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The Blob [VHS]
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What would the average sensible American do if he encountered a pulsing ball of protoplasm from outer space? That's right: he'd poke it with a stick. Thus begins the endearingly earnest and silly tale of The Blob. Young Steve McQueen takes on his first leading role as, um, Steve, a spunky teenager with plenty of heart. Steve sees the blob kill the local doc, but darn it, none of the town's adults will believe him! Yup, it's up to the teens to save the day! Steve and his trusty girlfriend Jane break their curfews(!) and head off into the night to find the Blob and warn the town. The Blob is a completely enjoyable watch from start to finish, offering the triple pleasures of 1950s morals, gee-whiz acting, and a whole lotta extras running around and screaming. The special effects, though primitive, certainly get the job done, and it is still a treat to watch the Blob ooze its way to its next meal. You may notice that the theme song is surprisingly bouncy for a horror flick ("Beware of the Blob! It creeps, and leaps, and glides and slides across the floor"). It was written by Hal David and a fresh young composer by the name of Burt Bacharach. --Ali Davis

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  • Classic movie, although not a great one
    Original classic horror film that I remember liking when I was kid. Doesn't hold up that great, but it's not too bad either. The funniest part is Steve McQueen supposedly playing a teenager, but he's 29 at the time and looks even older....more info
  • Good and Still Kind Of Creepy!
    This is a good movie but it is also kind of creepy. I remember watching the Blob a couple of times with my family and being okay and another time I watched it at a friend's house and the movie freaked us out and for the longest time I couldnt watch the movie again but a couple of months ago I watched it again and I liked it and though not as scary as remembered I still found myself getting spooked by the scenes with the blob creature though I really enjoyed watching this movie and seeing Steve McQueen in his first leading roll in a movie and he plays a teenager named Steve and I also enjoyed seeing Aneta Corseaut in the movie playing his girlfriend Jane as the only other roll I ever saw her play was Helen Crump in The Andy Griffith Show and I think this is a good movie and I recommend it! ...more info
  • The Blob-the miscreant mucous!
    This is one picture I recall with great fondness because to me it was a film that didn't technically have alot going for it but it had a heck of ALOT of heart.And I'm glad to say on seeing the film again for the first time in many a year that my first impression is STILL right.
    This film was indeed shot on a small budget using young,almost unknown actors and the use of special effects while limited were used brilliantly and to their best advantage whenever possible.
    The plot simply involves a meteorite that lands near a farmers' house.The farmer investigates and finds himself up close and personal with its' contents.Some local kids coming to see the meteorite discover the farmer and take him to the local doc.The Blob in short order devours the farmer then proceeds on its',relatively at first,quiet and deadly rampage.The kids try unsuccessfully through a good portion of the flick to convince the local authorities of its' reality.By the time they start believing the Blob has become tremendous in size and threatens the whole town.In the end the threat is "contained" and the world is saved from this deadly denizen from outer space.
    While the plot is simple and sometimes see through the well used special effects but especially the actors themselves really hold this picture together from beginning to end making it seem believable.
    This Criterion disc is not loaded with alot of extras but enough to satisfy ones basic needs.To compensate however they have included a repro poster of the Blob! A VERY nice and classy touch by the Criterion folks.
    And techncially speaking this is my favourite part of this film.
    This is an A#1,top of the line remastered print.This thing is so clear and crisp you'd almost swear it was shot yesterday not some 50 years ago.It is gorgeous and quickly dispelled my trepidation of spending the money I did on getting this disc.The colour is steady and clean and it is presented in its' widescreen theatrical ratio.Nothing more a collector could ask for.Nothing.
    This kind of wonderful work that the folks at Criterion do is obviously keeping some highly skilled and smart folks working for them.But it goes back to a theme that I often touch on in my reviews:Why aren't the domestic big guys(Paramount,Columbia,MGM,et al)releasing all their properties as does Criterion and some other independants do? With the incredible amount of money and technical facilities available to these companies why are they not doing it themsleves?Why aren't they taking(to me) the common sense approach and treating every release as it deserves to be treated:finished in the BEST possible format/condition it can be?? To me it's not only common sense but it's having dignity and PRIDE in ones' products.
    Obviously in this case Paramount had no intentions of releasing this movie any time soon in any kind of condition so Criterion does what it does best and took the bull by the horns and did it for them and for that you have this movie collectors' greatest admiration.
    Another must own movie,especially to those partial to the 1950s Sci-Fi/Horror genre.You will NOT be disappointed....more info
  • not bad
    So this is it, Steve McQueen is introduced to the DVD criterion collection. Why does it have to be the blob? Of course this movie is not so bad but being a true mcqueen fan I must admit that I'm very disapointed by Criterion. They're putting out the blob but they could have put great mcqueens like The Sand Pebbles of An enemy of the people but no they put out the thrash and they don't even include extra goodies with it. That's a shame!...more info
  • Cult Classic Blob
    I first saw this movie as a 10 year old on TV. This was before cable when local channels had after-school movies, mostly horror movies from the 1950s. "The Blob" really scared me as a kid. Its a great classic 50s sci-fi film. It doesn't scare me anymore, but its still fun to watch.

    Steve McQueen made this movie before he was a star. He needed the work and money. I have read and heard that Steve McQueen was offered either a flat fee or a percentage of the box office. He took the fee because he thought the movie was a clinker and he and his wife thought no one would see it. "The Blob" became a huge hit and a cult classic that made millions. McQueen regretted not getting a piece of the movie and fumed about it the rest of his life.
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  • Phoenixville Rocks!
    It was filmed in Phoenixville, so it has to be great. Ya gotta love that Blob comin thru the vents in the Colonial Theater. It ate the Doctor alive in the house at 3rd and Main. Phoenixville rocks. ...and oh, the movie's pretty funky, too....more info
  • A Major Disappointment
    After seeing the incredible Kevin Dillion/Shawnee Smith,1988 Remake,and the hilarious "Beware The Blob" comic/sequel with Larry Hagman and Robert Walker Jr.,I was really psyched to see this film;if only to see A young,up and coming,Steve McQueen. unfortunately,The film is terrible,even for A 50's B-Sci/fi picture.It's not even on the same level as "The Thing From Another World","The Fly",or "Creature From The Black Lagoon."The Blob looks stupidly cheesy,and the acting is terrible,the effects(even for a 50's film)are cheap.The film gets boring,very quick,and the action doesn't even happen until the last ten minutes or so.Also McQueen is horribly miscast,as A clean cut,preppy teenager.It might have been better seeing him,as an outlaw greaser.McQueen,suprisingly,doesn't make A believeable hero in this.Don't waste your time with this version,see the 88' remake,or even comic spoof "Beware The Blob",the sequel from 72'.This film won't even appeal to McQueen's big fans,he's much better in "Bullit"and "The Great Escape".This Blob totally Blows;A Major disappointment....more info
  • EXCELLENT THRILLER: KING OF CAMPS
    The Blob is an independently made American horror/science-fiction film from 1958 depicting a giant amoeba-like alien that terrorizes the small community of Downingtown, 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. Today, the film is recognized as one of the quintessential 1950s American sci-fi/horror films.

    The film was Steve McQueen's debut performance, and also starred Aneta Corsaut. The film's tongue-in-cheek theme song, "Beware of the Blob" (recorded by studio group The Five Blobs), was written by a pre-stardom Burt Bacharach and Hal David and was a nationwide hit in the U.S.









    The Blob is an amorphous creature from outer space which lands on Earth encased in a meteor. Two teenagers, Steve Andrews (McQueen) and Jane Martin (Corsaut) take a car to try to find where the meteor has landed. Meanwhile, an elderly man (Olin Howland) has heard the meteor crash near his house. He goes outside and upon finding it pokes it with a stick. The rock breaks open, and he finds a small mass of jelly-like substance inside. This "blob", which is actually a living creature, crawls up the stick and attaches itself to his hand. The man runs hysterically onto the road, where he is almost hit by Steve's car. Steve attempts to help the man, but he begs to be taken to the doctor. They arrive just as Doctor Hallen is about to leave the office. He takes the old man in and anesthetizes him, but finds that the mass has grown larger. Finally, it dissolves the old man completely and rolls to the floor, where it also engulfs and eats the nurse and later, the doctor himself.

    Steve and Jane return to the office, now apparently empty, but in time for Steve to see the Blob consuming the doctor. He and Jane go to the local police, kindly Lt. Dave and cynical Sgt. Burt, and they go to the office where they find no sign of the creature or the doctor. Dismissing Steve's story, the police return Steve and Jane to their homes and parents. Later, they sneak out and get Steve's friends out of the late-night "Spook Show" (Daughter of Horror) and try to convince them that the Blob is threatening the town. The Blob, in the meantime, has consumed a mechanic and later (off camera), the janitor in Mr. Andrew's grocery store. Steve and Jane find it here, and it chases them into the walk-in refrigerator, but for some reason it does not follow them in after starting to squeeze under the door. They then 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, engulfs and eats the man in the projection room, and then attacks the audience. As the patrons run screaming out of the theater, the truth of Steve's story is finally confirmed to everyone.

    The Blob then follows Steve, Jane, and her little brother into the local diner, which it engulfs. The kids, along with the owner and his wife, run into the cellar. The police try to kill the Blob by dropping a power line onto it. This fails, but sets the diner on fire instead. The people are trapped inside with no hope of escape, until Steve starts to quench the fire with a fire extinguisher. The Blob, which is trying to reach them in the cellar, recoils. Steve tells Lt. Dave that the Blob cannot stand cold (explaining why it did not consume them in the refrigerator), and so, taking the fire extinguishers from the local high school, they attack the monster with carbon dioxide. Soon, the Blob is frozen solid, unable to move or engulf anyone. The film closes with a scene of a military plane 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 (which it does fourteen years later - this time, to a Los Angeles suburb - in the sequel, Beware! The BlobThe film was originally titled "The Molten Meteor" until producers overheard screenwriter Kay Linaker refer to the movie's monster as "the blob."[1] Other sources disagree, saying that the film went through a number of title changes before the makers settled on The Glob. Then, hearing that someone else had already used The Glob as a title and believing that they could no longer use it (though in actuality they could have) they changed it to The Blob. [2]

    The Blob was directed by Irvin Yeaworth, who had directed more than 400 films for motivational, educational, and religious purposes.

    The Blob was filmed in and around Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The primary shooting took place at Valley Forge Studios, and several scenes were filmed in the towns of Chester Springs, Downingtown, Phoenixville and Royersford. Including the basement of a local restaurant named Chef's. (The setting is apparently Downingtown, Pennsylvania itself as the one policeman identifies his department's office as "Downingtown HQ" to "East Cornwall HQ" over the two-way radio during his chess game.) It was filmed in color and widescreen.

    McQueen received only $3,000 for this film; he had turned down an offer for a smaller up-front sum with 10 percent of the profits because he did not think the movie would make any money and he needed the money immediately to pay for food and rent; it ended up grossing $4 million.

    Though legend has it that the opening novelty song was composed by a young and unknown Burt Bacharach (along with Hal David, Burt's famous songwriting partner), Bacharach had already achieved some measure of success by the time the film was released, and the lyrics to the song were composed by David's brother Mack. The background score for The Blob was composed by Ralph Carmichael. Known as "The Dean of Contemporary Christian Music," it was one of just a few film scores that Carmichael wrote. Carmichael is best known for his musical associations with Billy Graham and for arranging the popular Christmas album by Nat King Cole. Carmichael also composed the original theme for the film, entitled "Violence" on the soundtrack album, which started the film on a serious and frightening note. It was against the director's wishes that Bacharach's song replaced the original theme. However, because Bacharach's theme encourages audiences to view The Blob as campy fun, it has contributed to the film's enduring popularity. Both Carmichael's score and Bacharach/David's song were released in 2008 by the Monstrous Movie Music soundtrack label.



    A comedy sequel was made in 1972, entitled Beware! The Blob, directed by Larry Hagman. In 1988, a remake was made, in which the Blob is rewritten as a secret government project gone wrong. In 2006, Paramount Pictures announced a second remake will be produced by Scott Rudin; Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes, who penned the remake of House of Wax, have been hired to write the screenplay.

    Since 2000, the town of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania -- one of the filming locations -- has held an annual "Blobfest". Activities include a re-enactment of the scene in which moviegoers run screaming from the town's Colonial Theatre, which has recently been restored. Chef's Diner in Downingtown is also restored, and is open for business or photographs of the basement on weekday mornings only.

    Some books and television series have made passing homage to the film, including R. L. Stine's The Blob That Ate Everyone, and "Treehouse of Horror XVII", an episode of The Simpsons in which Homer Simpson becomes a large mass that consumes everything.

    Scenes from The Blob appear in the 1978 musical Grease (also a Paramount feature).

    A blob named H. G. Blob (for Horrible Gelatinous Blob) is a recurrent character of the cartoon Futurama. A blob also appears in the episode "Mon ami le blob" (My friend the Blob) of the French cartoon "Oggy et les cafards" (Oggy and the roaches).

    In the movie, Monsters vs. Aliens will feature the Indestructible Gelatinous Mass named "B.O.B." In this case, this creature is depicted as a protagonist fighting invading aliens.

    In the Red Dwarf episode "Camille", Kryton takes a blob on date causing Lister to say "When Steve McQueen met the Blob he tried to kill it. It probably never occurred to him to take it out to a restaurant."

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  • Classic Science-Fiction from the 50s.
    The Blob is classic 50s Science-Fiction with a pretty good performance from a young Steve McQueen. Good special effects for the period and a decent plot that holds interest. Overall, a good classic sci-fi flick....more info
  • "THE BLOB" IS ABOUT PEOPLE BEING KIND TO THEIR NEIGHBORS
    "THE BLOB" IS ABOUT PEOPLE BEING KIND TO THEIR NEIGHBORS!!,

    Here it is, the main event -- "THE BLOB" starring Steve McQueen!
    I saw this film when it first came out in 1958 and I have lost track of how many times I have seen it since, but it has been at least 200 times.

    WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?:

    A gelatinous mass of growing, flesh-eating goo is released on the Earth by a meteorite that has crashed near a small town in Pennsylvania. Steve Andrews [Steve McQueen] and his girlfriend, Helen [Aneta Corsaut] witness the event from their convertible and then come across an old man in the road who has something resembling a glove of jello on his hand. Steve takes him to Dr. Hallen and from there the blob begins ingesting humans and growing as the night progresses.

    Steve and Helen go to the police to report the incident and the apparent murder of Dr. Hallen, but the police don't believe the wild story. At this point, it was nice to see some diversity on the police force. The hard-nosed Sergeant was ready to throw the kids in jail, whereas the Chief was much more of a listener.

    Not getting any satisfaction from the police, Steve and Helen go out and try to warn the whole town about the danger they are in with the help of other teens but no one is listening ... UNTIL!

    Yes, until ... and that's when things really start cooking. We have "The Blob" finally revealing itself at its public debut in its famous "movie theater patrons get eaten" scene. From this point on, everybody believes the kids' story, but it's a little late to do anything about it, or at least it seems so. The climax is right around the corner and I am always sorry it doesn't go on when it's all finally over. This, I'm sure, is why they have made two sequels/remakes of "The Blob".

    THE LOW DOWN ON THIS DVD:

    I have heard a lot about the Criterion edition of this film. Until recently, the alternative budget DVDs were often available for $1-4, versus $30-35 for the Criterion edition. This is no longer true as the "budget DVD" is now almost $20.! This particular edition runs 82 minutes which means it does include several extended scenes compared to the TV and VHS editions. These extended scenes are as follows:

    1]- When the old man [played by Olin Howland] is with Dr. Hallen [Stephen Chase] in the examining room, the scene where he is giving him an injection is extended to reveal an enlarged blob that is up to the old man's elbow. This is about an extra 12 seconds, but it is an addition that shows "The Blob" in an intermediary stage not usually seen.

    2]- There are a couple of add-ons at the police station, like when Helen's father [School Principal Martin] arrives and declares, "This is the last time you're going out with my daughter," and Steve's dad replies, "Let's just all stay calm Mr. Martin." It all adds up to about 24 seconds more than the video.

    3]- During the scene when Dave the Police Chief [Earl Rowe] is lamenting with Deputy Richie [George Karas], he goes on beyond the point of discussing Sergeant Jim Bert's animosity toward 17-year-old kids because of his wife being killed by a drunk teen in a car wreck and expands the subject by about 20 seconds.

    4]- When the blob has encompassed the diner, there are several additional sequences. There is one when Dave sends the sergeant to get more fire extinguishers and there are a couple of add-ons in the last three minutes, altogether totalling 14 seconds.

    In all, almost a minute and a half is added to the standard video releases. The Criterion edition DVD as well as the budget edition include these additional scenes.

    "THE BLOB" IS ABOUT PEOPLE BEING KIND TO THEIR NEIGHBORS:

    This is a 50's creature-feature classic, and it does credit to its genre. Steve McQueen is a delight and the cast is believable. But that is not what sets this film above the rest. Throughout the film, there is a sense that people care about each other in this town. Steve and Helen start the movie by stopping to help the old man and take him to the doctor. The doctor who is already out the door and on his way to a medical convention stops and returns to his office to treat the injured old man. The police chief doesn't see any point in giving the kids a hard time and releases them to their parents. The kids want to warn their neighbors so that others do not meet the same fate as Dr. Hallen and the old man. Hard-nosed Sergeant Birtie puts his hand on Chief Dave's shoulder to comfort him despite their clashing over how to handle the incident when it looks as though Steve and Helen may perish in the diner at the end. A pervasive sense of community spirit and a common bond was apparent between all the members of this community at one time or another during what had to be the town's most stressful night which is quite rare in this or any other genre.

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  • 30 dollars
    Can anyone explain why this movie is $29.99 for a new copy? I mean this is an old movie. All the other old classics are around $15.00 or less new. It's an excellent movie but way overpriced for an old movie. I would like to purchase it but it's to expensive. I would give the movie 4 to 5 stars but 1/4 of a star on the price....more info
  • A Cheesy Classic
    Influenced by the British television series "The Quatermass Experiment," the films "The Quatermass Xperiment (notice the X),and "X: The Unknown," this film would later be followed by other "blob" movies including "Caltiki, the Immortal Monster," "The Angry Red Planet," and "The Green Slime." This is the best of them all. Plus it has plently of humor. It is one of the films that is so bad, it's good. Rent it before you buy it. ...more info