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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The indestructible creature! Bloated with the blood of its victims! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Molten Meteor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$240,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000, 31 December 1958
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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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Did You Know?

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 crowd is running out of the movie theater the same man in a light, checkered short sleeved shirt wearing sunglasses runs out three times. See more »

Quotes

Jane Martin: [hysterical after they just escaped the Blob] Steve... our parents think we're in bed, at home, safe, asleep, sound.
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Crazy Credits

Keith Almoney, who plays Jane's little brother Danny, had his name misspelled in the credits as "Kieth Almoney." 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 Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.56 (2012) 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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Gobs of Fun
2 November 2004 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

What a fun time can be had watching The Blob! A meteorite with a blob inside it lands, attatches itself to an old man's hand, engulfs the old man, a nurse, a doctor, and so on...until it is a huge mass of jelly-like substance squeezing through small openings and killing anything and everything in its path. A very young Steve McQueen plays the small-town teenager who just can't get any of the establishment(adults) to listen to him. The film was shot with a shoestring budget and the actors, with the exception of McQueen who shows talent and personality even at this youthful age, range from mediocre to downright bad(Doc Hallen for example), but none of that is overly important to the monster itself. Nothing like it had ever been on film before and some scenes stand out as decidedly very original and memorable. The Spook Movie festival in the movie theater and the finale at the diner are such classic scenes.


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