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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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)
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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

Dick Powell, who was the head of Four Star Productions, asked to see a rough cut of this film. This led to the casting of Steve McQueen in the television series Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lieutenant Dave: 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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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 Gumby Show: The Glob 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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B-horror classic
6 July 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

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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