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Phoenixville, Pa. Is Home to Horror ‘Blob Fest’ This Weekend

(A frame of the scene in "The Blob" in which the monster scares the customers out of a movie theatre.)

(A frame of the scene in “The Blob” in which the monster scares the customers out of a movie theatre.)

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PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. (CBS) — This is a big weekend in Phoenixville, Chester County, as that community hosts the 13th annual “Blob Fest,” celebrating a cult movie classic from the late ’50s.

People from all over the world will descend on the borough of Phoenixville this weekend and the Colonial Theatre, the movie house made famous by the science fiction horror flick, The Blob.

The weekend’s activities include a reenactment of scene in which the crowd comes running from the theatre, plus tin-foil-hat and costume contests.  Local restaurants will also feature Blob-inspired menu items.

“I think it’s just the nostalgia,” says Clint Wagner, with the Iron Hill Brewery.  “The people like to reminisce about the good times, the ’50s, and just having Phoenixville in a movie, for one.”

The Blob was a low-budget horror film that was filmed at the movie theatre and other locations around Phoenixville.  It starred Steve McQueen, and has become a full-fledged cult classic.

The theatre will have a double feature: The Blob with The Day the Earth Stood Still.

 

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