Beware! The Blob (also known as Beware the Blob, Son of Blob, The Blob II or The Blob Returns) is a 1972 American independent science fiction comedy horror film directed by Larry Hagman. It is a sequel to The Blob (1958). The screenplay was penned by Anthony Harris and Jack Woods III, based on a story by Jack H. Harris and Richard Clair. The film originally earned a PG rating from the MPAA, though it is now unrated.[1] It is the second film in The Blob film series.

Beware! The Blob
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLarry Hagman
Screenplay byAnthony Harris
Jack Woods
Story byRichard Clair
Jack H. Harris
Produced byAnthony Harris
CinematographyAl Hamm
Edited byTony de Zarraga
Music byMort Garson
Jack H. Harris Enterprises, Inc.
Distributed byJack H. Harris Enterprises Inc.
Release date
  • June 21, 1972 (1972-06-21)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$150,000 (estimated)

Plot edit

Picking up fifteen years after the events of The Blob, an oil pipeline engineer named Chester returns to his suburban Los Angeles home from the North Pole, bringing with him a metal container holding a small sample of a mysterious frozen substance uncovered by a bulldozer on a job site. Not aware that the substance is a piece of the Blob from the original 1958 incident in Pennsylvania, Chester stores the substance in his home freezer prior to taking it to the laboratory to be analyzed. His wife Marianne accidentally lets it thaw when she takes the container out of the freezer and forgets about it, re-animating the Blob. It eats a fly, a kitten, Marianne, and then Chester.

Lisa, Chester and Marianne's friend, walks in to see Chester being consumed by the Blob. She escapes, but cannot get anyone to believe her, not even her boyfriend Bobby. The rapidly growing creature quietly preys upon the town, absorbing multiple people. Lisa and Bobby find themselves trapped in Bobby's truck, with the creature attempting to find a way inside. While panicking, the truck's air conditioning is accidentally switched on and the Blob retreats because of its vulnerability to cold.

After consuming dozens more people, the now-massive Blob moves on to an ice skating rink under renovation. It is finally stopped when Bobby activates the rink's ice mechanism, freezing it. While the frozen Blob is filmed by a television crew, one of the crew's lights is positioned on the ground, melting a small portion of it, which oozes toward the sheriff and envelops his feet as he is speaking on camera to a nationwide television audience.

Cast edit

Home media edit

As Son of Blob together with The Blob, the film was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in September 2011. The DVD is compatible with all region codes.[2] Beware! The Blob was transferred to HD in its correct 1.85 ratio and released on Blu-ray by Kino Lorber on September 20, 2016.[3]

Reception edit

Film historians Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester considered the film was "... Now viewed as a relic of mid- to late-hippiedom ... overall, there's some tension, and some nods to the predecessor."[4]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Tivia: 'Beware! The Blob'." Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved: March 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "Son of Blob" Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine. Umbrella Entertainment. Retrieved: May 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "Beware! The Blob". Kino Lorber. Retrieved: October 19, 2016.
  4. ^ Holston and Winchester 1997, p. 63.

Bibliography edit

  • Holston, Kim R. and Tom Winchester. Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Sequels, Series and Remakes: An Illustrated Filmography. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 1997. ISBN 978-0-7864-0155-0.

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