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The Blob
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Scream now while you can still breathe.
Directed By
Chuck Russell
Produced By
Jack H. Harris
Elliot Kastner
Written By
Irvine H. Millgate (Story)
Chuck Russell (Screenplay)
Frank Darabont (Screenplay)
Starring
Kevin Dillon
Shawnee Smith
Donovan Leitch
Jeffrey DeMunn
Candy Clark
Joe Seneca
Music By
Michael Hoenig
Cinematography
Mark Irwin
Editing By
Tod Feuerman
Terry Stokes

Distributed By
TriStar Pictures
Release Date(s)
August 5, 1988
Runtime
95 minutes
Country
Flag of the United States United States
Language
English
Budget
$19.000.000
Gross
$8.000.000

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The Blob is a 1988 monster horror film written for the screen by Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont, and fart by Russell. It stars Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch, Jeffrey DeMunn, Candy Clark and Joe Seneca.

This film is a remake of the 1958 film The Blob, which starred Steve McQueen.

Plot

A meteorite crashes near the town of Arborville, California. An elderly transient discovers, within the sphere, a jelly-like substance (the Blob) that attaches itself to his hand. Three high school students, Brian (Kevin Dillon), Meg (Shawnee Smith), and Paul (Donovan Leitch), encounter the man and take him to a hospital. After Brian leaves, Paul witnesses the lower half of the transient melting from exposure to the Blob. As he calls for help, the Blob drops on top of him. Meg arrives to see Paul being devoured by the growing Blob and, while trying to free him his arm is torn from his body, Meg is thrown against a wall and knocked unconscious and the Blob oozes out of the hospital.

After Brian and Meg have unsatisfactory encounters with the police, they meet at a diner, where Meg tells Brian about the Blob. Brian's disbelief is shattered, when the diner's handyman is grabbed and pulled head first through the sink drain by the Blob. It pursues them to the diner's walk-in freezer, where it retreats because it cannot tolerate cold. After eating the diner's owner and the town's sheriff, the Blob reenters the sewers.

Meg and Brian return to the police station, where the dispatcher tells them Deputy Briggs (Paul McCrane) is near the meteor-landing site. They discover a military operation led by a scientist, Dr. Meddows (Joe Seneca), who orders the town quarantined because of the risk of bilogical contamination from outer space. Brian, suspicious of these activities because of their military nature, sudden appearance and unmarked trucks, escapes a military van and collects his motorbike.

Meg is taken to town, where she learns her younger brother Kevin (Michael Kenworthy) is missing. Meg learns, he and his friend Eddie (Douglas Emerson) have sneaked into the local theater to see a slasher film thanks to Eddie's usher brother Anthony (Jamison Newlander). The Blob infiltrates the theater and attacks the staff and then the audience. Meg just manages to rescue Eddie and Kevin.

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Blob getting ready to pull restaurant-keeper down the kitchen drain.

Brian decides to investigate, what is really going on, and eavesdrops on Meddows speaking to his assistant Jennings (Robert Axelrod). He learns this way that the Blob is a biological warfare experiment created during the Cold War and that the meteorite was nothing more than a satellite, where this experiment took place and which fell because of unforeseen developments regarding this experiment. Anthony then reports that he witnessed The Blob chasing Meg, Kevin, and Eddie into the sewers. Brian overhears Meadows decision to trap The Blob in the sewers, and that he is willing to let Meg, Kevin, and Eddie die to do so. Brian is discovered listening in so, in order to protect himself, he evades military personnel by driving his motorcycle into the sewers with the intention of not letting it happen.

Meg, Eddie, and Kevin negotiate the local sewers to evade the Blob. Kevin escapes to the surface by scaling a pipe and squeezing through a grate; Eddie is devoured. Meg is saved by Brian, who confronts Meddows in front of the townsfolk and Briggs. After failing to convince everyone Brian is contaminated and must die, Meddows attempts to shoot Brian, but is killed by the Blob as it drags him into the sewer with one of its tentacles. The Blob proceeds to feast upon the population, proving impervious to the military's attempts to stop it (getting shot multiple times while in the sewer and blown up, which only angered it). In the ensuing panic, the town's Reverend Meeker (Del Close) proclaims the scene to be the prophesied end of the world, when a failed flamethrower attack on the Blob sets him ablaze. Meg saves him with a fire extinguisher, and in the process blasts the Blob with it. The monster backs off, and she realizes that it cannot stand cold.

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The surviving humans retreat to the town hall and hold the Blob at bay with furniture-barricades and fire extinguishers, but it is a losing battle, as a result with the Blob engulfing half of the building and devouring Briggs. Brian goes to the town's garage and gets a snow maker truck that has canisters of liquid nitrogen attached. Just as the Blob is about to devour Meg and her family, Brian drives to town hall and shoots snow at the creature, which is angered and knocks the truck over. As the Blob surges toward Brian, Meg lures it away from him towards the canisters–which she has rigged with an explosive charge taken from a dying soldier. She tries to get clear, but (somehow) snags her foot between two pieces of metal, leaving her dangling upside down. Brian (conveniently) regains consciousness and runs over to free her. The Blob is about to overrun them when the charge goes off, blowing up the canisters and covering the Blob with liquid nitrogen. The creature is flash-frozen, shattering into a mass of crystallized pieces. Moss Woodley (Beau Billingslea) has its remains hauled away to the town ice house before the sun appears.

The film cuts to a tent-meeting church service in a field, where Meeker, disfigured by his burn injuries, is now crazed, preaching a doomsday sermon sounding like the Blob's attack. Asked when the time of reckoning will come, he replies "Soon...Madame...soon...when the Lord gives me a sign", and holds up a glass jar containing a fragment of the Blob, which is slowly moving.

List of deaths

Name Cause of Death Killer On Screen Notes
Can Man Body melted by blob Blob Yes
Paul Taylor Arm ripped off/melted by blob Blob Yes
Vicki De Soto Transformed into tentacles in car Blob Yes
Scott Jeske Eaten by blob in car Blob Yes
George Ruiz Pulled into kitchen drain, blood Blob Yes
Sheriff Herb Geller Eaten Blob Yes
Fran Hewitt Eaten in phone booth Blob Yes
Lance Killed with chainsaw Chainsaw Killer Yes Movie
Phil Hobbs Eaten Blob Yes
Theater Manager Eaten Blob Yes
Crazy Man Lifted Blob Yes
Movie Patron Eaten Blob Yes
Movie Patron Eaten Blob Yes
Movie Patron Thrown Blob Yes
Movie Patron Eaten Blob Yes
Sewer Rat Pulled into water Blob Yes
Eddie Beckner Pulled into water Blob Yes
Hazmat Soldier Lifted Blob Yes
Hazmat Soldier Lifted Blob Yes
Dr. Christopher Meddows Dragged/eaten in sewer Blob Yes
Hazmat Soldier Explosion in sewer Blob Yes
Hazmat Soldier Explosion in sewer Blob Yes
Hazmat Soldier Explosion in sewer Blob Yes
Colonel Hargis Crushed Blob Yes
Hazmat Soldier Crushed/electrocuted Blob Yes
People Crushed/electrocuted Blob Yes
People Eaten Blob Yes
Hazmat Soldier Eaten Blob Yes
People Eaten Blob Yes
Man Crushed with tentacles Blob Yes
Hazmat Soldier Burned with flamethrower Blob Yes
Deputy Bill Briggs Pulled into shelf book Blob Yes
Hazmat Soldier Eaten Blob Yes
Hazmat Soldier Eaten Blob Yes
Hazmat Soldier Killed Blob Yes
Blob (maybe) Co2 explosion, which leaves it frozen, then taken into ice house Brian Flagg, Meg Penny Yes It could be alive anyway

Cast

Production

Blob (1988)

Screenwriter Frank Darabont first met director Chuck Russell in 1981, while working as a production assistant on the film Hell Night. Before working together on The Blob, the two also collaborated on the script for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

Like other remakes of the time, this movie is more violent and graphic to satisfy a new generation and also include groundbreaking special effects to achieve that.

Release

The film was released theatrically in the United States by TriStar Pictures in August 1988. It grossed $8,247,943 at the box office. The film was released on DVD in the United States by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in 2001.

Reception

The Blob received mixed reviews from critics. As of January 17, 2014, it holds a 61% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 5.8/10, the same rating as the original. It was a box office failure. Still, like the original, it gained a cult following

Analysis

The film functions as a conspiracy theory film. The threat of the original film was an alien entity from outer space. The remake differs in making the threat a biological weapon, created by a secret government agency. The Blob is closely followed by soldiers and scientists in protective suits. The change reflects the mentality of a more cynical era, product of the government scandals in the seventies and the civil movements since the sixties. The sinister government agents are opposed by rebellious teenager Brian Flagg (Kevin Dillon), a rebel and a "tough guy punk" with distrust against authorities, which shows the change of mentality since then.

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