Since I have deemed this the week of classics, I will stay true to my word. This freaky Friday I am recommending The Blob from 1958, starring Steve McQueen. The monster from this film is as close to seeing a Shoggoth from H.P. Lovecraft’s writings as we’ve ever come. It is a non-newtonian liquid that essentially devours flesh. It arrives via a meteor and attaches itself to the mountain man that pokes it with a stick. If you’ve never seen this film, you totally should it is one of the best scifi horror films of its era and the blob is a great monster. It does not feel pain and can enter into any space by even the smallest opening. You can click on the image below for a copy and the official synopsis follows. Since it is Friday the 13th, read on below The Blob‘s information for some Jason Voorhees related fun.
Synopsis: A cult classic of gooey greatness, The Blob follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQueen playing the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader. Strong performances and ingenious special effects help The Blob transcend the schlock sci-fi and youth delinquency genres from which it originates.
Now, the real reason that you came here. Since this is Friday the 13th, I couldn’t leave out everyone’s favorite athletic equipment wearing maniac. Seeing as this is Freaky Friday, I’m going to recommend Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood. Haven’t seen the first 6? Why not, hmmm? You can watch them all first for a really great ti me. Really, if you just watch Part 6, you’ll be good to go for this one. At this point in the series, Jason is an unkillable, resurrected zombie trapped at the bottom of Crystal Lake. Until a girl with telekinetic powers breaks his chains. You read that right this movie boils down to Jason Voorhees faces off against Jean Grey from the Xmen. Are you with me yet?
This film is also notable as the film where Kane Hodder dons the mask for the first time. He is the only actor to reprise the role of Jason (Part 7, Part 8, The Final Friday, and Jason X). His performance is amazing, he brings a level of anger and purpose that the other actors haven’t really provided. You can tell when he moves that Jason is on a vengeance filled quest as opposed to just randomly killing kids for the sake of killing kids. Also, the final fight is the best in the series and features what was at the time, the longest full-body burn sequence. This is also the first time you get to see Jason’s face since the end of Part 4, and death, resurrection, and time have not been kind to him. This film also features an amazing Jason design that is still one of my favorite.
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Synopsis for Part 7: What chance does a teenage girl have against a maniacal maniac with a machete? Pack your bags and return to Crystal Lake to find out for yourself . . . if you dare! In Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood – Deluxe Edition, young Tina Shepard possesses the gift of telekinesis, allowing her to move things and see the future, using the power of her mind. But when a devious doctor tries to exploit her ability, the gift becomes a hellish curse. Tina unwittingly unchains the merciless, bloodthirsty Jason Voorhees from his watery grave, igniting a bloodbath that ends in the ultimate showdown in strength of mind versus pure evil matter. Experience the legacy of unrelenting terror that never dies!