Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
Starring: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, Olin Howland, Stephen Chase
Steve and Jane are out on a date when they spot something they believe is a shooting star crashing down on earth not too far from where they are. An old man is close to it and checks it out. The thing was not a star, but a meteor carrying an alien blob which seems to digest any living creature it can come close to. The blob attaches itself to the old guys hand and he runs out of the forest and is found by Steve and Jane.
They take him to the hospital and heads back to figure out what caused this. The old man gets eaten up by the blob and now the evil jello monster are crawling around the city looking for more food, growing after each bite. Steve and Jane finds out that this is an alien monster and they try to warn the city before it is too late.
I grew up with great affection for the 1988 remake of The Blob, but never had an opportunity to see the original until recently. The original is a campy sci-fi movie that is at times silly, at times dramatic and only at times fun. The blob itself gets too little screen time and a lot of time is used to show off Steve McQueen and his acting, which are only decent and it’s kind of hard to take him as a teenager when he was 28 at time of filming this. McQueen of course went on to become a big legend in Hollywood. The dialogue also reminds us from time to time that McQueen and his gang are “kids” and not adults, like that’s going to trick us.
Even if it was low-budget even for its time it does have a blockbuster quality to it and of course it eventually went on to make a lot of money. In that regards it is a success, but for me it still left a little more to be desired. I really wish they had turned down the drama scenes which has not aged well over time. The effects are good for its time, but I have a hard time believing that this could be scary, even in the 50’s. It’s basically a big jelloball crawling around and it doesn’t exactly scream terror here. What does save the movie is the last 10-15 minutes where the whole town is in hysteria over this thing, making it a nice end of a movie that up until that point was starting to become boring.
The Blob is an alright 50’s sci-fi movie that also sports an awesome theme song. It gets a little slow at times and has a few drama scenes which takes away from the movie, but it’s still an enjoyable film.