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Old 10-07-10, 08:20 PM
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"The Blob" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 11



The Blob (1988)



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Old 10-11-10, 10:23 PM
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Chuck Russell's Thing-like take on the moldy oldie is an interesting update, but it's let down in the second half due to the very 80s insistence that the monster is a biological creation of the government and its reliance on action instead of horror. The first half of the film works beautifully, though. I remember seeing it when it first came out and not really liking it (but I didn't really hate it, either). I liked it a little better this time around, but it still doesn't exactly work for me. It certainly makes me miss the pre-CGI days, however. I was surprised to see that Frank Darabont co-scripted; perhaps he named Kevin Dillon's character Flagg after Randall Flagg in The Stand. I also suspect that the cook that gets sucked down the sink drain was inspired by a character in King's "The Raft" that met a similar fate. All in all, The Blob is worth a look on a slow night, but it probably won't land on anyone's top-ten list.
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Re: "The Blob" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 11

I like this re-make more and more each time I watch it. It's silly in spots, but it's a lot of fun, and I found myself entertained the whole ride.

Thinking of watching Beware! The Blob now.
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I hadn't seen this since the early 90s, but have always remembered it fondly. The kitchen death scene is what I remembered most. NEVER reach down the drain! I really like the opening credits design. A lot of the practical make up effects have aged very well, although some of the matting and miniatures show their age. I think what works best is that the blob is simply death and that NONE of the characters are guaranteed to make it to the end. Frank Darabont's name was a surprise to me as well. Yesterday the surprise was when I saw Sean Cunningham's name attached to Last House on the Left eight years before Friday the 13th.
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i chose this flick because it's one of my favorite remakes and because it's also one of my first memories of a horror film. i remember having a HUGE crush on shawnee smith at the time and still do. the effects were always impressive and it's a fun ride. i hate to admit it but i've never seen the original version (i know, i know...sue me) but i plan on changing that soon when i watch THE BLOB, BEWARE THE BLOB! and THE BLOB ('88) all back to back.
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Re: "The Blob" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 11

This is one of a handful of remakes I actually prefer over the original. I've always considered McQueen's version with his hands in the pocket throughout thinking he's James Dean and running from what looks like a giant scoop of pudding as being extremely overrated. This one's a schlocky tongue-in-cheek '80s cheese-fest that sets out to entertain and does just that. It's suspensful, has impressive special effects that hold up even today and actually gives a plausible explanation for the events taking place. A fun ride.

And look for Bill Moseley playing "Soldier #2".
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I enjoyed this, and I didn't think I would. I really don't see it as a straight remake, felt more like a new movie about the same idea. I'm fine with that.
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I loved the remake and had also never seen the original - only the clip of the trailer in the movie "Grease". I watched the original right after. Loved how the 'rough' teens would be considered so squeaky-clean today.

Back to the original - great remake and surprised a sequel was never made.
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This is SUCH a great movie. Which is why I'm disappointed Zombie might be remaking it again.

This movie is perfectly cast, creepy, well-drawn characters...one of the best things to come out of the late eighties (along with anything Jill Schoelen did).
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