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"It crawls. It creeps. It eats you alive!"

The classic film The Blob is a horror movie that was popular in the days of 1950s drive-in theaters. It stars Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut. The movie begins with a meteorite crashing into the earth. Landing in the woods, it doesn't do much damage to the surrounding area, but it does release a deadly creature that can kill anything it touches. It begins to grow larger as it works its way into populated areas of a town.

The Blob pits teenagers against adults, with the teens being aware of the danger and trying to convince the skeptical adults that something has to be done. Attempts to destroy, or simply stop the Blob repeatedly fail, and it’s up to the teen heroes to figure out how to defeat the alien menace. There is much danger and many narrow escapes as the seemingly unstoppable Blob grows larger and threatens to devour the entire town and beyond.

The Blob is set in a small Pennsylvania town in the 1950s. Most of the filming was done in the area around Phoenixville and Downington, Pennsylvania. Some places featured in the movie, such as the Colonial Theatre and the Downingtown Diner, have become famous. One of the movie’s most famous scenes involves the Blob attacking the Colonial Theatre, which results in screaming people running from the theater in terror.

The movie is a combination of science fiction and horror. The Blob itself is a mass of red goo. Part of the irony of the story is that something that looks so harmless, and almost comical, is actually deadly.

The Blob was made before the movie ratings system existed, so it is unrated. There is very little violence and no sex or profanity. The opening theme song is famous in its own right and was a Top 40 single in 1958.

PG
| 1958 | 1 hr 26 min | 6.4/10
Cast
Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, Olin Howland
Studio
Criterion Collection
Director
Russell S. Doughten Jr., Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
Language
English
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