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The Blob (1958)

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An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Steve Andrews (as Steven McQueen)
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Jane Martin (as Aneta Corseaut)
Earl Rowe ...
Olin Howland ...
Old Man (as Olin Howlin)
Stephen Chase ...
Dr. T. Hallen (as Steven Chase)
John Benson ...
George Karas ...
Officer Ritchie
Lee Payton ...
Kate the Nurse
Elbert Smith ...
Henry Martin
Hugh Graham ...
Mr. Andrews
Vincent Barbi ...
George - Cafe Owner (as Vince Barbi)
Audrey Metcalf ...
Elizabeth Martin
Jasper Deeter ...
Civil Defense Volunteer
Tom Ogden
Elinor Hammer ...
Mrs. Porter
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Storyline

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 Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Indescribable... indestructible... insatiable See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 September 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Glob  »

Box Office

Budget:

$240,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In some of the promo material, the character played by Aneta Corsaut is referred to as Judy. Her character in the film is named Jane. See more »

Goofs

When the doctor pulls back the blanket off the old man, it is clearly visible that the blob is oozing on to the old man's chest. Then on the closeup, the blob is only on the old man's hand and arm. The next long shot shows the Blob over the man's chest again. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Jim Bert: [comes out of the market where Steve told everyone the Blob was] There's nobody in here but us monsters...
Steve Andrews: [a screaming crowd comes running around the corner] Dave! It's at the theater!
Lieutenant Dave: [runs into the theater with a shotgun; after firing three shots, retreats as Jim prepares to go in] Don't go in, Jim! This won't do any good! It's the most horrible thing I've ever seen in my life. Come on, we've got to clear this area!
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: When the movie ends it shows the blob being dropped into the Arctic."THE END "appears and changes into a question mark. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.26 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

THE BLOB
Written by Burt Bacharach & Mack David
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User Reviews

 
A Classic All On It's Own
27 December 2002 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I look at this page, and it seems disapproving to me to have to listen to someone ramble and rant at a real classic. Sure, I agree to let everyone have their opinion, but here's mine:

This movie should not be missed by any classic horror watcher, and should be seen many casual viewers around the world. Sure, it has lost some of it's flair and greatness with age, especially in todays world of CGI effects, but that's not why you should like it.

You should like it because it actually is a scary movie, even for today's standards. It's overall ickyness will creep you out just as much as the original audiences, so don't slam a classic if you haven't given it a chance. Watch it, but not with a critical attitude. Watch it to have fun, how it was originally intended.


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