2023 Blobfest Saturday Films
Catch The Blob (1958), The Wolf Man, Bride of Frankenstein, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and The Blob (1988) on Saturday, July 15! Tickets go on sale Thurs, June 1 at 12:00 p.m. for Colonial members and Friday, June 2 at 12:00 p.m. for the general public. PLUS Shorty's Short Film entries play all day Saturday beginning at 12:00 p.m.
The Blob (1958) – Paramount – Color – 86 min – 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
“Indescribable . . . Indestructible ! Nothing Can Stop It!”
A small rural Pennsylvania town is beset by a carnivorous, aggressive, amoeba-like alien that crashes to Earth in a meteorite. Teens Steve (Steve McQueen in his first feature film leading role) and Jane (Aneta Corsaut) are early witnesses to its destruction – but will anyone heed their warning before it manages to devour everything in its path? What can possibly stop its destruction? Inspired by a 1950 incident in Philadelphia and filmed on location at the Colonial Theatre.
The Wolf Man (1941) – Universal – Black and White – 70 min – 1:30 p.m.
“TERROR.. on a Rampage! DEATH-on the loose!”
When his brother dies, Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney) returns to his ancestral home of Wales and reconciles with his father (Claude Rains). While there, he visits an antique shop and, hoping to impress Gwen (Evelyn Ankers), the attractive shopkeeper, buys a silver walking cane. That same night he kills a wolf with it, only to later learn that he actually killed a man (Bela Lugosi). A gypsy (Maria Ouspenskaya) explains that it was her son, a werewolf, that he killed, and that Larry is now one himself.
The Wolf Man heavily influenced other depictions of werewolves and is the second Universal Pictures werewolf film.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – Universal – Black and White – 75 min – 3:00 p.m.
“The Monster demands a Mate!”
After recovering from injuries sustained in the mob attack upon himself and his creation, Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) falls under the control of his former mentor, Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), who insists the now-chastened doctor resume his experiments in creating new life. Meanwhile, the Monster (Boris Karloff) remains on the run from those who wish to destroy him without understanding that his intentions are generally good despite his lack of socialization and self-control.
In 1998, Bride of Frankenstein was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) – Universal – Black and White – 82 min – 4:30 p.m.
“The LAUGHS are MONSTERous! Bud and Lou are in a stew when they tangle with the TITANS of TERROR!”
In the first of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello’s horror vehicles for Universal Pictures, the inimitable comic duo star as railway baggage handlers in northern Florida. When a pair of crates belonging to a house of horrors museum are mishandled by Wilbur (Lou Costello), the museum’s director, Mr. MacDougal (Frank Ferguson), demands that they deliver them personally so that they can be inspected for insurance purposes, but Lou’s friend Chick (Bud Abbott) has grave suspicions.
In 2001, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance.
The Blob (1988) – TriStar – Color – 95 min – 9:30 p.m.
“If it had a mind, you could reason with it. If it had a face, you could look it in the eye. And if it had a body, you could shoot it.”
This remake of the original is set in a tiny California town where high school students Brian (Kevin Dillon), Meg (Shawnee Smith) and Paul (Donovan Leitch) discover a strange, gelatinous substance that melts the flesh of any living creatures in its path. The deadly substance gets into the town’s sewer system, where it begins growing uncontrollably, occasionally emerging to feast on unsuspecting townspeople. A military clean-up crew is sent to eliminate the menace, but it may end up doing more harm than good.
Kevin Dillon (Entourage) stars and horror star Bill Moseley (Hayride to Hell, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Repo! The Genetic Opera, House of 1000 Corpses) makes an appearance as a Soldier.