The Blob (1988) (Umbrella Entertainment) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Chuck Russell
Starring: Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch Jr.
Rated: M/Region 0/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Umbrella Entertainment (Click Here)
In a tiny California town, high school students Brian (Kevin Dillon,Entourage), Meg (Shawnee Smith, SAW) and Paul (Donovan Leitch Jr, Glory) discover an unusual gelatinous substance with the ability to remove flesh off any living creatures in its path. The deadly blob-like matter infiltrates the town’s sewer system and continues to grow exponentially, threatening the lives of unsuspecting townspeople.
This is the remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob from another planet which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously. Soon the military comes into play, and as we all know that never ends well. When all is said and done, can our youngsters break free of the military goons, convince the town folk of what’s really going on, and save the day? I am afraid I can’t just tell you because that would take the fun out of it! One cool thing you’ll notice here is we have the 1988 Shawnee Smith as our female lead character, Meg. You kids might remember her more recently from the SAW franchise, but let me just tell you that she was a nice little number back in the day. Not to mention her character is a cheerleader and has the town jock as well as the town outcast both in her company. And that right there is an interesting dynamic set with the plot up front. We have a certain female lead, but not one but TWO guys who appear to be the male lead. That’s great storytelling right there. It also makes you care what happens to them. On that same note, a lot of these characters are very well written. We spent just enough time with them, they have the right casting, and it invents a clever situation where you never know just who will go. And as noted, it actually matters when one does bite the dust! This was rare for the 80s and it’s nearly unheard of today. This film is just soo well written and presented, I still can’t believe it didn’t do any better than it did when it came out. It’s just an all around fun movie that keeps you interesting. And to make matters even better, that’s not even the best part of the film.
This film put on display some of the best gore and effects that you will ever see on film, not just the 80s but ever. It’s not CGI, it’s the natural stuff too. Sure, the Blob itself isn’t what you would call “natural” but what that thing does to people is just epic in its presentation. It also helps with leaving a lasting effect that was everything I remembered it being and then some. The film’s only fault is it slightly drags a bit before heading into the third act, but it never truly gets boring. Overall, it’s a fun and corny slice of the 80s. And when I say corny, trust me when I say that I mean that in the nicest and best way possible. They just don’t make a lot of stuff like this anymore and that’s just a shame. Umbrella released a limited version of this film that also came along with the original film but I got the basic release here. Which, calling it a basic release is totally misleading because this movie is great and this release from Umbrella is great as well. The movie looks very nice here as you can see from the screenshots I’ve posted. 1988’s The Blob is one of the best remakes you’ll find out there and if you want to see it in its top form THIS is the version you’ll want to own and add to your collection.
– Directing The Blob – Interview featurette with Chuck Russell
– Original Theatrical Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 94%