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.
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…
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…
"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!
You honestly can't get more B grade than this and it's clear they were aiming for that tone right from the start. The film opens with the craziest cheesiest theme song of awesomeness. That set the mood just right.
I'm going to sound dumb and naive here but I want to know how they created the blob effects. Seriously, when it slides under doors or creeps around? It's so neat since this was filmed in the '50s.
The cast is all around great. They each fulfill the roles perfectly and while I wasn't entirely a fan of the teens (outside of McQueen and his girl) they weren't annoying enough to ruin any scenes for me.
I really don't…
old fashhion genre to take a girl with your car
Best theme song for a monster movie ever.
Steve McQueen's first credited movie role. A cult classic.
can't eat jelly anymore
It wasn't good, but it was fun.
Watching this at 12 AM made it better. It's the perfect time for '50s B-movie nostalgia. I plan to watch The Day the Earth Stood Still at midnight next. I tried it once when I was 11 or so (I think it was on YTV) but it didn't pan out since I thought it was pretty slow, which it probably is, and fell asleep.
My infant son next to me helped the situation even more.
I wanna give it 4 stars but the ending kinda sucked (in a hilarious way), so I'm conflicted.
I loved the opening theme song, and the Technicolors and music were great all the way through.
not enough blob
Loved Steve McQueen and a decent ending but not enough Blob. Felt a lot longer than it actually was.
Sure, its camp levels are through the roof and there is some charm about a monster being just a growing blob of goo. But it doesn't change the fact that it is quite boring for chunks at a time, the acting is poor overall, lots of scenes involving people just repeating things previously said, done, or talked about, the ending is so jokey/weird, and I never ended up caring about any of the characters. At least that theme song was pretty groovy.
UPDATED: August 26 2016
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