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The Blob (1988)


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Release Date: Aug 5, 1988 Wide



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After the phenomenal box-office and critical success of David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of The Fly, a series of big-budget remakes of '50s horror favorites rode in on its coattails in the late 1980s -- though none managed to rise above mere camp clones of their elders, albeit garnished with modern makeup effects in an attempt to draw modern teen horror-junkies. One remake that managed to live up to its cheesy inspiration was Chuck Russell's version of The Blob, in which the title goo crashes to



Sep 11, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Isolationism and false security are as much the targets of the '88 model blob as hobos and horny jocks.

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: House Next Door
House Next Door

An old story retold with a fresh voice, eager to make improvements where they're needed and unwilling to tamper with scenes that don't.

October 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Popcornworld

As far as remakes go it ain't too shoddy . . .

November 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

just a great sweet movie

May 8, 2008

Surprisingly worthy remake.

July 2, 2004

A fun, cheesy remake from writer Frank Darabont, who gets the tone just right.

September 12, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

While not nearly on par with the original, the remake's a fast-paced and happily gore-soaked little treat.

November 29, 2002

...a horror movie that manages to be scary, funny, suspenseful and even a parody of other horror movies.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Modest, disposable remake of a less-than-classic original... but dammit, evil Jell-O is still so cool!

August 13, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Audience Reviews for The Blob

Chuck Russell's remake of The Blob is one of those rare films that reinvents the formula of the original and makes it more horrifying. The 1958 version of the film will always be a horror classic, but this version amps up the stakes quite a bit by having better, more disturbing special effects, which add so much to the film's atmosphere. I very much enjoyed the film, and I think the fans of the original film will also enjoy this newer version. As far as remakes are concerned, this is among the better ones. When done right, an update can actually be very good and that's the case about The Blob. The cast do a fine job with the material, and director Chuck Russell clearly has an understanding on how to create a truly entertaining, disturbing and very memorable horror film. The effects are clearly the highlight of the film and there are enough demented scenes that will appeal to monster film fans. This is a very well done picture that is sure to appeal to diehard horror hounds and it's definitely entertaining from start to finish. Chuck Russell has pulled off a great remake that is among the best that I've seen. Be prepared for some serious blob carnage as the giant mass eats and attacks its prey. From a technical standpoint, this version looks better, but in terms of story, the original will always be the one to watch. Enjoyable and areal delight for fans, if you come across The Blob, give it a shot, you're sure to have a blast. This is among the best films in the genre of the late 80's and it most certainly is a memorable picture to watch and enjoy. As a remake, this one does what so many other reimagining's have failed to do, revise the story and incorporate a very good cast with plenty of thrills to give the fans something worth seeing.
December 10, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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80's camp with wonderfully stereotypical characters. Not nearly as good as the original but has it's own cheesy charm.
May 24, 2011
Randy Tippy

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This remake of the 50's cult classic was a very enjoyable thrill-ride of a movie - and a surprisingly gory one too! The gore effects are superb and the Blob creature has been brought to life as effectively as it could be for an 80's movie without being too cheesy. In my eyes it deservedly earns a spot on a list of best horror movie remakes next to the likes of Carpenter's 'The Thing' and Cronenberg's 'The Fly'.
January 28, 2011
Lee ?

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Why it reminds me of "Planet Terror", I'm not really sure. Perhaps it's the evil scientists, perhaps it's over-the-top style. Whatever the case, the similarity in style is quite striking. Story-wise, it's pretty faithful to the 1958 version, although it wants to put a little more of an edge on things. Maybe the tag line should be "It's not your father's blob" (then again, maybe not). Donovan Leitch plays the jock (a role played by Steve McQueen in the original), and Kevin Dillon plays the motorcycle-riding bad boy (a character not found in the original), and it's clear who the film-makers favor. While he may be a bad boy, he's a nice guy at heart, even when it comes to the town goody-two shoes cheerleader (Shawnee Smith). Much like the original, a meteorite crashes in the woods outside of town and when an old man finds it, a blob-like substance attaches itself to his arm. The two upstanding young highschool students rush the old man off to the hospital, but by the time they figure out what they're dealing with, it's too late. The blob grows bigger with each victim it consumes. And speaking of Grindhouse, Eli Roth must've been paying tribute to this film with his "Thanksgiving Day" short. There's a specific scene where two high school students are parked at make-out point that's hilariously reminiscent of said scene. Maybe this re-make isn't going to make anyone's "must see" list, but it's a fun little horror gem from the 80s never the less.
October 20, 2010
Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

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    1. Dr. Meddows: I want that organism alive!
    – Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)
    1. Meg Penny: You don't believe either, do you?
    – Submitted by Nick P (3 years ago)
    1. Scott Jeskey: (talking to Vikki as she's in the car sleeping?) Hot as a dog out there tonight. That's a, That's a nice blouse. Nice material. It must be hot, though. I'll just undo one of these for you. That's better, huh? Oh, no? Oh, well. I'll just, undo another one then. Okay. (The Blob pours out of Vikki's body) OH GOD, VICKI!!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Vicki De Soto: What are all those lights down there? Isn't that the hospital?
    2. Scott Jeskey: It's probably a promotional gimmick. They're giving away free tonsillectomies.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Meg Penny: (she screams, as the Blob is eating her boyfriend Paul) PAAAAAAUUUUL!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Moss Woolsey: (as snowflakes fall to the ground from the blob's demise) Hey man I told you we'd have snow. Gotta have a little faith. I hope I'm covered for this sort of thing. (Indicating to the blob's shattered frozen remains)
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
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