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.
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.”