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The Blob (1958)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 10

In spite of its chortle-worthy premise and dated special effects, The Blob remains a prime example of how satisfying cheesy B-movie monster thrills can be.

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In spite of its chortle-worthy premise and dated special effects, The Blob remains a prime example of how satisfying cheesy B-movie monster thrills can be.

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In his first starring role, Steve McQueen plays a typical oversexed, car-lovin' highschooler who can't get anyone to believe his story about a huge meteor, which crashes to earth and begins exuding a pink, gooey substance. Affixing itself to the body of an old man, the "blob" begins parasitically sucking the life out of several unfortunate humans, growing to an enormous size. Problem is, the disappearances of the victims can all be explained (one is supposed to be out of town, another is

Nov 14, 2000

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Neither the acting nor direction is particularly creditable.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Arriving from outer space (for which read Russia), a large ball of interstellar snot terrorises a small American town by eating everything in sight.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Unfortunately, [Harris's] picture talks itself to death, even with the blob nibbling away at everybody in sight. And most of his trick effects, under the direction of Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., look pretty phony.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's exuberant and extraordinary, and just nasty enough.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
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The Blob is one of those B-movies that will always inhabit a warm little nook in the affections of SF fans but, truth be told, it's never quite as fun as it should be.

March 28, 2011 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Rebel Without a Cause for the matinee monster crowd.

October 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Popcornworld
Popcornworld

A surprisingly smart piece of 50′s camp.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: eCinemaCenter.com | Comment (1)
eCinemaCenter.com

Bad, but never painfully so . . .

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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oh-no, not jello, NOT JELLO!

July 8, 2005 | Comments (2)

The perfect 'B' horror movie.

August 9, 2004
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Semi-classic 50s sci-fi thanks to McQueen and above par script.

August 14, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Who doesn't love a mutant Jell-O movie?

January 11, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

One of the very finest entries in a generally dismissed genre.

July 25, 2002 | Comment (1)
eFilmCritic.com

The Blob is an inane but entertaining 1950s horror cult-film favorite that was made for a mere $240,000.

May 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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...if a vote were taken for the silliest sci-fi horror movie ever made, the original 1958 version of "The Blob" would come out pretty high on the list.

January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for The Blob

The Blob is yet another terrific 1950's Sci Fi monster flick that is among the best in the genre. This is a genre classic that is a memorable and fun film to watch like all the classic monster pictures of the period. Starring Steve McQueen that made him a star. This is an entertaining film from start to finish. This is a film that has bad looking special effects as the blob grows bigger as it eats an entire town. With that being said, that's what makes this such an entertaining ride. A simple plot, good acting and hilarious effects, it adds up to a great entertainment hour and a half of fun as you see this abomination terrorize a town. This is a memorable addition to the genre and ranks up there as one of the best classics in the horror genre. A very enjoyable and fun ride throughout, this film is never dull or boring. If you want to enjoy a mindless monster flick, and then check this one out, it is definitely worth your time and with a great cast, it is sure to appeal to any viewer looking for a mindless horror classic to watch. The 1950ès were affine time for horror films, and there was a resurgence in a good old fashioned monster film. The Blob ranks along with Frankenstein, The Mummy, Them!, Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon as one of the finest monster movies ever made and if you love the cheesy effects, simplistic plots and lots of monster carnage, then don't pass up on this one, it is worth seeing.
December 10, 2012
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The teen movie that started it all...without overdoing it on drugs and sex. Yes, this movie is a tad dated, but it's of of my favorite 50's movies and it's a classic horror movie. The special effects were really good for the time (The best part is no CGI!) and they're still fun to look at, even today. My favorite thing about this movie is not the blob attacking the town, but the lifestyle of a teen that I missed out on. I would do anything to live life as a teen in the 50's and not worry about what new technological thing is being released or the new overrated rapper that everybody likes even though he sucks. (Mac Miller, just saying.) Instead I'm stuck in a generation where teens use dumbass words like 'swag', 'dope' and 'sketch.' I even told one of my friends that I would have like to live in the 50's and his response was "Bro, that shit cray as fuck." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?! I don't speak "gangsta" or "broseph" or whatever you call it! This movie displayed what a Friday night was like back in the 50's: Go to the movies, go to a nifty diner, order some burgers and shakes, listen to the jukebox blast some Elvis. But now a Friday night consists of idiots that state "Bro, imma get fucked up and blazed as fuck!" To be fair, places like Johnny Rockets can help recreate what a 50's lifestyle could've been like, but it's no help when people around you are texting and talking about Facebook and Jersey Shore...Anyway, back to the movie. I really think the exposition is great. The idea of a small town creates a good state of separation from other places that may be able to help. Steve McQueen is a badass. His character is so simple, yet likable. Overall, The Blob has great nostalgia value and that's really all that needs to be said.
March 24, 2012
Tyler Robertson

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The quintessential 50's B movie and a totally infectious theme song.
January 19, 2011
kenstachnik

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The Blob is one of those generally awful movies that everyone should see if for no other reason than the theme song. The Blob comes off like a more respectful version of Rebel Without a Cause, especially when a nearly 30 year-old Steve McQueen overacts a teenager's performance. The effects are laughable by today's standards and the script is silly by any era's standards. But at the same time, its a Sunday afternoon movie that won't, um... eat up too much time. As ridiculous as The Blob has a tendency to be, it still beats the hell out of the remake.
November 22, 2010
mjgildea

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    1. Dave: At least we've got it stopped.
    2. Steve Andrews: Yeah, as long as the Arctic stays cold.
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