THE BLOB (1988) 

Kevin Dillon
Shawnee Smith
Donovan Leitch
Jeffrey DeMunn
Candy Clark
Joe Seneca
Del Close
Paul McCrane
Art LaFleur
Beau Billingslea
Michael Kenworthy

Chuck Russell


Time: 95 mins.
Rating: R
Genre: Horror/Sci-Fi

SYNOPSIS: A deadly blob, which is the spawn of a secret government germ warfare project, lands near a small town and consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously, while government agents try to cover up the evidence and capture the ever-expanding creature.

BOTTOM LINE: This remake has just enough plot to keep it interesting, but not enough to get in the way of the action. A tight thriller with decent acting is made extremely watchable due to it's effectively gruesome special effects. The blob is an unrelenting killer with an unstoppable appetite, that could have been a lame monster if the filmmakers weren't so damn imaginative with how the blob kills each victim.

I wasn't expecting to be entertained by this film – after all how scary can goo be? Yet it pushes all the right buttons and doesn't take itself too seriously. Dillon and Smith, in their first major roles, are charged with the task of taking on the sleazy government officials and the slimey alien monster, which they do with just the right mixture of fear and bravado. As horrified as they are by this creature – one can hardly blame Smith if she just wanted to run as it ate her new boyfriend right in front of her – they decide to stand and fight and are actually quite believable as hometown heroes.

Though the effects are uneven – when the blob is growing or moving the green screen is abysmally obvious – the overall gore is extremely effective. The monster doesn't care who it kills and takes out the good with the bad in scenes that are as scary as they are funny. Not knowing who's going to bite it next keeps the anticipation level high. Sure there's not a lot of surprises – it's slow-moving goo after all – but the gore is so inventive and gross, you won't care that you knew it was coming. Mindless, but fun...if you're into this sort of thing.

"Your meteor brought something all right but if its a germ, its the biggest son of a bitch you've ever seen!"

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