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Nov 21

Beware! The Blob

bewaretheblobGenre: Horror / Comedy
Year: 1972
Country: USA

aka: Son of Blob, Son of the Blob

Director: Larry Hagman
Starring: Robert Walker Jr., Gwynne Gilford, Richard Stahl, Richard Webb, Shelley Berman

 

The movie that J.R. shot!

 

Chester comes home to Los Angeles after finishing a work assignment on the North Pole. He has taken with him a small liquid container and his wife accidentally opens it up. The red goo inside of it breaks free to attack them and roam free in the city, getting bigger and bigger after eating more humans.

This is a very low-budget sequel to the popular 1958 sci-fi movie. It’s amateurish and basically consist of different scenes where the blob either attacks some random person, hippies partying or some lame comedy scenes. The opening credits sequence actually shows a very small and cute kitten playing around in the garden and I was quite shocked that the little cat did meet the blob. Other than that scene it is really a crappy film.

The film is directed by Larry Hagman who went on to gain fame as J.R. Ewing on Dallas, which also sparked the tagline “The movie that J.R. shot” for this one upon its dvd release. This is the only feature film he did and I think he would agree with me that it’s just as well that he went with acting instead of directing. It didn’t seem like he was sure on what he wanted to do here and the entire thing tries to balance several genre’s at once and fails on them all.

None of the characters are interesting and most of the victims are only in one scene where they get some dialogue before they get eaten by the blob. Some of the killings are fun, while some tries to go for tension and scare and the scenes just doesn’t work together. It feels like they filmed everything separately and then just spliced it together and called it a movie.

Beware! The Blob is like a bad acid trip. It is all over the place (the movie, not the blob) and just a really bad movie. Without the evil jello there would be nothing that would connect this to the first one and while I’m not a huge fan of the original, I do think that it deserved a much better sequel than this crap.

 

 ★☆☆☆☆ 

 

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