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Friday, November 12, 2010

The Blob (1958)

The Blob is simply the perfect 1950's B-grade horror movie starring movie legend Steve McQueen as Steve Andrews the "misunderstood" teen who stumbles upon a horrific discovery.  The plot thickens because the adults completely ignore his cries for help and don't really pay attention until the Blob has grown to gargantuan proportions and takes over the downtown movie theater.  McQueen is perfect as the main character, although at 28 years old he's a bit ancient to be playing a teenager.  It's very Luke Perry in Beverly Hills 90210!  
Steve's main squeeze in this Sci-Fi thriller is Aneta Corsaut who plays Jane Martin.  Boy, can that girl scream!  Furthermore, she is always dressed to perfection, even when sneaking out of the house in the middle of the night!  [You go, girl!]  The rest of the cast is solid as well with everyone contributing to the overall success of the film.
The star of this show, however, is the Blob which defies description.  If I may, one can liken it to a pulsing, flowing mass of thick purple Karo syrup.  It's so bad that it transcends itself into something wonderful.  I cannot help but think that the teenage audience who first saw it squealed with delight as the Blob oozed onto the big screen.  Perfection!
A gory remake of The Blob was done in 1988 with Kevin Dillon in the starring role.  I haven't seen it in ages but I remember I liked it.  If anyone has seen the remake recently, please comment on it.  The Blob is a definite must-see.  It's not really scary but it's a whole lot of fun!  [As a side note a young Burt Bacharach composed the theme song for the film!]
RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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