Blob Fest: The Ultimate Evacuation Drill!

It crawls. It creeps. It eats you alive! “The Blob,” an independently made 1958 American horror/science-fiction film, depicts a giant amoeba-like alien that came from outer space and terrorizes the small community of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The film’s leading man was Steve McQueen in his debut leading role. And every year, the suburban-Philadelphia town of Phoenixville holds a three-day party (Blob Fest) in honor of its most famous threat, including a reenactment of the film’s most dramatic scene, affectionately referred to by locals as “the running out.”

After consuming a bunch of people including an old man, a doctor, a nurse, a mechanic, the grocery store janitor, and a bar full of late-night drinkers, the Blob enters the Colonial Theater engulfing the projectionist before oozing into the auditorium. The patrons run screaming out of the theater, alerting the assembled townspeople to the danger.

The faithfully-restored Colonial is Blob Fest central and the place to be on opening night when the running out is re-enacted by a packed house. I know because I live about 10 minutes from Phoenixville and in the name of BCP, I’ve participated in this “drill” (for proof, click here).  Tickets go on sale June 1 and the running out sells out within 24 hours. So mark your calendars now and come to Phoenixville July 13-15 for Blob Fest!

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