The Blob 1988

Prime Video: The Blob (1988)

Day 26 of the NOFS podcast 31-day horror challenge has the theme of my first horror movie. I went back and forth on this based on my memories. The Blob barely eked ahead of Pumpkinhead just because I feel like I have an earlier memory of one of the scenes in it. That’s the reason that I watched Pumpkinhead earlier this month.

The Blob was directed by Chuck Russell. It was written by Russell and Frank Darabont with the story by Irving H. Millgate. It was based on The Blob by Theodore Simonson and Kay Linaker. This was a remake of a movie thirty years later and it has an interesting relationship with the original. The writers were obviously fans of the original and had fun with expectations based on it.

It stars Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch, Jeffrey DeMunn, Candy Clark, and Joe Seneca. Shawnee Smith is pretty young in the movie, and I had forgotten it was her in the movie. She has such an expressive face which makes her great as one of the leads for the movie. She also gets to be pretty badass. I’m honestly surprised that she has only had spotty success. Kevin Dillon does pretty well with a pretty stereotypical bad boy, he gets a little outside of the stereotype but not much.

The Blob follows Brian Flagg, local bad boy, Meg Penny, cheerleader, and Paul Taylor, star wide receiver,  on a Friday. Paul and Meg are at a football game and set up a date for later. Brian is on the outskirt of town playing on the motorcycle. They eventually collide because of an old homeless man. The man has something on his hand and Paul accidentally hits him with his car. The three of them take him to the hospital and everything goes from there.

The practical effects in The Blob are just absolutely amazing. Like even now they look amazing and its because there was a huge team of people behind all of the effects. The music was done by Michael Hoenig. The score works really well to evoke the proper responses necessary.

The Blob is one of those remakes that expands upon what was done in the original. A few weeks ago a YouTube channel that covers horror movies did a fantastic video essay about the movie that offers so much information that I have to recommend it. The channel is called GoodBadFlix. I give The Blob 8.5 wrench sets out of 10.

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