The Blob (1988)

R | 94 mins | Horror | 5 August 1988

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HISTORY

An article in the 8 Apr 1986 HR announced that New World Pictures had acquired rights to remake the 1958 film The Blob (see entry). Jack H. Harris, who produced the original film, would serve as executive producer on the remake, and principal photography was expected to begin in late 1986. However, the 19 Aug 1987 Var reported that Cinema Group Pictures (CGP) was remaking the film, with producer Jack H. Harris. The film was budgeted at $15 million and CGP planned to spend an additional $5 million on advertising. The 25 Jan 1988 DV noted the film’s budget was almost $20 million. The 8 Sep 1987 HR noted principal photography was scheduled to begin 16 Nov 1987. However, a production brief in the 14 Jun 1988 HR reported principal photography began 12 Jan 1988 in Los Angeles, CA. The film also shot on location in Abbeville, LA.
       The original The Blob marked its thirtieth anniversary in 1988. The remake was released on 5 Aug 1988 and according to the 3 Aug 1988 Var, distributor Tri Star Pictures promoted the anniversary with a press release that stated: “On his 30th birthday, he’s back – meaner, faster and hungrier than before. Guess he’ll have his cake and eat it too.”
       An article in the 27 May 1989 Screen International reported that the film’s domestic box-office gross was “disastrous.”
       On 14 May 2015, HR announced that director Simon West would remake The Blob, starring Samuel L. Jackson. The second ... More Less

An article in the 8 Apr 1986 HR announced that New World Pictures had acquired rights to remake the 1958 film The Blob (see entry). Jack H. Harris, who produced the original film, would serve as executive producer on the remake, and principal photography was expected to begin in late 1986. However, the 19 Aug 1987 Var reported that Cinema Group Pictures (CGP) was remaking the film, with producer Jack H. Harris. The film was budgeted at $15 million and CGP planned to spend an additional $5 million on advertising. The 25 Jan 1988 DV noted the film’s budget was almost $20 million. The 8 Sep 1987 HR noted principal photography was scheduled to begin 16 Nov 1987. However, a production brief in the 14 Jun 1988 HR reported principal photography began 12 Jan 1988 in Los Angeles, CA. The film also shot on location in Abbeville, LA.
       The original The Blob marked its thirtieth anniversary in 1988. The remake was released on 5 Aug 1988 and according to the 3 Aug 1988 Var, distributor Tri Star Pictures promoted the anniversary with a press release that stated: “On his 30th birthday, he’s back – meaner, faster and hungrier than before. Guess he’ll have his cake and eat it too.”
       An article in the 27 May 1989 Screen International reported that the film’s domestic box-office gross was “disastrous.”
       On 14 May 2015, HR announced that director Simon West would remake The Blob, starring Samuel L. Jackson. The second remake, produced by Jack H. Harris, Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, Judith Parker Harris and Taewon Chung, was set to begin filming in fall 2015. Goldcrest Films was slated to handle global sales and distribution.
       End credits include the following statements: "Special thanks to Robert Stein" and “The Producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Arctic Cat, The Coca Cola Company, Peter Grossman, Mag Light Corporation, Norm Marshall & Associates, Unique Product Placement, Fisher’s Westside Mobile Steam & Hi-Pressure Cleaning, and the Mayor’s office and the people of Abbeville, Louisiana.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
25 Jan 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Apr 1986.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Sep 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 May 2015.
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Los Angeles Times
5 Aug 1988
p. 10.
New York Times
5 Aug 1988
p. 6.
Screen International
27 May 1989.
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Variety
19 Aug 1987.
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Variety
3 Aug 1988
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Tri-Star Pictures and Andre Blay/Elliott Kastner Present
A Chuck Russell Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Line prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Addl post prod photog by
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
B cam op
B cam 1st asst
B cam 1st asst
Addl cam asst
Still photog
Steadicam op
Steadicam asst
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Elec
Musco light op
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
Addl photog unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept prod asst
Conceptual artist
Storyboards & conceptual des
Addl conceptual des
Addl conceptual des
Addl conceptual des
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Prop asst
Prop asst
Set dec
Leadman
Const coord
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const foreman
Loc foreman
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
On set set dresser
On set set dresser
Const office coord
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Set des
Set des
Lead scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
COSTUMES
Cost des
Costumer
Costumer
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Cable man
Cable man
Post prod and re-rec facilities
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Addl re-rec facilities
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Blob sd FX des
Asst sd ed
ADR rec at
ADR mixer
ADR/Foley mixer
Foley supv
Sd FX rec
Sd FX coord
Sd FX coord
Stereo consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Creature eff des and created by
Spec visual eff by
Visual eff supv
Vis eff prod supv
Crystal blob/Meteor eff
Supv, Diligent Dwarves Effects
Crew, Diligent Dwarves Effects
Crew, Diligent Dwarves Effects
Crew, Diligent Dwarves Effects
Crew, Diligent Dwarves Effects
Crew, Diligent Dwarves Effects
Crew, Diligent Dwarves Effects
Mechanical eff by
Mechanical eff supv, Frazee & Frazee, Inc.
Mechanical eff crew, Frazee & Frazee, Inc.
Mechanical eff crew, Frazee & Frazee, Inc.
Mechanical eff crew, Frazee & Frazee, Inc.
Mechanical eff crew, Frazee & Frazee, Inc.
Mechanical eff crew, Frazee & Frazee, Inc.
Mechanical eff crew, Frazee & Frazee, Inc.
Mechanical eff crew, Frazee & Frazee, Inc.
Mechanical eff crew, Frazee & Frazee, Inc.
Blob eff des and created by
Addl creature eff des and supv
Blob eff coord
Blob eff coord
Blob eff coord
Purchasing coord
Blob shop foreman
Blob shop foreman
Blob eff des
Blob movement des
Lead mechanical des
Addl projects
Mechanic
Mechanic
Mechanic
Mechanic
Mechanic
Mechanic
Mechanic
Mechanic
Mechanic
Lead moldmaker
Lead moldmaker
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Fabrication supv
Fabricator
Fabricator
Fabricator
Fabricator
Fabricator
Fabricator
Fabricator
Fabricator
Lead painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Carpenter
Creature eff crew
Creature eff crew
Creature eff crew
Creature eff crew
Creature eff crew
Creature eff crew
Creature eff crew
Creature eff crew
Creature eff crew
Head puppeteer
Lead puppeteer
Lead puppeteer
Lead puppeteer
Stage supv
Stage supv
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Puppeteer
Blob wrangler
Blob wrangler
Blob wrangler
Blob wrangler
Blob wrangler
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Spec visual eff
Vis eff prod
Supv of miniature photog
Visual eff photog
Visual eff photog
Visual eff photog
Visual eff photog
Visual eff photog
Visual eff photog
Visual eff photog
Matte artist
Matte artist
Anim supv
Anim asst
Anim cam op
Stop-motion anim
Rotoscope supv
Motion control photog
Motion control photog
Opt supv
Opt compositing
Opt compositing
Opt compositing
Opt line-up
Opt line-up
Opt line-up
Electronic equip
Electronic equip
Electronic equip
Eff ed
Opt coord
Eff prod coord
Prod asst
Prod asst
Miniature const by
Miniature coord
Miniature cont
Coord
Foreman modelmaker
Foreman modelmaker
Foreman modelmaker
Foreman modelmaker
Modelmaker
Modelmaker
Modelmaker
Modelmaker
Modelmaker
Modelmaker
Modelmaker
Modelmaker
Modelmaker
Painter
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Post prod mechanical eff
Post prod mechanical eff, All Effects Company
Post prod mechanical eff, All Effects Compan
Post prod mechanical eff, All Effects Compan
Post prod mechanical eff, All Effects Compan
Post prod mechanical eff, All Effects Compan
Post prod mechanical eff, All Effects Compan
Post prod mechanical eff, All Effects Compan
Post prod mechanical eff, All Effects Compan
Post prod mechanical eff, All Effects Compan
Post prod mechanical eff, All Effects Compan
Post prod mechanical eff, All Effects Compan
Post prod mechanical eff, All Effects Compan
Titles
MAKEUP
Makeup eff des and created by
Key makeup artist
Hairstylist
Makeup/Hair asst
Makeup eff coord
Asst coord
Foreman
Foreman
Key painter
Key makeup artist
Key sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Key moldmaker
Mechanical eff des
Mechanical eff des
Mechanical const
Mechanical const
Foam tech
Foam sculptress
Materials fabrication
Spec materials tech
Eff tech
Eff tech
Eff tech
Wigmaker
Wigmaker
Wigmaker
Contact lens consultant
New York makeup eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Helicopter pilot
Helicopter pilot
Prod supv
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Loc asst
Loc asst
Asst to Messrs. Harvey & Russell
Asst to Mr. Blay
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Prod accountant
Prod auditor
Asst auditor
Asst auditor
Asst auditor
Transportation coord
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Casting asst (L.A.)
Casting asst (N.Y.)
Extras casting
Extras casting, Star Casting
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Studio teacher
Studio teacher
Craft services
Craft services
Craft services
Set medic
Set medic
Animals supplied by
Prod asst
Post prod coord
Voice casting
Payroll services provided by
Legal services provided by
Cranes and dollys by
Stage facilities provided by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt co-coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunt
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Addl stunts
Stand-in
Stand-in
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the screenplay The Blob by Theodore Simonson and Kate Phillips (Fairview Productions and Tonylyn Productions, Inc., 1958).
SONGS
"You Don't Have To Move The Mountain," written by Keith Whitley, performed by Hot Rize, from the album "Untold Stories," courtesy of Sugar Hill Records
"Shattered," written and performed by Mike Slamer
"Feel My Love," written by Alien, Janet Minto and Pam Barlow, performed by Alien, courtesy of Virgin Scandinavia AB
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SONGS
"You Don't Have To Move The Mountain," written by Keith Whitley, performed by Hot Rize, from the album "Untold Stories," courtesy of Sugar Hill Records
"Shattered," written and performed by Mike Slamer
"Feel My Love," written by Alien, Janet Minto and Pam Barlow, performed by Alien, courtesy of Virgin Scandinavia AB
"Brave New Love," written by Janet Minto, Pam Barlow and Gary Cambra, performed by Alien, courtesy of Virgin Scandinavia AB
"Prelude To Frenzy," composed by Wayne Coster.
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COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
5 August 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 5 August 1988
Production Date:
began 12 January 1988
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo
Color
Duration(in mins):
94
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29131
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Abbeville, a small mountain town, Paul Taylor, a high school football player, asks cheerleader Meg Penny for a date. At the diner, Sheriff Herb Geller asks Fran Hewitt, the owner, for a date after she gets off work. In the mountains, rebellious teenager Brian Flagg speeds his motorcycle to jump a collapsed bridge at Elkin’s Grove. The bike falters and Brian slides into the ravine, to the delight of “Can Man,” a recluse collecting cans. Brian goes to Moss Garage and asks Moss Woolsey to lend ratchets to fix Brian’s motorcycle. In return, Brian offers to help fix the snow-making vehicle for the local ski resort. Later, Can Man sees a glowing object crash, pokes the gel oozing out of the wreck and a blob covers his hand. Before Meg leaves for her date with Paul, her brother Kevin and his friend, Eddie Beckner, reveal they are sneaking into a horror movie later. However, Mrs. Penny insists Kevin cannot see the movie. In Elkin’s Grove, as Brian fixes his motorcycle, Can Man runs toward him, screaming. The old man chops his own wrist with an axe, but the blob moves over the wound. Can Man runs onto the road in front of Paul’s car and is hit. Paul and Meg place the man in their car, and insist Brian accompany them to explain what happened. At the hospital, the receptionist admits Can Man to a room and orders Paul to complete paperwork. Disgusted by the hospital’s lack of concern, Brian leaves. Paul heads for a vending machine and sees the blob rippling ... +


In Abbeville, a small mountain town, Paul Taylor, a high school football player, asks cheerleader Meg Penny for a date. At the diner, Sheriff Herb Geller asks Fran Hewitt, the owner, for a date after she gets off work. In the mountains, rebellious teenager Brian Flagg speeds his motorcycle to jump a collapsed bridge at Elkin’s Grove. The bike falters and Brian slides into the ravine, to the delight of “Can Man,” a recluse collecting cans. Brian goes to Moss Garage and asks Moss Woolsey to lend ratchets to fix Brian’s motorcycle. In return, Brian offers to help fix the snow-making vehicle for the local ski resort. Later, Can Man sees a glowing object crash, pokes the gel oozing out of the wreck and a blob covers his hand. Before Meg leaves for her date with Paul, her brother Kevin and his friend, Eddie Beckner, reveal they are sneaking into a horror movie later. However, Mrs. Penny insists Kevin cannot see the movie. In Elkin’s Grove, as Brian fixes his motorcycle, Can Man runs toward him, screaming. The old man chops his own wrist with an axe, but the blob moves over the wound. Can Man runs onto the road in front of Paul’s car and is hit. Paul and Meg place the man in their car, and insist Brian accompany them to explain what happened. At the hospital, the receptionist admits Can Man to a room and orders Paul to complete paperwork. Disgusted by the hospital’s lack of concern, Brian leaves. Paul heads for a vending machine and sees the blob rippling through the old man’s body. He runs for the doctor and when they return, the lower half of Can Man’s body is gone. As Paul calls Sheriff Geller, the blob drops from the ceiling onto him. Meg hears Paul’s screams and runs into the room. Paul screams from inside the blob as it absorbs his body and Meg faints. Later, Sheriff Geller, Deputy Bill Briggs, and her parents think Meg is in shock and do not believe her story. The Highway Patrol arrives with Brian, and Briggs thinks they have the culprit. The blob absorbs a couple parked nearby and heads for town. At the police station, Sheriff Geller releases Brian, noting he has no blood on him and no motive. Meg sneaks out of her house and arrives as Brian leaves jail. She follows him to the diner which is closing for the night, but Fran offers to make them sandwiches. Meg tells Brian that the blob killed Paul and is getting bigger. Sheriff Geller sends Deputy Briggs and several volunteers to search the mountain, and heads to the diner to meet Fran. In the diner kitchen, the cook tries to unclog the sink and the blob attacks him. Fran, Brian and Meg rush into the kitchen as the blob sucks the man’s body into the drain pipes. The blob explodes from the sink, and Brian and Meg run into the freezer. The blob slips under the door, but is repelled by the cold and leaves several frozen blob bits on the icy floor before slithering out. Moments later, Brian and Meg sneak out of the diner. Fran jumps out the kitchen window, runs down the alley and calls the sheriff from a pay telephone. As she learns Sheriff Geller is headed in her direction, the blob surrounds the pay phone. Fran sees Geller’s dissolving face inside the blob before it absorbs her. Reverend Meeker sees the blob slide into the sewer system. He rushes to the diner, finds the hardened blob pieces in the freezer and places a piece inside a jar. At the police station, the receptionist tells Brian and Meg that Deputy Briggs is at Elkin’s Grove. When the teens near the crash site, they are surrounded by men in “Haz-mat” protective suits and meet Dr. Meddows, who claims to be the head of a government-sanctioned biological containment team. He informs them that a meteorite carrying a killer gene crashed in Elkin’s Grove and the entire town is under quarantine. Brian wants to retrieve his motorcycle, but he and Meg are forced into a locked van. En route to town, Brian unlocks the back door, but Meg refuses to escape with him, insisting she has to help her family. Meg arrives at the town hall and reunites with her parents. They find Eddie’s mother and learn the boys went to the horror movie. Meg sneaks away from the soldiers and runs to find her brother. At the theater, the blob enters the projection room through an air conditioning vent and kills the projectionist and manager before oozing into the theater. Meg runs inside as frightened patrons flee. She finds Kevin and Eddie at the rear exit and they run into a dead-end alley. When the blob explodes from the building, Meg lifts a sewer grate and they drop into it, replacing the grate before the blob reaches them. Meanwhile, Brian retrieves his motorcycle at Elkin’s Grove and watches Meddow’s team raise the “meteorite,” which is actually a government capsule carrying an experimental bacteria that mutated in space. Meddows proclaims his experiment is the greatest breakthrough in weapons research. Another scientist warns that the blob is growing too fast and could wipe out the United States within a week, however Meddows dismisses his claim and insists the blob can be contained. They learn the blob is in the sewer system with Meg and the two boys. Meddows wants the blob secured in the sewer and declares the humans are expendable. A soldier discovers Brian, but he hops on his motorcycle and speeds away. They chase Brian to the rotted bridge where he jumps his motorcycle over the ravine. Brian speeds into a large sewer drain and rides inside. In town, three soldiers enter the sewer system near Meg and the boys, who slog through water toward an overhead grated sewer opening. The blob appears in the water and they run to the ladder. As they climb toward the grate, the blob grabs Eddie and pulls him underwater. Meg dives to save him, but Eddie is dead. Meg follows her brother to the opening, but it is too small for her. The soldiers shoot the blob and it turns toward them. Meg tells Kevin to run to the town hall, then falls back into the water and heads for a shaft to a higher level. When she nears the top, Brian arrives on his motorcycle and they race off as the huge blob bursts into the tunnel. They crash further down the tunnel and encounter the surviving soldier. They follow him to a manhole. Meddows sees them below, but closes the manhole and drives a truck over it to prevent their escape. Brian notices the wounded soldier has a grenade launcher, and he shoots it up the shaft, blowing the manhole open and exploding the van. Meg and Brian climb through the opening and Brian grabs a rifle as soldiers aim weapons at the couple. Meddows screams that Brian is infected and will spread the plague, but Brian tells the truth. Meddows aims at Brian, but the blob kills him and pulls his body into the sewer. Everyone shoots at the blob and a soldier tosses a bomb into the sewer, causing an explosion. The ground beneath them shakes and the enormous blob explodes through the street and attacks panicked citizens. Reverend Meeker walks toward the blob, proclaiming this has been prophesied. A soldier fires a flame thrower, but the blob is unaffected and Meeker catches fire. Meg gets a fire extinguisher and douses Meeker’s flames. A blob tentacle grasps for her but recoils when Meg blasts it with the fire extinguisher. Realizing the blob cannot stand cold, Meg and the townspeople grab fire extinguishers and start spraying. Brian runs to Moss Garage for the snow-making machine and aims the snow at the blob. Meg plants explosives on the vehicle’s liquid nitrogen tanks and the blob is frozen in the resulting snowfall. Townspeople rush to get the crystallized blob pieces to the icehouse before sunrise. Later, the burned, crazed Reverend Meeker preaches in a tent about judgement day. After his sermon, a congregant asks when the day of reckoning is coming. He promises the Lord will give him a sign and holds up his jar with a living blob fragment inside. +

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