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The Blob (1988)

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Remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror classic about a deadly blob from another planet which consumes everything in its path. Teenagers attempt without success to warn the townspeople, who refuse to take them seriously.

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Chuck Russell

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Theodore Simonson (earlier screenplay), Kay Linaker (earlier screenplay) (as Kate Phillips) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Dillon ... Brian Flagg
Shawnee Smith ... Meg Penny
Donovan Leitch Jr. ... Paul Taylor (as Donovan Leitch)
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Sheriff Herb Geller
Candy Clark ... Fran Hewitt
Joe Seneca ... Dr. Meddows
Del Close ... Reverend Meeker
Paul McCrane ... Deputy Bill Briggs
Sharon Spelman ... Mrs. Penny
Beau Billingslea ... Moss Woodley
Art LaFleur ... Pharmacist / Mr. Penny
Ricky Paull Goldin ... Scott Jeske
Robert Axelrod ... Jennings
Bill Moseley ... Soldier #2 (in sewer)
Frank Collison ... Hobbe
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Storyline

Meg Penny is a cheerleader out on her first date with one of the football players, Paul Taylor. It doesn't go very well. Before they get where they're going, an old vagrant runs out in front of Paul's car, screaming in terror. The old man is closely followed by Brian Flagg, the local teen rebel, complete with long hair, black leather jacket, motorcycle and tough-guy attitude. Paul blames Brian for chasing the old man, but after the threesome takes him to the doctor's office, it becomes clear the vagrant had more to worry about than some young tough. He was screaming because of the acid-like substance on his hand - a substance that spreads over his body and eventually consumes him. Soon, the growing red blob, which sprouts tentacles to attack its victims, becomes a menace to the small town of Arbeville, Colorado. The military soon arrives in Hazmat suits, led by the wide-eyed Dr. Christopher Meddows. They're from the government, they say, and they want to help; but Brian's distrust for... Written by J. Spurlin

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Man is no longer the supreme being on this planet. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mancha voraz See more »

Filming Locations:

Abbeville, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,644,000, 7 August 1988

Gross USA:

$8,247,943
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Seneca and Sharon Spelman previously appeared in separate episodes of The Golden Girls (1985). See more »

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When Candy Clark is bringing dishes back into the diner kitchen after trying to unclog the sink and she sees the cook being dragged into the sink, the crew can be seen in the reflection on the swinging door's window. See more »

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New remake with high grade special effects and amazing killings
14 September 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This new version from the Steve McQueen's camp classic with more gore and guts than original that was shot with low budget.Again deals about a small town besieged by an enormous, man-eating amoebic mass and fast-growing that land over earth from exterior space.Our hero(Kevin Dillon)is a rebellious young man who saves the damsel(Shawnee Smith)in distress and taking on policeman(Jeffrey DeMoon)and scientific(Joe Seneca).

This high budget film contains noisy action, suspense, grisly murders and lots of blood and gore. This sequel provides great load of screams, terror, creepy atmosphere which becomes pretty sinister with the mound of glop appearing. It's a sleek production with genuine chills, tension, shocks and nice special effects by Dream Quest, making an exciting slimy jello invader and frightening and horrifying to the audience. This remake rips off Irvin S. Yeaworth's version(again remade by Larry Hagman in ¨Beware, the Blob¨) like when the large Glob exploding through the theater screen(meanwhile the spectators are watching a splatter film , Friday,13-alike) and people stampede from cinema, among others. The film packs a good cinematography by Mark Irwin with ominous camera angles, colorful atmospheres and moody woods. The motion picture is well directed by Chuck Russell,who made the third and best version of ¨Nightmare on Elm Street¨. Rating : Acceptable and passable. Well worth watching. This is a cool tribute to the original movie.


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