“Beware of The Blob…”
If a movie starts off with a catchy little tune, you’re in for a ride. I found The Blob (1958), on vhs, a few weeks ago (along with Maximum Overdrive and Them!) and finally sat down to watch this sci-fi classic. It’s pretty short, less than 90 minutes but once it started, it never stopped.
So let’s talk about The Blob!
This film is the quintessential sci-fi/b movie for this decade. If you don’t know about 50s horror, it goes through a spell of space, scifi, creature features, some goofiness, some comedy but it’s not taking itself too seriously.
The Blob fits that so much.
Space or an object from space: check
Rebellious kids: check
An attractive lead: check
The plot of The Blob is quite simple: some meteor comes from space, lands close by to a lover’s lane and chaos proceeds to happen when someone touches it and it starts the process of consuming ALL things. Our lead, a character named Steve played by Steven McQueen and his counterpart, Jane (played Aneta Corsaut) are one of the few witnesses to the crash from space and soon this alien entity is discovered and sadly attached to an older man and soon the entity grows bigger as it consumes people and objects. The only way to stop the blob is by cold or CO2. It cannot be killed or destroyed, just frozen.
You’re watching different characters become victims to the blob or witness the blob’s ability and it’s simple storytelling. This isn’t complicated, easy to follow. One of my favorite moments is when the blob comes through in the movie theater, and this is after Steve is trying to convince the town that there’s a “monster” loose and no one truly believes him (minus Jane, the other other teenagers) until the movie theater goers are screaming and running and you just see this HUGE blob emerge. People are being trampled.
There aren’t many negatives to this film, at least what I can think of off the top of my head. I had a lot of fun with this and so it gets a 4 out of 5 from me. I rarely look at films from this decade because they can become a bit cheesy and corny but also influential.
The Blob stars Steven McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe and Olin Howland, and directed by Irvin Yeaworth. This is a worth watch!