It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we recommend some quality viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s The Blob remake.
“Beware of The Blob, it creeps/ And leaps and glides and slides/ Across the floor/ Right through the door/ And all around the wall/ A splotch, a blotch/ Be careful of The Blob.”
In the original 1958 sci-fi classic (starring Steve McQueen), the Blob was a gelatinous alien life form that grew bigger with every earthling it consumed. In this rowdy remake, it’s a biological weapon created by the US Government (Space Force take note). This new and much meaner Blob can pop up and devour people without warning, and clear out a packed cinema faster than you can sing the old Burt Bacharach theme song!
Co-written by Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) and Chuck Russell (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), this is one of the better remakes of a ’50s classic, with lots of gooey practical effects, a wry sense of humour, and authentic small town USA ambience. Kevin Dillon is nicely cast as the local delinquent turned hero, while Shawnee Smith gets her inner Ripley on to kick Blob butt (if it actually has one). You’re guaranteed a fun Friday night in with this late ’80s gem.
Four reasons why The Blob rocks:
1. It embraces the ridiculousness of the concept, and revels in it.
2. It’s gleefully gross.
3. A victim is sucked down a sink drain.
4. The fun recreation of the famous cinema attack scene from the original.
Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.