A redubbing of the 50’s classic THE BLOB by the So Cal comedy troupe the L.A.
Connection, complete with added-on special effects (such as a cartoon mouth for
The Blob). Is it funny? Yes. Is it stupid? Of course. Is it worth seeing?
Certainly, but I’d recommend viewing the original version first.
They’re called “Mad Movies:” cheesy old flicks redubbed by the L.A.
Connection, who turn their already comedic source material (which includes bad
movie classics like GLEN OR GLENDA and CAT WOMEN OF THE MOON) into feature
length stand-up routines. Back in the late eighties the LAC were something of a
fixture at L.A.’s famous Nuart Theater, where they’d do their redubbing before a
live audience. That seems to have dried up in recent years, but the LAC still
practice their “act” in a specialized venue in Sherman Oaks, CA, and have even
managed to land a legitimate DVD release of one of their most popular efforts:
Surely you know THE BLOB: Steve McQueen’s debut film, a 50’s cheapie about
a meteor that crashes to earth one night, unleashing a mass of carnivorous slime
on an unsuspecting town. I’ve never been a huge fan (I much prefer Toho’s
H-MAN, which to me will always be the ultimate blob movie), but I do recognize
that it is a fun flick.
For BLOBBERMOUTH, the LAC went all out. Sponsored by Jack H. Harris, THE
BLOB’S original producer, they not only utilized their standard practice of
throwing out the original soundtrack and replacing it with their own voices and
music, but also added a talking cartoon mouth for the blob (thus turning it into
a literal “Blobermouth”) and a number of music video interludes.
Any trace of THE BLOB’S original plot has pretty much been obliterated by
the L.A. Connection, who’ve laid in their own silly story about dueling
stand-ups. Everything in this film is meant to be funny, but, needless
to say, that’s not always the result. The “Raunchy Gross Humor” promised
by the DVD cover is in scant evidence, although the LAC do cross the line in one
scene by putting sexual innuendo into a little kid’s mouth, which even I
But anyway: Steve, an aspiring stand-up comedian, finds his career
threatened by the arrival of a “Blobermouth” from Venus. The Blobermouth is a
mass of goo with a cartoon mouth that tells reeeeeally lame jokes (“a
vasectomy means never having to say you’re sorry!”); it likes to glom onto
people and grows steadily larger by the minute. Steve has a comedy show set up
the following night, but the Blobermouth is determined to disrupt it.
Over the next day Steve tries his best to stop the Blobermouth, but ends up
blowing things by starting his program outside a movie theater ahead of
schedule. The Blobermouth, upset that Steve has begun his show early, invades
said movie theater, convincing the patrons to rush out and catch its own
stand-up routine. But when the act crashes, the audience reacts by spraying the
Blobermouth with whipped cream. It ultimately has the last laugh, though, as a
representative for the Tonight Show is in the audience and likes what he
sees—the Blobermouth ends up becoming a big success while Steve is reduced to
delivering pizzas at the North Pole.
In addition to the rapid-fire gags, the LAC demonstrates a MST3K-like glee
in pointing out the original film’s technical deficiencies (during a
conspicuously under lit scene, we hear the cry: “Steve, where’s my head?”). As
for BLOBERMOUTH’S technical aspects, well, let’s just say they do the job. The
soundtrack, created from scratch by the LAC, is nothing to shout about—all the
dialogue sounds like it was recorded in an echo chamber. And don’t even get me
started on the hideous music video interludes and mid film recap of the story (I
guess the filmmakers were worried we might have forgotten), which may well be
the cheesiest things I’ve ever seen…and it doesn’t help that the music sucks,
L.A. Connection Productions
Director: Kent Skov
Producer: Jack H. Harris
Screenplay: Steve Pinto, Kent Skov, Stephen L. Rollman
Editor: Chris Roth
Cast: Bob Bucholz, Connie Sue Cook, Frances Kelly, Steve Pinto, Stephen L.
Rollman, Kent Skov