Tag: SciFi

The Blob (1958)

The perfect combination of 1950’s sci-fi and a juvenile delinquency PSA, The Blob is classic B-movie horror wrapped up in the perfect vehicle to launch Steve McQueen into stardom. Sporting some great special effects, and a “hidden” message about global warming, The Blob is a thoroughly delightful return to “happy ending” horror.

The Blob

As Steve Andrews (Steve McQueen) and Jane Martin (Aneta Corseaut) enjoy a nice romantic evening at the top of “lookout point,” a shooting star comes crashing down to earth. Unknown to them, a meteorite containing an unidentified, yet murderous, gooey substance has just smashed into their little town. The substance’s “The Blob” first victim is a curious old man, poking at it with a stick (I challenge anyone to come up with a more cliché archetype). Covering his hand, the man runs wildly into the street where he is nearly killed by Steve and Jane; on their way to investigate the fallen star. Begging for medical attention, Steve and Jane agree to take the old man to the local doctor. Unable to diagnose the mysterious “parasite” the doctor sends Steve and Jane to find the source of the mysterious goo. Once the main characters have left the building, The Blob is free to continue its reign of terror throughout the area, absorbing townsfolk – growing larger with each “meal.”

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La Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) (1902) – YouTube Film

George Méliès’ 1902 epic short, La Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon), invented the science fiction film, and revolutionized filmmaking.

Trip to the Moon

Méliès’ film centers on a group of astronomers, depicted as wizard-like men with pointed, star-covered hats, who find a way to reach the moon. Using theatre-like sets and performers, Méliès follows the men as they design a giant projectile that will be fired, via cannon, at the Moon. Using forced perspective and various dissolves, Méliès transitions between his scenes perfectly. Wooden facades painted like the interior of a grand lecture hall, or the craggy landscape of the Moon give the film a light, almost comical touch. Effects that are on par with science fiction and monster movies made decades later enhance Méliès’ film, giving it an air of modernity. Some of the effects are simply astounding for a film made in 1902, and, apart from the lack of sound and the quality of the film stock itself, rank with the likes of 1950’s science fiction.

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