The BlobDirector: Irvin Shortess Yeaworth Jr.
Though in no way a classic, The Blob is perhaps the archetypal 1950s cross-pollinating of the "misunderstood teen" and "outer-space monster" genres. In his first starring role, Steve McQueen plays a typical oversexed, car-lovin' highschooler who can't get anyone to believe his story about a huge meteor, which crashes to earth and begins exuding a pink, gooey substance. Affixing itself to the body of an old man, the "blob" begins parasitically sucking the life out of several unfortunate humans, growing to an enormous size. Problem is, the disappearances of the victims can all be explained (one is supposed to be out of town, another is attending a convention), so the cops still won't believe McQueen or his girlfriend Aneta Corsaut (the future Helen Crump of The Andy Griffith Show). Rallying his teen pals, McQueen finally manages to get the adults' attention-but by now, the Blob is consuming entire city blocks. It takes a blast of ice-cold CO2 to halt the Blob in its path....at least until the 1972 sequel Beware the Blob. Filmed in Pennsylvania on a wafer-thin budget, The Blob might not have achieved legendary status had not its distributor, Paramount Pictures, given it a huge publicity build-up; it also helped that Steve McQueen was then starring in the popular TV western Wanted: Dead or Alive. The film also includes a sprightly theme song, written by no less than Burt Bacharach and Mack David. As for the Blob itself, the special-effects are admittedly tacky; the title "character" looks like an uncongealed plate of cherry pudding, so the actors and director have to work overtime making this pile of goo seem menacing. Still, The Blob has its own daffy charm; and it's also true that once seen, the film is never forgotten, if for no other reason than that backwards drag race in the early portions of the story.
- Release Date:
- Original Release:
- Beverly Wilshire
- Region Code:
- [Dolby Digital]
Cast & Crew
|Steve McQueen||Steve Andrews|
|Aneta Corsaut||Jane Martin|
|Olin Howland||Old Man|
|Stephen Chase||Dr. Hallen|
|John Benson||Sergeant Jim Bert|
|George Karas||Officer Ritchie|
|Lee Paton||Kate, the nurse|
|Elbert Smith||Henry Martin|
|Audrey Metcalf||Elizabeth Martin|
|Jasper Deeter||Civil Defense Volunteer|
|Elinor Hammer Hammer||Mrs. Porter|
|Ralph Roseman||auto mechanic|
|Kieth Almoney||Danny Martin|
|Robert Fields||Tony Gressette|
|James Bonnet||Mooch Miller|
|Molly Ann Bourne||teenager|
|Olin Howlin||Old Man|
|Irvin Shortess Yeaworth||Director|
|Burt Bacharach||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Ralph Carmichael||Score Composer|
|Russell S. Doughten||Associate Producer|
|Jack H. Harris||Producer|
|Bill Jersey||Art Director|
|Karl Karlson||Art Director|
|Barton Sloane||Special Effects|
|Bert Smith||Asst. Director|
|Thomas E. Spalding||Cinematographer|
|Jean Yeaworth||Score Composer|
1. Chapter 1 [10:08]
2. Chapter 2 [9:52]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:04]
5. Chapter 5 [9:58]
6. Chapter 6 [10:04]
7. Chapter 7 [9:56]
8. Chapter 8 [12:18]
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This blu-ray restoration is excellent. Gee whiz, I miss the 1950's innocence and, and, girls in full skirts and petticoats. Gone forever, except maybe in Japan. Anyway, I used to sing the theme song to my kids, and they still sing it to me decades later. The movie is absolutely gooey, alright, but just plausible enough to fully enjoy. I am so old that I can remember the effects of the hypnotic opening on theater audiences. The title song come right out and admits this is a Fun House. Being a fan, I find all the remakes and sequels NOT FUN. People's bodies are not just snatched, but digested until they look like that Pink Slime stuff used in hamburger beef, except more transparent. Yummy delights.
This movie is great! When I first saw it, I was scared out of my mind. For weeks, I was afraid to walk in dark spaces and I avoided eating jelly. So, yeah, the special effects are cheezy; HELLO, the movie was made fifty years ago. The plot is great; think about it! If you found a scary, alien blob, would anyone believe you? And the theme song is fabulous! You won't be able to stop humming it!
Great movie but the DVD I received is the worst I've ever seen. It looks like the master was a worn out blockbuster VHS rental.
The movie is kitsch fun but go with the Criterion or other version. This one looks like it was pirated (and it IS pirated because it's a DVD-R with a cheap paper label) off TV with no good reception or a worn VHS copy. These people should be investigated for copyright violation.
This movie is hilarious! when I first saw it I lauhged like crazy! the blob looked so fake! it was probably just a bunch of jelly. but the movie itself was great. the actors were pretty good. but just one thing: if people say that the quality stinks, then you should buy it somewhere else. But just be sure to buy it! :)
" The Blob" is an excellent sci-fi horror movie. Admittedly, its special effects aren't in the league of today's horror movies. But it doesn't matter. This movie has a great story. It's not so much about the horrifying monster as it is about a group of teenagers trying to convince their hometown that a monster has invaded it. The movie is deliberately paced by today's standards but its suspense is nerve-tingling. Steve McQueen gives an outstanding performance. I saw " The Blob" as a kid but I didn't realize how good it is until I watched it the other day.