What if the Blob faced off against The Thing? This question’s been asked by others before, but it’s fun to debate who would come out on top.
Before I really get started, it pays to discuss what separates The Blob from The Thing. Admittedly, Irvin Yeaworth’s The Blob will never be my favorite horror film, or even my favorite science fiction film. However, every once in a while I almost feel obligated to watch it, simply because it encompasses so many archetypes of these genres. For one thing, this film is more old-fashioned and prone to romanticism than Carpenter’s cold, paranoid, quasi-scientific story. It definitely has an old-school feel, which makes it like a time capsule.
The Blob: Quintessential, Impactful ’50s Sci-Fi
Like many 1950s-style sci-fi flicks, The Blob features lovers’ lane scenes, and teenage love. For whatever reason, pop culture was obsessed with this imagery back then, and probably not even (solely) for perverted reasons. The idea of boys and girls smooching (usually on a hill overlooking the city) seems highly romanticized, and absurdly punctuated by a meteorite crashing to earth. Boom! It’s a strange combo, but somehow potent.
This story element would be found years later in Night of the Creeps. There are many variations on it, too. Creepshow‘s Jordy Verrill has an unfortunate run-in with a meteorite (that lunkhead!). Killer Klowns from Outer Space is sort of similar, too, though far more zany. The Blob is unique in some key respects. When Steve Andrews (Steve McQueen) and Jane Martin (Aneta Corsaut) first encounter it, it seems like a relatively modest, amorphous thing.
However, it just keeps growing and growing, and one realizes teenage fooling around’s just not good enough anymore! That’s right, The Blob seems to be partly about growing up and facing world problems bigger than one’s self. Granted, it’s hard to say exactly how The Blob says this, but it sort of does.
The Blob is rather simple, like a meat-and-potatoes monster that’s easy to identify and pointless to theorize about. The creature is just an obvious menace, and that the film is more about entertaining audiences than making them think. Sure, there may be something to the story, but it’s more purely about entertainment.
In contrast, Carpenter’s The Thing is almost an amoral story, having no “coming-of-age” implications, dealing instead with issues of distrust and feelings of apocalyptic cabin fever. It encourages people to think about its characters. Both share one message, though: There are inexplicable problems out there, and eventually we need to craft some plan against them before they swallow us whole…or something like that. Of course, both creatures have a weakness for extreme cold, so that’s something.
The Blob vs. The Thing – Actual Creatures
The Blob and The Thing would be an interesting fight. They both seek to conquer the world, consuming every living thing they can. On that note: Which creature would consume which? Would they necessarily even fight each other? Could they not become symbiotic, operating in tandem with each other, becoming an even greater threat? This would perhaps be the most interesting question.
Here’s another weird idea: What if they could combine with the alien vegetation from Creepshow? What a deadly trifecta that would be! Basically, if the horror world could do more crossovers like this, horror nerd’s minds would be exploding all over the place! While we’re at it, we could throw “The Stuff,” Godzilla, King Kong, Jurassic Park dinos and Fred Krueger into the mix, just to be as perplexing as possible.
What are your thoughts about The Blob fighting The Thing? Would they need to fight or could they join forces? Let us know in the comments!