Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Blob (1958)

The Blob is a 1958 science fiction film starring Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut (Helen Crump from the Andy Griffith Show). The music, by Ralph Carmichael and Burt Bacharach, is fun. A 28-year-old Steve McQueen is cast as a teenager in this one, so I'm torn. Do I run and hide because this features a "teens save the world from alien invasion" plot, or do I watch it anyway since the starring "teen" is nearly 30? What a dilemma! I think I'll watch it... carefully. Beware of the Blob!

Youtube has it in parts. They should autoplay from here:


If they don't, the other parts are here: part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9

Moria has a review. 1000 Misspent Hours calls it "one of the best of its breed". Images Journal says "Bad acting is rampant" and that "in the world of schlocky, campy sci-fi, The Blob remains one of the most endearing movies". The NYTimes describes it as "woodenly presented". Classic Sci Fi Movies has a review.

5/3/2009: The Criterion Contraption has a review.

6/18/2009: The Vault of Horror has a review and says, "The Blob is a fine piece of pop horror entertainment, and deserves to be treated as the seminal sci-fi terror film that it is."

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