Last year, between the two of us, we watched an average of 317 movies.
This year our goal is to top that by watching at least one a day.
And as an extra special torture, we've decided to write about all of them.

08 May 2008

The Blob, dir. Chuck Russell (1988)

NIKKI says:
I haven't watched this movie since I was about 12, and thought Kevin Dillon was cool, but felt bad for him that he had so much to live up to as another brother of a big star. Lots of them popped up in the '80s: Don Swayze, Chad Lowe, Billy Baldwin, Chris Penn, Charlie Sheen... some faring better than others in the fame department, of course. I love them all... obviously.

Kevin does well, though, to pull off the tough guy with the heart of gold. He's all rough and ready, smoking, wearing a leather jacket, rocking the hugest mullet ever. But when people start getting swallowed by a big giant pink slimy blob, he's ready to be the hero.

What a great movie this is. I had no idea is was such a good time. It's actually really effective, horror-wise, and the writing is good, which means the characters and story are engaging. I expected to sit and make fun of it, but I got so into it. By the end, the only thing I wished had been different was Kevin's hair.

Actually, I take that back. Man, the '80s were awesome.

My most favourite bits in the movie mostly had to do with the blob swallowing things. The effect was just really good. The blob would grab someone, squish him or her about in it's blubber, and invariably, the person would try to escape by running through the blob. It never worked. We just ended up seeing a strained, icky version of the person as the acidic blob walls shredded their skin. Eeew. The effects were just great.

So, a great horror adventure, a decent remake, and proof that computer effects are for lame-os.


STEVE says:

The remake of The Blob is neither as bad as it's supposed to be, nor as good as it could have been.

But more on this later...


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