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The Blob (1958)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 10 September 1958 (USA)
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An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.


Theodore Simonson (screenplay), Kay Linaker (screenplay) (as Kate Phillips) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... Steve Andrews (as Steven McQueen)
Aneta Corsaut ... Jane Martin (as Aneta Corseaut)
Earl Rowe ... Lt. Dave
Olin Howland ... Old Man (as Olin Howlin)
Stephen Chase ... Dr. T. Hallen (as Steven Chase)
John Benson ... Sgt. Jim Bert
George Karas George Karas ... Officer Ritchie
Lee Payton ... Kate the Nurse
Elbert Smith Elbert Smith ... Henry Martin
Hugh Graham Hugh Graham ... Mr. Andrews
Vincent Barbi Vincent Barbi ... George - Cafe Owner (as Vince Barbi)
Audrey Metcalf Audrey Metcalf ... Elizabeth Martin
Jasper Deeter Jasper Deeter ... Civil Defense Volunteer
Tom Ogden Tom Ogden ... Fire Chief
Elinor Hammer Elinor Hammer ... Mrs. Porter


A mysterious creature from another planet, resembling a giant blob of jelly, lands on earth. The people of a nearby small town refuse to listen to some teenagers who have witnessed the blob's destructive power. In the meantime, the blob just keeps on getting bigger. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The indestructible creature! Bloated with the blood of its victims! See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


In some of the promo material, the character played by Aneta Corsaut is referred to as Judy. Her character in the film is named Jane. See more »


Keith Almoney, who plays Jane's little brother Danny, had his name misspelled in the credits as "Kieth Almoney." See more »


Steve Andrews: Alright, we tried to do it the right way, now we're going to wake this town up ourselves.
Tony Gressette: Yeah, but how?
Al: Yeah, how?
Steve Andrews: Any way we can think of.
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Crazy Credits

Veteran actor Olin Howland is listed in the credits as "Olin Howlin" See more »

Alternate Versions

Spanish dubbed version substitutes the opening credits theme song for a more conventional, in-tone with the movie, instrumental tune. See more »


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Written by Burt Bacharach & Mack David
Performed by The Five Blobs, arranged by and all vocals by Bernie Knee
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Classic 58's original in one of the first roles of Steve McQueen as intrepid young man
4 March 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This original version with Steve McQueen is a camp classic that was shot in low budget. It deals about a small town besieged by an enormous, man-eating amoebic mass and fast-growing that land over earth from exterior space. As a meteorite is the origin a strange substance that devours anything it finds.Our hero is a rebellious youngster who saves the damsel in distress and taking on the impressive blob. The picture terminates with an interrogation ¨? ¨ on the Antartic.

This short budget film contains noisy action, suspense, grisly murders and emotion. This flick provides great load of screams, terror, creepy atmosphere which becomes pretty sinister with the mound of glop appearing. It's a sleek production with genuine thrills, tension, chills and regular special effects, making an exciting slimy jello invader and frightening and horrifying to the audience by that time . This moving movie packs astonishing scenes as when the large blob exploding through the theater screen(meanwhile the spectators are seeing a film starred by Bela Lugosi, the mark of the vampire) and people stampede from cinema, furthermore when the Thing invades the Downing Town Diner among others. The film packs an atmospheric cinematography with ominous camera angles, colorful atmospheres and moody woods. The motion picture is professionally directed by Irvin S. Yearworth Jr. Rating : Acceptable and passable, well worth watching. The producers wish thanksgivings to people of Downingtown, Phoenix, Pennsylvania where the movie was shot. It's followed by ¨ Beware, the Blob(1972)¨ in which a technician brings a frozen specimen of the original Blob from the Pole and is directed by actor Larry Hagman (JR) with Robert Walker Jr and Dick Van Patten ; plus ¨The Blob (1988)¨ by Chuck Russell with Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith that is cool tribute to the original movie and contains better FX and lots of blood and gore.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

10 September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Molten Meteor See more »


Box Office


$240,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


| (Blu-ray Unrated Edition)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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