Tonight on MeTV, something is spreading among the populace- and, no, wearing a mask and hand sanitizing will NOT help fight it! We’re bringing back the 1958 classic in which a 28 year old Steve McQueen ( cast as a teenager?!) recruits his girlfriend and goofy group of pals to help him convince the locals that a meteor has touched down on earth and released a gelatinous menace that could engulf the entire population if it isn’t stopped! They must persuade authorities and neighbors, disbelievers all, that they are telling the truth- or they will all become victims of- “The Blob”!
Even for “teenagers” played by actors well past their adolescence- typical teenage pastimes rule the evening- as Steve ( McQueen) and Jane ( played by future Mayberry resident Helen Crump- Aneta Corsaut ) flirt with each other down a deserted lane. Suddenly, a meteor streaks across the sky and appears to have actually touched down nearby! The couple sets out to investigate- but, before they arrive, an old man finds the rock from space and pokes the meteor with a stick- freeing a gelatinous ooze from its interior. The glob moves up the stick and attaches itself to his arm!
By the time Steve and Jane arrive, the old fellow is in great pain, and the kids rush him to the local town doctor’s office. The doctor is astounded- he has never seen anything like whatever it is that has now totally coated the old man’s arm. With no idea what the gooey substance is, he sends the young couple back to where the meteor landed, to see if they can find anything that might shed light on what exactly the stuff might be. They head off, as the jelly spreads even further over the old man’s body- and beyond it! When the kids eventually return- with no further clues- Steve is shocked to witness the Blob claiming yet another victim! The only option is to head to the police station- where good cop Dave and bad cop Bert aren’t sure they believe the story. The police go to the doctor’s office to investigate- but find nothing to support the teens’ story- except some damage that the bad cop, Bert, totally blame on the kids!
Nasty Officer Bert thinks this is a typical stupid teenage prank, and ushers the kids back to their parents in hopes of them laying some punishment on their offspring. Steve and Jane, however, know the dangers of the incredible blob monster being on the loose- with an unsuspecting public as sitting ducks for the malevolent ooze-so they sneak out, and try to convince some of their friends that this is no joke. They need their help to make the townspeople believe their story before it’s too late! All the while, the Blob continues to absorb its unwitting prey- growing larger every time it claims a victim- moving slowly through town, attacking places like the grocery store and even the local theatre’s midnight horror show, where the horror suddenly becomes far too real! Those who have witnessed the gelatinous menace are certainly convinced that it is a real danger -but what will it take to actually stop a creature that can flow almost anywhere- and absorb and kill almost everything!?
This film was produced by the same people who later brought us “Dinosaurus!”, and was shot around Pennsylvania. It falls into the category of 1950s horror/sci fi classics along with “Creature from the Black Lagoon”. It was a leader in the wave of cheaply produced “drive in movies” aimed at teenagers, and definitely a blueprint for a lot of movies that would fall into the same genre. We’ll tell you all about the cast and the production- that catchy theme song – and just what made up the actual Blob. We’ll also repeat the song we originally did when we showed this film years ago- comparing the town in danger to a slightly more friendly place often seen on MeTV. Plus- Kerwyn has lifted the ban on my being part of the weekly mail segment!
“The Blob” creeps- and seeps – and slides- and glides onto MeTV tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central- plus, you can check for time and/or channel where you are in your local listings, or at www.metv.com . Join the many Twitter fans who live Tweet during our show, often putting us right near the top of Twitter’s trending topics - just make sure to add the hashtag #svengoolie. In the Chicago viewing area, we give you a second chance to travel to Egypt for the “Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” at 11 am on the U- but remember- the Saturday morning show returns to our original local channel- now known as the CW26- starting September 19.
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Join us tonight when there’s no stopping- not even with dessert topping- “The Blob”!