The Blob

I have recently watched the 1958 American science-fiction-horror film The Blob directed by Irvin Yeaworth, and written by Kay Linaker and Theodore Simonson. The film stars Steve McQueen (in his feature film debut) and Aneta Corsaut and co-stars Earl Rowe and Olin Howland. The storyline takes place in 1957 and concerns teenager Steve Andrews (Steve McQueen) and his girlfriend, Jane Martin (Aneta Corsaut), who see a meteorite crash beyond the next hill; and decide to look for it. However An old man Olin Howland) living nearby finds it first. When he pokes the meteorite with a stick, it breaks open, and a small jelly-like blob attaches itself to his hand and starts dissolving it. the old man runs onto the road, where he is nearly struck by Steve’s car; Steve and Jane take him to Doctor Hallen (Stephen Chase). Doctor Hallen anesthetizes the man and sends Steve and Jane back to locate the impact site and gather information. Hallen decides he must amputate the man’s arm since it is being consumed. Before he can, The Blob completely consumes the old man, then Hallen’s nurse, and finally the doctor himself, all the while continuing to grow.

So Steve and Jane go to warn the Police that a growing, corrosive, alien amoeboidal entity has crashed to Earth from outer space inside a meteorite and is dissolving the citizens. However not surprisingly Lieutenant Dave (Earl Rowe) and Sergeant Bert (John Benson) dismisses Steve’s story as a teenage prank. In the meantime, The Blob consumes a mechanic at a repair shop and grows in size every time it consumes something. Later At the Colonial Theater, which is showing a midnight screening of Daughter of Horror, Steve warns his friend Tony (Robert Fields) about The Blob. Then Steve later notices that his father’s grocery store is unlocked, so he and Jane go inside. The janitor is nowhere to be seen. Then the couple are cornered by The Blob. However The townspeople and police still refuse to believe Steve about the danger.

However Steve is finally vindicated when The Blob enters the Colonial Theater and engulfs and devours the projectionist before oozing into the auditorium, consuming a number of the audience. when screaming people leave the theater in a panic. Jane, Danny, and Steve later find themselves trapped in a diner with the manager and waitress by The Blob which is now blood red and has reached gigantic proportions. So The Police decide to act and come up with a plan. However this does not go well and the diner is set ablaze, although a fire extinguisher gives Steve an Idea…

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