During his brief but creditable career Steve McQueen earned his movie stripes as his introduction as a major star in this relatively good flick. Filmed in the late 50's The Blob follows with the monster theme of the era - meteors falling from the sky and dropping their evil on planet Earth. As opposed to seed pods in Invasion of the Body Snatchers or man-creatures in The Thing, we have a gelatinous substance that oozes from the broken meteor to roll over the town and do its' damage.
Perhaps this gel would have never moved from its' confines but an old man (Olin Howard) visits the crash site and pokes it with a stick . The substance travels up the stick and engulfs the old dudes arm and he runs in fear. This is when he meets up with Steve (Steve McQueen) and Judy (Aneta Coreaut), who wrap him up and take him to the town doc.
If I might take a small break from the movie - I'm not sure what McQueen's age is at this stage in his life but it was a push to try to pass him off as a rebellious high schooler. His acting was fantastic, he always gave so much to his roles, but he also always appeared much older than he was. To me this distracted a little from the movie, but I learned to deal with it.
ANYWAY - as luck would have it, since McQueen had always been known to be the rebel without a cause in town, no one believed his story about the Blob and the destruction it was enmassing .......until....... Yes, folks, the Blob went to the movies. Perhaps it didn't like the story being shown, who knows? Whatever, it oozed it's way into the projection booth then dropped on the unsuspecting souls munching their popcorn and sipping their icy cold beverages. As they run from the theater in fear, being slowly chased' by the goo that was, the town sheriff (Earl Rowe) is forced to believe this unholy tale.
There is a delightfully entertaining scene where the group is trapped in the diner with no means of escape. It is one of those lovely old diners in the shape of a trolley car. Later the men in black' show up to capture and kill the creature by dumping it at the ice cap at the top of the world (how fast IS that ice cap melting anyway? UH OH!)
This movie was released by Paramont and in color. For the times I know it was exciting (yes, friends, I remember the release <sigh>) and thrilling but I find it somewhat comedic now. The color seems a little washed out and the acting borders on hysteria. Everyone was just so intense!
McQueen, as I said, handled his role with panache. His acting was always above par, no matter the vehicle. Later perhaps the two movies I enjoyed the most were Papillon and The Hunter.
A note of interest, the title song for this little sci-fi farce was done by two relative unknowns - Hal David and Burt Bacharach, who'd a thunk it?
Producer Jack Harris, Director Irvin Yeaworth, Writers Theodore Simonson and Kate Phillips (based on an idea by Irvine Millgate), Cinematographer Thomas Spaulding.
It was followed up by Beware of the Blob aka Son of Blob, which failed miserably.
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THE BLOB is one of the quintessential films for lovers of those science-fiction/horror/monster/camp films of the 1950s. A red, gigantic, gooey, gelatinous glob arrives from outer space and proceeds to terrorize a small town. The more it eats, the more it grows. Local teenagers, who have witnessed its obscene display of hunger, are ignored until it seems that it's too late. Can the local bad boy (Steve McQueen, in his first leading role) save his 'burb from the sinister slime--and reform himself in the process? A perennial favorite of Saturday afternoon horror shows, the film is still a joy to watch, as the young McQueen battles his parents and the big protoplasmic hunk of Jell-O.