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The Blob (1958)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 10 September 1958 (USA)
An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

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Theodore Simonson (screenplay), Kay Linaker (screenplay) (as Kate Phillips) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

10 September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Molten Meteor See more »

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Budget:

$240,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Blu-ray Unrated Edition)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Steve McQueen was offered $2,500 or 10% of the profits. He took the $2,500 because the film wasn't expected to make much. It ended up grossing over $4 million. According to producer Jack H. Harris when being interviewed by film historian Tom Weaver, the film ultimately grossed $40 million. See more »

Goofs

As the theater audience flees the blob, many of the extras can be seen laughing and smiling. See more »

Quotes

[outside supermarket]
Steve Andrews: [friends come running up to he and Jane] Where have you kids been? It's in there! It's in there! I wish I were kidding. It's in there!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Spanish dubbed version substitutes the opening credits theme song for a more conventional, in-tone with the movie, instrumental tune. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Stuff (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

THE BLOB
Written by Burt Bacharach & Mack David
Performed by The Five Blobs, arranged by and all vocals by Bernie Knee
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Good, Campy Fun...
5 April 2010 | by MetalGeekSee all my reviews

I first saw "The Blob" on TV back in the '70s when I was about eight years old and it scared the unholy crap out of me. (I was a nervous type kid.) Seeing it again as a grown man, I smiled a lot at how relatively mild-mannered it is by today's standards, but "The Blob" is still a ton of fun. A young Steve McQueen (billed as "Steven" here for the first and only time in his career) plays the plucky, square-jawed teenage hero (despite the fact that he was 27 when he made the movie) who battles valiantly against the usual group of unbelieving grown-ups (who's gonna take the word of a teen-age hot rodder?) in order to save his small town from a man-eating alien hunk of goo that crashes to earth inside a meteor and begins absorbing townspeople at an alarming rate overnight. The title creature may resemble a wiggling, chewed up hunk of bubble gum, but you gotta love those attack scenes shot from The Blob's point of view (did they use a "Blob Cam?") and that oh-so-catchy theme song ("It creeps! It leaps! It slides, it glides across the floor!"). Admittedly "The Blob" suffers a bit from a few slow patches in the middle of the film where Steve and his fellow teens do more talking than anything else, but once the third act begins and the creature oozes into a sold-out midnight horror movie show at the local theatre, causing mass panic, it's golden. "The Blob" is an iconic piece of 50s sci-fi/horror, no doubt, and it's just as much fun to watch today as it must've been "back in the day." "The Blob" was remade in the late 80s by "Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors" director Chuck Russell (I like that version as well), and now I'm hearing that Rob Zombie's next film project will be yet another new version of "The Blob." What puzzles and worries me is that Zombie says the first thing he's going to change in his remake is that there won't be "a big, red Blobby thing. I hate that." Now, how the hell are you going to make a "Blob" movie WITHOUT a big, red Blobby thing? Blasphemy!!!


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