Rob Zombie Remaking Classic 1950's Horror Film 'The Blob'
by Ethan Anderton
August 28, 2009
It's been over 50 years since audiences were instructed: "Run - Don't Walk from... The Blob!" Since then the terrifying gelatinous mass has become a classic horror staple in film history. Now the jelly monster will crawl into theaters again in the form of an R-rated remake from cult horror director Rob Zombie. The original 1958 film focused on the terror brought to a town when a giant red glob lands on Earth from another planet, growing and absorbing humans at an alarming rate. But of course Zombie has a different take, "My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing - that's the first thing I want to change."
Zombie continues: "That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now." While I agree to some extent, what will a remake of The Blob be without, well, a blob? Apparently Dimension Films has confidence in the musician-turned-filmmaker who will work on the script in the midst of a new tour promoting the release of his new album. Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of Zombie's work (having hated House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects). This might be because I'm not a fan of the horror genre in general (there's probably one good horror film every five years), but here's where I'll throw a curveball your way: I actually enjoyed Zombie's other remake (or revision) of Halloween.
Now before I get lynched by die-hard fans of the scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis and the master of horror John Carpenter, let me say that I concede that Zombie destroyed everything that made the iconic character of Michael Myers evil and scary. He reduced him to nothing more than a prototypical serial killer, but I have an inexplicable lack of anger at this and believe he made one hell of a fun slasher flick in doing so (with the sequel headed to theaters today). Modifying the origin of a character is one thing, but dispatching with a signature titular monster altogether is something else. And The Blob was already remade in the 80's anyway.
For all we know Zombie could make The Blob a neglected, fat child who gorges on food, killing and eating those who ridicule him until his mother, played by none other than Sherri Moon Zombie, brings him to his senses. Personally, I'd like to see The Blob in the hands of someone like Edgar Wright teamed up with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for a tongue-in-cheek horror comedy in typical B-movie fashion. Anyway, Zombie's mind is a twisted one and I'm sure there will be no shortage of peculiarity because like Zombie says, "I have the freedom once again to take it in any crazy direction I want to." We'll keep you updated on the latest.