In this holiday feature, we will showcase the best monster movies ever made during each day of the month, leading up to Halloween.
THE BLOB (1988)
In a tiny California town, high school students Brian (Kevin Dillon), Meg (Shawnee Smith) and Paul (Donovan Leitch) discover a strange, gelatinous substance that melts the flesh of any living creatures in its path. The deadly substance gets into the town’s sewer system, where it begins growing uncontrollably, occasionally emerging to feast on unsuspecting townspeople. A military clean-up crew is sent to eliminate the menace, but it may end up doing more harm than good.
The Blob (1988) is one of only a handful of films where the remake is actually better than the original. When released in 1988, the film was a financial disappointment. But the years have been kind to the film as it has garnered a cult following since its release.
The film was masterfully directed by Chuck Russell (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors). While the original 1958 film is a true classic, Russell’s version enhanced the film for a modern age. The gore FX is truly superb, which is what was missing from the original film.
The cast was impeccable and really elevated the film and made audiences care about the characters. The film starred Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch, Jeffrey DeMunn, Paul McCrane, Art LaFleur, Robert Axelrod, Joe Seneca, and Del Close.