Greetings, and welcome back to Horror Business. We have one awesome episode in store for you guys because we’re talking about 1988’s The Blob and 1998’s Phantoms and we’re (unfortunately) joined by the one and only Chris Reject of Lehigh Valley Apparel Creations.
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We start by talking about what we’ve done involving horror recently. Chris talks the recent screening of Lost Highway at the Mahoning Drive In, as well as being so frightened by the The Boogeyman that he left the movie theatre. Liam talks about reading the novel Doctor Sleep, as well as Grady Hendrix’s Final Girls Support Group. Justin talks about virtually attending the Popcorn Frights Film Festival, as well as the films The Pope’s Exorcist, Beaten To Death, Watchdog, Swallowed, The Black Demon, The Lake, as well as the French film Astrakhan and the new Star Wars series Ahsoka and the novella Gemini Rising by friend of the podcast Justin Lutz (which can be ordered here).
Up first is The Blob. We talk about our introductions to the film, with Chris seeing the movie for the first time relatively recently during the COVID pandemic at an outdoor screening and being amazed that he went his entire life without seeing it, Liam seeing it in bits and pieces all throughout college, and Justin talking about seeing it as a little kid and how it was weirdly mesmerizing to him in how realistic and violent it is, as well as the bait and switch it pulls with the main character (for more of Justin’s thoughts on the film head here).
We talk about some of the performances in the film, and how it’s somewhat strange that the most interesting character in the film is killed almost first. We talk about how medium rare the original film with Steve McQueen is even for the era, and how the remake may have suffered just from being released during a time period when there were several other blockbuster films that could’ve drawn from the film.
Justin talks about how film may also have suffered from a perceived cynicism in its narrative of faceless government goons inflicting harm on small town America and then a crazed religious figure threatening to unleash the Blob on America again.
Up next is Phantoms. We talk about how much of an utter failure the film is in execution despite having a rather interesting premise.
Justin talks about how disappointed he was with the movie he first time he watched it and how the filmmakers exercised a lot of the cooler things from the novel to streamline the film. We talk about how the movie drags and drags and is just so unenjoyable.
Justin talks about how the source material for the movie is some of Dean Koontz’s most interesting material when it comes to commenting on human nature, evil, etc.
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