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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They Don't (Re)make Them Like This Anymore
It is currently the trend in Hollywood at the moment to remake classics, and horror is the biggest victim of all genres. Movies such as Dawn of the Dead, the Texas Chiansaw Massacre, The Fog, When a Stranger Calls and The Omen have all recieved this treatment and the end is result is always the same. Crap!

But in the 1980's some truly classic remakes were...
Published on 8 Aug 2006 by Christian Sellers

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3.0 out of 5 stars Feeling like a one legged man....
A deadly blob which is the spawn of a secret government germ warfare project, consumes everyone in its path.

Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously.

And in the final act, overacting government agents try to cover up the evidence and confine the creature....

I've never seen the original, all I know is...
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe


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4.0 out of 5 stars They Don't (Re)make Them Like This Anymore, 8 Aug 2006
This review is from: Blob [DVD] [1988] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
It is currently the trend in Hollywood at the moment to remake classics, and horror is the biggest victim of all genres. Movies such as Dawn of the Dead, the Texas Chiansaw Massacre, The Fog, When a Stranger Calls and The Omen have all recieved this treatment and the end is result is always the same. Crap!

But in the 1980's some truly classic remakes were released that were superior to the originals in many ways (usually because the director was a fan of the original and wanted to pay homage to that). John Carpenter's The Thing and David Cronenberg's The Fly were far more impressive than the 1950's movies they were inspired by and that can also be said for the 1988 remake of The Blob.

Inspired by a rather naff Steve McQueen movie, Chuck (A Nightmare On Elm Street 3, The Mask) Russell's reimagining was a fun, gore-packed sci-fi horror that featured Matt Dillon's younger brother Kevin as the lead anti-hero, with Saw's Shawnee Smith as the cheerleader-cum-heroine, who try to save small town America from a jello-like substance that devours everything in its path.

While a little cheesy in places, this movie is hugely enjoyable and should be a lesson to modern directors that if you're going to remake a movie, do it properly!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Anne Widdecombes new Fitness video..., 22 Jan 2004
This review is from: Blob [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Ah, The Blob. I first saw this movie when i was about 12 years old, and still remember it well to this day, as it was genuinely scary in certain scenes. Sure, its cheesy too, but that just adds to the joy! Basically we are led to believe an alien has fallen too earth, only this one eats everything it comes across!Or could the creature be a result of some hideous government experiment?! At the start of the movie the creature is tiny, by the end...you do the math! Favourite scenes in the movie are when the old tramp finds the Blob and makes friends with it...and the crazy old preacher with his little "surprise" at the end. Could have done with Steve Mcqueen (like the original) for added coolness, but a great way to waste a couple of hours.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome Horror At It's Disturbing Best, 1 April 2014
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This review is from: The Blob [1988] (DVD)
Dvd Info.
Region 2 import, Running time 91 minutes approx.

Trivia.
1)Kevin Dillon is the younger brother of actor Matt Dillon.
2)Chuck Russell other directing credits ar Nightmare On Elm Street Part 3 Dream Warriors, The Mask & Eraser.
3)Two minor roles were played by Playboy Playmates Erika Eleniak (1989)& Julie McCullough (1986), Erm so I was told lol.
4)This film had a budget of 9 million dollars, 9million went on special effects.
5)Frank Darabont co-wrote this screenplay with Chuck Russell.
6)Shawnee Smith went on to star as Amanda in several Saw movies.

Synopsis.
Remake of the 1958 horror.

When a strange meteor cashs to earth a old vagrant finds it & poking it with a stick unleashes a a strange red jelly liquid attaching itself to his hand.

The vagrant is hit by a car as the young driver named Brian Flagg takes the vagrant to the Doctors.

There waiting to be seen the vagrant is eventually consumed by the red blob like substance over his whole body that starts growing tentacles & goes on the rampage in the smalltown of Arbeville, Colorado.

The Blob consumes everbody it comes into contact with, As local teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk of what's coming but are not taken seriously by anybody believing it to be a prank, Soon however it becomes apparent that the Government agency are dispatching agent's to cover up the evidence & confine the creature or are they?

Timelord Thoughts.
I remember hiring this from the video shop around 1990 when I was 15 & this scared the S##T out of me.

This is a very gruesome remake packed full of gore that doesn't hold back on seeing victims burned melted by the blob the 1958 PG version this ain't.

The effects are excellent & it's obvious some money's been spent on them which gives the movie more realism & the subplot with the US government was part of the 1980's Cold War paranoia as the Government have suspicious motives of there own.

Kevin Dillon gives a good performance here & it's a pity his career didn't qute pan out like his older brother Matt.

Chuck Russell certainly knows how to direct horror as with Elm Street 3 Russell goes for full on in your face gruesome gore shocks so anybody who squeamish may want sit this movie out.

Again the BBFC treat the Great British public as imbeciles & cut this to ribbons on home video release but alas on dvd it is uncut at last.

You want your Girlfriend to stay overnight then stick this in the dvd player to watch together & Bob's your Uncle as they say lol.

As remakes go this ain't a bad one it's a little cheesy at times but The Blob 1988 certainty delivers quality gory effects & full on carnage that will no doubt appeal to hardcore horror fan's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Blob: Not just another remake, 21 Feb 2011
This review is from: Blob [DVD] [1988] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The original Blob with Steve McQueen is, and always will be a sci-fi classic, this 1988 remake follows the same plot line as the original but is heavier on the effects.
Now-a-days we've got hundreds of remakes flooding the cinemas and DVD shelves, most of tem are awful...Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween come to mind. But the 1988 Blob has an eighties b-movie charm at it's heart and it's actually a really fun film that's suitable for teenagers.
Of course, it was an 18 certificate when it was released here and the film was cut to ribbons by the BBFC, so much so, it damaged the plot.
The film centers around a small town where a metorite crashes in a field, that rock contains a hungry pink goop that dissolves victims as it eats them alive. The best thing is, the film acknowledges the original 1958 film and plays with it.
This is a brilliant popcorn movie for teenagers who have got access to region 1 players and for once it's uncut.
Also check out The Monster Squad (R1 only) and for a fun but trashy 80's horror movie try Night Of The Comet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feeling like a one legged man...., 17 Nov 2013
A deadly blob which is the spawn of a secret government germ warfare project, consumes everyone in its path.

Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously.

And in the final act, overacting government agents try to cover up the evidence and confine the creature....

I've never seen the original, all I know is that the Cooler King is in it, and its one of a spate of monster movies made in the fifties. And while its not the best horror film out there, its a hell of a lot better than any horror remake made in the last five years.

Dillon, who always takes the roles his Brother declines, is the hero in this, and of course, he's misunderstood, always being at the wrong place at the wrong time. And the guy from Robocop hates him, but it doesn't matter, because the Sheriff likes him, and the local diner owner makes him sandwiches after hours.

Amanda from Saw loses her date to the titular monster, and her and Dillon hook up, to try and warn everyone about the living dessert. But as always its too late and the special effects then go into overtime.

For the time, the effects are brilliant, and the make up is almost too good foe such a schlocky B-movie.

The film doesn't pull any punches, and you have know idea who is going to live or dies, thanks to some risqué writing and one particular scene in the sewer.

It all goes a bit bonkers when the cut price Morgan Freeman shows up with his posh voice and demands that everyone gets shot, and the ending promised a sequel, but if you like your horror movies very tongue in cheek, with a Nasty streak, this is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Blast !!, 14 May 2011
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Mr. P. N. Cairns (Birmingham United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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OK, I payed quite a lot for this dvd(By todays standard),But having just watched it,I don't regret a single penny of it.This is one of those cheesy horror films from the 80's that i remember enjoying.My own feeling is that it's still a cheesy horror film,But strangely enough time hasn't harmed the film,It has aged remarkably well.The film has all the things you remember from that era of horror film ie;average acting,Bad hair cuts and poor/cheap special effects.But don't let that put you off,Put it on,Get a few mates round and get the beer in and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the killer Blancmange., 15 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Blob [1988] (DVD)
Am not belittling this great remake but why didn't Family Guy spoof it,when the lead characters are Brian & Meg ?No point in retelling the plot but to say based on region 2 uncut DVD.English language print on disc/disc menu and front cover of sleeve,but back cover is Dutch synopsis of film.The disc is set up to play in English with no forced/unmovable subtitles in any European language so a good buy for Brits whom are denied a release for this since VHS days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
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nice thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars its got me, 9 Jun 2014
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I thought the 50s steve mc queen was good ,this is ten times better agreat horror movie as a meteor lands from space and starts to look for life meat to absorb,brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd, 17 May 2014
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I have searched for this for years with no success until now. It plays beautifully on my dvd player and the disc itself is spotless. I could not be any happier with this product then I am right now.
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