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Beware! The Blob
(1972)
Reviewed by John Weber
Rating: 7 Beans

very actor wants to be a director, right? Guess it looks so easy from the actor's point of view. All the director's gotta do is point the camera and shoot. And who knows actors better than another actor, right?

If you're Larry Hagman, spending all your time on the set of "I Dream of Jeannie", emoting with noted thesbians like Barbara Eden and Bill Daily, hey, how tough can it be?

So that explains the bad TV-sitcom level of everything in Larry's alleged horror movie spoof "Beware! The Blob" (I will resist any and all attempts to make puns of the title).

Yes, this is a sequel to "The Blob" (which shows up on a TV set in this flick). Somehow, the title character shows up in a container next to Godfrey Cambridge's beer in his fridge. Something to do with his work. Don't ask. The first victim is a cute little kitty. Oh, ho, ho, that's funny. Godfrey is also offed in the first few minutes (lucky him), along with his wife. Two hippie kids stumble onto Blobby, but no one believes them. Boy hippie (Robert Walker) offers girl hippie (Marlene Clark) an avocado sandwich to make her feel better (!).

Blobby gets bigger, eats Gerritt Graham ("Phantom of the Paradise") wearing an ape suit (Graham, not Blobby)...eats Carol Lynley ("The Posideon Adventure") as she runs to Graham's car to save him in a really contrived moment, even for this movie...eats comedian Shelly Berman as a barber charging a hippie $400 for a haircut (hippies abound through this)...eats Burgess Meredith and the director, Larry himself, playing a couple of hobos, using chintzy effects (is that raspberry Jell-O?)...

It's not funny. It's not good. Yep, "Beware! The Blob" makes "I Dream of Jeannie" look witty and sophisticated. Luckily for Larry Hagman, "Dallas" came along and he got a big career boost - not as a (shudder) film director, but as J.R. Ewing.

Unfortunately for audiences, "Beware! The Blob" (also known as "Son of Blob") saw the light of day again in 1982 because of the success of "Dallas" - it was re-released in theaters as "the film that J.R. shot"!

It's a shame this was so bad - I hear it put the kibosh on Barbara Eden's plans to direct a spoof of "The Fly"....








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