Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Blob (1988)

Director: Chuck Russell

Writers: Chuck Russell, Frank Darabont, Theodore Simonson, Kay Linaker, Irvine H. Millgate

Composer: Michael Hoenig

Starring: Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch Jr., Jeffrey DeMunn, Candy Clark, Joe Seneca, Del Close, Paul McCrane, Sharone Spelman, Beau Billingslea, Art LaFleur, Ricky Paull Goldin, Robert Axelrod, Bill Moseley

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Man is no longer the supreme being on this planet.

Plot: A strange life form consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

THE BLOB (1958) is a classic and it's THE prototype for the best of the monster movies from the era and its formula has been copied many times.  This remake isn't that bad.  The special effects are awesome and there are some great kills.  The film makers (and, hey, it's co-written by Frank Darabont) did a good job of updating the film.  it's taken very seriously and there are some good scares.  I have a problem with the synthesizer score (typical of this period).  It's not good.  The other thing is it's too long and it doesn't help that the film drags for a while at the midway point, dragging the action along with it which should have been a great section.  Again, it's not all that bad but I was getting tired of the constant blob action and the added subplot of the government experiment gone wrong.   It's a worthy attempt but it doesn't fully satisfy and it's not nearly as good as the original...not that anyone would have thought it would. The Columbia DVD comes with a nice anamorphic widescreen print and the sole extras are trailers for this film (anamorphic widescreen), JOHN CARPENTER'S VAMPIRES (fullscreen) and MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN (non-anamorphic widescreen).

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