|Copyright 1958 Fairview Productions
| Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 1 April 2001
- Steve - Steve McQueen! Impulsive teenager who knows what is wrong and right, but sometimes being bad is just too much fun. Has a hard time speaking in complete sentences when agitated.
- Jane - Gullible girl that thinks Steve is the bee's knees. She is more than a little prude at first, but after he saves the town (and her) I'd imagine a few things loosened up.
- Lieutenant Dave - One of the most reasonable men to ever wear a badge.
- Sergeant Jim Bert - Jerk who hates teenagers since his wife was killed or injured by a hot rodding kid. It's easy to ignore your average jerk, but not so easy to ignore one with good marksmanship skills.
- Mooch, Tony, and Al - Bullies or buddies, it is hard to understand their social interactions with Steve.
- Danny - Annoying younger brother to Jane, he is not afraid of the Blob. Perhaps watching it dissolve his arm would change that outlook. Stupid kid.
- Dr. Hallen - Set a fashion statement that Gregory Peck could not ignore, plus he was obviously an NRA member.
- Nurse Kate - Blob chow! Come and get it!
- Mr. Old Coot - A balanced part of any Blob's diet.
|Primarily this is a story about the establishment not trusting the younger generation. It is apparent the latter are just young and out to have fun, which annoys geezers on principle. Oh yeah, there's also this formless horror from space that can ooze through the smallest opening and dissolve flesh on contact.
As a child I might have respected mommy and daddy, but they didn't frighten me. Not like the title creature here at least. Blessed with a vivid imagination anyway, after insisting (as only children can - we're all brats at heart) on watching "The Blob" I found it the most terrifying movie ever made. For years reoccurring night terrors would send me tearing through the house, fleeing from its hungry protoplasm. Just imagine dealing with a child who is asleep, but screaming at the top of their lungs with eyes wide open. Eventually the thing would corner me (I guess), prompting a gruesome dance that was the sure sign of it latching on with hungry pseudopodia. Years later I would commiserate with Dirk the Daring every time that door opened and a hideous black mass engulfed him.
Anyway, how about some plot? First off, I have to tell you that the movie begins with an amazingly out of place song about the Blob playing over the opening credits. "Beware of the Blob it creeps and leaps..." I love it! Almost makes you sad when the tune trails off and things get down to business. Steve has just succeeded in convincing Jane that his love is true, which probably earned him a stanza in some teen ballad, when a meteorite lands nearby. Thoughts of baseball jargon are cast aside as they search for the fallen star.
Unsurprisingly, some old coot hears the meteorite and goes to check out the modest impact crater. He uses a stick to poke at the space rock, causing it to crack open. What started my wheels turning is that, despite landing mostly intact, it breaks when poked with a rotten piece of wood. Remember, while there is no speed limit for meteorites, they do reach terminal velocity in respect to their size and weight before hitting Earth. Literature suggests that guessing the rock in question was traveling at one hundred to two hundred miles per hour (normal meteorites travel faster, but they're often made of metal) is safe. Now you understand why poking it with a stick should have done one thing - singed the stick.
Out of the broken shell oozes a thick viscous mass of something. Mr. Coot wisely uses the piece of tree branch to pick it up, but the stuff displays self locomotion and slides up the stick onto his hand. Personally, I would have dropped the stick, quickly and with little regard to decorum. Having your hand slowly dissolved hurts and the old man stumbles his way to the road where Steve almost hits him with the car.
In short order the two kids arrive with their moaning cargo at Dr. Hallen's. Yes, moaning. Either the Coot dropped out of school really early or the intense pain prevents coherent speech. Steve and Jane are sent to get the geezer's friends or family, while the doctor wastes time waiting for his nurse to arrive. When Kate finally does walk in the door they both find a Blob much larger and more mobile than before. The teenagers return just in time for Steve to witness Dr. Hallen's last moments through a window, they look pretty painful to me. Hmmm... ...covered with a thick emulsion and quickly suffocating, plus being digested. Yup, pretty painful.
Consider the Blob's eating habits for a moment. It can dissolve a human body in short order (bones and all) and turns red after its first meal of Homo Sapiens (presumably from the blood). Carpet and wooden finishes seem to be unaffected by this caustic solution though, since the monster never leaves any evidence of a trail. Seems almost like selective digestion, the dream of every Jenny Craig devotee in history.
Steve and Jane have absolutely no luck convincing the police or their parents of what has transpired. The adults think it is a hoax, meant to undermine their authority and make them look stupid. Get a clue dad, the progeny are going to think you look stupid no matter what. Meanwhile, the audience just knows the blob is cruising around and eating townsfolk. Mainly due to the fact that a few scenes illustrate this, whether it be a bar found mysteriously empty or seeing the Blob eat the unhappily married automotive repair specialist.
Rebuked by the governing authority, the teenagers cooperate to make one heck of a big ruckus and warn the populace. That does the trick nicely, but the police are displeased when no amorphous menace can be produced as evidence. Just before you think the Lieutenant might throw some kids in jail for the night luck shines on our heroes. The Blob makes an appearance at the theater where it absorbs the projectionist and sends everyone else running willy nilly. Nobody would scoff at this thing anymore, it is huge! How many people did the Blob eat to grow so large?
Steve, Jane, Danny, and some bit part actors are trapped in a diner by the mindless entity, while the police throw everything they can at it. Bullets are ineffective and dropping a high voltage electrical wire onto the monster doesn't do anything directly helpful. In fact, it sets the diner on fire. Only Steve's fortunate use of a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher (actually he takes it from the diner's cook) provides a clue to stopping the unstoppable. The rest, as they say, is history.
The film is a classic for all the right reasons: good acting, a frightening monster, nice special effects, and a pace that never stops. A great deal of respect should be bestowed upon the camera and lighting specialists. Every minute of this movie takes place at night, with only a few scenes inside well lit buildings, and the shots never lose any detail to the murkiness. I couldn't ask for more, even if it did mentally scar me.
|Things I Learned From This Movie:|| |
- Meteorites have a chewy center, just like a Tootsie Pop.
- Somebody needs to invent "blob load" shotgun shells in a hurry.
- Finding the fuse box in a large and unfamiliar house is simple.
- It is difficult to convince people of your sincerity after they catch you driving backwards.
- Old people's parties suck.
- Meat cleavers were not meant to cut hardened steel chains.
- Firefighters used to carry guns for some reason.
- Throwing an ineffective weapon at the advancing monster is a natural instinct.
- Twenty CO2 fire extinguishers can freeze several tons of blob.
- Opening Credits - For some reason I'm reminded of my birthday, as in the very first one.
- 6 mins - You should turn that stick upside down before it reaches your hand. Good job. Hey, that's not fair!
- 16 mins - Tell the cop about the old man with the stuff on his hand!
- 37 mins - Let me explain the idea of a "crime scene" to you...
- 45 mins - Name him whatever you want, now shut up you stupid brat!
- 52 mins - Check out that poster in the background, it really reminds me of the one for "Forbidden Planet."
- 63 mins - It's called "paranoia" Jim, go see a shrink. Now.
- 64 mins - Let me see, the year is 1958 and all the air raid sirens are going off. Now the fire sirens are screaming as well! My butt would be running for the cellar!
- Sgt Bert: "If everything happened like you said it did, where's the doctor and where's this old man? And where's the big bad monster?"
- Steve: "That's why it didn't come in the icebox after us! It can't stand cold!"
| ||Audio clips in wav format||SOUNDS||Starving actors speak out|| |
||Dave: "Would you think it was funny if your father...if Jane's father heard you were booked for reckless driving?" |
Steve: "Okay, don't bring the fathers into this. I'll never do it again."
||Dr. Hallen: "There's a man here with some sort of a parasite on his arm. It's assimilating his flesh at a frightening speed! Now, I may have to get ahead of it and amputate. No, I don't know what it is or where it came from."
||A conversation between the police and the kids about the monster.
||Steve: "Dad, it isn't vandalism! Doctor Hallen is dead, and he was killed by some sort of a monster."
|Theme Song|| Listen to a clip from the soundtrack. |
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|Kate did a good job of cutting off her only avenue of escape by running directly away from the Blob. Now she must either kill the monster or get et. |
(She gets et.)
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Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by John
The remake was 100% better! 'nuff said!
Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by klas
the reason why every thing looks so brilliant and detailed during the night shots is that it was all shot in daylight (french night) where all ligthing are extra strong and cameras are coupled with special light deminishing filters.
Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by George
I was 9 years old and had a great time.
Picture the "Last Picture Show" town and theater, with three rows of kids complete with our Saturday Movies brown bag with grapes, apples, oranges, and plums.
The entertainment included the Blob, another equal "feature", several serials, and a half dozen cartoons for 25 cents.
What I remeber most of the picture was the cute girl in the row ahead of me that I had no clue how to communicate I thought she was cute, my horse riding buddies in line with me kidding about the film, and the manager, a man of saintly wisdom keeping the kids in line but happy with the event.
Steve McQueen turned out to be a truely great actor.
The blob was along the lines of the Creature of the Black Lagoon, the whole gang of kids, small town same kids, got to see at Church Youth Group on a Sunday night, only rather than the Saturday movie brown paper bag of fruit, we had coolaid and sugar cookies.
You would have to be a kid in the 50's in a small Texas town to get the great fun The Blob gave us, which was not about the movie but children growing up where you could go to any door in town and be welcome, and children got to be children without hinderances or fears.
That movie brings back to me very fond memories of America at its best.
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Mark Spangler
What can I say. This is THE classic.
A few neat tidbits... yes, that IS Helen Crump as Steve McQueen's sweetie. She apparently moved on from here directly to Mayberry. The title tune is not to be missed and everytime I pop in the video, my eight-year-old son rolls his eyes and sways when the chorus intones "ooooohhhh,
ohhhhh" like a passing European police siren.
Is it just me or does the blob, at times, resemble poop... I mean, it's a little red, like poop from a pup that has an intestinal bug, but poop none-the-less.
Watch the patrons running out of the "air conditioned" theatre. They're LAUGHING.
How can I pay the prices TODAY that were advertised in the grocery store window THEN? I like cheap watermelon.
Why are the firemen wearing white? And I know they're supposed to remain calm, but when the "fallen electric line" bit didn't kill the blob all we get is a dead-pan "it didn't work."
Odd, the teenagers were the heroes here and the Chief of Police was not a bad guy. Unusual for a 50's flick.
Doesn't Steven McQueen bear a striking resemblence to STEVE McQueen from "The Great Escape", "Bullit" and "Towering Inferno" fame.
GREAT FLICK... four kernals out of five! BEWARE OF THE BLOB WHEEEEE!
Reply #21. Posted on August 19, 2003, 03:30:18 PM by firstname.lastname@example.org
I love this website. I also love the audio clips from the movie. I have loved this movie for the last 20 years and have seen over 8000 times, maybe even more. I know every piece of dialogue and every scene. Thank you for treating this classic with the respect that it deserves.
Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Steve
This is THE prefect 50's Sci Fi monter movie. The plot is great, this was the first unstopable mindless creature from outrespace flic. The acting was great for this type of movie so what has anyone got to complain about?
Reply #23. Posted on June 14, 2004, 09:14:28 PM by night heron
IT CREEPS IT CRAWLS IT EATS YOU ALIVE and the unforgetible theme song and the part when her little brother throws his gun at it and being trapped in the diner wow what a classic they could never remake it as good as it realy was
Reply #24. Posted on July 22, 2004, 09:37:00 PM by firebird
I got this movie just a few months ago from a local second ahnd store for only $3:00 and its just great imagine old coot pokes small meteor with a stick and out comes THE BLOB
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