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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

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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

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Indescribable... Indestructible! Nothing Can Stop It! See more »


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Release Date:

12 September 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Glob  »

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Budget:

$240,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The actual Blob, a mixture of red dye and silicone, is still kept in the original five-gallon pail in which it was shipped to the production company in 1958 from Union Carbide. It was put on display over the years as a part of the annual Blobfest, held over a three-day period each summer in Phoenixville, PA, which provided a number of the shooting locales for the film. In addition to displaying the Blob and miniatures used in the shooting, the event features a reenactment of the famous scene in which panicked theatergoers rush to exit the town's still-functioning Colonial Theater, as well as several showings of the film. See more »

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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 »

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Man in crowd: [as the young folk return from the school with the CO2 fire extinguishers] Hey! Here come the kids back!
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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 »

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THE BLOB
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Nostalgia Heaven!
8 January 2006 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

This movie is of almost generation-defining importance to some of us born in the early post-war years in that (and especially if you were born between 1946 and 1953 and loved spending Saturday afternoons at your neighborhood movie house) you almost certainly saw it. And the memory of seeing it has probably stayed with you. It's style is the stuff of a brief and somehow gloriously exciting moment in our growing up days.

It had a modern, space-age storyboard for the audiences of it's time. The set was any town with a supermarket and a movie theater that would be packed for a Friday midnight show. It has hot rods and rebellious youth, but in the 'why can't they let us have fun' way rather than the disturbed, histrionic rebel-without-a-cause way. All characters were identifiable to us - teens, parents, the old man, the doctor, the nurse, the mechanic, the boy, the puppy, even the cops - were sympathetic to us. We could relate to them all

It had a singularly horrifying monster. It's first victim is heard moaning 'it hurts.....it hurts' and we were convinced and frightened. The menace grows continually throughout the story. There are intense periods of suspense, colourful effects, a fabulous lead in McQueen, and moments of humour, both intended and not. It even had an almost over-the-top sad part to make the more sensitive of us feel like crying.

I saw it in summer, age 9 or so, double billed with 'I Married A Monster From Outer Space', and was so thrilled by the experience of this particular double feature that I went back a couple more times before it left. Everyone I knew saw it. Everyone I knew loved it.


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