The Blob Reviews
In "The Blob," a huge meteorite crashes on top of planet earth and releases a mysterious gooey substance that has a churning in its transparent stomach for human beings. This creature is very hot and it instantly devallows anybody that it can get its sticky hands (if it has any) on. Almost as mysterious as this galactic creature itself is a group of government workers who say they want to save the people, yet capture the alien in its live form.
"The Blob" is great in every way. It has good acting, it's sort of scary, it's suspenseful, and the storyline is intriguing without ever getting even slightly boring. Probably the most captivating is the film's special effects. Even though this version of "The Blob" was made in 1988, its special effects are so great that they are not dated one bit. Even by today's standard, "The Blob" has some of the best special effects ever, in my opinion.
During most of the running time, the movie follows a few teens around while the plot develops and the blob makes its deadly run. Whether it's swallowing somebody by aid of a drain, residing in the swamps, or taking over the city, this interstellar monster is fun to watch over and over for years and decades to come.
"The Blob" isn't one of my favorite movies of all time just because I have some fond memories of watching it when I was growing up, I still watch it every chance I get these days because it is a GREAT movie. I don't have a DVD player yet, but I know that when I do get one, this 1988 version of "The Blob" will be one of the first movies that I'll purchase.
I haven't seen the original version of "The Blob" yet, but I know one thing, even if the original is better, this 1988 classic will still be one of my favorite movies of all time....it's THAT good. If you like classic horror movies that are unforgettable and that don't know the meaning of getting old, purchase "The Blob" today! NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.
Not a must see.
Starring: Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch, Jeffrey DeMunn.
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The story follows a small town hit by a meteorite that is discovered to contain a jello-like substance that grip itself onto someone and from there continues to grow and feed.
I'm shocked at how averagely rated this film is, completely understandable that the film doesn't reach high quality levels in the way of character and plot, but you do know that that is never the point...right?
What really had me going within the first 10 minutes of the film was the fact that the film had going for it what exactly I was wanting. We all need a moment where we can sit back with a pile of food and enjoy and equally silly and funny B-grade comedy/horror and The Blob achieves that balance brilliantly.
Written and Directed by the man behind the 2nd Nightmare on Elm Street sequel (the only good sequel) and co-written by legend Frank Darabont, they both masterfully work the right tone into this remake, making it vividly comical, quite tense and exciting in its moments and of course just one hell of a fun time thanks to some impressive effects work (if you ignore the obvious blue screen work) and brilliantly creative death ideas...at the end of the day, the acceptable plot and mediocre characters are not the point, as you never care for any of them, you just want them to die in the greatest ways, and Russell and Darabont know this and keep that in mind all the same, even when the film trails off a little in the final act.
I can't exactly review the remainder of the film such as performances, because the films purpose is never for that and being a 80's B-Grade film, I never expected it. Instead I expected The Blob to be a brilliantly comical B-Grade Comedy/Horror and I got that for one hell of a 90 minute running time.
Some of the classic scenes, like the old man finding the crashed meteor, and the movie theatre attack, were re-created.
The gore effects of the blob eating people were very inventive and realistic. It had a translucency, so you could people being dissolved inside it. Some of the scenes had me squirming, like the guy and girl in the car, the cook being pulled into the sink drain, the phone booth smoosh, the person being swatted by one of the blob's tentacles, and the blob pulling the boy up to the ceiling.
This movie was bit of a shock that they showed a kid being killed. They added the whole end sewer sequence, to make it more spectacular.
I remember this DVD being released on September 11th, 2001. I watched "The Blob" to take my mind off the real-life horrors which were taking place.
Outside of the effects, of course, there's not a whole lot to this film's technical value, though there some impressive bits to, say, Mark Irwin's cinematography, whose stylish camera plays often do a decent job of drawing you into the environment, though not with as much effectiveness as Michael Hoenig's score, which is watered down and formulaic in a lot of areas, but generally with a fairly effective atmosphere the helps in selling some of the tension of this film. There is some commendable style here, but again, it's the effects that most stand out in this film, perhaps as the final product's all around best aspect, being adequately convincing and creative, especially when it comes to the gore effects, for although much of the extreme and disturbing violence portrayed in this film is often too hollow to not feel unnervingly gratuitous, on the whole, the unapologetic and morbidly nifty attention to harsh, effects-enhanced imagery reinforces a sense of consequence, established by undeniable highlights in storytelling. Chuck Russell's direction is sloppy, or at least too under-inspired to obscure the many, many, many missteps in writing, but when the atmosphere is neither limp or cloying, it's kind of effective, as Russell plays up anything from the aforementioned disturbing imagery to a chilling atmosphere, until he ultimately crafts some tension. I hate to call this film more effective than its original, even though I'm not particularly animalistic about the original, but this film is more active in its attempts to get under your skin, and when its bite hits its mark, it sinks deep, so yeah, this film really is scarier than its source material, and heights in such tension give you a particularly clear glimpse into potential. By no means is this film as unique as the original 1958 fluff piece, but its pretty loose interpretation of that film's subject matter is, on its own level, refreshing, and even more consequential, with more emphasis on conflict and momentum, and therefore more potential... to squander. I suppose you could say that this film's particular story concept is stronger than the original's, and I hate saying that, because the execution of this story concept is just so mishandled, and its not like this subject matter was ever to be all that juicy, but I have to give credit where credit is due, and if this film was more frequent with its effectiveness, then it would have perhaps been secured as genuinely decent. Alas, the film collapses, and quite decidedly, having plenty of worthy attributes, but not enough for the flaws to weaken much of the integrity of the final product, which can't even keep its pacing under control.
I suppose pacing is generally brisk, maybe even kind of entertaining, if you want to call this misfire entertaining to some extent, but all too often, this film is surprisingly kind of dull, with a limp, under-inspired atmosphere and draggy material that, after a while, begin to wear the film down as bland and distancing, and let me tell you, characterization doesn't exactly make things that much more engaging. I suppose there a few reasonably memorable supporting players in this game, but on the whole, characterization is kind of weak, - with most supporting characters being barely likable, while most primary roles prove to be barely interesting - and the performances don't really make anything better, because even though the acting isn't really that bad here, much of it is kind of under-inspired, doing nothing to flesh out limited acting material behind improvably drawn roles. Even on a character level, the film falls flat, and seeing as how this film's story is uninteresting enough without it being entirely about watching some blobby force of evil crawl around and make weird noises, much of the narrative is driven by its bland characters, who would perhaps be more compelling if they weren't so reflective of this film's genericism. As if it's not enough that this film drags you along with only so much to attach to, it doesn't even give the courtesy of unpredictability, because even though I'm not asking that this film be all that unique, the characters and story are too familiar, and as surely as these familiar characters reflect conventionalism within this story concept, the conventionalism within this story concept reflects some serious laziness to other elements in storytelling. Throughout this article, I've been tossing about the somewhat uncreative term "under-inspired", but it's about as good a way to describe this film as any, as director Chuck Russell establishes only so much style, yet still plays up style over substance a touch too much, to where much of the gore gets to be more disconcertingly gratuitous than consequential and, in a seriously morbid way, cool, and may very well be, well, kind of dumb. Really, what blands the film up about as much anything is its being kind of lame-brain, with cheesy dialogue and questionable plotting that leave the film to somehow come off as both lazy and overblown, as though it wants to be more than what it is, and ends up trying too hard for you to ignore the attributes that are anything but worthy of a promising story concept. Of course, that's not to say that all that it takes much to draw your attention in on the many, many problems with this trite, lazy and all around thoroughly uncompelling "thriller", because as promising and effective as this film is in a lot of ways, more often than not, it falls almost spectacularly flat under the weight of flaws which range from subtle to extreme, yet either way stand as consistent, challenging your investment until it just cannot be supported, resulting in the final product's downfall into mediocrity.
In conclusion, there are some nifty moments to style, and plenty of nifty moments to the effects, particularly when they're really played up with morbidly impressive gore effects that join highlights in atmospheric storytelling in establishing effective moments that reflect potential for a decent film that would have been achieved if it wasn't for the blandly uneven pacing, fall-flat characterization, underwhelming acting, overwhelming genericism and lazy, if not dumb storytelling that make Chuck Russell's "The Blob" a misguided misfire that squanders potential under the pressure of mediocrity.
2.25/5 - Mediocre