The Blob (1958)

by Paul on January 8, 2013

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When watching the cult classic “The Blob”, one can’t help but notice a few minor things about the film’s production.  TheThe Blob (1958) actors look like a bunch of amateurs (yes, even Steve McQueen). The director appears to be competent, but underdeveloped for this type of film. The special effects are almost sad, and the extras are constantly seen laughing and smiling in the background as if this film isn’t to be taken seriously. Here’s the catch, though: If any of the above mentioned things were any different, “The Blob” would cease to be such a wonderful and highly entertaining film experience.

Set in a small Pennsylvania town in the late 1950’s, “The Blob” centers around two young teenagers, Steve (Steve McQueen) and Jane (Aneta Corsaut). While they are parked at a secluded location, they witness a meteorite crash nearby. The kids go to investigate, but an old man gets there first. At the crash site the old man finds a gooey, small blob that grabs onto his skin and refuses to let go. Steve and Jane stumble upon the panicked man who begs the kids to take him to a doctor. After taking the old man, who now has his whole arm The Blob (1958)covered by the blob to the doctor, Steve and Jane try to tell others in the town about what they have seen. The problem is that by the time they get anyone back to the doctor’s house, the blob (and the doctor) are gone. Now Steve and Jane must try to warn the other people in town before it’s too late!

I’m not much for “cult” movies, but “The Blob” is too much fun to miss. It is a great horror/ science fiction film that can still be entertaining today, because they premise is so simple and the production didn’t try to overdo anything. It wasn’t the goal of the filmmakers to gross anyone out or try to scare their audience; it was just made to entertain. The blob itself isn’t something that strikes fear into anyone watching because it is hard to be afraid of a blob. Instead, we are afraid of what the blob is capable of doing to us. The film has no blood and very little violence. It is nothing like your typical horror film where you have to be overly brutal to defeat the villain. It requires intelligence, and that is why it stands above other films of its kind.

From the first moments of the opening credits, you know you’re in for a real treat as you listen to the incrediblyThe Blob (1958) popular(and immensely funny) theme song, “Beware of the Blob”, written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David. It sets the tone for what type of film you are about to experience in a way that no other music could.

“The Blob” has been given a sequel as well as a remake, but in this case there is no doubt that the original is superior to all later imitations. It has stood the test of time, and is just as loved today as it was in 1958. Just ask everyone who goes to Downingtown Pennsylvania every year to participate in their traditional, “run out of the theater screaming your head off” celebration!

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