The Blob (1988)
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|Runtime||1 hour and 35 minutes|
In a tiny California town, high school students Brian (Kevin Dillon, Entourage), Meg (Shawnee Smith, SAW) and Paul (Donovan Leitch Jr, Glory) discover an unusual gelatinous substance with the ability to remove flesh off any living creatures in its path. The deadly blob-like matter infiltrates the town's sewer system and continues to grow exponentially, threatening the lives of unsuspecting townspeople.A grisly and inspired remake of the 1958 Steve McQueen B-Movie classic, with an acute angle on horror, The Blob is directed by Chuck Russell (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3) and adapted by Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead, The Shawshank Redemption).
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 13.41 x 17.09 x 1.8 cm; 66.05 Grams
- Media Format : Import
- Run time : 1 hour and 35 minutes
- Release date : 2 November 2016
- Actors : BLOB (1988)
- Dubbed: : English
- Studio : UMBWA
- ASIN : B01M6VZCVQ
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
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This is a very dated late 1980's remake of the original 1950's production. And there's nothing wrong with the remaking of a film, but I didn't think this one provided two things that a monster film needs, being a good story and excellent special effects. In particular, the special effects don't often convey the size of The Blob and when they do, they are quite obviously fake - I assume courtesy of the technology available (or not available, being more the point) when the film was made. The story is too predictable as are the characters, with the cheerleader teen heroine and the bad boy outcast turned hero saving the day (with appalling hair!)
At 95 minutes it all felt too long and unsatisfying. To me, a big disappointment. 1.5 stars.
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The Blob is a pretty simple concept, like most '80s horror movies. The film takes place in a small charming town. We quickly get introduced to an array of interesting characters, all of them likeable in some way or another. Later on, a meteor crashes to the Earth and unleashes a large gooey beastie that quickly devours an old hermit. This sets up the movie for one of the best gory rampages of the time period as The Blob goes from building to building causing one great imaginative death to another.
All the interesting characters make the movie very easy to get into. Each one has their own quirks and the way they interact with one another is quite smooth and believable. For an '80s horror movie, I think the acting itself is quite good. Each role is played convincingly and I enjoyed watching each character on screen. I wouldn't recommend getting too familiar with them however as this is one movie that leaves no character safe. The Blob is looking for some easy lunch and doesn't care who he has to devour to achieve his goal. The film does a great job of subverting your expectations and is a great example of how to do so. The people behind the recent awful Star Wars movies could learn a whole lot from The Blob.
The highlight of the movie is of course the visual effects, which for the most part are absolutely stunning. The Blob itself is quite disgusting to look at and comes across as a big sentient tumour. It is quite revolting and was very well handled by the creative team behind it. The death scenes of course are spectacular. Fans of the horror classics The Thing and The Fly will be right at home here. The visual style of the special effects are quite similar in that each corpse looks juicy, squishy and explodes, implodes and dissolves with great effect. It is safe to say that this is not a movie for the faint of heart.
One thing I love about this film is the pacing. The Blob is an easy going ninety five minutes long but it really does not feel it. The movie jumps from one gross out scene to another with no holding back and this creates some excellent pacing. With the added humour and fun characters, it makes the movie a very easy watch. I am not one to shy away from long drawn out epics, but it is always great to get a film that doesn't horse around and this is one of those. It does what it does, does it quickly and gets it over with without over staying its welcome.
The bluray quality for this Umbrella print is really good. You'll find the film grain found in a lot of '80s movies has been left intact. This means that the new high definition print looks really sharp and extremely clear in places. In fact, it is quite an impressive looking movie in general. I am surprised at how well it has aged. The only draw back is that there are a few moments where the special effects look a little uncanny, but that sort of thing does happen over time and with new sharper quality prints. It is very excusable all things considered.
If you fancy revisiting this horror classic, do not hesitate to buy this version of the film. The bluray looks beautiful and it holds its disgusting charm with pride. It's a very well paced movie and is a great time to be had by all, and I literally mean that. I watched this with my ten year old son (at the time of writing) when this came in the mail and we had an absolute blast. It's a good simple honest gore film. If that interests you then by all means, buy this product.
It's quite big budget, which allowed some superb special effects moments (there are a few sore bluescreen shots, but that's nothing). It's got some good acting and humour (especially from the underrated actor Kevin Dillon). And the 2nd half in particular is surprisingly engaging because of how well-crafted its basic commercial structure is. It’s got lots of brutal kills, even kids get killed in this movie. And the movie switches well between humor and horror at the right moments, which hardly gives time for boredom.
And there's a man-made germ warfare plot line for the conspiracy crowd, lol. Go grab a copy.
Also I'm very happy to get a copy of this on blu-ray before the stupid prices go up even more. It's so hard to get hold on The Blob (1988) on blu-ray for a decent price. They are always printed in small numbers.