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Double Feature #1 & #2: The Blob & War of the Worlds

Screening Saturday, July 9 at both 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM

Double Feature #3: The Blob & When Worlds Collide

Screening Saturday, July 9 at both 8:00 PM


THE FILMS

The Blob (1958) – Paramount – Color – 86 min

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.

War of the Worlds (1953) – Paramount – Color – 85 min

They came to CONQUER the Earth!

The original film adaptation (and one of five) of the 1898 novel by H.G. Wells. 

An atomic scientist (Gene Barry) is fishing with colleagues when a flaming object crashes in nearby southern California. A harrowing series of events unfold, and the scientist attempts to identify any weakness that might stop the unfriendly inhabitants of the object – as well as those of numerous other craft descending upon the planet. Considered to be one of the greatest Sci-Fi films of the 1950s. 

War of the Worlds won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and, based on it’s cultural, historical and aesthetic significance, was selected for inclusion in the United States’ National Film Registry in the Library of Congress in 2011.

When Worlds Collide Planets Destroy Earth! (1951) – Paramount – 83 min

Based on the 1933 science fiction novel of the same name, co-written by Edwin Balmer and Philip Wylie. 

A rogue star on a collision course with Earth prompts a group to build a space-ark funded by wealthy humanitarians. Who should board the ark? And will they succeed in saving some of the species in their race against time? Starring Richard Derr and Barbara Rush. 

Winner of an honorary Academy Award for Special Effects at the 24th Academy Awards. Nominated for Best Cinematography-Color. 

Information

  • Genre Sci-fi
  • Director Irwin Yeaworth, Byron Haskin, Rudolph Mate
  • Released 1958,1953,1951
  • Runtime Double Feature #1 and #2: 2h 51m, Double Feature #3: 2h 49m
  • Rated Approved
  • CountryUnited States

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