Ep. 05-09: The Blob (1958 & 1988)

The Blob (1958)—In this drive-in favorite, teenagers Steve (Steve McQueen) and his best girl, Jane (Aneta Corsaut), try to protect their hometown from a gelatinous alien life form that engulfs everything it touches. But no one else has seen the goo, and police officer Dave (Earl Rowe) refuses to believe the kids without proof.

The Blob (1988)—In a tiny California town, high school students Brian (Kevin Dillon), Meg (Shawnee Smith), and Paul (Donovan Leitch) discover a strange, gelatinous substance that melts the flesh of any living creatures in its path. The deadly substance gets into the town’s sewer system, where it grows uncontrollably, occasionally emerging to feast on unsuspecting townspeople. A military clean-up crew tries to contain the menace but does more harm than good. Again, it’s up to the teenagers to save the day!


Welcome to our second double-feature this season. The Blob (1958) and its remake are both classics of the eras they’re from—the former of the 1950s teenage drive-in movie fare, and the latter an often wicked delivery of 1980s special effects. Join us as we discuss the pros and cons of both movies, including script, cast, effects, and, of course, nostalgia. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys drives down memory lane, dodging meteors that may contain icky life-forms that want nothing more than to devour us and our loved ones.



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