The Blob (1958)

Year: 1958

Production: Tonylyn / Paramount

Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr

Starring: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corseaut, Earl Rowe

Screenwriter: Theodore Simonson, Kate Phillips

85 minutes; Color

An alien Blob which grows by absorbing flesh reaches Earth in a hollow meteorite and begins to consume the inhabitants of a small US town. Constantly enlarging, it is finally defeated by a young man who discovers that extreme cold renders it harmless. The special effects are by Barton Sloane. Simple, moderately well made, The Blob is now affectionately remembered as one of the definitive monster movies of the period. A 1971 sequel, Beware the Blob, was directed by Larry Hagman, better known as J.R. of the tv soap opera Dallas. A black comedy spoof, it is only mildly amusing.

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