As a kid, The Blob scared the hell out of me like few other films. Side note: it also may have been the first Steve McQueen movie I ever saw. Hell, I even adore the 1988 remake, it’s awesome. Back in January, it was announced that Simon West, the man behind Con-Air (another movie I love dearly), is going to give the franchise another facelift. He recently spoke about the project, and part of his plan includes giving the amorphous, gelatinous glob a true Hollywood makeover, which apparently includes a new backstory.
These days, when news hits about a movie remake, there’s a more-than-good chance it isn’t the first time the story has been retold. One of the latest classics getting retooled for modern audiences is the amorphous horror The Blob, and it now has a director, as the action-hound Simon West has signed on to bring this gloopy menace to the screen.
West is an interesting choice for this project, as he hasn’t really done anything that falls within the science fiction or horror genres. (You can mention When a Stranger Calls, but that movie just doesn’t exist to me.) He’s directed films like The Mechanic, The Expendables 2, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. His feature debut was 1997’s guilt-free action fest Con Air, which was recently rumored to have a space-bound sequel in the pipeline.
Happy weekday, streamers. The weather is nice. The seasonal ales have hit the beer shelves. Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity killed it at the box office this past weekend. These are good days indeed. Except there are no real blockbuster flicks on the roster this week. But we’re finding the silver lining down the Blob’s back as we Cross the Streams.
The Blob (1988) (Crackle)
If there’s anyone out there ridiculous enough to get Kevin Dillon (Entourage) confused with Steve McQueen, who starred in the original 1958 version of this film, then they deserve to get turned into goop by the scariest pink thing in cinema. (Make your own “pink thing in cinema” joke here.) This fairly decent retread ups the ante for special effects and visual ewwness, and though future stars like Jeffrey DeMunn (The Walking Dead) and Shawnee Smith (Saw II) don’t really help make this a classic flick, it’s a cut above your average 1988 sci-fi horror videos. Watch for an early appearance from genre veteran Bill Moseley as “Soldier #2.”
James Wan’s The Conjuring is getting solid reviews and angling to try and conquer the box office this weekend, but let’s face it. After a long week of work, not everybody feels up to braving the madness of opening-weekend crowds at the local multiplex. But fear not, fear junkies — if you’ve got a craving for some goosebumps and don’t want to leave the house, we here at GFR have rounded up seven perfectly creepy flicks that like a little horror mixed in with their science fiction. Switch off the lights, pop some popcorn, and try really hard to convince yourself that you didn’t just see something move out of the corner of your eye…
Where else to begin than what is, unquestionably, the best example of sci-fi/horror ever to grace the screen. It’s a testament to the quality and impact of Ridley Scott’s film that it’s still being explored today, 30+ years later. And while other projects have explored the Alien universe over the the years, none have managed to equal the claustrophobic, slow-burn terror of Scott’s masterpiece. (I’d argue that James Cameron’s Aliens is as good, or nearly so, but they are two very different films with very different tones.) It’s damn near a perfect film, and no list of sci-fi/horror would be complete without it.