Plot: An old man and his canine companion investigate what seems to be a meteor crash site, only to discover a strange, pink gelatinous substance within. This pink blob latches onto the old man’s hand and proves to be corrosive, melting his flesh and sending him racing off in a panic. Soon after, local bad boy Brian (Kevin Dillon) crosses paths with the man, now in obvious torment and tries to get him some help, but learns that thanks to his reputation, local authorities believe he was somehow involved. Meanwhile, more people start to turn up dead and no one seems to believe the pink blob tale, though rumors persist of all kinds about what might be going in. After her boyfriend is swallowed up by the blob, young waitress Meg (Shawnee Smith) joins up with Brian and the two try to warn everyone, with no real luck. As chaos begins to unfold, more people are killed, and the authorities grow desperate, will the truth be revealed and if so, what is the truth about this murderous blob?
Entertainment Value: This is a prime example of how a remake can can be done right, as The Blob pays tribute to the original cult classic, but offers fresh ideas and is more than able to stand on its own merits. The narrative is rooted in the original’s story, but takes some interesting and unexpected twists at times, including some oddball side threads that are quite wild. This keeps you engaged throughout, as the twists and turns are not only fun, but make sense in most cases. The movie seems to love to subvert expectations and yank the rug out often, so it keeps you reeled in and looking forward to what might happen next. The cast is solid as well, with Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith front and center, while some colorful supporting talent includes Bill Moseley, Jack Nance, Candy Clark, and of course Ricky Paull Goldin. The performances are camp, but fun to watch and suit the b movie vibe of the material, while not being so over the top that it comes off as ridiculous. The pace is brisk and the filler is minimal, while it pours generous servings of practical effects and b movie elements over the entire movie, which is much appreciated. I know just the word remake can depress some horror fans, but The Blob is proof that when done right, remakes can have a lot to offer and stand proudly next to the original movies.
No sleaze in this one, just an awkward scene where a woman is groped by a creeper while she is incapacitated. The movie has a fast pace and is focused on the horror elements, so the lack of nakedness makes sense. The Blob doesn’t skimp on the effects however, with some remarkable practical effects work that looks fantastic and has held up quite well. There is a definite camp vibe to the violence in this one, but the kills are creative and brutal, with special effects to back that up. A personal highlight is a man’s entire body being pulled down a sink drain, which is as crunchy and outlandish as it sounds. A man tries to cut off his own arm with an ax, a woman is reduced to slippery goop in a jaw dropping set piece, more people are liquefied, the blob slaps folks around, and some other bits of gore pop up, with almost all the scenes drenched in blood, ooze, or other internal liquids. The dialogue here is fun and reflects the b movie nature of the movie, so the lines are corny and silly at times, but add to the entertainment. We have one liners, cheese laden remarks, and some scene chewing exchanges, so a good amount of fun lines to be had here. In the realm of overall craziness, the b movie vibes, wacky dialogue, outrageous special effects, and some oddball moments add to the score, but things don’t rocket into pure madness.
Overall Insanity: 5/10
The Disc: This Blu-ray release from Umbrella Entertainment looks terrific, with a clean and sharp looking presentation. The movie shows improved detail and depth over the old DVD editions, so it looks better than ever here, with sharper presence and a more refined overall texture. The colors are natural and bright, with contrast keeping the shadows nice and dark. The disc’s extras start with an interview with director Chuck Russell, who spends just under twenty minutes talking about the production, as well as the challenges of remaking a genre classic. The film’s trailer is also included.