Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame. As before, I will induct a different alien from film or a television show that made an impression with me. Let’s face it, half the fun of great science fiction is the wonderful characters who came from other worlds. For each alien, I’ll give a detailed bio about their species, who portrayed them, first appearances and abilities and why I think they’re amazing.
Today, I’m selecting:
The Blob(special effect-“The Blob”(1958))
The Blob’s species/homeworld is never mentioned.
The Blob is an alien mass of protoplasm that is morphable, self-moving and ravenous, oozing through obstacles to reach its victims, it ingests other creatures for sustenance. With every victim, it grows a little bigger. It is impervious to fire, electricity, bullets, sulfuric acid and other manner of weaponry. It’s only weakness is cold. The Blob can be stopped by freezing it.
The Blob is a special effect by special effects man Bart Sloane. Creatively using silicone and slowly adding red food coloring each time a victim is ingested(their blood, basically), it gets steadily redder and redder as the picture goes on.
The Blob first appeared in the 1958 B-movie classic “The Blob>”. In it, a meteor falls to the ground near a small Pensylvania town. A hobo investigates it by poking it with a stick. The rock splits open and he spears the goo within on the stick. Soon, it climbs up the stick and attatches to his hand. Horrified, he tries to shake it off, but it’s stuck good..and slowly eating him! Running to the road, he’s accidentally hit by Steve Andrew(Steve McQueen) in his car. Taking him to the hospital, the doctor sedates him and prepares to amputate the arm. However, the Blob completely ingests the poor man, and then the nurse, and then the doctor, himself! Each time it consumes someone, it grows bigger.
For the rest of the film, Steve attempts to warn the police about this menace, but they don’t believe him thinking it’s a teenage prank….that is, until the Blob runs amok at the town movie theater and a panic ensues. In the melee, Steve, his girlfriend and her kid brother get trapped in a local diner when the Blob, now gigantic in size, completely engulfs it. The police attempt to electrocute the blog but only succeed at seting fire to the diner. The manager uses a CO2 fire extinguisher to fight the fire, and Steve notices that the blob, attempting to get in to eat them shies away from the cold and manages to get a phone message to the police that they can freeze it. Jane’s Father knows there are 20 CO2 fire extinguishers at the school, so they go and collect them(busting a window in the process) and freeze the Blob and get the Air Force to airlift it and deposit it in the Arctic where it’ll never thaw out…OR WILL IT????????(this is the REAL reason people are concerned about Global Warming).
Why I think it’s amazing
The concept alone is so creatively bizarre, that it’s a fairly unique alien menace. I also love how it doesn’t speak or have any features to portray body language, yet it displays attitude and undeniable menace as it advances on its victims.
Did you see this film? Did you like this creature? I’d love to hear your opinions, my friends. Peace.