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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:16 pm    Post subject: The Blob (1958) Reply with quote




A successful combination of sincere horror and sly camp from director Irvin S. Yeaworth, Jr.

Steve McQueen (in one of his first roles) plays a teenager who runs afoul a shapeless alien which emerges from a hollow meteorite and hungrily engulfs everyone it touches.






The more it eats, the bigger it gets, until finally it surrounds a trailer-sized cafe with Steve and his girl friend (Aneta Corseaut from "The Andy Griffith Show") trapped inside.









The blob's first victim is played by Olin Howlin, the colorful old drunk from Them.


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The Blob manages to be downright spooky, despite being shot on a low budget and possessing a funny rock-and-roll title theme which makes no attempt to put anyone in the mood for a scary movie. It was one of the few color science fiction films of the 1950s, and the memory of that bright red gelatinous mass pursuing its victims is one of the 1950s' most treasured mental souvenirs.





[size=18]Japan released their own blob-monster movie the same year, The H-Man, directed by Inoshiro Honda (Japan's Jack Arnold), who gave us Godzilla, Rodan, and many others.[/size
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:25 pm    Post subject: Re: The Blob - (1958) Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:
Steve McQueen (in one of his first roles) plays a teenager who runs afoul a shapeless alien which emerges from a hollow meteorite and hungrily engulfs everyone it touches.

This picture deserves a mention in the "oldest teenagers on film" category. McQueen was 27 at the time -- and looked his age.

Bud Brewster wrote:
The Blob manages to be downright spooky, despite being shot on a low budget and possessing a funny rock-and-roll title theme which makes no attempt to put anyone in the mood for a scary movie.

Written by none other than Burt Bacharach and Mack David (Hal's brother). The opening titles were originally going to use serious "scary" music by the film's composer, Ralph Carmichael.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaaTY24Roto

Frankly, I think the silly "Beware of the Blob" song works better. It puts the audience in a frame of mind not to take the picture too seriously.

I mean, let's face it, the Blob is kind of lame as movie monsters go. True, the way it kills is pretty horrific -- being engulfed and digested alive is a rather nasty way to die. But the thing moves so damn slow! If you want to avoid being the Blob's dinner, all you have to do is outrun it (pretty easy) or just step out of its way.

Trivia note: According to Wiki, The Blob was shot in and around Valley Forge, PA, and came in at $10,000 under budget!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:45 pm    Post subject: Re: The Blob - (1958) Reply with quote

scotpens wrote:
This picture deserves a mention in the "oldest teenagers on film" category. McQueen was 27 at the time -- and looked his age.

He really didn't play a teenager. They wanted him to, but he pointed out that in no way could he be mistaken as a teenager. Although I think his character was suppose to be in his early twenties.

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Written by none other than Burt Bacharach and Mack David (Hal's brother). The opening titles were originally going to use serious "scary" music by the film's composer, Ralph Carmichael.

Burt Bacharach also sang "Beware the Blob", using vocal overlay to become The Five Blobs! This is what Vic Mizzy did when he sang "The Addams Family" theme.

scotpens wrote:
I mean, let's face it, the Blob is kind of lame as movie monsters go. True, the way it kills is pretty horrific -- being engulfed and digested alive is a rather nasty way to die. But the thing moves so damn slow! If you want to avoid being the Blob's dinner, all you have to do is outrun it (pretty easy) or just step out of its way.

But the Blob did clean out a barroom. How drunk do you have to be not to notice your fellow drinkers getting devoured? You would think that the screams would provide a hint that something is amiss. The Blob could fit through very tiny spaces, most victims seemed to have been taken by surprise, like the would-be adulterer mechanic in the garage.

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Trivia note: According to Wiki, The Blob was shot in and around Valley Forge, PA, and came in at $10,000 under budget!

The film was made by an agency that filmed commercials who wanted to see if they could make a movie. "The Blob" was successful, so they made a second movie, "The 4D Man".

When they were filming at the studio, Steve McQueen used to go out back and target shoot with his .45, shooting cans off the head of his German Shepard. The agency was concerned, as their families were often at the studio. Then one day Steve McQueen missed the can. He quit target shooting at the studio after that.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:04 pm    Post subject: Re: The Blob - (1958) Reply with quote

Krel wrote:
But the Blob did clean out a barroom. How drunk do you have to be not to notice your fellow drinkers getting devoured? You would think that the screams would provide a hint that something is amiss. The Blob could fit through very tiny spaces, most victims seemed to have been taken by surprise, like the would-be adulterer mechanic in the garage.

Sneaking up was definitely the Blob's method of attack. But I don't remember the barroom scene you mentioned. If memory serves, the attacks consisted of:

The old man who was the first victim.

The doctor's nurse who was cornered in the examination room.

The doctor who was trapped in an adjacent room.

The auto mechanic who was under a car.

The attempted attack on Steve and Aneta, twarted by the cold air in the grocery store freezer.

The theater's projectionist in the small projection room.

I think that was it. The Blob chased the patrons out of the theater and it tried to get Steve the other folks in the dinner, but it failed to do so.

Did I miss anybody?

About that title theme -- I love it! It's almost as good as Johnny Cymbal's wonderful pop tune for Robinson Crusoe on Mars.

Enjoy it right now!



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:35 pm    Post subject: Re: The Blob - (1958) Reply with quote

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About that title theme -- I love it!

A couple years ago I converted it to a karaoke track to perform at Halloween.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:40 pm    Post subject: Re: The Blob - (1958) Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:
Sneaking up was definitely the Blob's method of attack. But I don't remember the barroom scene you mentioned.

Did I miss anybody?

It wasn't shown, but there was a scene where the Deputy talked about finding the empty barroom, with cigarettes still burning in the ashtrays. I believe he may have mentioned a couple of others, but it was the description of the barroom that stayed with me. It gave me the creeps.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:09 pm    Post subject: Re: The Blob - (1958) Reply with quote

Krel wrote:
Burt Bacharach also sang "Beware the Blob", using vocal overlay to become The Five Blobs! This is what Vic Mizzy did when he sang "The Addams Family" theme.

The Five Blobs were (was?) a singer/musician named Bernie Knee.

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When they were filming at the studio, Steve McQueen used to go out back and target shoot with his .45, shooting cans off the head of his German Shepard. The agency was concerned, as their families were often at the studio. Then one day Steve McQueen missed the can. He quit target shooting at the studio after that.

"Damn, that's the fourth dog I've lost in six months!"
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:09 pm    Post subject: Re: The Blob - (1958) Reply with quote

Krel wrote:
It wasn't shown, but there was a scene where the Deputy talked about finding the empty barroom, with cigarettes still burning in the ashtrays. I believe he may have mentioned a couple of others, but it was the description of the barroom that stayed with me. It gave me the creeps.

All these years, and I never caught that line! Thanks, David. That is a fascinating bit of detail about the movie.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve was an excellent shot — sharp shooter, in fact. He didn't kill his dog (contrary to reports) but missing even ONE shot pissed him off.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robert (Butch) Day wrote:
Steve was an excellent shot — sharp shooter, in fact. He didn't kill his dog (contrary to reports) but missing even ONE shot pissed him off.

I'm thinkin' it didn't make the dog real happy, either . . . Shocked
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Robert (Butch) Day wrote:
Steve was an excellent shot — sharp shooter, in fact. He didn't kill his dog (contrary to reports) but missing even ONE shot pissed him off.

Well he was a U.S. Marine. The story was in an interview with the owner of the commercial studio about the movie. Perhaps, because he was peeved that Steve McQueen was target shooting at the studio, the story was his revenge.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:56 am    Post subject: Re: The Blob (1958) Reply with quote

scotpens wrote:
This picture deserves a mention in the "oldest teenagers on film" category. McQueen was 27 at the time -- and looked his age.

Slightly off-topic...but even higher on that list is Stockard Channing who played a high school senior at age 34 in GREASE Smile.
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Brent, you must be pulling our legs! Stockard Channing was entirely believable as a pimple-faced teenie booper in Grease. Her youthful good looks are timeless. She could still play that part today!

See?






Ouch . . . Embarassed

Okay, wait -- I must have been thinking of Olivia Newton John. Very Happy Now that lady hasn't aged a day since she was 18 years old!






Oh, gosh . . . I guess Olivia missed an appointment with the cosmetic surgeon. But hey, how 'bout that John Travolta? That guy could still play Vinnie Barbarino on Welcome Back Kotter!

I mean, just look at him! Shocked



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Damn, wrong again. Confused Gee, time has not been kind to these people.

But wait! I know exactly who John could play!


The Blob!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:19 pm    Post subject: Re: The Blob (1958) Reply with quote

scotpens wrote:
The Five Blobs were (was?) a singer/musician named Bernie Knee.

That's interesting, I have always read that it was Burt Bacharach that wrote and sang the song. I'm going to look up Bernie Knee and see what other songs he did. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good old Wikipedia. Here's what it says about Bernie Knee. Click on the quote to read the whole article.

In 1958, he put together a group of studio musicians called "The Five Blobs" to record the theme song for The Blob, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

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