(out of 5)
Teenager Steve McQueen (then still “Steven”) takes his girlfriend up to a secluded point to gaze at the stars (yeah, right) but is interrupted by a nearby meteorite that falls from the sky. When it lands, the meteorite produces an alien in the shape of a giant gelatinous blob that takes over an old man’s body. After the young couple help the old man to the local doctor, the blob escapes, kills people and absorbs them into its increasing mass. Conscientious McQueen tries to warn the townspeople of the great danger to their lives but is met only with skepticism and ignorance as the blob kills one person after another. This hilariously wry B-movie is at the heart of cult cinema, a completely scare-free horror classic that is remarkable for how dedicated its performers are and some pretty impressive production values (especially the beautifully strong cinematography). Its villain, a faceless, nameless culprit who moves so slowly but can kill an adult human, is so very humorous in nature that one must assume the filmmakers intended it so. This one is wonderfully fun.
Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
Cinematography by Thomas E. Spalding
Produced by Jack H. Harris
Music by Ralph Carmichael
Film Editing by Alfred Hillmann