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The Blob (1958)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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_________________ Trailer - The Blob (1958)


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Steve McQueen stars, credited as "Steven McQueen" in his first starring role (if you don't count The St Louis Bank Robbery, which was filmed earlier but released after) — hey, everyone had to start somewhere.

McQueen plays a local teen in a small American town (even though he was in his late twenties at the time). Aneta Corseaut, soon a semi-regular on The Andy Griffith Show, co-stars as his girlfriend.

They witness the Blob coming to Earth one night, in the form of a small meteorite. The Blob starts out as a small Blob, the size of a softball, but each time it feeds — primarily human beings — it grows in size, because it absorbs the mass of what it consumes . . .

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The Blob! Above is the poster (and the box cover) included in the Criterion DVD

The picture quality is really excellent, almost like watching a brand-new film. There's an essay inside written by Bruce Kawin in which he opines that audiences may have been threatened as consumers, besides the usual monster scares.

In other words, Americans tend to consume a lot, and here is this monster from outer space who outdoes even us. This may have been stressed in the supermarket scene. I think this was really a stretch on the writer's part . . . but maybe.

The film is a classic 'monster-from-space' story and sets the template for many-a-future sf scare film, with just a slightly slow pace in the middle act, but an effective creepy tone.

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Here is the Italian poster for the film, art by Sandro Simeoni.


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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This enjoyable fan-made video is 18 minutes long and a ton of fun! The producer of the video did a wonderful job of tracking down the original shooting locations and presenting them with great enthusiasm and witty remarks.

It concludes with footage of the annual "run out" from the Pennsylvania theater where fans gather each year to reenact the scene in the climax of the movie. Very Happy

Enjoy!
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The Blob (1958) Filming Locations & Special Event


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