Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1988 . TriStar Pictures, Palisades California Inc.. Screenplay by Chuck Russell, Frank Darabont, based on the earlier screenplay by Theodore Simonson, Kay Linaker, story by Irvine H. Millgate. Cinematography by Mark Irwin. Produced by Jack H. Harris, Elliott Kastner. Music by Michael Hoenig. Production Design by Craig Stearns. Costume Design by Joseph A. Porro. Film Editing by Tod Feuerman, Terry Stokes.
This remake of the 1958 Irving S. Yeaworth classic doesn’t have the charm of the original but, as exploitative remakes go, is actually more than decent. The faceless, aimless mass once again lands on Earth from outer space and turns a small town upside down despite its already having enough terrestrial trouble: teenager Shawnee Smith is trying to enjoy a first date with cute Donovan Leitch Jr. without her parents getting overprotective about it, while rebel teen Kevin Dillon (in the worst mullet you’ve ever seen) can’t stay out of trouble and is blamed for everything that goes wrong. When Dillon witnesses people being eviscerated by the Blob, he tries to warn the townspeople but finds that his past bad behaviour is being used against him and his warnings go unheeded. There’s a military intervention that feels unnecessary and losing the ominous ending of the original is a disappointment, but what director Chuck Russell gets right is that he adds complications to the human characters while thankfully adding none to the villain itself, which remains an unknown entity with an unknown mission (other than to devour everything in sight). The Blob’s consumption of people is much gorier here but the effects are terrific and, while you might not be terrified of everything that happens, there’s enough to make it a worthwhile night at the horror flicks.