Phoenixville, Pennsylvania – Blobfest


My daughter’s staying with me for the month of July, and we can’t wait to see the upcoming upcoming Blob Festival here in Phoenixville. It’s the weekend of July 15.
We watched the movie, and it’s a trip. I hadn’t seen it since I was her age, a crummy pan and scan broadcast on TV. So it was a treat to see it remastered and in its full glory on the Criterion DVD.
Steve McQueen was 28, playing a teenager.
This movie did so many things that you see as tropes in other movies since — the question mark at the close of the movie “The End ?” for example. Also, it may be the first horror movie to pull the little postmodern trick of having people getting attacked in a theater during another horror movie. (Pre-Scream!) Also, now that I’ve seen the new War of the Worlds, I can’t help but think Spielberg’s rendition of the cellar scene was in part inspired by an exposure to the cellar scene in The Blob — the menacing red stuff at the cellar window seems just too similar in some respects, and the claustrophobic feeling of being in a cellar of a structure that’s enveloped by something unspeakable that devours human blood. I don’t recall a scene like that in the original novel or the older versions of the film, but I could be wrong (and I’m too lazy to look it up right now).

At any rate, here are some links about the upcoming Blob Festival, and other info related.


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  • http://www.eddiejames.com Eddie James

    Having owned a house in Downingtown, PA (where the film is actually set), I’ve watched the film quite a few times. I loved seeing “Downingtown Police” on the officer’s uniforms and police cars. I feel very connected to the Blob.

    It’s not a good film, but I end up seeing it every year because of Blobfest. The Colonial is one of my favorite movie theatres in the area and seeing the Blob there is always fun.

    I doubt that I will be able to attend Blobfest this year since it’s also the second weekend of the Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (the second largest in the US!) and I’ll be getting ready to move.

    If you get a chance to see the Blob with Holly Cusamono, you must. She’s so much fun and is a P-ville expert.

    Enjoy the show and think of me when you run out of that theatre!

    Off topic: Why don’t you allow pinging?