Rob Zombie Remaking Classic 1950's Horror Film 'The Blob'

August 28, 2009

The Blob

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.

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  • Adam
  • It should be a metaphor for all the obesity going on in the US
  • Luis M
    What, no mention at all about the fact that is has already been remade in the 80's? R rated, too.
  • Adam
    And starring Kevin Dillon!
  • David Banner
    10 bucks the Blob will be fast. And black. And very, very hard to stop. Only a mans love for a woman would stop it in the end....
  • #1 - you said it all. Loved the original 58 version and I throughly enjoyed the 88 version. Shawnee Smith? Oh yeah. Zombie may be a self serving douchemuffin, but he's better than some I've seen.
  • drunkimus
    let me guess...Sheri Moon Zombie will be in it
  • branden
    #3 actually read the article before you criticize... End of 2nd to last paragraph: "And The Blob was already remade in the 80's anyway."
  • branden
    Alex what are the best 2 horror films that have come out in the past decade? Since you say every 5 years only gives us 1. I would say The Ring and 28 Days Later...both scary and unique (sequels aside)
  • Vold
    Totally looking forward to this. Zombies a very distinct director. Perfect for this.
  • DJ Sil3nt
    Zombie is a shit director. Why would they allow him to fuck this up? I hate that all these movie studios want to remake every horror movie and all they do is show sick shit to make the audience squeel. There's no scare factor anymore. I can't tell you how ashamed of my generation I was when I saw the scene in Devils Rejects where he made the guy pray and killed him... or when they damn near fingered the old lady with the pistol... They should make these movies go straight to DVD and only sell it @ Hot Topic cause those freakish goths are the only people who enjoy these movies.
  • Bill Gibron
    Remakes are for losers. Be original Hollywood!!!!! Rob zombie you worthless piece of talent.
  • branden
    #11 they wouldn't make them if they didn't make $$ and Hot Topic shoppers couldn't help the movie on their own.
  • I don't understand why people have such hatred towards something like this. If you don't like it, don't see it, then you don't have to worry about your original movie being destroyed. There have been so many remakes put out lately that I have just not wanted to see them, but there were some that were very good: just a couple The Mummy - Remake The Scorpion King - Prequel to a Sequel of a Remake Evil Dead 2 - Remake
  • Sabes
  • Xerxex
    Kevin Dillion better be in it! But I think Zombie is going down hill, I mean the Halloween trailer isn't all that good, too much Friday the 13th isssues going on in it.
  • beavis4play
    hey, mike at old are you? this is the SECOND remake of the movie. and, IT'S NOT NECESSARY OR NEEDED!
  • goudos
    How many times has Dracula, Frankenstein, D. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, the Phantom of the Opera, etc been remade? Does a remake take away the value of the original?
  • #17, I am 35. Not saying it is needed or necessary, but if people wouldn't go to them, they wouldn't make money. Since these remakes are obviously making money then they will continue making them.
  • BORG
    You are damn right - Edgar Wright and his spaced team would do an awesome job on this. Rob Zombie is a blatant hack. His music is okay but his films died the moment he raped Halloween with his trailer-park crap. He just keeps making the same stale film over and over, proving that he really has no clue at how to craft an effective horror. I hope the Blob eats him.
  • I want Bill Cosby to play the mad scientist who invents mutated Jello Pudding to take over the world. At least, that's my pitch for the remake.
  • I liked the Simpsons spoof.
  • Efrain
    I loved the new Halloween hope to see Halloween 2, but honestly his other films were great because they were original. Remaking yet another "horror" movie is so redundant and just straight shouldn't even be done again, especially with the same director. I know he can make great original movies and that's what i expect from him, not another remake, or "reimagining".
  • XJordanX
    I love the 80's remake. Somehow I think this will end up more like the move The Stuff if it has no "Blob".
  • TheSaint
    NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!! Rob Zombie is a shitty director who only makes films so that they can boost his ego and make him seem relivent when his real carrer puttered out in the late 90s. His "vision" in any movie is how can I make this like one of MY songs? He turned 2 of his songs into arguable the sorst films of modern times. He turned a scary and chilling unstoppible "monster" into a white trash, mentally disturbed, incetual serial killer. I could see if he had staid even remotely near Michial Myers but he went WAY off into left feild with that. And now he's saying he wants to ruin another Classic? What the Hell is wrong with this man? I would rather watch paint dry then watch another one of his flicks(i watch them because the GF likes his films and will watch anything with the word Horror attached to it). No, better yet, I would rathe watch the next UME BOLL flick than watch anything Rob Zombie tries to direct.
  • Eric Shook
    Sherri Moon Zombie has already been cast for the part of THE BLOB!!!! (Sorry Rob, had to do it. The door was left wide open.)
  • Tim
    i think he should team up with Rainn Wilson again for this also #26 i don't think you have to worry about rob zombie reading your comment
  • DoomCanoe
    Don't like Zombies films but i have been waiting for yet another rendition of the Blob so I'll wait for the trailer. I do agree with Alex though, Edgar Wright Simon Pegg and Nick Frost would be the best people to remake this movie.
  • DiR3ct
    2 - If anyone should be directing a fucking remake it should be you.
  • TN
    it'll be green intead of red
  • subcelsious5g
    A blob with no blob
  • mark thomas
    i dont think they shud make a remake of the blob but instead make a sequel to the remake of the blob that was made in 1988 u know like the did with the 1958 version




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