There are times I will run across a movie that I had no idea was made. Mostly I mean movies that maybe I had thought would make a good movie, from comics or TV shows or whatever else my mind thinks of. Mostly I mean sequels though. Take the movie The Blob for example. I knew there was a remake to the film but I didn't know there was once a sequel made to the originaly film. One day I was just clicking at random on horror movies on Netfilx, I ran across a movie called Beware! The Blob (1972) and thought "What's this?" I almost bumped it up in the queue but figured I would just get around to it eventually. That time is now and I can't say, after watching it, that I am glad for that.
As you can tell from the picture, Beware! The Blob was directed by Larry Hagman. He was also in the movie somewhere but I managed to miss him because he plays a hobo. What I did see for the opening credits was a kitten. It was walking around, rolling around, basicly just being a kitten out in a field. Believe it or not, this does play into the actual plot of the movie...kinda sorta. The kitten ends up being food for the blob you see. Chester (Godfrey Cambridge) has a frozen sample of the blob in his freezer. When his wife leaves it sitting out it thaws out and once again, the blob is on the rampage. The first person to see it, and live, is Lisa Clark (Gwynne Gilford). She sees Chester covered by the blob and somehow knows he is being desolved by it. She jumps in her track and races over to her boyfriend's place and runs Edward Fazio (Richard Stahl) who becomes a somewhat important character later on in the movie. Bobby (Robert Walker Jr.) heads back to Chester's with Lisa. As they pass Edward, who is now agrueing with the Sheriff (Richard Webb), he points out Lisa to the Sheriff and they both go see what is going on. Of course they aren't believed until it almost to late!
Beware! The Blob has very few effects in it. Mostly they just envolve the blob being in front of the camera. There are only a couple of shots that try and give us an idea of how big the blob is getting with each feeding. One of the nice things about the remake was that they actually tried to show what the blob did to people. You will find nothing like that, not even a suggestion outside of what someone says, here in this movie. The acting is ok, not great but not bad either. I will get into what I thought was wrong with the acting here in just a little bit further into the review. From what I was reading, this movie features a lot of people from 70's TV. This is a bit before my time so I don't really know if this is true or not. I do remember Richard Stahl from a couple of different shows that came later. Robert Walker Jr. I think I know from somewhere but can't place him. The one person that I knew right away though was Dick Van Patten who plays a scoutmaster. Acording to his troup, something happens to their scoutmaster but we never see that.
As much as I wanted to like this sequel, I just couldn't. The acting was playing it off as a somewhat serious movie for the most part. There was some acting that played it off like the camp movie that it is but the lead actors were treating it a little more serious and it is the contradiction that spoils Beware! The Blob for me. If you want to make a campy movie then that is fine by me but go all out with it. I did enjoy some parts. How they finished off the blob and what happened right after I have to admit was pretty good but the ending alone doesn't save this one. If you like campy movies then you might give this a try but I know I will stear clear of it from now on.
2 out of 5 Wondering if my older readers had any "clackers"
5 days ago