Movie Reviews: “The Blob” (1988)

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I’ve always enjoyed the original 1950’s “The Blob” but today I just fell in love with the 80’s remake! What an awesome movie! The effects are the centerpiece of this film as they are just outstanding & creative. A lot of hard work went into creating the giant slimy unstoppable killing machine.

The script is hilarious, cheesy, and entertaining as hell. Not a dull moment to be had. It was fun to spot actors from other films. For example, the Sheriff in this is played by a much younger Jeffrey DeMunn, Dale from AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” I spotted Jack Nance from “Twin Peaks” & Art LaFleur who looks a lot like the Doctor from the original “Blob.” Hmm…

This blows the original 50’s version away. (Sorry Steve McQueen.) I can’t imagine any studio today even considering remaking it again. You cannot CGI the blob! Once a concept has been fleshed out and made the best it can possibly be, even if it’s dated, it should be left alone to stand on its own for future generations. This is one of those films. A must see. I’m kicking myself for not seeing & enjoying this my first 29 years of existence, but also thanking myself for saving it to see something potentially great this late in life.

4.0 out of 4.0 stars

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Film Reviews: “The Mutilator” (1985)

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The prologue: Ed was only a young boy when he accidentally killed his mom with his father’s rifle. The father blamed the boy and hated him for it.

Now, ten years later and Ed is 18 years old, and having a good time with his friends! His father calls to tell him that he wants Ed to fix up the old summer house by the ocean. Ed hesitates, but his friends insist they all go up there for a party. Ed agrees and the six of them road trip it to the summer house.

You can see where this is going…. One by one, as the teens party, they are stalked by “someone” and begin disappearing. What looked to be a fun weekend at the beach, turns into a horrific nightmare. Will any of them survive?!

So this is your basic 1980’s slasher like “Friday the 13th” or “The Prowler.” It’s cheesy, predictable, fun, and with good gore effects. I enjoyed it. There’s some really bad music in it though. An interesting note: This was the writer/director’s only film. I would love to do a video review of “The Mutilator” sometime in the near future.

2.5 out of 4.0 stars.