Wednesday, October 24, 2012

31 Days of Halloween - Day 24 - Movie 1

A meteorite strikes the earth outside of a small town, releasing a shapeless organism which gains mass as it absorbs the town's citizens. Unfortunately, the only witnesses are a pair of teenagers who can't get any adults to believe them.

This, in a nutshell, is The Blob (1958) a classic horror/science fiction movie which, for me at least, only improves with age. The Blob is beautifully shot, and it's low-tech special effects are very effective. Only Steve McQueen, who was nearly thirty when this was made (and whose wedding ring is visible) as a teenager is less than credible. Because the story is so compelling, it's easy to overlook this.

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