THE BLOB Producer Jack Harris, 98

Jack Harris, the producer of the seminal 1950s monster movie The Blob, died earlier today at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 98.

Born in Philadelphia, Yeaworth got his start in show business at the age of six, as a child performer in Gus Edwards’ Kiddie Revue vaudeville show. As an adult he became active as a theatrical publicist.

Harris became interested in producing when he got into a argument with Rocketship X-M Robert L Lippert. Harris said that Lippert’s movies were “lousy” and hard to promote. Lippert responded that if Harris thinks he could do a better job than he should. While on tour promoting a Boy Scout-themed film Jamboree, Harris began cultivating the idea for what kind of movie he should make. He realized that both science-fiction and juvenile delinquency films were two genres that seemed to always turn a profit.

Teaming with Irvin “Shorty” Yeaworth, a director of short religious films based outside of Valley Forge who was looking to make a feature that could infuse some cash into his production company, Harris put the wheels in motion that would eventually result in 1958’s The Blob. The film was shot in the Philadelphia suburbs of Phoenixville, Downingtown and Royersford. Made for just $240,000, the film would go on to gross over $4 million.

Harris would reteam with Yeaworth a year for the science-fiction thriller The 4-D Man, which would again see them shooting in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Harris also exhibited an eye for upcoming talent, producing 1970’s Equinox, co-directed by future multiple Academy Award-winning special effects wizard Dennis Murren, Schlock, the 1973 directorial debut of John Landis, and Dark Star, the feature debuts of co-writers and co-directors John Carpenter and Dan O’Bannon.

Harris would return to The Blob for a 1972 sequel, Beware! The Blob, directed by Larry Hagman, the 1989 remake and reportedly had been in active in the more recent attempt to get a second remake launched.

FilmBuffRich on March 15th, 2017 | File Under News | No Comments -

BEWARE! THE BLOB! Coming To Blu-Ray On September 20

BewareblurayIt may not be as fondly remembered as the film that spawned it, but Kino Lober is bringing Beware! The Blob! to DVD and blu-ray next month as part of their Studio Classics line. This marks the first time that the Larry Hagman-directed sequel will appear in the format and Kino Lorber has remastered the film for High Def.

Here’s the release from Kino Lorber –

The Blob returns… more outrageous than ever in this 1972 sequel to the popular sci-fi classic! Plenty of familiar faces, including Robert Walker Jr. (Ensign Pulver), Larry Hagman (Dallas), Sid Haig (Busting), Burgess Meredith (Rocky), Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough), Godfrey Cambridge (Cotton Comes to Harlem), Cindy Williams (Laverne & Shirley), Carole Lynley (The Poseidon Adventure), Gerrit Graham (Used Cars) and Shelley Berman (You Don’t Mess With The Zohan) add to the fun. A geologist (Cambridge) unwittingly brings home an unusual frozen piece of debris from the North Pole. But when it accidentally thaws, the hungrier-than-ever Blob comes to life again, consuming nearly everyone in its path and terrorizing the town. No one is safe as it crawls into a bowling alley, oozes its way across an ice rink, becoming grotesquely bloated with the blood of its victims… can this bizarre creature ever be stopped? TV legend Larry Hagman directed this cult classic, the only feature film he ever directed – upon its 1980s re-release, the film was tagged “The Film that J.R. Shot!”.

Look for the disc going on sale on September 20 in stores and via Amazon.

FilmBuffRich on August 22nd, 2016 | File Under News | No Comments -

BlobFest Adds LOST IN SPACE’s Marta Kristen And Robot As Guests!

Marta-Kristen-robotBlobFest has announced the addition of an appearance by Lost In Space‘s very own Marta Kristen to the weekend’s festivities. Kristen, of course played older daughter Judy Robinson on the classic 1960s science-fiction series!

And that’s not the only Lost In Space alum who will be at the show! Prop builder Craig Reinbrecht will be bringing his own B9 Robot to the show for fans to see and take pictures with.

Both Kristen and the Robot will be upstairs on the theater’s third floor all day Saturday with Kristen participating in a Q&A before Sunday’s afternoon double feature.

In addition to her memorable role on Lost In Space, Kristen has appeared in a number of film and television projects including Beach Blanket Bingo, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Battle Beyond The Stars, Remington Steele and Murphy Brown.

FilmBuffRich on June 29th, 2016 | File Under BlobFest | No Comments -

Blob Ball Tix On Sale Now!

What’s the thing to do after you’ve run out of the Colonial Theater on Friday night of Blob Fest? Dance the night away at the Blob Ball of course!

The annual tradition is back, with more rockabilly music, poddel skirts, slicked up hair and jitterbugging than you could ask for. And don’t worry if you don’t know how to dance – Anyone will be glad to show you how to cut a rug.

Details are all below. And I’ll be there, so don’t be afraid to ask me for a dance.

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FilmBuffRich on June 1st, 2016 | File Under BlobFest | No Comments -

BlobFest Tickets Go On Sale This Wednesday

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Tickets for BlobFest’s Friday Night Runout go on sale this Wednesday, June 1st, via the Colonial Theater’s website.

If you are a member of the Theater you can purchase them during the Member’s only pre-sale on May the 31st between 9am and 6pm with the general public getting their chance the following day. Need we say that these things go fast, so don’t delay!

All info is available here!

FilmBuffRich on May 27th, 2016 | File Under BlobFest | No Comments -