A technician brings a frozen specimen of the original Blob back from the North Pole. When his wife accidentally defrosts the thing, it terrorizes the populace, including the local hippies, kittens, and bowlers.
Robert Walker Jr.,
Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions. His crew lives with this... See full summary »
Shirley Anne Field
A mysterious creature from another planet, resembling a giant blob of jelly, lands on earth. The people of a nearby small town refuse to listen to some teenagers who have witnessed the blob's destructive power. In the meantime, the blob just keeps on getting bigger. Written by
According to producer Jack H. Harris, director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. initially met Steve McQueen when the actor's wife Neile Adams was appearing in a short religious film Yeaworth was making. According to Harris, Yeaworth found McQueen to be "a dirty jerk, an opinionated pain in the ass," among other things, and reportedly kicked him off of the set after Adams' part was completed. Hopeful of signing 'Anthony Franciosa' for the lead in "The Blob," Harris attended a performance of "A Hatful of Rain" in which Franciosa was appearing, but when he saw understudy McQueen filling in for an ailing Ben Gazzara, the producer decided to sign McQueen to a three-picture deal. McQueen proved so difficult that rather than find an entirely new director and crew to work with him, Harris decided to shoot the two subsequent films, 4D Man (1959) and Dinosaurus! (1960), with other actors, a decision he ultimately regretted. See more »
When a shot from outside the diner shows the blob climbing onto it, the diner is clearly only a photograph, as you can see the blob make a clear shadow on the diner, the sky, and the street. See more »
This movie is wonderful. What separates it from other 50's sci-fi is the fact that the alien has no features, no face, eyes, anything, yet it can't be killed. I especially like the idea that this film doesn't take place over a few days, it takes place in one night, lasting supposedly past midnight.It's also scary that once the blob gets on you, you can't get it off. you're stuck in it, as it dissolves your flesh and slowly devours your body. My all time favorite 50's sci-fi film, and what is sometimes considered the quintessential one. I can see why this rocketed Steve McQueen to stardom. All this and a catchy theme song! How can you go wrong?
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