The Blob

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The Blob

It crawls. It creeps. It eats you alive!

19581 h 26 min
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A drive-in favorite, this sci-fi classic follows teenagers Steve and his best girl, Jane, as they try to protect their hometown from a gelatinous alien life form that engulfs everything it touches. The first to discover the substance and live to tell about it, Steve and Jane witness the blob destroying an elderly man and grow to a terrifying size. But no one else has seen the goo, and policeman Dave refuses to believe the kids without proof.

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Runtime 1 h 26 min
Release Date 12 September 1958
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Break out movie for ultra cool movie legend Steve, then known as Steven, McQueen as the Phoenixville Pennsylvania teenager Steve Andrews who no one believes, because he’s a teen, about his call to arms against an alien invader until it’s almost too late!

Making out with his girlfriend Jane Martin, Aneta Corsaut,one evening Steve notices an object falling to earth and decides together with Jane to investigate. As it turned out the object a meteor contained in it a glowing red blob that attacked human flesh on contact with its first victim being the Old Man, Olin Howard, who first discovered it! Steve and Jane taking the Old Man in their hopped up jalopy to Dr. Hallen, Alden Stephen Chase, for treatment opens the door for this “Blob” to find itself more victims to consume. The hungry “Blob” ends up eating the by now half dead Old Man and the “Doc” as well as his secretary Nurse Kate, Lee Payton, within minutes of its arrival at the doctor’s office.

It’s in Steve trying to get help that turns the local police against him not the “Blob” who’s about to devourer the town of Phoenixville if not the entire state of Pennsylvania. The cops headed by the very kind and understanding Let. Dave, Earl Rowe, and his assistant the hot headed and hawkish, when it comes to teenagers, Sgt. Jim Bert, John Benson, at first think that Steve and Jane are either drunk of high on pot and are seeing things like pink elephants or walking giant strawberry Jello mixtures. It’s not until the “Blob” break into the projection booth, thus eating the projectionist, of the towns movie house that the cops and citizens of Phonixville finally wake up in knowing their they as well as their loved ones lives are in immediate danger. But by now the “Blob” has gotten a head start, in eating dozens of people, by growing to the size of a tractor trailer!

***Spoilers*** Life and death struggle between the people of Phoenixville and the attacking “Blob” that culminates in George’s Vincent Barbi, “Dowingtown Diner” just outside of town. Steve trapped in the diner together with Jane finally figures out what to use against the “Blob” when everything else, bullets electricity flame throwers and even nuclear weapons, becomes useless! Good old Co 2 sub-freezing cold air!

Being the super Cool cat that he eventually became Steve McQueen used his coolness, together with dozens of fire extinguishers, to put an end to he “Blob” in freezing it stiff and sending it on a one way trip to the frozen Artic circle where it can’t harm anyone. That’s, as Steve says a the end of the movie, as long as the Artic stays cold!

P,S Steve McQueen’s first major role that put him on the road to become the highest paid actor of his generation that lasted until his untimely death of lung cancer, at age 50, twenty two years later in November 1980. Despite the success of the film McQueen did’t, like its critics, think much of the mega million dollar hit by accepting a flat $2,500.00 for his role in it. In McQueen by turning down a 10% cut of the movie’s overall profits which were well over $4,000,000.00 McQueen, a struggling and almost unknown actor at the time, threw away as much as 20 times the cash-$4000,000.00-then what he ended up getting by the films producers. This must have haunted McQueen, who was extremely tight with his money, for the rest of his life.