Oh…..So They’re Remaking ‘The Blob’?

Maybe my finger just isn’t on the pulse of horror as much as it should be, because I either completely forgot or didn’t realize that there was another remake of The Blob in the works.  Once attached to Rob Zombie (which would have been……interesting), it looks like director Simon West is going behind the camera to bring our favorite blobby killer to the big screen again.

I believe I’ve let it be known that I hold the 1988 remake of The Blob in the highest regard as far as horror remakes go.  It paid homage to the 1958 original and introduced some amazing practical make-up effects for it’s time (not including Kevin Dillon’s hair) that still hold up to this day.  Not sure that we really need another rendition or update to The Blob, but it looks as though Samuel L. Jackson will be our main star battling the reincarnated blob.

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Not a bad choice, but what troubles me is that director Simon West has said that ‘with modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob‘. Granted there was some bad 80’s CGI in the 1988 version, but these days CGI is overused in a lot movies, including horror.  As long as those involved with this remake/reboot have fun with it and don’t make things too serious, we might be ok.  We’ll know more once a trailer pops up as far as what we’re dealing with though, so until then let’s enjoy all of the death scenes from the 1988 classic (yep, I’m calling it a classic):

Today Is The Day That ‘The Blob’ Blu-ray Will Be Released…….

Cue up some annoying trumpets and the 2001: A Space Odyssey theme song.  Today is a joyous day indeed.  It’s the day that Twilight Time will be finally be releasing 1988’s The Blob remake on Blu-ray!

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For those of you who don’t know, Twilght Time is a company that puts out limited edition versions of movies onto Blu-ray.  In the past, they’ve released horror titles like Christine and Fright Night in quantities of only 3000 total. Bad news for those who couldn’t grab those, because they’re up on Ebay for upwards of $100.  Now, for The Blob release – they’ve upped the number to 5000, so you’ve got a better shot to pick one up at cost.  Do it quick though, because I suspect by tomorrow that they’ll be sold out.  Head over to their site HERE today at 4:00 EST and snag one up.  Word is it will be around $30 or so. Blob remake enthusiasts unite!

Great Moments In Horror Hair History: Kevin Dillon In ‘The Blob’ (1988)

Easily one of my favorite horror remakes of all time is 1988’s, The Blob.  So many reasons for this statement:  Shawnee Smith, the sink drain kill scene, Shawnee Smith, the kid getting demolished by The Blob in the sewer, Shawnee Smith, the amazing retro vibe that the movie has, and of course – Shawnee Smith.  Yes, I had a small crush on her back in the days.  But one moment trumps all of these things.  One thing so spectacular….so breathtakingly special….so inspiring and monumental that words can’t do it any justice.  I’m talking about………

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………Kevin Dillon’s hair!!!!  Oh yeah.  The mullet was still all the rage in 1988, but let’s be serious here – the mullet never loses it’s hypnotic luster.  I recently sat down with The Blob again and found myself getting lost in those dreamy locks, and it proved to be quite distracting.  How the hell am I supposed to watch Paul get swallowed up by The Blob when all I can think about is when Kevin Dillon’s hair will come back onscreen and grace us with it’s presence. It’s definitely a problem.  I manage though, and get through the whole movie but find myself having mullet withdrawals afterwards.  And it’s because of this, that Kevin Dillion is undoubtedly part of the ‘Great Moments In Horror Hair History‘ club!  Is there anything you’d like to add to this post, Shawnee Smith?

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Thank you, Shawnee.

Sunday Bloody Sunday: ‘Sink Death’ From ‘The Blob’ (1988)

One of the most annoying things in the world besides Taylor Swift, is a clogged up sink drain.  Sure, sometimes Drano or a plunger can do the trick – but what happens when the backup is so bad that you’re close to dialing up the plumber to pay money for something you should be able to do yourself?

Welcome to Sunday Bloody Sunday and welcome to the worst drain blockage of all time.  Hair?  No.  Broccoli florets?  Nope.  How about a murderous oozing blob that pretty much instantly kills you upon contact?  Bingo!  Yeah, I’m talking about the awesome 1988 remake of The Blob, and more specifically about one of the many equally awesome death scenes in the movie.  Since we’re talking clogged up sinks, if you’ve seen the movie then you know where this is going.   Click below and watch this poor bastard get sucked down a drain like a rag doll and celebrate the wonders of 80’s horror in the process:

Horror Movies That Are Better Than They Should Be: Body Snatchers (1993)

One of my fears has always been that an alien life form will come down to Earth and replace me with a less likable and more boring version of myself.  I guess I should be more concerned with the fact that I would be dead instead of the fact that a subpar version of me would be walking around, but that seems to be where my priorities lie apparently.  Why am I talking about this?  Because I just finally saw Abel Ferrara’s 1993 “re-imaging” of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers suitably called, Body Snatchers.

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I have actually never seen the original 1956 version of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, but I have seen the 1978 version numerous times and love it. Clearly iconic for it’s ending image of Donald Sutherland giving that lovely ‘body snatcher scream’, it’s a pretty creepy movie all around and even has Leonard Nemoy in it for added awesomeness.  So in 1993, I remember seeing ads and commercials for an updated attempt called Body Snatchers, but I wasn’t really interested.  Sad to say that it took me over 20 years (that makes me feel really old btw) to finally sit down on a boring Saturday and give it a watch.  And I have to say that I was pretty impressed.

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I’m not even going to get into the plot.  All you really need to know is that people are having slimy alien pod tentacles go up their nose and all over their face, until naked replicas emerge while the original bodies disintegrate.  Oh, and these new versions scream really loud and like to point, which is kind of rude if you think about it.  I liken Body Snatchers to the 1988 remake of The Blob.  It’s definitely not a PG-13 remake and it has a lot of creepy-ass moments and nice practical gore effects.  If you’re sensitive to a little kid getting thrown out of helicopter, I’d steer clear though.  In closing, the highlight for me without of doubt was Meg Tilly’s performance and more specifically, the scene below where she brilliantly asks “Where ya gonna go?  Where ya gonna run?  Where ya gonna hide?“.