Director CHUCK RUSSELL (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: THE DREAM WARRIORS) juggles a multitude of various characters and story lines with ease. Our introductions to the residents of Arborville, a town that has seen better days, are short, sweet and effective. By the time THE BLOB gets rolling, the viewer is highly invested. High on the list of folks to cheer for is cheerleader Meg Penny (the worship-able SHAWNEE SMITH), her clean-cut date Paul Taylor (DONAVAN LEITCH) and sourpuss Snake Plisken-in-training Brian Flagg (KEVIN DILLON). Don’t get too attached to football hero Paul, RUSSELL derives much electricity from the inevitable attraction of rogue outsider Brian and apple pie Meg.
By this point our rebel without a comb Brian is learning just how updated the title creature has become. No longer an alien creature from outer space as in the original, this abomination is man made. The meteor the creature sprung from is actually more of a crashed satellite, complete with American flag insignia. He not only overhears that it is a germ warfare experiment that’s gone out of control, but that his entire town is expendable in the eyes of the government. Suddenly he’s not so different from all those people he’s been so dead set on distancing himself from. He returns to the town to fetch the girl he once left behind and the community he abandoned.
- The whole buying a condom at Mr. Penny (ART LAFLUER)’s pharmacy bit is great and has a hilarious pay-off
- The BLOB’s attack on the homeless guy and the resulting doctor’s office invasion
- Scott (RICKY PAULL GOLDIN)’s parked car make out session ends in a squirming, head deflating, blobby mess
- I don’t pretend to understand the logistics of the drainpipe scene, but I love it anyway
- CANDY CLARK(CAT’S EYE) meets her date the Sheriff in an unfortunate (for both of them) telephone booth crushing scene
- All scenes with lil’ Kevin Penny and his Pal Eddie sneaking off to the slasher flick and the dialogue that ensues are hilarious. (Tough luck only one makes it out alive!) Favorite line: “I’m sorry, I’ll never see a movie again!” or maybe it’s this line from the in-movie flick GARDEN TOOL MASSACRE (upon seeing a hockey-masked man wielding a hedge trimmer) “Wait, Hockey season ended months ago!”
- Reverend Meeker (DEL CLOSE who was actually in BEWARE THE BLOB! aka SON OF BLOB) will be back! (God willing!)