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The Man Who Owns the Blob.

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I had never seen The Blob until the other day. Well, actually, I found a few choice scenes on YouTube and watched. You know, the good stuff; absorption scenes. XD

For its time, I’m pretty impressed with how an amorphous pile of goo,made of silicone, was made to be so very menacing. The Blob started out in the movie being clear, and red coloring was added as it..well….assimilated more living beings. In actuality, the silicone mass was not very jelly-like, but quite firm. It was heated with lights when it needed to “perform” to make it more pliable. And a lot of The Blob’s  moves, such as engulfing buildings, were accomplished with miniature sets and good old gravity.. When the Blob needed to move toward the camera, the mini-set was tipped forward, and when it needed to move away from the camera, the set was tipped backward.

But, even as dramatic as these moves may seem, this amoeba-like thespian is still, of course, a prop. A hunk of silicone in a gallon can. It’s still around and making appearances, however, at the annual Blobfest in Phoenixville, PA. The best way to show how it appears “in the goo” is to take you to a fascinating article about the Man Who Owns the Blob, Wes Shank. This next article shows a more updated photo of Wes and his “foster child”.

Just for fun, here’s the theme song for The Blob. Best horror movie theme ever.


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Labyrinth Singalong and Interactive experience!

Just spent a fantastic evening at “Labyrinth Sing-Along & Interactive Experience” put on by Heather Henson (and lots of toys and noisy things). It was held at the Center for Puppetry Arts here in Atlanta, and it was an event for members of the Center only.

I’m so proud of Halbag I decided to take him tonight. When we arrived, people in the lobby cooed and fussed over him and little kids went nuts.

Then we received our goodie bags of “stuff we would need” for the evening. The goodie bag, and a few items we got to pick out for ourselves, consisted of two foam rocks, a pair of knockoff  peepers, a wee rattle, a candy bracelet, a party popper,a feather mask, a pair of devil horns, three tiny foam rockets and a launcher, a Sunkist Fruit Gem gummy candy, and a stretchy monster spiky ball thing that lit up when you twirled it around over your head. Oh, and instructions. The instructions explained what you were supposed to do with the goodies at particular times during the movie,such throw the rocks when rocks were flying everywhere, shoot the foam rockets at the fairies, and shake the rattle when Toby the baby cried.

A local comedian joined Heather Henson onstage, dressed as “David Bowie and his Inappropriate Pants”!  Also, several people, probably with Heather, waved various puppet-like things on sticks out over the audience: a barn owl, cloth chandeliers and fabric clouds. We were encouraged to shout at the screen, sing along with the songs(which were captioned),yell and dance, and carry on various acts of foolishness throughout the movie.

Steve with monster ball and rocket launcher

Steve with monster ball and rocket launcher

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