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The Blob

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - R.J. Wafer
Cold War anxieties and a pervasive fear of youth culture fuel the 1958 cult gem The Blob. Starring a young and already ultra-cool Steve McQueen, this vintage sci-fi/horror movie starts out promisingly enough with a catchy theme song penned by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and a crashed meteor that releases the deadliest pile of jelly known to man. When he witnesses the goo ingesting the town's doctor, McQueen tries to warn locals of their impending doom. But no one listens to him -- he's a rabble-rousing youth, after all. Soon enough, it's up to McQueen and his girlfriend Jane (Aneta Corsaut) to save lot of running and screaming townsfolk from the hungry blob. McQueen makes the movie, his trademark strut and stoicism are already firmly in place, albeit pit against a truly absurd villain. Charming in its 1950s Americana morals, The Blob is an ideal drive-in throwback, the higher end version of what contemporary schlockster Ed Wood aspired to make, and a generally campy good time for genre fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2001
UPC:
0026617882495
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hudson Street
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]

Scene Index

Side #1
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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Blob 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.