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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.
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!
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…
A fun, campy B-movie classic. It's also very slow.
Very much a pleasant surprise. Kitschy sure, but this movie is working with a real pretty Sirkian color palette, that's often times quite luminous. Also Steve McQueen gives the liveliest, funniest performance of his career*, and the movie offers the all important message of "don't talk during movies."
There's also this great cop who thinks The Blob situation is just a hoax put on by the town's teenagers (yes, this includes the nearly 30 year old McQueen) to test out how tough he is, knowing that he's ex-military of course. Really enjoyed that guy.
*Have definitely not seen every Steve McQueen movie.
It's not the sort of film that's going to appear on any lists of great cinematic achievements, but it's the best movie of its kind.
Given the ongoing melting of the polar icecaps, we should be seeing a sequel any time now...
Steve McQueen plays a teenager in his late 20s and acts like he's in a John Cassavetes movie while everyone else is in a movie about murderous jam from outer space. Pretty great.
The worlds slowest and most useless monster. Not a bad movie for the 50's but the overacting was incredible. It's still a classic though.
Created near the tail end of what is considered the height of 50's drive-in sci-fi, The Blob captures all the themes and tropes of the genre perfectly.
Paranoia, youth culture gone wild and nature run amok are on full display. A young Steve McQueen does a serviceable job as our level headed hero Steve. The effects for it's time are great and the film is chock full of terrific, iconic scenes such as the patrons fleeing from the movie theater as the dreaded blob pours out from the building.
Along with Creature from the Black Lagoon and Invasion of the Body Snatchers The Blob remains one of my favorite 50's sci-fi films.
Good ol' fashioned B Sci-fi! The Blob effects look really silly today. You can totally tell they used miniatures, gravity and reversed footage. Additionally, the acting is pretty corny; 27-year-old Steve McQueen uses teenager mannerisms, but is still very much an adult actor. Despite the hamminess and the flaws, The Blob remains a charming film.
A youthful Steve McQueen and his fellow teenage hot-rodders fight to save their town from a mass of man-eating space goop in this quaint '50s sci-fi/horror goodie. Fun for the whole family!
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UPDATED: January 28, 2016
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