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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

https://www.hbomax.com/feature/urn:hbo:feature:GXk3jtA3s8p4_wwEAAAWb

Orrin: Messiah of Evil (1973)

Dark Corners of the Web

The Blob

Essential Question: Is the Blob about the death of small towns?

BINACA SPRAY!!!

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.

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin DillonKevin DillonBrian Flagg
Shawnee SmithShawnee SmithMeg Penny
Donovan Leitch Jr.Donovan Leitch Jr.Paul Taylor (as Donovan Leitch)
Jeffrey DeMunnJeffrey DeMunnSheriff Herb Geller
Candy ClarkCandy ClarkFran Hewitt
Joe SenecaJoe SenecaDr. Meddows
Del CloseDel CloseReverend Meeker
Paul McCranePaul McCraneDeputy Bill Briggs
Sharon SpelmanSharon SpelmanMrs. Penny
Beau BillingsleaBeau BillingsleaMoss Woodley
Art LaFleurArt LaFleurPharmacist / Mr. Penny
Ricky Paull GoldinRicky Paull GoldinScott Jeske
Robert AxelrodRobert AxelrodJennings
Bill MoseleyBill MoseleySoldier #2 (in sewer)
Frank CollisonFrank CollisonHobbe

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.

https://bloody-disgusting.com/movie/3536049/rob-zombie-remaking-blob-one-point-early-concept-art-now-surfaced/

https://www.louisianatravel.com/film-louisiana/blob

The real town, its like Seaside. Feels like a planned community.

https://www.denofgeek.com/movies/why-the-blob-1988-is-one-of-the-best-horror-remakes-ever/
https://filmschoolrejects.com/the-blob-special-effects/

The special effects are the best part of this film.

https://birthmoviesdeath.com/2018/08/05/sunday-reads-remembering-the-blob-1988

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

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/70427/10-amorphous-facts-about-blob

The Glob that Girdled the Globe-Almost the title LOL

Original Blob theme song.

Four Films:

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. 

ALU

I’ll tell ya how! That meteor is man-made! It’s some kind of a germ warfare test they fucked up!

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