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The Blob (1988) vs. The Thing (1982) Face-Off

As much as people complain today about Hollywood remaking their favorite movies, back in the ‘80s, it was all the rage! And it actually improved some old movies with cool concepts. In 1982, director John Carpenter took a famous Howard Hawks creature feature and transformed it into a paranoia-inducing, psychological monster movie with some of the best special effects that hold up to this very day with The Thing starring Kurt Russell. The titular Thing is able to duplicate any living organism to give itself the best chance of taking everything over. Every single cell of this being is dangerous. It could be any one of us. Yes, even you!

In 1988, Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont reintroduced us to the ultimate eating machine. No, not Jaws! He brought back the gelatinous force of The Blob. It doesn’t matter how strong you are, how tough you are, or how great your mullet is, if you get the Blob on you… you’re dead. This itty bitty snotball can very quickly turn into a giant bouncy house of death. If these two species were to meet up, who would walk away the victor? This might be a case of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object, but let’s find out! It’s a Monster Mash here on… FACE OFF!

This episode of Face Off is written by Bryan Wolford, narrated by Shawn Knippelberg, and edited by Ric Solomon. But don’t let us have the final word — tell us in the comments which monster movie is your choice — The Blob or The Thing?

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