10/29/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #29 – The Blob (1988).


Time for another one of my guilty pleasures. Actually, I take that back. I don’t think I have to call it guilty, because this movie rocks. The 1988 Blob is an updated remake of The Blob from 1958 starring badass Steve McQueen. This time around Kevin Dillon takes over that role. Yeah, I know Johnny Drama doesn’t quite hold a candle to Bullitt. But in this 80’s universe, Dillon fits right in. Plus, you’ve got genre favorite Shawnee Smith as well. Oh, and did I mention this was directed by Chuck Russell, and co-written by Frank Darabont? Yep, pretty sweet. The basic plot is essentially the same. Meteor falls to Earth containing some kind of pink goo, and suddenly it starts engulfing everyone that stands in its way. The more people it eats, the larger it gets. Simple and awesome. This updated version is an amalgamation of a 50’s old tyme monster movie and an 80’s horror-gore flick. To me it’s the perfect little combo. It’s still got all the awesome campiness of the old school, mixed with the state-of-the-art practical gore effects of the time. Let’s be honest, when you talk about The Blob, you’re talking about the special effects. And holy dog shit, they are amazing. The stop motion effects of the blob are just as campy as you’d think, but the gore it creates far surpasses anything you expect. See, this time around the blob isn’t happy just eating you. This time the blob is going to melt your skin, eat your bones, break you in half, and basically turn you into a viscous pile of goo. This blob is a masochistic sociopath. There are so many amazing gore effects that I don’t even know where to begin. Should I start with the bum’s corroding half-body, the melting sewer child, the phone booth exploding woman, or the poor man pulled down the garbage disposal? I can’t decide. And trust me, that’s just touching the surface. The Blob is awesome fun. If you want to just have a goofy good time and enjoy some amazing 80’s gore, this really is the whole package. Just jump in and let it engulf you.

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