By WILLIAM J. WRIGHT
Beware of the blob … again! After hosting a virtual event during the COVID-19 pandemic, BLOBFEST will be creeping, leaping, gliding, and sliding back live and in-person to the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, this summer. Held at the actual location where the drive-in classic’s most celebrated scene was shot, BLOBFEST is three days of B-movie double features, live music, contests, and a reenactment of the famous run-out from the film.
New events for 2022 include SHORTY’S SHORT FILM CONTEST. Named for The Blob‘s director, Irvin “Shorty” Yeaworth, the competition invites filmmakers of all ages to submit their family-friendly short sci-fi and horror films (under three minutes in length). Riffs on The Blob are welcome, but not required. Get your movie in MOV or Mp4 format to the Colonial Theater’s director of programming, Bob Trate (email@example.com), via email only, no later than June 23. Awards will be presented to the best film from a filmmaker under 18 years of age, best film from a filmmaker over 18 years of age, best animated short film, and fan-favorite short film. Entrants are reminded that their submissions must include the appearance of a gooey stick to be considered for competition.
BLOBFEST runs from Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10. Festivities kick off on Friday with the recreation of The Blob‘s famous run-out scene from the Colonial Theatre’s lobby. For ticket information and a complete schedule of events, go to the Colonial Theatre’s official website.