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March 08, 2013 at 05:00 AM EST

The Blob

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
82 minutes
performer
Steve McQueen
director
Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
We gave it a B

The golden age of sci-fi movies unleashed its fair share of absurd-looking monsters, but none was more ridiculous than the creature in The Blob (1958, 1 hr., 22 mins., Not Rated). Looking like the angry filling of a giant jelly doughnut, the oozing red ball of homicidal goo emerges from a meteorite and proceeds to terrorize a small town. A young Steve McQueen (inset) rallies a posse of teens to sound the warning, but the grown-ups won’t listen… until it’s too late. The Blob is a delicious drive-in treat?and Criterion’s flawlessly restored Blu-ray gives its silly, slimy star a haunting new glow. B

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