Review: (3.5 / 5) The Blob is a 1988 sci-fi horror film written and directed by Chuck Russell, and is a remake of the 1958 movie. Unlike the original version that grossed $4M on a $110K budget, this version flopped by earning $8.2M on a $19M budget. Its best rating comes from IMDb, 6.4/10, while Rotten Tomatoes gives it 61%. Actually, it’s best rating came from me.
I really wanted to hate this film, and as the movie went on, I actually got in to it. Russell did a good job easing the introduction of the gel-like ameba, and how it spread across the town. Even though I started our being critical of the film, I was able to suspend my beliefs so that I could enjoy the flick. There’s an old saying though, go with your gut feeling, and in doing so, The Blob ultimately disappointed.
The potential is there to improve the film. Bad acting and I’d imagine poor writing is a large part of my score of 3.5. Regardless, my rating is still higher than the critics, coming in at 70%. The beginning of the movie was good, but as it went on, the usual tropes for these types of films bleed through—sorry, I’m just not a fan of some of them.
I can deal with the hot blonde falling in love with the rebel wearing a leather jacket riding a motorcycle. I can deal with the jock wearing his letterman’s jacket taking the other hot blonde up to Inspiration Point. Heck, I even laughed at his portable alcohol bar in the trunk was a cool idea. I can imagine how cooler I’d have been in high school had I done that. And yes, I was ok with them both getting killed. I accept that these are some of the conventions of the genre. I for one tend to have a tough time stepping away from reality, and my hypocrisy only goes so far when it comes to liking this movie.
So what did I dislike? For starters, the chick standing on the ice truck acting like Rambo as she shot her AR at the blob. Don’t start with the misogynist comments, I’m all about woman and guns—my wife shoots guns. I’d hate it just as much if the guy did was up there firing away. I hated the blob in the movie theater, and the blob chasing the girl into the sewer. I hated the girl diving in sewage to save the boy, and then jumping back in it when she didn’t fit through the grates. I hated the priest turning evil, and last but not least, I hated the Winter Wonderland ending when the ice truck blows up and the entire city is covered in snow.
There’s a saying we have in golf. Drive for show, put for dough. Russell drove that ball 300+ yards in the beginning, but he couldn’t putt for shit to finish it. Poor writing and back acting led me to ultimately give the low score. I’ve never seen the original, and since I started wanting to hate the ’88 version, I probably won’t bother watching 1958 release. Overall, just an OK movie, and a lot more gore than I expected.