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SATURDAY

Rats! I’ve missed Pennsylvania’s BlobFest 2003. Turns out that I’ve also missed BlobFests 2002 and 2001. But I saw the inspiration, the 1958 movie The Blob, as a kid, and it scared the bejesus out of me, so maybe I couldn’t handle a whole ‘Fest. The movie nicely captures the primal fear of the unknown, rising above its teens-in-trouble genre. Filmed in the greater Phoenixville-Downingtown-Valley Forge, Pa., area, The Blob was directed by small-town minister Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and introduced one Steven McQueen to the world (later to be known as Steve). The haunting theme song was written by newcomers Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Let’s sing along: “Beware of the Blob!/It creeps and leaps, and glides and slides/Across the floor, right through the door/And all around the wall/A splotch, a blotch!/Be careful of the Blob!” Eeeeee! The film screens at 8 p.m. at the American City Diner & Cinema Cafe, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 244-1049. (Dave Nuttycombe)