The Blob

August 5th, 1988


The Blob

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A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

Release Year: 1988

Rating: 6.0/10 (11,271 voted)

Director: Chuck Russell

Stars: Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch, Kevin Dillon

Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob from another planet which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vein to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously.

Writers: Theodore Simonson, Kay Linaker

Kevin Dillon - Brian Flagg
Shawnee Smith - Meg Penny
Donovan Leitch - Paul Taylor
Jeffrey DeMunn - Sheriff Herb Geller
Candy Clark - Fran Hewitt
Joe Seneca - Dr. Meddows
Del Close - Reverend Meeker
Paul McCrane - Deputy Bill Briggs
Sharon Spelman - Mrs. Penny
Beau Billingslea - Moss Woodley
Art LaFleur - Pharmacist / Mr. Penny
Ricky Paull Goldin - Scott Jeske
Robert Axelrod - Jennings
Bill Moseley - Soldier #2
Frank Collison - Hobbe

Taglines: If it had a mind, you could reason with it. If it had a face, you could look it in the eye. And if it had a body, you could shoot it.

Release Date: 5 August 1988

Filming Locations: Abbeville, Louisiana, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,644,000 (USA) (7 August 1988) (1081 Screens)

Gross: $8,247,943 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Rock salt was dyed purple to create the crystallized Blob for the ending of the movie.

Continuity: While George (the cook) is pulled down the drain, Fran panics and drops a plate of food, which stains the door behind her. But when Brian and Meg come in through the same door, the stain is gone.

[first lines]
Announcer: That's a first down. Ball at a thirty five-yard line.

User Review

The Code of horror protocol was broken in 1988


Thank God.

All bets were off when the five credited screenwriters decided, hey the monster can kill a ten year old kid, and it can be fun.

This wise remake (re-imaging) based on the old Steve McQueen solid drive-in hit delievers the horror/suspense goods in spades. And rather than make a retread, they dropped a little 'explaination' into the frey and not only does it work, it enhances the original.

Kevin and Shawnee prove they can hold their own in the leading man and woman roles. It's odd that this really marks Kevin's biggest contribution to the entertainment world. Perhaps he looks too much like his brother.

In any event, chills and spills in this wacked out story abound. I mean, who of us wouldn't be scared of a thing without a face -- a thing that just eats everything in sight.

Catch it.


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