Join Ken Faraoni in our Midweek Movie Madness screening of the Film Noir genre, followed by a discussion of the cultural and historic importance, implications, and representation of society at the time. “The Blob” features a young Steve McQueen.
Blob (also known as The Molten Meteor) is a 1958 American independent science-fiction horror film directed by Irvin Yeaworth. In the style of American International Pictures, Paramount Pictures released the film as a double feature with I Married a Monster from Outer Space.
The film stars a 28-year-old Steve McQueen in his debut leading role as a teenager, and Aneta Corsaut, as his co-star. The plot depicts a growing corrosive alien amoeba that crashes from outer space in a meteorite and engulfs and dissolves citizens in the small community of Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The origin of The Blob is never identified, and the film ends with a question mark.
When The Blob premiered as the B film of the Double with I Married a Monster from Outer Space, it was quickly moved up to feature film status. While audiences liked the film, critics were not as kind. The review in The New York Times highlighted some of the problems and identified some positives, although Steve McQueen’s debut was not one of them. Concentrating on director Irvin Yeaworth’s work, “Unfortunately, his picture talks itself to death, even with the blob nibbling away at everybody in sight.”
McQueen received only $3,000 for this film; he had turned down an offer for a smaller up-front sum with ten percent of the profits, because he did not think the movie would make any money and he needed the money immediately to pay for food and rent. The Blob ended up grossing $4 million.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
• 2001: AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills
• 2003: AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes & Villains
• “The Blob” – Nominated Villain