Not a huge fan of horror films, I’ve avoided seeing THE BLOB until recently, and what I found was not what I was expecting. At all.
My in-laws take some of the blame for the fact that I finally watched this film. They moved to the town where THE BLOB was filmed, and I’m a sucker for visiting places that show up in movies. I had eaten at the Downingtown Diner, whose location is where the events of the film culminate, prior to even seeing the film.
The other reason I decided to see THE BLOB was because I found out that this was Steve McQueen’s first film was all the more reason to want to give it a viewing. I enjoyed his work in The Great Escape, which I somehow hadn’t seen until six weeks ago, and I’m making it a personal goal to get more familiar with his work.
What I was expecting from THE BLOB is probably what I would’ve seen had I gone for the 1988 version: gruesome special effects, nausea-inducing visuals, and cheesy dialogue. This film had none of that. What we found ourselves watching was a pleasant film about a couple of teenagers trying to convince a local police force that there was a dangerous creature to be dealt with, despite the fact that they had no proof of its existence.
The film using a Burt Bacharach song gave the impression right off the bat that I was in store for something different. I half-expected to mock the events as they transpired throughout the duration of the film, but I didn’t really get the opportunity. This wasn’t a “so bad it’s good” movie. It was just an enjoyable evening with a film I wish had a sequel.
Rating: 77 out of 100