Meg Penny is a cheerleader out on her first date with one of the football players, Paul Taylor. It doesn’t go very well. Before they get where they’re going, an old vagrant runs out in front of Paul’s car, screaming in terror. The old man is closely followed by Brian Flagg, the local teen rebel, complete with long hair, black leather jacket, motorcycle and tough-guy attitude.
Paul blames Brian for chasing the old man, but after the threesome takes him to the doctor’s office it becomes clear the vagrant had more to worry about than some young tough. He was screaming because of the acid-like substance on his hand – a substance that spreads over his body and eventually consumes him. Soon, the growing red blob, which sprouts tentacles to attack its victims, becomes a menace to the small town of Arbeville, Colorado. The military soon arrives in Hazmat suits, led by the wide-eyed Dr. Meddows. They’re from the government, they say, and they want to help; but Brian’s distrust for authority figures proves justified when he learns of their true motives.
Even though this movie is filed under the Horror genre, it’s border line of Sci-Fi and Horror, actually. As for the movie, I thought it was a great remake of the original version, which came out in 1958. They kept everything the same and only updated the special effects and added a few new things, like how a remake should really be, in my opinion. I thought the effects were great, as well as the death scenes. The beginning of the movie starts off boring and gets better, as time goes by. While they work on building the storyline, you get to see a few scenes of the blob killing people and growing. There are a few funny moments, in this movie, but not too many.
I thought the acting was great but there was a couple flaws. Though, there were only a few and didn’t have any impact on the movie, itself. This movie stars: Shawnee Smith, Jeffrey DeMunn, Kevin Dillon, Joe Seneca, Jack Nance, Candy Clark, Donovan Leitch, Jr., and Del Close.
The only thing I didn’t like about this movie was the ending. It kept it open for a second part, but they never made one. I guess, in some ways, it was best not to make a second part to this movie because they might have killed this movie, if they did. So, I’m happy they didn’t make a part 2, in most ways.
If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s definitely worth watching and probably good enough to own it, as well. I would recommend this movie to any Horror movie fan and/or collector.
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