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The Blob, A Review


This "Blob" is a remake that successfully challenges it’s 1958 cult classic senior, with updated graphics and underlying messages.

Growing up watching 80’s movies with my mother was one of the best parts of childhood, although she always warned me against one film. Chuck Russell’s The Blob (1988) was that movie, and she definitely had reasons to do so. This film speaks to the more gruesome sci-fi and horror lovers out there, taking classic elements of 1980’s magic and combining it with a disgusting, and possibly horrific, ‘blob.’ 

The blob is an enigma itself. Moments after an old man and his dog watch an orb fly out of space and crash into earth, their curiosity gets the best of them and they run to investigate. After touching it without knowing the consequences, the blob latches onto the man like a parasite and slowly begins to take over his body. This continues until high schoolers Meg, Brian “Flagg,” and Paul stumble into him, after Paul hits him with his car. They end up taking him to a local emergency care center, believing him to be in need of immediate medical attention. Little did they know, they were far too late.

Around this point in The Blob is where gruesome horror fans get their fix. Paul goes to check on the man and discovers his body pulsating, to which he alerts the doctor. As the physician lifts the blanket, though, a horrifying mangled mess of melted flesh is all that is left on the table. This single clip sets the tone for the rest of the film, which is filled with death, melting flesh, and an unexpected friendship.

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One very surprising thing about The Blob was just how disturbing it truly was. This human-made bio-warfare creature was pulsating and always making noises gross enough to cause an audience to gag. The reddish-pink tint made the blob seem as if a human brain had mutated and learned how to melt human flesh with the 90 percent of power it didn’t use. It also would consume bodies whole, revealing the victim looking extremely distorted inside of the creature. The 1980’s were a time of pioneering in the horror industry, and this movie was proof that special effects and CGI were changing the field forever. The graphics were exceptional, and can easily be appreciated and loved in 2021. 

Another seemingly untouched topic in the 1980’s and 1990’s happened to be that of feminism and the woman heroine. Typically, men were the ones to save the day, or it was a group of people who succeeded. Although it could be argued that Flagg had a large role in the ending of The Blob, the story seems to follow Meg more closely. In the beginning, when Paul is unexpectedly consumed by the blob, Meg is looked at by her parents and peers as crazy and suffering from stress. After this, she takes matters into her own hands and wants to get down to the bottom of what is going on. Even when the government tries to quarantine Arborville, she sneaks off to save her brother and has to outrun the blob in the process. At the end, when Flagg drives the snow truck into the monster to try and eliminate it, Meg sees him wreck and has to think quickly. In a spur of the moment decision, she makes a run for a bomb to set off the snow machine. She almost ends up sacrificing her own life for Flagg, the rest of her town, and possibly for the betterment of humanity. It was also refreshing that Meg and Flagg’s relationship was more of a friendship than anything, which highlighted that not every horror movie needs a romance sub-story. This new remake of The Blob showcased feminine strength and perseverance, proving that women can be the heroes, too.

When all was said and done, there was a priest who was set on fire during the battle with the blob, and years later there is a clip of him preaching to his newly-founded church. This clip seems to leave the ending open to interpretation, and possibly open for a sequel.

It is not everyday that a creature created by the government for bio-warfare falls to earth from space, but when it happened in The Blob, Director Chuck Russell told a powerfully entertaining yet gruesome story in his 1988 film. With highly-advanced special effects, relatable characters, and a solid plot, this remake pays homage to the original 1958 film and gives it a few updates. Female representation is extremely important and something not seen in many 1980’s horror films. If you are preparing to watch The Blob, be prepared to have some good laughs- and possibly a barf bag. 

Check out this classic trailer for “The Blob!”

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Sadie is an Intern Article Writer and Senior English Major at the University of Central Arkansas. In her spare time, she enjoys watching horror movies, reading, and spending time with her guinea pigs, Ginger and Spike.