Wes Shank

So, if you’ve taken the Blob Tour, by now you’re asking, “Who is this Wes Shank, anyway? And why do I care what he says?”

Well, quite simply, Wes Shank is the The Caretaker of The Blob.

We first met Wes at the BlobFest 2001 and, although he was quite busy, we had some time to talk with him and his wife. They were able to direct us to many of the locations used in the movie.

Wes brought his “foster child” (and other souvenirs from the movie) to the BlobFest, and we were able to take this picture.

During a quiet moment I asked Wes, and was actually allowed to touch The Blob. Most people (and I was one of them) believe the prop to be quite soft like Jello. Actually it was very firm. Wes explained that when they needed it to “perform” it was heated with lights to make it more pliable. It was placed on miniature sets with a camera set on one end. When The Blob needed to move towards, the camera, the set was tipped forward, when The Blob needed to move away from the camera, the set was tipped backwards. The Blob itself is made of silicone and was originally clear, just like The Blob in the movie before it ate the old man.

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Doc Halen’s House

South Main Street And Third Avenue
Phoenixville

This is the home and office of Dr. T. Hallen (Stephen Chase), where Steve and Jane brought the old man (Olin Howlin) they found running across the road. He had “some sort of blister” on his hand. It was late and Dr. Hallen was preparing to leave town for a conference. He called his nurse because he felt he would need to amputate the arm to get ahead of whatever this “thing” was. As we know, eventually The Blob ate not only the old man, but Dr. Hallen and his nurse.

The house still stands on the corner of Main and Third in Phoenixville, PA, and looks much the same as it did in the film. The gingerbread has been painted multi-colored, the glassed-in doorway has been removed and the trends , but it’s easy to tell it’s the same house. However, please remember that it still is a residence, so please respect their privacy.

[googleMap width=”400″ height=”400″ directions_to=”false”]South Main Street And Third Avenue, Phoenixville, PA[/googleMap]

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The Colonial Theatre

227 Bridge Street

Phoenixville

After leaving Jerry’s Market, the Blob continues feasting on the town’s residents. It finds its way to the Colonial Theater and oozes through the heating vent into the projectionist booth.

This image is the Blob, shortly after it emerges from the Colonial Theater. The projectionist and possibly several theatergoers have been consumed, and it’s now heading “across the street” toward the Downingtown Diner in search of another snack.

The breakout scene at the Colonial Theater had to be filmed twice because the first time someone fell (information provided by Barry Miller, who was one of the extras in this scene).

Taken from approximately the same angle, this shot shows the way the theater looks now. Even though the face of the building has been changed dramatically, the marquee still looks much as it did in 1958. And before you ask, yes it is still healthfully air conditioned.

The doors of the Colonial Theater have been replaced, but they still have the same look as they did in 1958.

Today, in addition to hosting the annual BlobFest, The Colonial Theatre still operates as a community movie house and fine arts theatre.

[googleMap name=”The Colonial Theatre”]227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA[/googleMap]

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Tony’s Car

Where would a teen movie be without cars? Tony (Robert Fields), “Mooch” (James Bonnet), and Al (Anthony Franke) are seen several times cruising around town, helping Steve, and eventually helping retrieve the fire extinguishers from the school–always in Tony’s hot rod, a 1940 Ford coupe.

Part of BlobFest 2002 included a classic car show. The focal point of the show was Tony’s car.

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Smile

Many locals were used in the making of The Blob. However, director Yeaworth was severely criticized for his lack of control over the extras. Case in point…

This classic scene shows the moviegoers running out of the theater after the Blob ate the projectionist and started oozing into the main theater area. If you look, you’ll see that most of the extras were really enjoying themselves, as indicated by the huge smiles on their faces.

Pay particular attention to the couple at the center of the picture. The woman in the pink dress and the man in the white shirt are running off to the left.

This next picture appears in the movie just a few seconds afterward.

The same couple is exiting the theater and now running off to the right. But they’re still obviously having a good time.

Many of the extras used in this scene were from St. Pius X in Pottstown and Phoenixville High School.

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New York Times On BlobFest

The New York Times has a great article on BlobFest in today’s Arts & Leisure section! You can read it at the Times website here.

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