Must See: The Blob

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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.

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

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DISCUSSION

The movie theater where they filmed some of that still exists. They used to show The Blob every Halloween. When you get to the part in the movie where the Blob attacks the theater, everyone watching the movie gets up and runs out, screaming like crazy. Good fun.