The Blob: A Harbinger of Global Warming?

From a story in Slate about a festival (Blob Fest) devoted to the B-movie classic The Blob:

Many Blob Fest attendees suggested the movie was about communism—the
giant red mass slowly growing larger and more menacing, swallowing
communities. I asked [the screenwriter] if that had been on her mind when she was
writing, but she scoffed. "I wasn’t thinking about communism when I
wrote it. I was thinking about good and evil," she said. So much for my
attempts to parse hidden meanings from B movies.

Though [Kate] Phillips might not have intended The Blob to
have a political message, she did accidentally insert an environmental
warning, which was reflected in the Blob Fest’s 2007 theme: "An
Inconvenient Blob." I thought it was just an attempt to ride the green
bandwagon until I finally caught one of the three weekend screenings of
the movie. At the end of the film, the Blob is imprisoned in the
Arctic, where, as the narrator menacingly intones, it would remain as
long as the North Pole stayed cold. Green activists should add the
return of the Blob to the long list of global-warming-related dangers.

[last lines]

Lieutenant Dave:
At least we’ve got it stopped.

Steve Andrews:
Yeah, as long as the Arctic stays cold.


Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

One thought on “The Blob: A Harbinger of Global Warming?

  1. The study found that global warming since 1985 has been caused neither by an increase in solar radiation nor by a decrease in the flux of galactic cosmic rays. Some researchers had also suggested that the latter might influence global warming because the rays trigger cloud formation. I am write a blog which gave complete information about Global Warming.


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