Sunday, October 5, 2014

Movie Review: "The Blob" (1958)

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Movie"The Blob"
Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
Year: 1958
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 hour, 26 minutes

Steve (Steven McQueen) and Jane (Aneta Corsaut) are a couple of teens on a date just sitting and looking at the stars. Suddenly, they see a shooting star that appears to land just over the hill, so they decide to go investigate. This star is a actually small meteorite that has landed near an old man's house. This old man (Olin Howland) notices a small goo in the center of the meteorite that he pokes with a stick. The goo immediately crawls up the stick and clings to the old man's hand. Steve and Jane find him and drive him to Dr. Hallen's office where this blob continues to eat the old man and becomes an even larger blob of goo. After the blob kills the nurse and doctor, Steve and Jane try to tell the police, but they won't believe them as the blob leaves very little evidence. Steve gets his friends together to try to warn the town before the unstoppable blob devours everyone. 

Judging by the music at the beginning of the film, this movie will be snappy, and happy, and upbeat...right?? Wrong! Talk about a mismatched theme song, but it makes it all the more intriguing.

While a blob of goo on the surface isn't a scary villain, its ability to absorb anything and anyone in its path is pretty awesome and makes for some good menacing terror. The fact that it can fit into tight spots and under doors and through cervices and cracks and through vents in a movie theater makes it all the more terrifying, not to mention that almost nothing can stop this blob! The blob is there, in your face, in your town, and will hunt you down.

Being an older movie, there isn't a whole lot of blood or gore, and most deaths happen off-screen. We found ourselves not really needing to see a whole lot of blood in this film anyways. When we get to see the gelatinous goo monster moving around, it special effects actually look pretty good for its time. It's funny that Steve McQueen plays a teenager in this movie when he was really 28 years old in real life, but looks more like 48. Aneta Corsaut was actually 25 while making this movie, but she is much more passable as a teenager. The acting is laughable and overly dramatic by today's standards, but was probably fine back in the day. It's a short movie that seems to fly by its run time, but keeps you engaged and interested enough to want more. Hell, you could even sequel this movie today, given the ambiguous ending, and with our current climate change/global warming situation, it might even be more effective and terrorizing today. Our advanced special effects could definitely make a sequel to this movie much more sinister.

This classic 1950's horror movie is one for the ages and still manages to hold up decently today.

My Rating: 6.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 7.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?
One year ago, we were watching"The Lost Boys"

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