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How to Survive The Blob: The 2016 Blobfest Survival Guide

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The Blob is coming! The 17th annual BlobFest kicks off Friday night in Phoenixville when fans of the 1958 cult classic horror film run screaming from the Colonial Theatre, reenacting the scene that was originally recorded at the theater  58 years ago.


EVENTS SCHEDULE

Friday Night – The Run Out

Tickets are sold out for the Friday night Run Out, a rain or shine event when festival goers run screaming from the Colonial Theatre. Doors open for this event at 7 p.m. and “shenanigans” (including a state show) begin at 7:30 p.m. The Run Out begins at 9 p.m. Even if you don’t have a ticket, the Run Out is worth watching from Bridge Street. Remember, “The Blob” will not be shown Friday.

Related: Fire destroys movie studio where “The Blob” was filmed

Saturday – Streetfair

Ahead of Saturday’s showing of “The Blob” festival goers can check out the Blobfest Streetfair beginning at 11 a.m.. Here’s the full schedule for the Streetfair.

11:00 – Streetfair and Colonial Box Office Open
12:00 – Fire Extinguisher Parade
12:00 – Registration for the Costume Contest @ GVF (across the street from the Colonial)
1:00 – Costume Contest @ the outdoor stage hosted by Dash Daring
2:00 – Olde City Sideshow
2:00 & 4:00 – Patient Creatures Storytelling @ Steel City, 203 Bridge St
6:00 – Streetfair Closes

Show Times and Double Features with “The Blob”

If you enjoy “The Blob,” you’re likely to enjoy these other horror and sci-fi films from the 1950s and ’60s that will be shown as double features with “The Blob”

SATURDAY

11:30 a.m. – “The Blob” (82 minutes) followed by “This Island, Earth” (87 minutes)

3:30 p.m. – “The Blob” (82 minutes) followed by “This Island, Earth” (87 minutes)

8 p.m. – “The Blob” (82 minutes) followed by “Queen of Blood” (78 miutes) at 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

2 p.m. – “The Blob” (82 minutes) followed by “The Late Night Double Feature” (90 minutes) at 3:30 p.m.

5 p.m. Q&A with director Christopher R. Mihm

About the Films

“This Island, Earth”

“Airplanes with no pilots, super-scientists with brains so big their heads warp, giant bug-like creatures from another planet. This Island, Earth is pulp science fiction at its best, built around an intergalactic conspiracy and the earnest earth scientists innocently working to help one alien race defend itself in a planet-threatening war. The plot is a cut above most ’50s sci-fi, but it’s the eerie images and exotic outer-space delights (in that garish, over-saturated color that only Technicolor can provide) that really turn the trick, with solid support from Rex Reason’s troubled alien scientist, torn between his desperation to save his people from destruction and his moral qualms about kidnapping Earth’s greatest scientists. Real Saturday matinee stuff in all the best ways: imaginative, energetic, inventive, and so much fun to watch.” (The Scarecrow Video Movie Guide via The Colonial Theatre)

“Queen of Blood”

Queen of Blood has a lively plot. A sickly greenish Martian woman (Florence Marly), who is rescued from a space crash by earth astronauts (John Saxon, Judi Mederith, Dennis Hopper), turns out to thrive on blood, lay eggs in aspic and be a hemophiliac in chlorophyll. “Perhaps she was a sort of royalty where she came from,” one of the earthmen says pensively after the lady has just consumed her first member of the crew. “Besides, how can we expect her to conform to our standards of behavior?” They feed her with the spaceship’s supply of plasma through a straw, but she drains another victim and nearly finishes a third. “She got to me, didn’t she?” he says groggily when they restrain her from further feedings at his wrist. The eggs in aspic, larvae by this time, are ultimately conserved by Basil Rathbone, as an earth scientist, for study. “They’re scientists, Allan. They know what they’re doing,” Miss Meredith says.” (Renata Adler, The New York Times via The Colonial Theatre)

“The Late Night Double Feature”

Read about “X: The Fiend from Beyond Space” and “The Wall People” at SaintEuphoria.com

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