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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 05 August 2018 at 4:45am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Released thirty years ago today:




Obviously, a remake of 1958's THE BLOB. I enjoyed both versions.

This one had pretty good special effects by 1988 standards. I found some parts quite scary (give me masked killers or sharks any day of the week, at least you know where you stand with them). I also thought Shawnee Smith and Kevin Dillon played good roles. There's something very believable about the plot, if you ask me. It seems like it *could* happen (hopefully not).

Anyone a fan?
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I wouldn't call myself a fan, but I did find it a whole lot better than it had any right to be!
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Yes, that's a good way to describe it. 

According to the owner of a video rental store I used, it was a frequent rental!
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I've always loved this one. It came out when I was in high school so I was the prime target audience.  The effects were fun, and really still are.  The nice thing about goop effects is they don't really age - although, sure, today it would be CGI and look like crap more than likely.  

I love the original too and grew up with it - in fact, the first story I ever remember writing as a kid was something called "Night of the Goops."  It may have had some specific inspiration :) (No, I don't have the story anymore.)  
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Hands up everyone who knew Olin Howard, the old man who is the first victim of the Blob, was also the old drunk chanting "Make me a sergeant in charge of the booze!" in THEM!.
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Can't say I knew that, Mr Byrne! 
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I really really enjoyed this remake. Here's one you can add to the "better than the original" list.
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A list that includes 1999's THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, right? 
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It wasn't until years after the fact that I realized I had "borrowed" some of the framework of THE BLOB for my ALIENS - EARTH ANGEL story. Oops!
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Sorry Robbie, I haven't seen the Thomas Crown remake.
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The preacher who goes more than a little nuts (after he's badly burned from exposure) was Del Close, who was both an actor and a very successful acting teacher. Long dead, but supposedlu a really terrific coach and writer.
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Also, the girl who's "imploded" by the Blob in the car was Erika Eleniak, who went on to BAYWATCH and UNDER SIEGE.
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I could have sworn I would have seen this version in 1988 as I did like the original, but alas, after seeing the trailer again, I know I must have passed.

There is a line in the trailer....

"it's growing at a geometric rate." 

Geometric? He meant exponential, right?
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"it's growing at a geometric rate." 

Geometric? He meant exponential, right?

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It’s the same thing in this context.
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Geometric? He meant exponential, right?

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Learned something new today.

Geometric = constant rate of change

Exponential = increasing rate of change
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