It’s somewhat weird to review a release that I know anyone that happens to read this will be unable to buy anywhere other than the scalper market. But by the time I received my review copy, and found a quiet moment within October to watch it, it had already happened. So unfortunately, if you are reading this, you will be unable to purchase this Blu-ray, unless you pay a premium on ebay to buy it from one of those nasty scalpers. That being said, this is one Blu-ray I have been waiting for since the format was launched. There’s a reason why, if you were to find yourself in a conversation about the best horror remakes that have been made, The Blob ’88 will almost always be mentioned. The Thing, The Fly, and The Blob are three remakes that are universally heralded as “the best”. Some would consider all three of these remakes to be superior to the films they were based on, and I am included in that group of people. Add in Alexandre Aja’s remake of Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes, and Martin Scorcese’s The Departed, and you’ve rounded out my list of the top 5 remakes of all time. It was an absolute pleasure to revisit Chuck Russell’s 1988 remake of The Blob in high definition.
Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob which is the spawn of a secret government germ warfare project which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously, while government agents try to cover up the evidence and confine the creature.
One of the main things people mention when discussing their affection for The Blob ’88 is the spectacular practical effects, and of course the gore. This is quite the nasty film, in that regard. And while those elements do certainly lend to its charm, it has something that a lot of modern films lack; heart. On the disc is an interview with director Chuck Russell, at a screening of the film hosted by Shock Till You Drop. Just listening to him speak fondly both about the film itself, as well as the production, makes it clear that the director of this little film that could, loves it as much as its fans. There have been a few examples in genre filmmaking, where that love didn’t necessarily translate into acclaim from fans, but most of the time, if you come from that place when you craft a genre film, the viewers are going to pick up on it, and it will add a little something extra to the experience that they wouldn’t have gotten from another film. The Blob ’88 holds a special place in my heart, as well as many other fans of the genre. It’s fantastic that I finally own it on the Blu-ray format, but unfortunate that, for the time being, those of you that didn’t already score a copy will be left out of the fun. Keep your eyes peeled, though, because several re-issues of past Twilight Time favorites(such as Fright Night) are on the horizon.