The amount of remakes churned out by Hollywood, especially of horror films, often gets a deservedly bad rap. But every now and then a remake is generally good, and a worthy companion to the original. The Blob (1988) is one my favorites.
Directed by Chuck Russell (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), The Blob remake keeps the basic premise of the 1950s original, but updates the setting and characters, and makes use of some amazingly gory and gooey practical special effects.
Human cast members under siege by The Blob include Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Bill Moseley, Candy Clark, and Jeffrey DeMunn. Now, Scream Factory has detailed its upcoming collector’s edition Blu-Ray of the film. Get a load of the extras below.
• NEW audio commentary with director Chuck Russell, special effects artist Tony Gardner and cinematographer Mark Irwin, moderated by filmmaker Joe Lynch
• NEW audio commentary with actress Shawnee Smith
• NEW It Fell From the Sky! – an interview with director Chuck Russell
• NEW We Have Work to Do – an interview with actor Jeffrey DeMunn
• NEW Minding the Diner – an interview with actress Candy Clark
• NEW They Call Me Mellow Purple – an interview with actor Donovan Leitch Jr.
• NEW Try to Scream! – an interview with actor Bill Moseley
• NEW Shot Him! – an interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin
• NEW The Incredible Melting Man – an interview with special effects artist Tony Gardner
• NEW Monster Math – an interview with special effects supervisor Christopher Gilman
• NEW Haddonfield to Arborville – an interview with production designer Craig Stearns
• NEW The Secret of the Ooze – an interview with mechanical designer Mark Setrakian
• NEW I Want that Organism Alive! – an interview with Blob mechanic Peter Abrahamson
• NEW Gardner’s Grue Crew – behind-the-scenes footage of Tony Gardner and his team
• Audio Commentary with director Chuck Russell, moderated by film producer Ryan Turek
• Theatrical Trailers
• TV Spot
• Still Gallery
Whew, that’s a TON of new material. Kudos to Scream Factory for continuing to give love to great horror that isn’t necessarily a household name. The Blob’s collector’s edition hits Blu-Ray on October 29th, and is now available for pre-order.