The Blob (1958)


“How do you get people to protect themselves from something they don’t believe in?” – Steve

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After a meteorite containing an alien life form lands in a secluded Pennsylvania forest, the alien begins to grow as it consumes everything in its path.

My Take on it – As most of you know, I’m not the biggest fan of films in the horror genre, but I still decided to give this film a chance since it stars Steve McQueen in one of his earliest lead roles.

The idea and plot of this film is presented in an interesting way and despite the fact that the special effects are quite primitive, it’s enjoyable to watch unfold.

It’s possible that when this film came out 60 years ago, it was considered much scarier than it seems now but if one compares it to horror of today, this film comes across as being a really tame horror film.

The cast here are all fine and no one really sticks out here eventhough it features McQueen in the lead.

The dialogue is mostly fine, but some of the actors recite their lines in an ‘over-the-top’ fashion which comes across as being too stiff for characters that should be more emotional given the situation that they have found themselves in.

I know there was a remake of this film in the 80’s with Kevin Dillion, but I’ve never seen it so I can’t say whether they do a better job with it with more modern effects.

Bottom Line – Fun film that has an interesting idea despite the fact that the effects are quite primitive looking.  This kind of film might have been considered scarier at the time that it came out, but compared to the direction that horror has progressed in the 60 years since this film was made, this is quite tame.  The cast is fine but no one really stands out even with the rising star Steve McQueen in the lead role (one of his first lead roles). Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After the Blob had consumed the old man, the doctor tells his nurse to dump some “trichloracetic acid” on the it. That is a weak acid used to treat genital warts. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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