Saturday, October 23, 2010

THE BLOB


I remember when this movie came out. I was 13 years old and my girlfriend and I went to the local theater to see it. We screamed and screamed along with everyone else watching this movie.

Looking at this now, I did not realize Steve McQueen was the leading star. I love Steve McQueen!


I look back now and find it pretty silly but at the time it was the scariest thing ever.


The Blob is an independently made American horror/science-fiction film from 1958 that depicts a giant amoeba-like alien that terrorizes the small community of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. It was not until star Steve McQueen became famous with the TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive that the film became a hit at the drive-in theatres.

The film was Steve McQueen's debut leading role, and also starred Aneta Corsaut. The film's tongue-in-cheek theme song, "Beware of the Blob" (recorded by studio group the Five Blobs—actually singer Bernie Nee overdubbing himself[1]), was written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David and was a nationwide hit in the U.S.


Teenager Steve Andrews (Steve McQueen) and his girl Jane Martin (Aneta Corsaut) are out parking and see a falling star. They drive out to try to find where the meteor landed. An old man (Olin Howland) has heard the meteor crash near his house. He finds the meteor and pokes it with a stick. The rock breaks open to reveal small jelly-like blob inside. This blob, a living creature, crawls up the stick and attaches itself to his hand. The man runs hysterically onto the road, where he is seen by Steve, who takes him to see the local doctor, Doctor Hallen.

They reach the clinic when Doctor Hallen is about to leave. Hallen anesthetizes the man and sends Steve back to the crash site to gather more information. Hallen decides he must amputate the man's arm which is being consumed by the blob, calling in his nurse. However, the blob completely consumes the old man. Now an amorphous creature, it eats the nurse and the doctor while increasing in size.

Steve and Jane return to the office and Steve witnesses the doctor's death. They go to the local police and return to the clinic with the kindly Lt. Dave and cynical Sgt. Burt. However, there is no sign of the creature or the doctor, and the police dismiss Steve's story. Steve and Jane are sent home with their fathers but sneak out and retrieve Steve's friends and successfully enlist their help warning the town.

In the meantime, the blob has consumed a mechanic, the janitor in Mr. Andrew's grocery store and a bar room of late-night drinkers. Investigating, Steve and Jane are confronted by the blob in the grocery store and seek refuge in the walk-in refrigerator. The blob starts to ooze in under the door but then retreats. Steve and Jane escape and set off the town's fire and air-raid alarms. The whole town gathers and demands to know what is going on. As the townspeople and police angrily confront Steve, the blob enters the Colonial Theater, engulfing and eating the projectionist before oozing into the cinema seating area. The patrons run screaming out of the theater alerting the assembled townspeople to the danger. The blob leaves the theatre, but Jane's little brother appears from the crowd to confront the blob with his cap gun before running into the adjacent diner. Jane and Steve run in after him but become trapped along with the owner and a waitress.

The Blob – now an enormous mass – engulfs the diner and begins to ooze in through the windows while the occupants seek refuge in the cellar. The police try to kill the Blob by dropping a power line onto it, but this fails and only sets the diner ablaze. Defending themselves inside, the diner's owner uses a CO2 fire extinguisher attempting to put out the fire, which also causes the approaching blob to recoil. Steve remembers the blob recoiled from the refrigerator, too, and tells Lt. Dave that the Blob cannot stand cold. Jane's father, Mr. Martin, takes Steve's friends to the high school to retrieve fire extinguishers which are used to freeze the blob. Dave requests an Air Force jet to transport the blob to the North Pole to keep it frozen. A military plane is shown dropping the blob into an Arctic landscape. The film ends with the words "The End", which then morph into a question mark, suggesting that the Blob may return.


Did you see this movie and did you scream and scream?

5 comments:

Debbie said...

Yes I saw the movie!!! Yes I did scream!! I had no idea about Steve McQueen either.

We watched it at the Carolina Theater "kiddie show"...we danced in our white go-go boots on stage for a bit and then always had a thriller movie. Wow...good ole days :)

Saw "The Fly" the first time there too!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

LOL yes I saw the Blob...but on TV in black and white. Not quite as scary and by then campy but fun.
Steve McQueen...sigh.
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mya said...

What an insatiable appetite.

I did not see that particular film, but I did see one about a radio active blob (son of blob?) that was drawn to a military base because of the power station and perhaps some of the weapons. Setting was near the North Pole I think. And as you can imagine, nothing survived that was in its path.

THE OLD GEEZER said...

Did you see this movie and did you scream and scream? Yes! Yes! :-)

Those old horror movies seem like comedies compared to todays scary movies.

~Ron

JANN said...

I always liked Steve McQueen. Another great man we lost to cancer.
YOU have been doing some awesome posts lately. Getting ready to send some artwork to you, sorry so long but I have been feeling awful lately. Keep a prayer for me please dear friend.