1988. Directed by Chuck Russell.
One of the goriest films of the 80's, Chuck Russell's remake of the horror classic The Blob, forsakes the communist warnings of its predecessor to deliver a downright nasty take on the infamous amorphous killer. Featuring outstanding visual effects and ridiculously gruesome kill scenes, The Blob is 80's cult cinema at its finest.
A meteorite crashes in the sleepy town of Arborville, CA. A vagrant discovers the crash site and is afflicted by a parasite that attaches to his hand and slowly begins to consume him. A beautiful cheerleader on a date with the town's hot shot football player, comes in contact with the homeless man and takes him to the hospital. The creature quickly makes work of its first victim and then proceeds to dine on the town's populace, growing larger and stronger with each victim. Soon, the military arrives to put an end to its experiment gone awry, forcing the townsfolk to band together in order to stop the Blob once and for all.
Co-written by Frank Darabont, The Blob is pure late night fodder that managed to break away from the pack with its wicked visuals and unusually violent subject matter. Starring Kevin Dillon (the other Dillon), Shawnee Smith, and an endless procession of victims, The Blob skips character development in lieu of the carnage. Tony Gardner's special effect work is the entire film. In the original, the blob was an ever moving titan, slowly devouring everything in its path, while this offering presents the titular behemoth as a sentient disease,infecting and then dissolving anything it comes in contact with and responding to challenges with overkill level displays of audacity. Gardner's special effects, captured by Mark Irwin's looming cinematography, use tentacles, cell division, and corpse puppetry to various degrees of putrescent delight. The over the top sewer sequence (with a motorcycle!) is the set piece, featuring one of the most brutal kill scenes involving a child while simultaneously abandoning any sense of credibility, proudly cementing the film's ooze covered antics as the jester of B movie royalty.
Available now for digital rental, The Blob is a great horror comedy that straddles the ridiculous and the revolting with alacrity. If you're in the mood to reclaim a piece of your 80's child hood, you can't go wrong. If you've never viewed The Blob before, prepare for a paint by numbers horror film with above the board special effects and eye rolling dialogue that befuddles and playfully insults American bravado, and you'll be in good hands. Albeit, slimy ones.