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The Blob

USA 1958
produced by
Jack H. Harris for Tonylyn Productions
directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth jr
starring Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, Stephen Chase, Olin Howlin, John Benson, George Karas, Elbert Smmith, Vince Barbi, Lee Payton, Robert Fields, James Bonnet, Anthony Franke
written by Theodore Simonson, Kate Phillips, special effects by Bart Sloane, music by Ralph Carmichael, title theme by Burt Bacharach, Mack David

Blob

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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When making out in his convertible at the edge of town, teenagers Steve (Steve McQueen) & Jane (Aneta Corsaut) see a meteorite go down on earth, & Steve (who should seriously rethink his priorities) suddenly wants to go check out the meteorite. However, arriving near the site of impact, they find an old man (Olin Howlin), whose hand seems to be covered by some slimey stuff. They bring the old man to local  Doctor Hallen (Stephen Chase), who examines him, depite having not the first clue what that thing that now not only covers his arm but grows over his whole body could be.

A short time later, Steve sees a weird, blob-like thing (hence the name, Blob) devouring the doctor, & he knows his little village is in terrible trouble.

However,when he tries to report to the police that a monster has eaten up the doctor, not only does noone believe him, but they even call his & Jane's fathers to come & fetch their crazy kids.

Of course, as soon as everyone else at their houses has gone to bed, Steve & Jane sneak out & fetch their friends to warn everybody of the monster (but of course noone will belikeve them) & to go monterhuntiong themselves ... but Steve & HJane almost meet their ends when they discover the Blob, by now grown to quite a size, & can only escape him when hiding in a cooler (aha, you might think, the monster doesn#t like cold ... & right you are).

Eventually, the kids come to the conclusion to create a huge turnoil in town, to have everybody listening, eitzher they want it or not ... & just by doing that, it seems, they convince sympathetic police Ltd Dave (Earl Rowe). & it's about time too, since the Blob has started eating up some patrons of the local movietheater & scared the heebejeebies out of the rest of them (& can you blame them).

Somehow though, thanks to Jane's kid brother Danny, she & Steve & Danny end up in the local diner, that is soon fully covered by the Blob ... when Steve hs the idea that saves the day: CO2-filled fire extinguishers (because of the cold, you see).

Soon all town uses fire extinguishers on the Blob, & they finally freeze him but good, & the army takes him to the North Pole where he stays frozen until the arctic itself starts melting ... good golly, I think that is not too far away no more.

 

For some reason, probably for having started Steve McQueen's movie career, The Blob has acquired something of a cult status. However, compared with other contemporary monster pics, The Blob, despite its original monster & colour photography, is a lesser effort in monter cinema: the unquestioned celebration of smalltown values is just too much to not be annoying, & Steve McQueen's fine method acting is terribly ill at ease with the monster plot. Actually he & Aneta Corsaut look more like a poor man's James Dean & Natalie Wood in a small town restaging of Rebels wtihout a Cause with a monster thrown in ... & if there's something Rebels without a Cause did not need, it's a monster ! It's only when the monster attacks big time that the film is really in its own element, unfortunately though, these scenes are few & far between.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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