Blobfest: A Running Event for a Small-Town Theater

Each year, the people of Phoenixville, Pa., commemorate the 1958 cult horror classic that was filmed in their town.

In The Blob, which starred a young Steve McQueen, a town is terrorized by a growing, alien gelatinous mass that consumes everything in its path and happens to be remarkable at clearing a room.

'The Blob'

hide captionMoviegoers flee from the Blob in the 1958 film, which was directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.

Scott Simon talks with Shane Stone, festival organizer of the sixth annual BlobFest, about the event and the film's importance to the town. The festival will feature a "Running Out Re-Enactment," in which up to 500 people stream out of the town's Colonial Theatre in mock horror. Also on the schedule: a scream contest, a costume contest, street fair and an auction of, among other items, the theater's original front doors.

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