The Blob (1988)

Year: 1988

Production: Palisades California / TriStar

Director: Chuck Russell

Starring: Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch, Del Close

Screenwriter: Chuck Russell, Frank Darabont

Novelization (1988) by David Bischoff

95 minutes; Color

This remake, which nowhere credits its 1958 predecessor, follows the original story quite closely. Proficient and exciting, with good and expensive state-of-the-art horror special effects (imploding faces, a man sucked down a plughole) and a spunky heroine (Smith), it is nonetheless rigidly formulaic. All the main changes (the Blob is now the result of a US Government experiment in biological warfare) are derived from other films, notably The Crazies (1973). Distance may have lent too much charm to the original; this has none at all.

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