Remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror classic about a deadly blob from another planet which consumes everything in its path. Teenagers attempt without success to warn the townspeople, who refuse to take them seriously.
Donovan Leitch Jr.
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
In the scene where Steve and Jane sneak out of the house and are talking in the driveway, smoke can be seen rising behind Steve in the lower right hand corner. This is smoke from a lit cigarette that he is holding behind his back. McQueen smoked on set. See more »
Just because some kid smacks into your wife on the turnpike doesn't make it a crime to be 17 years old.
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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 »
Spanish dubbed version substitutes the opening credits theme song for a more conventional, in-tone with the movie, instrumental tune. See more »
In rural Pennsylvania, teenagers Steve Andrews (Steve McQueen) and Jane Martin are parked in his car when a meteorite crashes over the hill. A local hillbilly pokes at it with a stick and goo grabs onto his hand. The teens find the suffering old man and bring him to doctor Hallen in town. It's the start as the blob consumes its victims and grows ever larger.
This movie has two things going for it. It's got a good B-horror premise that is executed pretty well. It's also got a young McQueen early in his career. The writing can be clunky and the acting can be uneven. The boy is no picnic. The part I most appreciate is McQueen's self-doubt after the initial police station scene. I also appreciate that the adults are mostly reasonable with that one exception. Even that cop is reasonable in his fiery angriness. The Blob effects are not the most advanced but it does have great camp value. It's notable that the kids are the ones with the truth and the adults are reluctant to believe them. The theater stampede is the big iconic scene and the movie drags on a bit after that. This is a classic although not a classic for the critics.
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