Halloween Top 13: The Remake #4 The Blob (1988)
Before I get too deep into that, let me tell you a little bit about the story. The picture kicks off in a similar way to the original film with a crazy old coot poking the goo from outer space with a stick. (When I reviewed the original film, I warned against this menace.) He is taken into town, but soon the blob is making the old man, and anyone else around it into a snack. Naturally, the local lawmen want someone to blame and who better than Brian Flagg (Kevin Dillon) the local juvenile delinquent. The only person that knows Brian is innocent is cheerleader Meg Penny (Shawnee Smith), who saw her boyfriend gobbled up by the blob. The usual hijinks ensue with the blob running amuck in the town until it sets its sights on the crowded movie theater. This version has an added twist though as Brian finds out that the threat of the blob may not be such an otherworldly menace after all.
Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors with his frequent writing partner Frank Darabont in1987. Based on the success of that pairing, the two joined forces again to work on the script for The Blob based off the 1958 film. They made the necessary changes to keep some of the same themes (cops more concerned about rowdy teens than giant goo eating up their town) and kept the major set pieces like the movie theater, but they updated everything in a very smart way. The best thing that got a facelift was The Blob itself. It’s hard to make a rolling pink slime ball seem frightening, but it got there in The Blob. The most impressive scenes come late in the film when the gooey gobbler shows off some of its undigested food, the town sheriff. It’s one of my favorite gory moments in a horror film, and it is a credit to Russell and special effects creator Lyle Conway how well the monster plays on the screen. Russell would go on to direct movies such as The Mask and Eraser before getting more into the producing side of the business. Frank Darabont would make a name for himself by being the best at translating Stephen King’s works to the screen. Also, he has some little show coming on this weekend called The Walking Dead which sounds promising.
The Blob (1958) a three and a half back when I reviewed it last October, and I’m going to be giving The Blob (1988) a four. This may seem a little contradictory to how I’ve been talking, but let me explain. The remake is a technically better film with high production values, a modern pace, and subplots a plenty. The fact it makes me want to watch another good film might keep it out of the Top 3, but it won’t keep me from enjoying a good double feature, The Blob and The Blob.