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The Blob (DVD)
Member Name: Beggar James
The Blob (DVD)
Date: 22/03/01, updated on 22/03/01 (21 review reads)
Advantages: Old fashioned, nostalgic and gooey
Disadvantages: FX look a bit dated now
A remake of the old scifi/horror classic, this monster film manages to retain the great, nostalgic atmosphere of days gone by. I can't really imagine anyone being frightened by this film. Perhaps young children, but for anyone who seen and enjoyed creature features, in many ways its like a trip down memory lane.
It makes the ffort to provide the best of both worlds: true, it features special effects which were pretty much state of the art for 1988, and has splatterings of typical 80's gore, but there's simply nothing nasty or unpleasant about this film. There are none of the grating, annoying characters which seem to populate so many 80's horror films, characters whose only purpose in the plot is to die.
Ok, i'm not saying that the characters in this film are well written: they're still cardboard charicatures. But just nice to watch a film where the viewer is not aggressively encouraged to hate and wish death upon the people on the screen. They're just harmless, god-fearing small town folks. Even the town rebel looks like he wouldn't hurt a fly.
I know these comments won't really reccommend this film to many fans of the modern horror film. This film is entertaining in many ways: the admitedly predictable plot moves swiftly along, and there's no shortage of action scenes, as the blob wrecks its havoc. The effects are plentiful and gooey, and more than a handful people are devoured during the rampage.
Overall, I would reccommend this film, mainly as an enjoyable throwback to the monster films of the 50s and 60s.