Beware of the Blob! This is a campy, silly, low budget horror film from the 50s and it is an absolute blast! It is a bit dated and it's starting to show it's age, but that just adds to the film's charm in my opinion. It's cool to see Steve McQueen in one of his first movie roles. In my opinion, the Blob is one of the most iconic movie monsters to date! This is one hell of an entertaining watch.
This is a smart film. Scary, funny, builds on and sends up B-movies, delinquent films, anti-communist horror and sci-fi allegories, nostalgic small town dramas, you name it. Creepily earnest, too. Sure, it's not great literature or art, but plenty for a cinephile to have fun with. I love the black and white midnight spook show set in a world of Blue Velvet color, oozing red shadows. David Lynch and John Carpenter!
A 28-year old Steve McQueen (as "Steven McQueen") stars in this slightly better than average 1950's monster movie about a jelly-like blob that falls from outer space and tries to devour a "typical", all-white small American town. Suitable for 12-14 year-olds with lowbrow tastes. Or if you absolutely love Steve McQueen and need to see any piece of shlock he ever made. Why this is in the Criterion catalog is a mystery.
Not familiar with McQueen's work, but here he's boring (and probably miscasted as well, since he doesn't look at all like a teenager). One of those "I couldn't care less if he lives or dies" -protagonists. The jelly itself isn't that interesting either, although in theory it's an intriguing idea. The whole film is just in dire need of campy humour.
It's a little slow on the build but it's still a solid flick and all the original monster movie elements are there: snogging teenagers seeing the asteroid fall to earth, authority figures not believing the protagonist's story, last-minute deus ex machina resolution of the problem. Love it.
The Blob was recently the subject of an entertaining mini-documentary by James Rolfe. The docco follows the residents of Pheonixville, Pennsylvania during their annual "Blobfest". An amateur production but a good laugh. Find it here: http://www.cinemassacre.com/2010/12/28/blob-town/