The Blob

The Blob

Kevin Dillon
Director: Chuck Russell Cast: Kevin Dillon
Kevin Dillon
, Shawnee Smith
Shawnee Smith
, Donovan Leitch
Donovan Leitch
Chuck Russell

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Overview

After the phenomenal box-office and critical success of David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of The Fly, a series of big-budget remakes of '50s horror favorites rode in on its coattails in the late 1980s -- though none managed to rise above mere camp clones of their elders, albeit garnished with modern makeup effects in an attempt to draw modern teen horror-junkies. One remake that managed to live up to its cheesy inspiration was Chuck Russell's version of The Blob, in which the title goo crashes to earth and promptly begins digesting the residents of a small California town while growing to gargantuan proportions. The clean-cut teen hero originally portrayed by Steve McQueen (his first starring role) is replaced here with a rebellious outsider (Kevin Dillon) whose preppie rival (Donovan Leitch) for the affections of the cute heroine (Shawnee Smith) is quickly eliminated by the all-consuming space-gelatin. No sooner has the plasma menace set up house in the town sewers when a shadowy government Blob Squad shows up under the direction of the grandfatherly Dr. Meddows (Joe Seneca), to clean up the mess... or not. This high-spirited remake replaces the '50s "Daddy-O" conventions of the original with '80s cynicism -- not even likeable characters are spared from the slaughter -- and anti-government sentiment. It also pushes the gore envelope in ways unavailable to its low-budget parent -- e.g. the scene in which one victim is sucked through a sink drain was only hinted at in the 1958 film, but here viewers are treated to the entire bone-crunching ordeal. Though the quality of blob effects seems inversely proportional to the creature's size (some of the climactic "wall-of-blob" footage is painfully cheap-looking), the end result is more blob for the monster-movie fan's dollar.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2019
UPC: 0826663202793
Original Release: 1988
Rating: R
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 3,111

Special Features

1080p High Definition; New audio commentary with director Chuck Russell, cinematographer Mark Irwin, special effects artist Tony Gardner, moderated by filmmaker Joe Lynch; New audio commentary with actress Shawnee Smith; New interviews with Chuck Russell, production designer Craig Sterns, special effects artist Chris Gilman, actors Ricky Paul Goldin, Donovan Leitch, Bill Moseley and more; Audio commentary with Chuck Russell and film producer/film historian Ryan Turek; Isolated score; Behind-the-Scenes footage; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Dillon Brian Flagg
Shawnee Smith Meg Penny
Donovan Leitch Paul Taylor
Jeffrey DeMunn Sheriff Herb Geller
Candy Clark Fran Hewitt
Joe Seneca Dr. Meddows
Beau Billingslea Moss Woolsey
Art La Fleur Pharmacist/Mr. Penny
Sharon Spelman Mrs. Penny
Del Close Rev. Meeker
Ricky Paull Goldin Scott Jeskey
Paul McCrane Dep. Bill Briggs
Billy Beck Can Man
Michael Kenworthy Kevin Penny
Don Brunner 1st White Suit/ Scientist
Richard Anthony Crenna Soldier Outside Town Hall
Pons Maar Theater Manager
Margaret Smith Nurse
Douglas Emerson Eddie Breckner
Jack Nance Doctor
Charlene Fox Woman in Doctor's Office
Erika Eleniak Vicki De Soto
Teddy Vincent Sally Jeffers
Clayton Landey George Ruiz
Jacquelyn Masche 2nd White Suite
Jack Rader Col. Hargis
Julie McCullough Susie
Daryl Marsh Lance
Wade Mayer Movie Patron
Jamison Newlander Anthony
Frank Collison Phil Hobbs Projectionist
Judith Flanagan Eddie's Mother
Charlie Spradling Co-Ed
Kristen Aldrich Co-Ed
Robert Axelrod Jennings
M. James Arnett Radio Man
Peter Crombie Soldier at Command Post
Rick Avery Soldier with Cracked Faceplate
David Weininger Soldier #1
Moss Porter Sergeant
Bill Moseley Soldier #2
Jennifer Lincoln Young Woman in Town Hall
Noble Craig Puddle Soldier
Portia Griffin Gospel Singer
Opelene Bartley Old Woman in Tent

Technical Credits
Chuck Russell Director,Screenwriter
Anne H. Ahrens Set Decoration/Design
Robert J. Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
M. James Arnett Stunts
Rick Avery Stunts
Joni Avery Stunts
Pam Barlow Songwriter
Philip Bartko Special Effects Supervisor
Andre Blay Executive Producer
Janet Brady Stunts
Greg Brickman Stunts
Jeff Burks Animator
Bobby Burns Stunts
Kent Burton Animator
David Burton Stunts
Gary Cambra Songwriter
Gilbert B. Combs Stunts
Lyle Conway Special Effects
Wayne Coster Songwriter
Frank Darabont Screenwriter
Bud Davis Stunts
Steve M. Davison Stunts
Tim A. Davison Stunts
Michael Deluna Stunts
Robert DeVine Special Effects
Gary Epper Stunts
Tod Feuerman Editor
George Fisher Stunts
Frank A. Fuller Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Gardner Makeup,Makeup Special Effects
Jeffrey S. Ginn Art Director,Production Designer
Jack H. Harris Co-producer,Producer
Gene Hartline Stunts
Rupert Harvey Producer
Freddie Hice Stunts
Michael Hoenig Score Composer
Steve Holladay Stunts
Tommy Huff Stunts
Gary Hymes Stunts
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Mark Irwin Cinematographer
Elliott Kastner Co-producer,Producer
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw Stunts
Kathryn Miles Kelly Makeup
Rick LeFevour Stunts
Josh McLaglen Asst. Director
Gary McLarty Stunts
John Meier Stunts
Janet Minto Songwriter
Paula-Marie Moody Stunts
Randy Moore Set Decoration/Design
Bennie Moore Stunts
Larry Nicholas Stunts
Joseph Porro Costumes/Costume Designer
Debby Porter Stunts
Bob Porter Stunts
D. Kerry Prior Special Effects
Johanna Ray Casting
Danny Rogers Stunts
Pat Romano Stunts
Dennis Scott Stunts
Paul Sherrod Stunts
Mike Slamer Songwriter
Craig Stearns Production Designer
Gary Steele Set Decoration/Design
Terry Stokes Editor
Sally Thornton Set Decoration/Design
Ric Waugh Stunts
Keith Whitley Songwriter
AJ Workman Special Effects
Richard Wright Stunts
Richard E. Yawn Sound Editor
Hoyt Yeatman Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor

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The Blob 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one remake that is worth a watch. This is considerably better looking in all aspects when compared to the original and the creature itself has alot more screen time. Even though this was made in the 80s the majority of the effects are really nasty and a joy to watch for horror fans. The appeal of a ravenous shape changing entity that consumes everything is evident in many films. There is only a few scenes with questionable quality where it's obvious that blue/green screen was involved. The story is different once they find out the true origin of the creature but I thought it made sense. If you would rather be cautious, give it a rental, it's a fun movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is very well done. I still get the chills watching it. The special effects for the most part are great. There are times when they look cheap, like in the theatre scene. The movie does have it's funny moments to go along with the scary ones. All the actors do a fine job too. If you like cult classic films then add this one to your collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago