Another post, and another blogathon entry!
This time, for some standup folks ambitiously soliciting comments on the Turner Classic Movies summer line-up. I have the privilege of offering a little something on one of my all time favorite sci-fi films of the 1950s, The Blob:
“Starring Steve McQueen and a cast of exciting young people! [that we cannot be bothered to name!]
This one will be on–depending on your lifestyle–either very early, or very late–either way something of a gift for me as it happens to be my birthday. 4:30 am on Saturday, August 10. The plot is pretty basic and was used in many films of this genre and era: there is a monster from space. It’s coming after us. Some fight and/or flight hijinx ensue. This film is particularly well covered by other bloggers–and has been for years–so I’m not sure I can add much to the recent posts by Vincent Zahedi; Andres Baca; General Tso’s Revenge; Film Freak Central; and Josh Goller, among others.
Thus, I’ll concentrate on the second part of this blog’s tagline: “B-movies and those who love them“ Who loves The Blob more than most? The folks who keep putting on and attending BlobFest, of course!
Located about 30 miles north of Philly, Phoenixville, PA is where The Blob was filmed. Every year since 2000 they’ve celebrated this classic flick by dedicating a weekend to it, classic monster movies, and street fair activities tangentially related to both. The highlight of BlobFest is the “run-out scene” re-enactment: in the original flick, the Blob invades the local movie joint, the Colonial Theatre during a movie and we see the theatergoers running out into the street hysterically trying to evade the creeping mucus:
Here’s the re-enactment, from 2012:
If this doesn’t look like a hoot, I don’t know what does. I’m embarrassed to say I have not trekked north to attend yet, maybe next year.
But if it ain’t grabbin’ ‘ya, you could try your luck at the tin-foil hat making contest; take the local tour of shooting locations seen in The Blob, catch one of a few showings of The Blob with other classic monster movies of the era, such as Them!, Tarantula, or The Deadly Mantis; watch the Fire Extinguisher Parade, attend the street faire, or ogle over the classic cars on display. Check out the full schedule here.
I love the idea of film celebration as a destination event, be it festivals like BlobFest, or intrepid fans making trips–more like pilgrimages–to Japan to see Godzilla sites and Toho Studios–there’s a fun creative energy going on here with BlobFest that should not be missed. I’ve half a mind to try and see what could be done in upstate New York to commemorate I Drink Your Blood, or even across the Potomac to visit the sites of “The Exorcist,” but those are projects for another time. (But seriously: any takers?)