In a small American town a group of teenagers discover a gelatinous substance that devours the flesh off it’s victims and grows rapidly.
TERROR HAS NO SHAPE
The Blob was filmed in 1988 by Chuck Russel and stars Kevin Dillon, Shawness Smith and Jeffrey DeMunn. It is a direct remake from the 1958 film starring Steve McQueen. However, unlike the campy fun 1958 film, this 1988 remake has a much darker tone and turns the gore factor way up. This movie rocks!
Originally I intended to review the original 1958 film. However I already had a certain number of classic films on my list. So to add another would just throw the balance off. Plus I have a neat idea for that film after Horror Movie Marathon 2017 ends. Although I do love the original 1958 film The Blob, I cannot ignore the fact that the remake is a personal favorite of mine. This movie is brutal and the effects are straight up awesome!
Something about the blob monster is thrilling to me. I love the idea of a shapeless jellied like monster with no form of communication, no real reason to it’s killing other than being hungry. It doesn’t really stay dormant or feel fear. It just keeps growing and moving. From what I know you can’t really even kill it.
The new film takes what I already love about the Blob and just ups it’s intensity. Where the original is a moving mass of jelly; the new movie is aggressive and smarter kind of killer. It shapes tentacles to grab it’s prey and even launches sneak attacks on unsuspecting victims. It’s also a more “mucous” kind of blob and doesn’t look like a slab of jelly. It also doesn’t slowly roll along. This thing literally springs out and gives a person a reason to run. In the old film, people were killed by simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time and for the most part just run away from it. No way man, this new monster will run you down!
There are alterations this film took that I think are interesting. One is our hero Brian. He’s not an “all-American” kind of guy. From what I can tell the 80’s depiction of the rogue teenager had to come with a leather jacket and a motorcycle. I thought Danny Zuko was from 1950? Anyways, Brian is kind of a rogue. He keeps to himself, the cops get on him and from what I can remember; he doesn’t have any real parental figure in his life. An all around lost cause I guess. But this makes for a good heroes journey in my opinion. He does the right thing endlessly and by all accounts shouldn’t. Where the stand-up jocks and preps would do wrong, this “greaser” comes out on top and takes the lead.
Meg is another character that is much different. She’s a girl with a headstrong vision and doesn’t wait to do the right thing. In the end it’s because of her actions and discovery that leads to the defeat of the monster. She takes on the mantle of the age. She’s the strong independent woman.
One glimmering change in the film is the origin of the monster. Where the original is a creature from outer-space, here we discover the blob is actually a government research project gone wrong. It was made to be a bio-weapon. This change in origin is a big indication of how horror movies follow the change and demeanor in culture. It feeds on the feelings that government is less trusted. We’re shown an establishment that works in the shadows and is messing around with very dangerous science. It’s why we feel closer to the character Brian. He represents the counter to a powerful zealous government. It makes him a better hero and one we can trust to be on our side.
Although I didn’t care too much for the crazy pastor in the film. It just seemed out of place and took away from the bad over powering government authority. I mean, it might work in a sequel kind of setting but you don’t make a film where the antagonist like the government and then throw in another antagonist with a different agenda.
I love this film and enjoyed watching it when I was young. I think it has some sick visuals that put it above many well known horror films of it’s day. In comparison to the original, they both have their place. The original is a great film but it’s kind of boring in many places and focuses primarily on the trendy teenagers of the 50’s. This movie is pure hardcore monster flick. I think it doesn’t get as much recognition and should be a top 80’s horror film.