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Subj: Sci-Fi Cinema #67 - Beware! The Blob AKA Son of Blob (1972)
Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2021 at 06:56:52 pm EDT (Viewed 173 times)
Beware! The Blob (1972)
Some sequels strike the same tone as the original movie, and some go in a different direction. I have heard it said that The Blob was kind of a send-up of teen movies already, but it played it pretty straight. This movie almost reminds me of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, but not that funny. Maybe it was the low-budget look. I knew I was in for a strange horror movie when it opened with about 2 minutes of credits over footage of kittens playing in a field of flowers.
The last movie ended with the Blob being frozen and dropped in Antarctica or something. This one starts with Chester (Godfrey Cambridge) coming home from his job site with a frozen sample of the Blob in a thermos. So many questions: does he work in Antarctica? Why does he have a Blob sample? This isn't answered because he just wants to drink beer and watch TV. Note: he is watching the original Blob movie on tv. Predictably, the sample thaws and busts loose and is now free in a small town.
The main characters end up being Bobby (Robert Walker Jr) and Lisa (Gwynne Gilford). Lisa sees Chester being dissolved by the Blob but can't get anyone to believe her. They run around and go to a birthday party for Bobby with lots of wacky characters, like Gerritt Graham in an ape suit.
There is a lot of random stuff like Dick Van Patten as a Scoutmaster with a troop of Scouts out camping. Police harassing some pot-smoking hippies. The Blob goes around picking off lots of these characters with no one the wiser.
There are cameos like Larry Hagman, who directed, along with Burgess Meredith and a third man as a trio of bums who crack wise for a few minutes before getting eaten. The third bum is Del Close who also appears in the 1988 remake of The Blob in a much bigger role.
Finally the Blob attacks a bowling alley which is when the town becomes aware. Luckily the alley shares a building with an ice rink where they can lure the Blob to freeze it, but of course it won't be that easy.
We do see a little more of the Blob in this movie than the last one, but I don't think it looks as good. It's kind of orange-red and usually just looks like red liquid that is being poured.
Robert Walker Jr is mostly known to me as Charlie in the episode "Charlie X" from Star Trek. He's much more chill in this movie.
This was the only film directed by Larry Hagman, an actor known best for his role as J.R. Ewing on "Dallas". The biggest storyline Dallas ever did was "Who Shot J.R.?" When Beware! The Blob was re-released in 1982 the title was changed to Son of Blob and the tagline was "The Movie That J.R. Shot".
You can watch Beware! The Blob on YouTube.
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