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Beware! The Blob
Directed by Larry Hagman
Produced by Anthony Harris
Written by Story:
Richard Clair
Jack H. Harris
Screenplay:
Anthony Harris
Jack Woods
Starring Robert Walker, Jr.
Gwynne Gilford
Richard Stahl
Richard Webb
Marlene Clark
Gerrit Graham
J.J. Johnston
Danny Goldman
Godfrey Cambridge
Music by Mort Garson
Cinematography Al Hamm
Editing by Tony de Zarraga
Distributed by Jack H. Harris Enterprises Inc.
Release date(s) June 21, 1972 (USA)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by The Blob

Beware! The Blob (alternately titled as Beware the Blob, Son of Blob and Son of the Blob) is a 1972 sequel to horror science-fiction film The Blob. The film was directed by Larry Hagman. The screenplay was penned by Anthony Harris and Jack Woods III, based on a story by Jack H. Harris and Richard Clair. The film originally earned a GP rating from the MPAA, though it is now unrated.

A later "Blob" film, released in 1988, was a loose remake of the original and did not follow on from this film.

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Plot

An oil pipeline layer named Chester (Godfrey Cambridge) returns to his suburban Los Angeles home from the North Pole, bringing with him a small sample of a mysterious frozen substance uncovered by a bulldozer on a job site. Prior to taking the blob to a lab to be analyzed, he places the storage container with the substance in his freezer, but he and his wife accidentally let it thaw, releasing "the Blob". It starts by eating a fly, then a kitten, Chester's wife, and then Chester himself, while he is watching a television broadcast of the film The Blob.

Lisa (Gwynne Gilford) walks in to see Chester being devoured by the Blob. She escapes, but cannot get anyone to believe her, not even her boyfriend Bobby (Robert Walker, Jr.). Meanwhile the rapidly-growing creature quietly preys upon the town. Some of its victims include a cop and two hippies (Cindy Williams and Randy Stonehill) in a storm drain, a barber (Shelley Berman) and his client, transients (played by director Hagman, Burgess Meredith and Del Close), a Scout Master (Dick Van Patten), a farm-full of chickens, and a bar full of people (off camera).

The now-massive blob then invades a bowling alley and a skating rink (consuming dozens more people in the process). It is finally stopped when Bobby activates the rink's ice mechanism, freezing it. While the frozen blob is being filmed by a television crew, a lamp is knocked over, melting a small portion of the blob. The film ends as the Blob is about to engulf the local sheriff.

Production

Filming occurred in and around Diamond Bar, California and Pomona, California, both 30 miles east of Los Angeles. In an interview in Fangoria magazine, screenwriter Anthony Harris stated that a good portion of the filmed material was improvised on the set and that the script was ignored.

As in the original 1958 film, the Blob was largely portrayed by gallons of dyed red silicone. In this film, in certain scenes the Blob was alternately created from other materials including a large red plastic balloon, semi-transparent red plastic sheeting, and a large rotating red drum of hard silicone placed in front of the camera lens (referred to among fans as the "Blob-Cam" shot).

This is the only feature film directed by Larry Hagman. His other directorial credits include several television shows. Many of those who worked on the film stated that Hagman was constantly high on marijuana during production.

Dean Cundey, who would later go on to be a cinematographer on such films as Halloween, The Thing, and Jurassic Park, worked on Beware! The Blob as one of the three special effects technicians (alongside supervisor Tim Baar and Conrad Rothmann) responsible for creating the blob effects. Cundey was also the camera operator on second unit shots of the blob eating the fly, the kitten, etc.

Cast member Del Close later appeared in the 1988 remake of The Blob.

Release

In 1982 the film was re-issued with the tagline "The film that J.R. shot!" in an attempt to capitalize on the success of Hagman's television series Dallas.

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