‘The Blob’ Remake Has An Origin Story & A New Form12.03.15 # Remake # 12 Comments
The third big screen version of The Blob is on the way, from veteran so-so action director Simon West (Expendables 2, Tomb Raider, The Mechanic and the great Con Air). This time we might just get to meet The Blob’s mom and pop.
The Blob started off as a decent 1958 B-movie, starring a young Steve McQueen, before spawning a much better sequel in 1988, one of the best uses of practical fx in horror and a genuinely chilling film (written by Shawshank Redemption‘s Frank Darabont) –
When it came to the creature’s origins, the ’88 version had it arriving on a crashing meteorite but later revealed it to be part of biological warfare experiment created during the Cold War (I forget how those two explanations sit together?). West says his version will spend considerable time showing the origins, alien in nature, and will lean more toward sci-fi than horror. “It’s a bigger scale type of movie,” he says. “It’s a more sophisticated Blob, more along the lines of Alien and Predator and things like that — much more science-based, the way Jurassic Park made you believe you could bring back dinosaurs with a bit of DNA from a mosquito.”
It sounds like the creature design itself is going to get a major shake up. West says “Designing the creature is a long and involved process ’cause it’s very sophisticated. It’s not going to be the goo pouring through windows. So that’s taking a while to design and construct that.”
It’s hard to imagine what The Blob is if it’s not “goo pouring through windows”, since that’s, well, what it does. Any ideas?
While this all sounds fine so far, West’s one previous venture into horror, When a Stranger Calls took one of the best opening sequences of the ’70s and turned it into a snorefest. It was a badly misjudged movie, and horror isn’t West’s genre, which is why he’s moving it towards sci-fi. The odds are against its success. Nonetheless Mr. Blobby’s one of my favourite movie monsters, and anything that draws attention to the overlooked 80’s version is a good thing.
The Blob pops up out of your sink in 2016. To discover what’s out this year, see our 2015 Horror Movies Guide.