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Must-see movies are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: The Blob

Date: 1958

Vitals: Teenagers in a small town fight a gelatinous ooze from outer space that absorbs human bodies and grows big enough to eat a small diner. Classic 1950s monster movie includes a strange lounge song by Burt Bacharach about the interstellar goo with the memorable lines:

Beware of The Blob
It creeps and leaps and glides and slides
Across the floor

Crunchy goodness: 3

Famous names: Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth, Jr.; stars Steve McQueen in his breakout role as the lead teen Steve.


Life lesson: When cops are mean to teenagers, it's not because the teens are bad - it's because the cops have PTSD.

Sight you'll never unsee: 28-year-old McQueen trying to look 17 while car-racing his oddly misshapen buddies backwards down the road in dumb homage to the "chickie run" in Rebel Without a Cause.


Spinoffs/Sequels/Copycats: 1988 remake was mostly unmemorable except for an appearance by Matt Dillon's little bro Kevin Dillon.

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