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Blobfest 2016: The Blob and Queen of Blood

Sat., July 9, 2016
Saturday
July 9, 2016
8:00 pm

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)

“Whatever its flaws as a film, a none-too-scary monster chief among them, The Blob is a uniquely compelling monster movie. The decision to shoot in Technicolor, largely on real locations in Pennsylvania, invests it with a high-50s feel money couldnt buy. The remarkable seriousness the actors, particularly method disciple Steve McQueen, bring to the material makes the film difficult to dismiss as mere camp. So does a finale that unites the entire town, teens and grown-ups alike, in an all-metaphors-aside fight against an alien threat, a moment that seems to confirm historian Bruce Eders description of The Blob as like watching some kind of collective home movie of who we were and who we thought we were. Or maybe its simply the best film ever to pit hot-rodding teens against a mass of silicone. It delivers the goods any way you look at it.” (Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club)

Schedule

7:30 – Doors Open
8:00 – The Blob (Irvin Yeaworth, 1958, 82 min, 35mm)
9:30 – Queen of Blood (Curtis Harrington, 1966, 78m, blu ray, MGM)
All times are approximate.

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Tickets

Adults: $10
Seniors/Students: $8
Members/Children < 13: $6

  • On sale Wed, Jun 1 at 10AM.
  • Online is the best way to buy tickets.
  • Ticket prices DO NOT include the $1.00 per ticket service fee. This fee will be calculated at checkout.
  • Online and phone ticket sales for all Saturday shows will close at 9AM Sat, Jul 9. Tickets will be available for purchase at the box office from 11AM – 8PM on Saturday.
  • Please note you must exchange your ticket for a wristband when you arrive at the theatre at the Information Table under the marquee.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and there are no exchanges.
  • General admission seating.