June 13, 2012

The Blob

From my 1950s Science Fiction Marathon, part 11 of 12.

The Blob, 1958. Teenagers try to warn their town about a space blob that blobs people.

Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. Written by Theodore Simonson & Kay Linaker, from an idea by Irvine H. Millgate. Starring Steve McQueen & Aneta Corsaut.

Concept: 1/4 (Bad)
Story: 0/4 (Terrible). But you've got to believe me! You've just got to! Oh, shut up and go kill the monster already.
Characters: 1/4 (Bad)
Dialog: 1/4 (Bad)
Pacing: 1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography: 0/4 (Terrible)
Special effects/design: 1/4 (Bad). Although, it is a nice touch how the blob turns red after it starts eating people.
Acting: 1/4 (Bad). Minus a point for the random yelling child.
Music: 3/4 (Good). I love the theme song.
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent, 2/4). There's a fair amount of heckling value, but too much of the movie is tedious for it to be much fun to laugh at.
Objective Rating (Average): 1.1/4 (Bad)


  1. Yeesh a bit over critical here. First being a 1950's science fiction/horror film and while yes most of the movies in this genre are of the same cookie cutter theme and on a low budget. This film works, why because of it's acting. Many of the actors were starting out in this film...in fact one of the best Steve McQueen started here, and his acting is not of the B movie status even for his first acting job. While the monster isn't perfect at least they picked something like this gelatinous mass instead of trying to put an actor in a really bad suit to terrorize everyone. This is a faceless and nameless alien who has no remorse and no feelings toward humans other than being food to consume.

    It's a throw back to nostalgia, and is a superb film for what it is, it has value and merit. I personally think it ranks tops compared to many films from the same time period in it's category and is even much better than the 1980's knock-off.