Director Simon West talks THE BLOB remake – 'More along the lines of Alien and Predator'

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I’m sort of torn over a remake of The Blob. On the one hand, I kinda feel that the monster has been through enough already in the original 1958 film, it’s 1972 sequel and the underrated 1988 remake. On the other hand, I kind of do want to see what Simon West has planned when he hurls a ton of CGI at the creature. And that’s something that West is keen to do, as the January announcement of the remake had him saying that “with modern CGI we can now fully realise the potential of The Blob.”

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While promoting his current film, Wild Card, West spoke more to Den Of Geek about that idea to ramp the creature up to truly monstrous levels, on par with that of a gelatinous disaster movie event. “Yeah, it’s definitely going to be on a much bigger canvas than the originals, which were much more small, niche genre horror movies,” West explained. “My version of The Blob’s going to be more sci-fi.”

The blob itself will be more sophisticated, more along the lines of Alien and Predator and things like that – much more science-based, the way Jurassic Park made you believe you could bring back dinosaurs with a bit of DNA from a mosquito. This will be much more explained on where the blob comes from and how it works. It’ll be a much more sophisticated creature – because it is a monster movie rather than a horror in that sense.

And this time, the Blob truly will be extraterrestrial in origin, as opposed to the rogue Soviet Cold War experiment that is was spawned from in the 1988 remake:

This thing’s come from another planet, and also, we don’t know how many there are. It’s fun at the moment – while I’m prepping this other film, The Blob is a bit longer term. I’m having a lot of designing this creature, what its talents are, its attributes, how you can think you’ve defeated it, but you haven’t. It’s fun inventing a creature like that – like the new Alien or the new Predator.

There’s something about the Blob that just freaks me out. It’s an incredibly simple idea for a monster, a creature which exists only to grow and is immensely powerful. And stomach-churning when it decides to have a hobo for a snack. I’m keen to see a version of The Blob however, that takes the science seriously. Or as serious as a movie can be about an out of control acidic organism, that is.

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Last Updated: March 12, 2015

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