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Friday, July 11, 2008

The Blob's Golden Anniversary

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the classic 1950s B-horror flick The Blob--and to celebrate the occasion, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania is kicking off Blobfest 2008, a tribute to everyone's favorite extra-terrestrial ooze.

Site of much of the action filmed for the 1958 movie, including the famous climactic scene in which moviegoers at Phoenixville's Colonial Theatre flee the acidic gelatin, the town has been holding Blobfest for years now, but naturally, this year's event is extra-special.

A party at the theater will kick off the festivities on Friday night, according to the Phoenixville News. Other events will include a reenactment of the Colonial Theatre scene, as well as a retrospective hosted by Kris Yeaworth, son of the film's late director Irvin "Shorty" Yeaworth. Naturally, the movie itself will be screened several times over the weekend, and so will two other '50s B-classics: Universal's Creature from the Black Lagoon and William Castle's The Tingler. Ricou Browning, the swimmer who portrayed the Gill-Man in his underwater scenes, will introduce Black Lagoon. Also on hand in the theatre will be makeup effects master Tom Savini.

For more info, go to thecolonialtheatre.com. Sounds like a fun time. Although there's no mention of it, I hope there is also some kind of plan to honor The Blob's co-screenwriter Kay Linaker, who passed away earlier this year.

6 comments:

Absinthe said...

Dammit - you need to let me know of these things at least a week prior. I can't go on such short notice but would love to. My unorganized ass is going to have to mark the date down so I can go in the future.

B-Sol said...

Hey, blame the Phoenixville News--they only just published news of the whole thing. I will do my best to help you properly fill your social calendar from here on in, Absinthe :-)

Anonymous said...

Poop and pee.

B-Sol said...

Agreed.

Anonymous said...

I used to reside in Phonixville. They hold the Blobfest annually around this time of year. The url in the post is incorrect, it should be www.thecolonialtheatre.com. There used to be a diner out in Downingtown which was used in the Blob as well. They had undergone some facelifts to remove their Blob-related memoribilia, but it may still be there on route 30.

B-Sol said...

Thanks for the correction!

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