Beware! The Blob
Son of Blob / Beware of the Blob / Son of the Blob / A Chip off the Old Blob
Anthony Harris, Jack H. Harris for Jack H. Harris Enterprises
directed by Larry Hagman
starring Robert Walker jr, Gwynne Gilford, Richard Stahl, Richard Webb, Shelley Berman, Godfrey Cambridge, Larry Hagman, Carol Lynley, Marlene Clark, Gerrit Graham, J.J. Johnston, Danny Goldman, Rockne Tarkington, Dick Van Patten, Tiger Joe Marsh, Tim Baar, Fred Smoot, Randy Stonehill, Del Close, Cindy Williams, Preston Hagman, John Houser, Larry Norman, Robert N. Goodman, Patrick McAllister, Bill Coontz, Byron Keith, Margie Adleman, Sid Haig, William Foster, Burgess Meredith
story by Richard Clair, Jack H. Harris, screenplay by Jack Woods, Anthony Harris, music by Mort Garson, special effects by Tim Baar
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Chester (Godfrey Cambridge) has spent the last 3 months on an oil rig
in the Arctic Sea, and now he's back and his wife Mariane (Marlene Clark)
couldn't be happier - but still, she won't accept that container he
brought from his trip explicitely stating "Keep Frozen" in her
freezer next to the food. She'd better though, as soon some red slime with
a mind of its own (apparently) escapes from it.
Lisa (Gwynne Gilford)
wants to organize a surprise party for her boyfriend Bobby (Robert Walker
jr), but when she drops by Chester and Mariane's place to fetch her
present for Bobby, she sees the two of them being devoured by the same red
slime, henceforth "the Blob". She fetches Bobby, but once he
checks out the situation, the Blob is long gone, and the Sheriff (Richard
Webb) they have called doesn't believe a thing - unsurprisingly. But even
the Sheriff has to admit: There is a surprisingly high number of
disappearances in his town tonight.
After all of this, Lisa only wants
to go home ... but she has totally forgotten the surprise party, which
really takes the life out of her way too soon, so Bobby agrees to drive
her to a quiet place, but everywhere they go, the Blob turns up,
continually growing in size. Despite his earlier reservations regarding
the Blob, Bob and Lisa try to track the sheriff down in the local bowling
alley, not expecting the Blob to make an entrance there ... but he does,
devouring a good number of the customers before cornering Bobby and Lisa
in the neighbouring soon-to-be ice rink. It's only when Bobby turns on the
freezer that he manages to actually deep freeze the Blob.
Hagman has a guest spot as a hobo, sharing a scene with Burgess Meredith.
original The Blob is a somewhat
overrated on 1950's monster cinema that might be based on a good premise,
but the execution is neither good nor unintentionally funny enough to
really strike gold. Beware! The Blob very obviously pushes for the
funny side of things as it's a self-consciously schlocky film in which the
actual narrative takes backseat behind many quite hilarious (and
intentionally so) scenes of Blob attacks, a film that tries to make up for
its poor special effects with wit, for its formulaic story with a
tongue-in-cheek approach. That all said, the film doesn't always succeed,
and sometimes it seems the cast seems to have had much more fun on set
than the audience, but it still comes off as a pointless yet
chuckle-worthy little genre flick.
Nothing great, but definitely with
entertainment value, and some scenes that you might remember for quite
some time, actually.