Directed by Shorty Yeaworth. US. 1958. NR. 82 minutes.
Sun., July 12, 2009
“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 couldn’t buy. The remarkable seriousness the actors, particularly method disciple 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 Eder’s 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 it’s 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)
This screening will be preceded by the short film, Beware the BlobFest, a 24 minute documentary about the celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Blob’s release at BlobFest 2008. Produced and edited by Bill Creed of Duet Communications, LLC in association with the AARP. Featuring Shane Stone, Jack Harris, Maryann Decarlo and Dave Lentz. Beware the BlobFest was shown at Cannes 2009 as part of the Short Film Corner and was an official selection at the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Independant Film Festival in June, 2009.
Advance purchase tickets are not necessary for this screening. Tickets will be available at the box office 30 minutes before show time for cash only.