Steve McQueen’s The Blob film
There was something from my timeline in Facebook this morning from Dr Who and the TARDIS querying the film watched as a child that gave me nightmares.
I actually have an easy answer to that.
It was The Blob, which I saw when I was 5 or 6 years old back in Manila, Philippines.
I remember this blob which roles on to people and consumes them. As it eats more people, it grows larger and larger.
I had nightmares after watching it. I remember particularly a nightmarish night when I was very ill with malaria as a child. In my dream, I was being chased by the blob which somehow metamorphosed into huge letters. The letter ‘E’ was vicious :), it was turning and rolling and was after me. I used to have this kind of nightmare till my early adulthood. So it is really necessary not to let children watched films not suitable for their age.
The film, The Blob, was a young Steve McQueen starrer. It was made in 1958, way before he became really famous.
The story goes that Steve and Aneta’s characters were on a date in the Lover’s Lane when Steve saw a falling meteorite, which caused a bit of a bang as it fell nearby. Steve and Aneta decided to investigate.
They found a very distress man, whose hand had swollen up. They saw something on it. They took him to the doctors.
The doctor found the thing on the hand rather strange so asked Steve and Aneta to go back and look at the site what it was from.
Steve and Aneta found nothing really so decided to return to the doctor to report only to see the blob engulfing the doctor.
Steve and Aneta run to the police station, who investigated but could not find the ‘blob’ so they sent home Steve and Aneta for wasting police time.
The blob is growing and growing as it consumes more people. Finally the police took action as more and more are reporting sighting.
Steve and Aneta snuck out of their house and do more investigation of their own. They found that the blob can’t take extreme heat.
In the end, the blob was frozen and dropped into the arctic to eternal repose. As most horror films do, the end always tantalise. The blob is not dead, only frozen. But what if the arctic is not frozen anymore?!!!
I thought the film was actually pretty decent. A lovely lazy weekend viewing. It can be a family viewing, just gauge your children’s reaction if they find the film anyway at all frightening.
I think, this film needs another viewing. Hope youtube got it.