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The Blob

The original 1958 science fiction film.

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"Am I laughing? Or am I scared stiff?!"

  • Jan 19, 2012
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While sharing a kiss at inspiration point, teenager Steve Andrews (Steve McQueen) and his date, Jane, see what looks like a falling star crash land and go to find it. First on the spot, however, is an old man who finds not a star, but a sticky, oozy mess that attaches itself to his arm and starts to consume him. Steve and Jane take the man back to town where no one, including the police, believe them about the horrible ‘monster.’

This 1958 movie is a real classic, with a sweet story, likable characters, and a memorable performance by 28-year old Steve McQueen. He may look way too old to be a teen, but he brings absolute sincerity and poignancy to his role. Fans of his will want to watch this movie over and over again to enjoy this early work of the King of Cool. Aneta Corsaut (who went on to become Andy Griffith’s Mayberry love interest) is gentle and sweet as his prim girlfriend. The special effects of the jelly-like creature that feeds on humans and threatens a whole town are primitive but part of the charm of this film, as are the less-than-polished actors in smaller roles such as Jane’s little brother.

This is fifties thrill fun at its corny but charming best; it’s got car-happy, and (barely) wild teenagers, small town police, and a slimy monster that “creeps, and leaps, and glides and slides across the floor...Beware of the Blob!” Recommended.

               
"I wouldn't give much for our chances, us running around in the middle of the night,
looking for something that if we found it, it might kill us. "

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January 19, 2012
This sure was not a scary film, but highly entertaining to me back in the day when I first saw it!
January 20, 2012
Yes, fun and sweet.
 
January 19, 2012
This was a popular movie in its time. In some respects, it still is popular.
 
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review by . May 14, 2009
The Blob is one of the bigger name films from the fifties. The movie has become a part of Americana and it spawned a sequel and a big budget remake that was made during that bastion of film making era "the eighties". Steve McQueen become a movie legend. Despite the cheesy special effects and suspect acting, the movie has become a big name in the horror/science fiction lore.    A meteorite crashes outside a podunk town. A homeless drunk finds the space rock and touches it with …
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The Blob Directed by Irvin Yeaworth Produced by Jack H. Harris Written by Story:
Irving H. Millgate
Screenplay:
Kay Linaker
Theodore Simonson Starring Steve McQueen
Aneta Corsaut
Earl Rowe
Olin Howland Music by Ralph Carmichael
Burt Bacharach Cinematography Thomas E. Spalding Distributed by Paramount Pictures Release date(s) USA September 12, 1958 Running time 86 min. Language English

The Blob is an independently made American horror/science-fiction film from 1958 depicting a giant amoeba-like alien that terrorizes the small community of Downingtown, Pennsylvania. It was not until star Steve McQueen became famous with the TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive that the film became a hit at the drive-in theatres. Today, the film is recognized as one of the quintessential 1950s American sci-fi/horror films.

The film was Steve McQueen's debut performance, and also starred Aneta Corsaut. The film's tongue-in-cheek theme song, "Beware of the Blob" (recorded by studio group The Five Blobs), was written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David and was a nationwide hit in the U.S.

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The Blob is an amorphous creature from outer space which lands on Earth encased in a meteor. Two teenagers, Steve Andrews (McQueen) and Jane Martin (Corsaut) take a car to try to find where the ...

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