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!
What is The Blob by... hey, is Irvin S. Yeaworth in the auteur canon yet? Don't remember him showing up in 'Who the Devil Made it' by Bogdanovich. But anyway, Steve McQueen (as, well 'Steve' is his name, more on that in a moment) and Aneta Corsault are having, uh, 'heavy petting' or close to it when a meteor (that at first seems like a shooting star) hits the earth right near them in their small town. A farmer comes by and looks at it, and it cracks open and out comes a small, amorphous thing that clings tenaciously to this farmer's hand. He's taken to a doctor soon after by McQueen and the doctor looks at it and... well, he doesn't know what it is, and very soon after the doctor is over-taken by this... 'thing'. Shucks, can't call it that, that was the Hawks picture, remember!
One of the odder inclusions in the Criterion Collection. It's an okay example of a 1950's sci-fi monster flick. There are better examples ... a LOT of better examples. I know Criterion likes to include work from independent producers with a whiff of the auteur about them, but while this is probably Jack H. Harris's most famous productions, "4D Man" is a far better and more interesting film to highlight (along with "Equinox", which is also in the collection). Even the presence of Steve McQueen does little for this film. It's not a terrible film, but it's poorly paced and features some really terrible acting. The blob effects are nice though, and Burt Bacharach's theme song kicks ass ... remember ... it leaps and creeps and glides and slides.
Decided to watch all of the movies that inspired Monsters vs. Aliens. Planned on watching Attack of the 50 ft. Woman anyways. Up next The Fly, and Mothra.
"Each of the five monsters has traits traceable to sci-fi/horror B movies from the 1950s, '60s and '70s, although none is a mere copy of an older character. Susan, who grows to be 49 feet 11 inches tall, was inspired by Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. Dr. Cockroach represents The Fly and The Curse of Frankenstein, while B.O.B. is an amalgam of slithering and slimy characters that were featured in the films, including The Blob and The Crawling Eye. Insectosaurus, a 350-foot-tall monster, is a nod to a 1961 Japanese film Mothra. According to Vernon, the Missing Link has no direct inspiration." - Wikipedia
...also, it's actually a pretty good movie.
I've had Burt Bacharach's catchy opening tune in my head for days now.
La mitad de esta peli es Steve.
That pesky blob engulfing everything it touches, this 50's science fiction classic stars the great Steve McQueen and Aneta Corseaut as teens trying to stop said blob. There's something charming about the old B-movies, they have an innocence to them and make for an entertaining viewing.
Boring, boring, boring. And when it does FINALLY get going, its all 'there's no way to stop it!' and 'we've tried everything!' when in fact THEY'VE TRIED NOTHING AT ALL! Still, I do like the big wibbly hand and Steve McQueen's trying-ever-so-hard acting style. And the opening credits music is utterly fabulous. So its not a complete loss.
Worth it for the title song alone!
I hate to be a stick in the mud, but holy lord, this movie is about a thousand times more exasperating than it is fun. Sure, The Blob serves as the poster boy for Fifties drive-in B-movie woo-hoo brainless teenaged cinematic good times, but have you ever tried to sit down and watch this thing as an actual movie instead of as a curio or a joke? Because, to quote Airman Third Class Carlin, it’s like watching flies fuck. Nothing happens. In fact, the plot and characters actively campaign against things happening. The Blob works like a Newton’s cradle where someone has welded four of the balls together: conflicts repeatedly attempt to smack the plot into motion, and none of…
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