"It's the most horrible thing I've ever seen in my life!"
It was the genius mind of producer Jack Harris who saw potential in combining two popular 50s genres — the horror sci-fi films and the teen delinquency films — when he got Irvin Yeaworth to direct 1958s “The Blob.” There were plenty of low budget midnight movies being churned out then, but somehow this one ended up hitting the winning streak by getting picked up by Paramount and distributed across the country, making a name for its star, Steve McQueen, in the process. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we talk about this 50s sci-fi/horror/teen drive-in classic this week. We talk about the nature of looking at films like this and how they work — or don’t work — through modern eyes. We chat about how McQueen broke onto the scene with this film and ended up having a love/hate relationship with it the rest of his life. We discuss the nature of the teen films coming out in the 50s and how this film tapped into that zeitgeist. And we chat about the production and success of this film, coming from filmmakers just trying to make a movie. It’s not one of our favorites but we still have a great time talking about it. Check it out!
Assorted Notes & Links
- From Silicone to the Silver Screen: Memoirs of The Blob (1958) by Wes Shank
- The Blob Site
- KCRW The Business: The man who makes low budget, high concept horror hits — Jason Blum