002), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)) did a marvelous job executing this film with fantastic special effects. The Blob had grossed about $8.2 million at the box office with an estimated budget of $19 million but still manages to gain a cult following where some viewers/fans think this is the best remake that has been made. The Blob contains suggestive sexual content - we see a man grabbing/squeezing an unconscious female corpse breast as he tries to make a move on her. There is also blood, violence, bad language, suspense, and a big glob of a monster eating everything in its path.
The Blob revolve around an ameba acidic-like organism that devours everything in its path and devouring everything is not all - it also dissolves every/anything in its path. The intelligent faceless, shapeless gooey creature continuously grows as it starts to eat people in Arborville, California. Bullets/guns cannot stop this gooey monster from taking more victims and going wherever it wants, so what will take down the creature? A small meteorite crashed on Earth, and the Blob/gooey creature emerged from a rock at the site that a senior man managed to crack open because he was too curious. Yes, the little old man is the one that released mayhem on the small town. The glob of gooey booger-like substance wrapped itself around the man’s hand which caused him great pain. A few teenagers found the old guy and decided to take him to a hospital to see what is on his hand, and we all can suspect what events will take place next.
The film has a natural feel to it as there was a few laughs/comedy thrown in the mix with scares and run for your life fear. The theme songs were sweet but goofy at the same time. There were no CGI effects in The Blob because it uses miniatures and practical effects and front and rear projection. Most of the actors gave us pretty good performances except our two leads - Dillon over acted, and Smith appears to be lost most of the time with her eyes bulging out. The Blob ends (towards the end) with Reverend Meeker (Del Close) thinking that the creature/beast is sent by God because it is a part of a Prophecy. The movie does not quite end there as there is a surprise for viewers at the end. I was beyond unnerved when this film released in the late 1980s because I was not even a teenager when I saw this film with my siblings. I decided to give the film a test run with my older kids and to my surprise, they liked the movie and was a bit scared.
About The Blob (1988)
Total Avg. Votes: 8
Writers: Theodore Simonson, Kay Linaker, Irvine H. Millgate, Chuck Russell, Frank Darabont
Director: Chuck Russell