The Blob (1958)



Movie Title: The Blob

Year Released: 1958

Rated: Not Rated

Runtime: 1h 26min

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.

Writer: Theodore Simonson and Kay Linaker (as Kate Phillips)

Starring: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, Olin Howland, Stephen Chase, John Benson, George Karas, Lee Payton, Robert Fields, James Bonnet, Tony Franke

Review: After a meteorite lands on earth an alien life-form is released and begins to consumes everything in its path. As it grows with the more it consumes a small town must band together to stop this gelatinous giant before it takes over the world!

The Blob is a cult classic that is way more fun than it is frightening, and that's not a bad thing! Most of the movie is spent with "teenagers" Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut trying to make heads-or-tails of the blob and attempting to explain make it is to various townspeople before its unstoppable appetite absorbs them all. McQueen, on the cusp of super-stardom, is great as Steve Andrews. He's a good kid that enjoys hot-rodding around town, necking with his best gal at the point, and saving the world from impending doom. You can really see that he was destine for big-screen greatness.

Now, even though we see very little of the titular creature it is used to great effect. It's such an odd, unique movie monster that we can't wait to see it and see what it can do. The special effects are tremendous as you witness The Blob roll, ooze, and grow as it "eats" people left and right. The movie theater and supermarket sequences really showcase The Blob in all it's gelatinous glory. It'll certainly make you think twice before your next Jell-O dessert.

My only complain about The Blob is that the pacing is a little sluggish in the front end and it tends to lose focus on the fact that an alien ooze is eating people might be a big threat. But once McQueen and Corsau decide that they better go all Scooby-Doo and start looking for clues of the blobs whereabouts the movie really picks up.

From its catchy theme song to its memorable monstrous mass, The Blob is a '50s sci-fi classic that's fresh, frightening, and fun!

Stars (out of 4):
       

Fun Fact: Steve McQueen was playing a teenage high-school student, but he was actually 27 years old.



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