Saturday 8 July 2023

Movie Review: The Blob (1958)

Genre: Science Fiction Horror
Director: Irvin Yeaworth
Starring: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corseaut
Running Time: 86 minutes

Synopsis: A gooey substance emerges from a meteoroid that crashes near a small Pennsylvania town. It grows in size by attacking and attempting to devour unsuspecting townsfolks, and the early targets include an old timer, a doctor, and his nurse. Teenager Steve (Steve McQueen) and his girlfriend Jane (Aneta Corseaut) witness some of the attacks and try to raise the alarm, but have trouble convincing the local police that a jelly-like monster is on the loose.

What Works Well: A none-too-serious independent production, The Blob is best enjoyed for what it is: a low-budget teenage date-night-at-the-drive-in flick that does not overstay its welcome. With some mental stretching, the blob can be a metaphorical representation of the communist menace. Well, it turns red anyway.

What Does Not Work As Well: This is a low-budget teenage date-night-at-the-drive-in flick, with clumsy pacing, too much talking, not enough monster scenes, negligible horror and tension, barely passable special effects, an awkward Steve McQueen mugging his way through his first starring role, a whole lot of bad acting, and worse scene staging.

Conclusion: Quite the gooey mess.

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