A gelatinous pink blob crash lands to earth inside of a meteor and begins wreaking havoc. Such a simple idea that is pulled off so well. This film is 60 years old and it still works.
I watched this one after my mom’s recommendation, she said it scared her when she was a little girl. This was my first time watching this version, but I’m rather familiar with the ’88 remake. They share the same concept but have two different executions. While the ’88 remake places an emphasis on gore and amazing special effects, the original is very reserved and rather violent-less. All of the kills are off screen and there is no blood anywhere to be found. But when the blob is on screen, it’s a threat. Its presence is seen rolling into view near a person and we get their reactions to sell what’s going on. There’s one part where a mechanic is underneath a car to work on it and we see the Blob roll into view, then we just see his legs and hear him scream as he begins to kick and get pulled under the car. It’s so simple but it’s powerful. And the movie theater scene is still scary as hell.
The acting is perfect for the time frame (starring Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut), the suggestive fear is super effective, and the music was my favorite thing – carrying the whimsical orchestra sound with lots of strings, big horns and a lot of percussion. It’s impressive how all these years later a film like this can still strike a chord. Just goes to show that you don’t need high end special effects or massive bloodshed to deliver terror, you just need good direction and the right ingredients.
‘The Blob’ is currently streaming on The Criterion Channel.
‘Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra