Movies that are slightly off.
It crawls. It creeps. It eats you alive!
A mysterious creature from another planet, resembling a giant blob of jelly, lands on earth. The people of a nearby small town refuse to listen to some teenagers who have witnessed the blob's destructive power. In the meantime, the blob just keeps on getting bigger.
Perhaps the best true B-movie ever made, Irvin S. Yeaworth, Jr.'s "The Blob" bears all the infamous hallmarks of lesser cinematic gems but is played with a remarkable commitment to its material. A horror film about an outer space-born pile of goo, "The Blob" features the genre trappings and 50s-style exploitation charms of fast cars, teenagers, and danger that marked the type of fare studios would sweep under the prestige-picture rug. With "The Blob," however, a B-picture with a certain seriousness of production, tone, and narrative is made, and it is fully appealing.
The story is simple: a meteor crashes outside of a bedroom town, spawning a deadly blob that heads toward civilization and destroying everything in its path. As…
I have been listening to the theme song for this film for years. I assumed when I heard it that it was connected to the film, and I was delighted to learn that it was right there in the opening credits (complete with overlong instrumental intro). It's just pure, campy, wholesome easy listening harmony, cheezy in the best possible way. I am a little obsessed with finding the best of easy listening. It's an awful genre full of the very worst qualities of pop music, but in there, amongst the welling strings and the soaring, empty voices, there are gems, pure beautiful gems. Even Perry Como manages to have a good time somehow. And "The Blob" is one of those…
"Beware of the blob, it creeps
And leaps and glides and slides
Across the floor
Right through the door
And all around the wall
A splotch, a blotch
Be careful of the blob"
What a way to start a movie. Where most science fiction B movies of this time period would start with an ominous score, this movie starts with the upbeat, jaunty, tongue-in-cheek song "Beware the Blob." From there the movie doesn't take itself too seriously and I dare anyone to not watch this film with a smile on their face throughout. The practical creature effects make the Blob look like a killer pile of silly putty with no remorse. It's very charming in a campy way and some…
How do you get people to protect themselves from something they don't believe in?
Quintessential 50's monster movie with possibly the greatest opening theme song of the era. "Beware of the blob, it creeps, and leaps and glides and slides, across the floor, right through the door, and all around the wall, a splotch, a blotch, be careful of the blob!"
If a monster like the Blob having a theme song like that wasn't campy cool fun enough you also have "The King of Cool" Steve McQueen as the lead of a monster movie! Sure he's 27 years old playing a teenager, but considering the film is about a gigantic gelatinous blob I think it's acceptable to overlook his age.
Certainly not a perfect film or a great film for that matter, but it most certainly is a fun film and hell it has some cool cars in it.
Steve McQueen doesn't seem to take this movie seriously, and I can't understand why because it's about a really serious matter. An alien lifeform devours humans in not so rapid speed. It's slimy, red, deadly and probably quite delicious... it seems like I didn't take this movie seriously either.
The Blob is just as any early Steve McQueen movie with the exception of it being a big chunk of jelly in it. In other words: Steve is charming the ladies, racing in his neat looking car and being up to no good. The police have forbearance with his illegal actions, but they don't take him seriously when he tells them that there's a monster on the loose. And that turns…
Having never seen the whole movie and old remembering clips of what I called "a lump of tomato sauce" from my childhood (it's more like jelly to be honest), it was going to be hard to impress me now.
I don't know much about Steve McQueen and he isn't great here but there is some sort of awkwardness about his performance in a good way that makes you see something in him, he just doesn't feel like a generic young lead.
It's very slow moving and The Blob is hardly in it, so it drags quite a lot and then just ends really quickly.
I did see the 1988 remake when I was younger and I really enjoyed that, more so than this!
Right in the middle of the pack of B-movies of its time. It's better in one way for being as lushly photographed as it is, but it can feel a bit wasted for its desperate attempts to reach feature length with all the teenager film cliches it packs in early on, which isn't helped out much by a rather shaky and unconvincing lead performance from Steve McQueen. The theme song is catchy as a motherfucker, though.
The Blob is canned 50's paranoia, the ur-drive in horror which is not very scary and made of pure cheese. A bunch of fifties teens played by actors in their late twenties try to save their village from the alien menace that wants to assimilate. Its actually unclear if the Blob can want and its powers change often, but as a red menace stand-in it will do nicely if you don't want to think about the metaphor. Steve(n) McQueen look perpetually perplexed, and the colours pop. There is nothing much to it, except an excellent theme tune and the levels of excitement you'd expect. Which is good in itself.
Everyone loves the theme tune but this is a zippy little b movie with a bunch of overage "teenagers" (including Steve McQueen), who are all perfectly nice kids and misunderstandings are all easily cleared up in the bigger fight against the titular creature. There are slow stretches while we're waiting for the creature to show up, but it's all done with brio and a good eye.
Now, I don't have too much interest in vintage horror, and looking at the 50s, I've seen The Day the Earth Stood still and Godzilla (and just for your interest, Letterboxd sticks Black Orpheus and Darby O'Gill and the Little People in the horror category for some reason). During the opening sequence, I was thinking they should make a new version but keep the titles and opening song completely intact.
Sometimes the Blob looks like strawberry jam, sometimes a bit more viscous. Honestly though, it seems like this thing is slower than shambling zombies. There's a brief moment at the beginning when it moves fast, and that was actually…
This is a true drive-in classic sci-fi horror. This one is just fun to watch. It's not a good film - yet it is a good horror film from the 1950s. It's more of a cult classic these days.
It's a basic sci-fi horror story: an alien creature ends up on planet Earth - consuming things in it's path. Teenagers end up finding it and reporting to the police. The police really don't believe the teens - thinking it's a teen prank - but in the end the teens and police have to defeat The Blob.
This is a cornball film that is fun to watch. You can get a few giggles and chills out of it.
I was cooking Mexican food and this was basically just background noise... so, I haven't really seen this
A really fun B-movie about a gooey mass from outer space that is absorbing the townsfolk of a small town.
I really loved the final title card: The End....?
A fun campy allegorical sci-fi movie.
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