Sunday, October 9, 2011

It creeps, and leaps, and gildes and slides...

The Blob (1958)
Starring Steve McQueen

View it here.

I was constantly entertained with this campy '50s horror/drama flick. There was no stone left unturned in '50s cliches, horror protagonist follies, and ridiculously executed fates for each of the victims. Even the trailer is hysterical.

The Best:
- Opening song: reminiscent of a conga line
- 30-year-old teenagers
- Police's "damn those no-good-punks" attitude
- Scooby-Doo-eqsue delinquence
- When "special" effects take illustrated form
- The final scene (SPOILER): five seconds of dropping a parachuted mound into the arctic, then cut to black

The Worst:
- Stupid children... really, really stupid children
- The easily grasped yet slowly acknowledged solution
- Appearances of The Blob are surprisingly limited

Best Final Quote (SPOILER):
"At least we've got it stopped." // "Yeah, as long as the Arctic stays cold."

The Verdict: Hilarious! 5 Stars (*****)

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