Monday, October 5, 2009
The Boy Who Bought The Blob
The Halloween Countdown, Day 5
Sure, you've got your vampires and mummies and werewolves and zombies and so forth and so on, but sometimes, as my friend Sam likes to remind us, you just need a Blob.
Yep, that's good ol' Steve McQueen playing a 27-yr.old teenager taking on yer basic Nameless, Faceless Horror from Outer Space to a truly terrifying film score:
The real star of the film is, of course, the Blob and in one of those serendipitous "where are they now?" moments (Jeebus bless teh Intarwebs and The Gravedigger's Local 16 blog) I happened to run across this little piece of investigative reporting:
The Man Who Owns "The Blob"
During the course of this (tour of Valley Forge Films), (film director) Mr. Yeaworth pointed out a black five-gallon can, seemingly long forgotten in a dark corner. He told me the material used for the Blob was in it. He slowly opened the can, and there it was, in all of its blood red glory, the one and only world famous movie monster. The bucket was not full. It consisted of only about two gallons worth of material. Mr. Yeaworth quickly explained that what made the "Blob" appear so large on screen was the use of miniature sets.
A little wheeling and dealing later and...
Now, that's memorabilia!