The Blob

Steve McQueen in a jam

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Re­lease Date: 20 April 1958 | 12 | Blu- ray/ DVD Direc­tor: Irvin S Yea­worth Cast: Steve McQueen, Aneta Cor­saut, Earl Rowe, Olin How­land, Stephen Chase

Con­sid­er­ing this film’s ti­tle, there re­ally isn’t that much Blob in it. Peo­ple talk about the Blob at great length, but bud­get lim­i­ta­tions mean that the tit­u­lar mass doesn’t oc­cupy much screen time. Which is a shame, be­cause it’s the best thing here.

The plot is fairly rou­tine ’ 50s mon­ster movie an­tics, and it’s slow to prop­erly get go­ing ( fol­low­ing the world’s most in­ap­pro­pri­ate theme song for a hor­ror film). Some gluti­nous alien ma­te­rial lands in a Penn­syl­va­nia town and at­taches it­self to a farmer. He dies, and this alerts the world’s old­est teenager ( Steve McQueen in his film de­but, aged 28 but play­ing 17) to the threat. In scene af­ter scene he at­tempts to con­vince the scep­ti­cal au­thor­i­ties that trou­ble’s afoot.

And that’s the main prob­lem with this film: too much of it is teens try­ing to tell adults that the town’s be­ing at­tacked. Who cares? We know they’re telling the truth. What a waste of time! There’s not a lot go­ing on to test the grey mat­ter.

What The Blob does have on its side is its ’ 50s small- town Amer­i­cana – din­ers, “movie the­aters”, chunky au­to­mo­biles – and the gi­ant glob­ule of rasp­berry jam it­self, all brightly coloured, es­pe­cially on this HD edi­tion. The scene where it in­vades a cinema is mem­o­rable, although it brings a truth home: there’s not re­ally that much Blob.

Ex­tras: The orig­i­nal trailer for the film (“Star­ring Steve McQueen and a cast of ex­cit­ing young peo­ple!”) plus five short photo gal­leries. Rus­sell Lewin A film poster out­side the cinema bears the ti­tle The Vam­pire And The Robot, but is ac­tu­ally the one for For­bid­den Planet.

“Ta­ble for two. Not by the win­dow, please.”

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