Criterion Collection : The Blob (1958)

It creeps.

And leaps.

And glides

And slides across the floor

This time I sat down and watched the 50’s classic “THE BLOB” starring Steve McQueen, or should I say the dreamiest of the dream boats. For those of you who don’t know from the title, here’s the plot :

An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

That’s really all there is to it. They kept plots simple back in 1958. The movie starts with Steve (Steve McQueen, yeah he has his own name) out at make-out point with his best gal Jane (Aneta Corsaut). A shooting star that crashes into the forest prompts Steve and Jane to go and see what it was, because why wouldn’t you? From there, well, it’s pretty self explanatory. The BLOB comes and wreaks havoc on the town.

The movie hasn’t aged especially well, but it is still a lot of fun. The performances turned in by everyone are very reminiscent of what we all think of when we think of the 50s. Steve is let off with a warning after drag racing backwards with some of this friends, and as he drives away the police officer gives him a look that says “Oh, those darn kids!”. It’s really just a beautiful time capsule of the time.

The blob effects are pretty silly, but for some reason incredibly charming. I know that back then it was pretty cutting edge stuff, but for younger audiences used to seeing Pacific Rim level special effects, it is pretty laughable.

The story is simple, and does build kind of slowly considering it’s only about 82 minutes long. The Blob appears to be taking its sweet, sweet time, and no one believes Steve before it’s too late. Of course.

It’s not an especially scary movie, though I’m sure it was when it was released, but it is a pretty light fun watch. Especially for parents unsure how to introduce horror movies to their exceptionally young children. Don’t start with Hostel, start with this or Nosferatu.

Anyways, all things considered, the movie is fun, and worth checking out. Especially if you have a specific affection for old movies. I really don’t have much else to say about this movie, it’s really simple, it’s quite date, and it’s a fun watch. That’s basically all I have for you.

FINAL GRADE : B (get it?)

Oh, if old movies aren’t your thing, there is a remake from 1988 that I haven’t seen. Maybe check it out and let me know how it compares?


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