The Blob

The Blob

DVD - 2000
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Residents of a small Pennsylvania town combat a slimy space invader that keeps growing larger.

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seattle_duck
Jul 15, 2017

I've watched this several times over the years. Most of it was filmed in Downingtown, PA, about 30 minutes from where I grew up and where my brother now lives. The theater & grocery store scenes were filmed in Phoenixville, at the Colonial Theater on Bridge St and the former state liquor store down the street. I have fond memories of that theater. And after the liquor store moved out of that location in the early '80s, I attended a church that took its place. I'm not sure what's in that spot now.

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Jelinekl
May 12, 2013

55 years ago they froze the blob in the Arctic.....as long as it stays frozen. Now with global warming, the blob shall return.

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hgibbins
Sep 30, 2012

A definite classic that every movie buff should own.

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ManMachine
Jul 11, 2012

Opening with a spicy, saxophone-dominated, jazz/pop title song (penned by Burt Bacharach) containing lyrics that go like this - "Beware of the blob. It creeps and leaps and glides and slides across the floor..." - You can surely bet that this super-schlocky, 1950s, teen, Sci-Fi/Horror flick is guaranteed to deliver (in all of its dead-seriousness) a literal score of priceless, unintentional laughs from start to finish.

And laughs it certainly does produce - Even before the big-bad blob, in all of its gelatinous, cherry-colored glory, makes its first gooey screen-appearance.

From its hilarious dialogue, to its wooden performances, to its goofy, low-budget special effects - The Blob is certain to please any hardcore fan of 1950's, b-movie junk. You can bet on that.

hotfuzz Jul 05, 2012

Of course it's in the Criterion Collection. Even B movies can be great classics =D

laustcawz Feb 26, 2012

This is a good example of what an alien life form might really be like. One of the only films that takes place entirely at night. Also seems to be (mostly) in real time. "Killer Klowns From Outer Space" (1988) uses the same basic plot, only with a different (& very far-fetched) kind of alien.

aaa5756 Aug 21, 2011

a good old B movie!!!!

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AtomicFez
Aug 08, 2011

This is the first time I've ever thought to myself "wow, they really didn't shoot enough coverage for this film". I understand it's possibly the first of the modern "independent films", I understand many were doing a feature for the first time, and I understand their budget and schedule were limited. However, when entire two-sided conversations take place with the camera never moving from over the shoulder of one of the speakers, with nary a reaction shot nor revealing the face of the other person speaking... well, it kinda shows.

I've been told that this is an influential film, and bajillions of films and directors have found inspiration here. Having not yet seen this with the commentary track playing, I haven't a clue how. Right now the only inspiration one can discern is that watching it whilst consuming cherry Jell-O would be a bad idea.

All of that out of the way, I *did* enjoy it and thought it 'swell fun'. Seeing Steve McQueen in his first film was fantastic, and his ability to project thought was wonderful to watch.

By the way, this was the Criterion Collection edition. Yes, that's right, the same people who brought you "Sanjuro", "The Seventh Seal", and the entire body of Luis Buñuel's work, have *also* brought you this. I too was surprised.

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John_of_Milpitas
Jan 03, 2010

Good old classic that you have to see at least once. Dig the Star Trek colors....

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ManMachine
Jul 11, 2012

ManMachine thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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ManMachine
Jul 11, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: When the blob attacks at the movie theater it gets pretty intense, in a fun sort of way.

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ManMachine
Jul 11, 2012

"Beware of the blob!"

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