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The Blob

Promotional film poster
Directed by Chuck Russell
Produced by Jack H. Harris
Elliott Kastner
Written by Irving H. Millgate (story)
Theodore Simonson and
Kay Linaker (1958 screenplay)
Chuck Russell &
Frank Darabont (screenplay)
Starring Kevin Dillon
Shawnee Smith
Donovan Leitch
Jeffrey DeMunn
Candy Clark
Joe Seneca
Del Close
Music by Michael Hoenig
Cinematography Mark Irwin
Editing by Tod Feuerman
Terry Stokes
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) August 5, 1988 (USA)
Running time 95 min.
Country U.S.
Language English
Budget $9,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $8,247,943 (USA)

The Blob is a 1988 American monster horror film distributed by Tristar Pictures. It is a remake of the 1958 film of the same name, which starred Steve McQueen. The film was written by Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont and directed by Russell. The shooting took place in Abbeville, Louisiana.

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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 college 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 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 consumed by the growing Blob. 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 sucked down a sink 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. Brian 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 Antony (Jamison Newlander). The Blob infiltrates the theater and attacks the staff (including Antony) and then the audience. Meg just manages to rescue Eddie and Kevin.

Brian eavesdrops on Meddows speaking to his assistant Jennings (Robert Axelrod) and learns that the Blob is a biological warfare experiment created during the Cold War. He also learns that Meg, Kevin and Eddie are in the sewers and Meddows is willing to let them die to contain the creature. Brian is discovered listening in and evades military personnel by driving his motorcycle into the sewers.

In the sewers, Meg, Kevin, and Eddie flee from the Blob. Kevin escapes to the surface by scaling a pipe and squeezing through a grate while 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 bursts onto the surface. The Blob proceeds to feast upon the population, proving impervious to the military's attempts to stop it. In the ensuring 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.

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. 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 the stunned 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 snags her foot between two pieces of metal, leaving her dangling upside down. Brian 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 icehouse.

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

Cast

Soundtrack

  • Alien - "Brave New Love"
  • Alien - "Feel My Love"
  • Hot Rize - "You Don't Have to Move the Mountain"
  • Mike Slamer - "Shattered"

Remake

In late 2009, after the release of Halloween II, director Rob Zombie said that after he finished work on Tyrannosaurus Rex, he would like his next project to be a remake of The Blob. [1]

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