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!
Whats not to love? McQueen may be the oldest teenager in the world, but the blob more than makes up for it.
Classic B movie fun!!!
Beware of THE BLOB!
Will someone just please listen to the children!
MVP: Steve McQueen. His wide eyed look fits everything about this film.
i love the look of late-50s colour films
The Blob is a classic monster B-movie from the 50's that stars the legendary Steve McQueen. It is a film that somewhat satirizes the monster movies of the time. It is a film that has had sequels and remakes. It is a film that has found it's way into The Criterion Collection.
I like this movie, it's a fun little sci-fi/horror flick with nifty effects and a good pace. Back in '13 when I watched it, I rated it 72/100. I must of had problems with it, although I'm trying to remember what they were and I'm a little stumped.
If I think really hard it probably comes down to the acting, the story, the editing... You know what, scratch…
While it feels cheesy today, it was clearly played seriously. The overall result is a likable and enjoyable little 50s dash of sci-fi/ horror. The acting is competent, even if the casting of Steve McQueen is utterly head scratching. Then final shot of this movie is one of the coolest things from the genre in this era.
For what it is worth, the remake is the superior movie, but this, nonetheless, a minor classic worth a look.
Steve McQueen! 😍
Though dated and cheesy to a fault, the original Blob still has a charm to it that's hard to overlook.
"I bet there is a house somewhere."
"It doesn't sound like a house. It sounds like a dog."
["Fuck you, dick."]
The Blob is simultaneously endearing and annoying. The problem is that what makes it endearing is exactly what makes it cringeworthy.
I think what I hated the most is how much I enjoyed it as it progressed. This isn't a good movie, but then again it is titled The Blob, so no surprises there. It's a time capsule of a film, capsulizing either a specific period or our simplified, Hollywood idea of a period.
Note: This is a film where every female character is annoying AF. Why? Because our main female character is solely a moralistic, sappy voice, not…
The young people in the town know they are in danger, and try to help everyone, while the mooks in power, and all the older generation, refuse to accept that anything is wrong. The Blob = life
UPDATED: June 23, 2016
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