“It’s kind of like a mass that gets bigger and bigger!”
Halloween is a time that allows anyone to indulge in more than what they usually allow themselves. More sweets, more gore and even more 50’s monster films than one can usually handle. The Blob (paired as a double feature with I Married a Monster From Outer Space – also a classic and arguably a better film) is a delightful film that satisfies the hunger.
Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut (The Andy Griffith Show) star in what is one of the most memorable monster movies of the time. A meteorite crashes into Earth that contains the Blob – an alien amoeba that consumes and dissolves humans. Teenagers run amok! Havock rages in small-town America! The Communists are coming in the form of a metaphor!
Thankfully The Five Blobs, a session band formed for the film, recorded a song that is the perfect pairing for such a trip. A movie-monster having it’s very own theme song is a rare thing, but if it was going to happen the 50’s was a better time than any. The song is cheesy, tongue-in-cheek and catchy as hell. Yet despite the obvious kitsch appeal there are hints of actual atmosphere. The “aaaaaahhhhs” that occur during the key change are ghoulish and help the song make a nice addition to any Halloween twist competition.
“Beware of the blob, it creeps and leaps and glides and slides
Across the floor – Right through the door
And all around the wall: a splotch, a blotch
Be careful of the blob!”
The film inspired a sequel and even a 1988 remake, but neither shine as brightly as the original.
Beware of the blob!