The Blob
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In his first starring role, Steve McQueen plays a typical oversexed, car-lovin' highschooler who can't get anyone to believe his story about a huge meteor, which crashes to earth and begins exuding a pink, gooey substance. Affixing itself to the body of an old man, the "blob" begins parasitically sucking the life out of several unfortunate humans, growing to an enormous size. Problem is, the disappearances of the victims can all be explained (one is supposed to be out of town, another is attending a convention), so the cops still won't believe McQueen or his girlfriend… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Neither the acting nor direction is particularly creditable."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's exuberant and extraordinary, and just nasty enough."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"A surprisingly smart piece of 50′s camp."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz,
"The perfect 'B' horror movie."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"One of the very finest entries in a generally dismissed genre."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Arriving from outer space (for which read Russia), a large ball of interstellar snot terrorises a small American town by eating everything in sight."
‑ , Time Out
"The Blob is one of those B-movies that will always inhabit a warm little nook in the affections of SF fans but, truth be told, it's never quite as fun as it should be."
‑ Ian Berriman, SFX Magazine
"Bad, but never painfully so . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Semi-classic 50s sci-fi thanks to McQueen and above par script."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The Blob is an inane but entertaining 1950s horror cult-film favorite that was made for a mere $240,000."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Unfortunately, [Harris's] picture talks itself to death, even with the blob nibbling away at everybody in sight. And most of his trick effects, under the direction of Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., look pretty phony."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"Rebel Without a Cause for the matinee monster crowd."
‑ David Cornelius, Popcornworld
"oh-no, not jello, NOT JELLO!"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Who doesn't love a mutant Jell-O movie?"
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"...if a vote were taken for the silliest sci-fi horror movie ever made, the original 1958 version of "The Blob" would come out pretty high on the list."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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