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The Blob  (1988)

Cast: Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch, Candy Clark, Del Close
Director: Chuck Russell
U.S. Distribution: TriStar
U.S. Release Date: 8/88
Running Time: 1:25
MPAA Rating: R

"Terror has no shape."

The Blob has re-landed on Earth, but this time the government is ready and prepared. Or is it?

A task force arrives to handle a man-made mess from space. All they manage to do is make a mess of an already handicapped movie. (Don't they know that machine guns are no match for The Blob!?)

Kevin Dillon is the modern-day rebel, replacing a young Steve McQueen of 30 years ago. Dillon and high school cheerleader Shawnee Smith run for their lives through the streets and sewers of Abbeville, Louisiana, as The Blob cleans out a doctor's office, sucks a human head and then the entire body through a small drain pipe, before engulfing the movie's real star, Candy Clark, and the phone booth she dies in.

The most disappointing moment is the theatre scene, one that I enjoyed most from the original. This time around, the frights seem to be coming at half-speed, as Smith and two younger co-stars manage to escape unscathed. (At least one of the three could have been removed at this point.)

However uneven, special effects are the highlight of this remake of the B-horror classic. The new Blob is anything but believable, but many of Lyle Conway's creature effects are grossly horrifying and worth a look.

© 1988, Delton Perrodin

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