THE BIGGER PICTURE
The cult favorite horror flick of the 80s, The Blob, is set to get its first 4K launch by Scream Factory this autumn.
The forthcoming release presents two variants, a standard and a premium one, each showcasing unique artwork by Devon Whitehead.
The Blob remake, celebrated for its extraordinary visual effects and horrifying deaths, is held by some as superior to the original and has progressively garnered love over time.
The 1980s gifted us a wealth of distinctive horror movies that left an enduring imprint on pop culture. Yet, one of the most impressive remakes emerging from that era was The Blob, helmed by Charles Russell. The 1988 creature feature stretched the capabilities of practical special effects of that period. Celebrating its oozy 35th anniversary, Scream Factory is poised to launch The Blob in 4K for the very first time this Autumn.
This new Collector’s Edition 4K version comes in a duo of options. The regular 4K/Blu-ray combo pack priced at $35.99 showcases the conventional artwork of a woman entrapped inside The Blob on both the slipcover and the corresponding poster. Alternatively, the premium release at $39.98 brings an extra slipcover and poster designed by artist Devon Whitehead. This fresh artwork encapsulates The Blob’s lethal influence permeating the ill-fated town of Annerville as disorder unfolds, and attempts are made to control it.
What’s The Blob About?
Image via TriStar Pictures
Echoing the 1958 original, the storyline of The Blob remake is straightforward. A meteorite lands on Earth and a blob-like substance starts ravaging the neighboring town of Annerville. However, you don’t watch The Blob for the narrative, but for the awe-inspiring special effects, still exceptionally remarkable today. The filmmakers invented manifold methods to elevate The Blob’s gruesomeness to match the ’80s. They utilized every trick in the horror trade to present The Blob as terrifying as possible using miniatures, stop-motion animation, animatronics, and sculptures. Thus, this Blob version is even more savage and lethal, boasting added abilities such as acid. These techniques further resulted in some of the most horrific deaths in ’80s horror.
Although the remake didn’t emulate the original film’s box office success, it has become a cult classic in the ensuing three and half decades. It’s one of those rare remakes that has sparked debates about whether it surpasses the original, a conversation that will undoubtedly continue for years to come. The Blob now lines up with other ’80s treasures like The Burning, My Bloody Valentine, Halloween III: Season of Witch, and Creepshow as part of Scream Factory’s catalog transitioning to 4K.
When’s The Blob Coming to 4K?
The Blob remake is set for its 4K debut on October 17, 2023, promising to add an extra dose of slime to the Halloween festivities of horror aficionados. Both 4K versions of the film are available for pre-order on the Scream Factory’s website. As we anticipate witnessing The Blob’s magnificent lunacy in 4K, the film’s trailer is available for viewing below.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about The Blob 4K UHD Collector’s Edition
What is the new release of ‘The Blob’ about?
The new release of ‘The Blob’ is a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition by Scream Factory. It will include the 1980s horror classic in high definition for the first time, featuring the traditional artwork as well as new artwork by Devon Whitehead. The film is set to release this fall.
Who is the artist creating the new artwork for the release?
The new artwork for the 4K UHD Collector’s Edition of ‘The Blob’ is being created by Devon Whitehead.
When is the 4K release of ‘The Blob’ scheduled?
The 4K UHD Collector’s Edition of ‘The Blob’ is scheduled for release on October 17, 2023.
Where can I pre-order the 4K versions of ‘The Blob’?
You can pre-order both 4K versions of ‘The Blob’ on Scream Factory’s website.
Is the 1988 version of ‘The Blob’ a remake?
Yes, the 1988 version of ‘The Blob’ is indeed a remake. The original movie was released in 1958. The remake is known for its creative and gruesome special effects.
How does the remake of ‘The Blob’ compare to the original?
While the remake of ‘The Blob’ didn’t achieve the box office success of the original, it has become a cult classic in its own right over the last three and a half decades. Some even argue that it surpasses the original in terms of special effects and horror impact.