The Blob: a cut above the rest

Cult classic was Steve McQueen’s first leading role

The 1950s saw a sudden popularity surge in science-fiction movies, particularly the ones about aliens. Memorable classics like The Thing (1951), Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954), Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) and The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) only begin to skim the surface of the genre’s considerable sum of titles.

As for The Blob (1958), recently out on Blu-ray, it stands in a science-fiction class of its own. Over the decades, The Blob has steadily increased in cult favourite status among audiences.

The plot starts out with two teenagers (Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut) on a date in a small Pennsylvania town. They get startled when they see what looks like a shooting star slamming into earth. Soon it’s discovered that a meteorite (carrying the blob) made landfall. Without warning, the unstoppable and on-the-move monster, a shapeless, gooey mass of matter that grows at an alarming pace, creates havoc and terror on the town as it devours people.

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