A sign of these cinematic times is the flood of remakes that people rightly complain about to no end. Certainly this is no new thing, but many maintain that older remakes seem to have been mostly very good. This is especially true of three remakes done in the 80s: John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986) and the 1988 remake of The Blob, directed by Chuck Russell. The latter is much more underrated than the former two, so I've decided to talk about it today. Even for somewhat older remakes I'm skeptical because the very idea of a remake is dubious in that you're simply retreading an older story, cashing in on the name recognition and nostalgia that people have with the original. That is exactly what bad remakes do, so what exactly does a good remake do? It takes the original plot and makes it it's own, embellishing or expounding certain elements to make it stand out on it's own. The Blob is just such a film, it's not constantly winking to the audience with cute references to the original, making you wish you were watching that instead. You can tell the filmmakers respected the original and that the project was something they genuinely wanted to make. It keeps focused straight ahead and does it's own thing. My first attraction to this film was from the knowledge of it's special effects, but I didn't expect to be impressed by the story or the characters. However, I was.
Pictured: One awesome gal.