The Horror Pod Class Episode 122: The Blob (1988)
Tyler: live from the Dr. Roman Armitage Memorial High School AV Room Join us tonight as we fight The Blob!
Welcome to episode 122 of The Horror Pod Class. My name is Tyler and I am the editor in chief of Signal Horizon a magazine dedicated to exploring genre fiction in and out of the classroom.
Orrin: And I’m Orrin Grey, Monster Ambassador here at Signal Horizon.
Tyler: Tonight on the Horror Pod Class we are going to spend some time talking about what we have been watching and reading, we will help you find some free genre content on the internet and finally we will spend the remainder of this episode getting sticky with the 1988 version of The Blob
What are we watching/reading
Tyler: The initiation and The Lost Village by Camilla Sten translated by Alexandra Fleming
Lots off good stuff on HBO Max
Orrin: Messiah of Evil (1973)
Dark Corners of the Web
Essential Question: Is the Blob about the death of small towns?
There is a lot about this movie that highlights the town.
There is def a managed care critique and had moments of the military that seemed ripped from Dr. Strangelove.
For this, I re-watched both Blobs back-to-back, so I can talk a little about their similarities/differences.
Also, I just want to point out that this was released in 1988, exactly 30 years after the original, meaning that if Rob Zombie’s (extremely weird-sounding) version had gotten made and come out in 2018, we would have kept up the pattern.
The real town, its like Seaside. Feels like a planned community.
The special effects are the best part of this film.
More on the effexts
So Neil deGrasse Tyson is sort of an icky guy now but I like his brief discussion of his favorite movies including The Blob.
Love me some horror kids cartoons
The Glob that Girdled the Globe-Almost the title LOL
Original Blob theme song.
Orrin – Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Night of the Creeps
Tyler: I wanted Killer Clowns!! Creepshow (The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill)and Critters.
I’ll tell ya how! That meteor is man-made! It’s some kind of a germ warfare test they fucked up!
Tyler has been the editor in chief of Signal Horizon since its conception. He is also the Director of Monsters 101 at Truman State University a class that pairs horror movie criticism with survival skills to help middle and high school students learn critical thinking. When he is not watching, teaching or thinking about horror he is the Director of Debate and Forensics at a high school in Kansas City, Missouri.