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Cinema Casualties Presents a Double Feature

Cinema Casualties Presents
“The Blob” (1998) preceded by the premiere of “Haze”


Cinema Casualties is a not-for-profit series dedicated to screening trashy, audience-friendly old-school horror movies, which seeks to bring people together as a celebration of the communal joy inherent in the film-going experience specific to the genre. The series has been running since July of 2015, mostly at ArtsRiot (with two screenings taking place at Main Street Landing Film House), and is going into its 17th screening with “The Blob,” and it’s third special event screening with the addition of local filmmaker Rob Cunning’s 45-minute film “Haze” added to the bill.
LONGER DESCRIPTION: Summer is at its peak, and that means it’s the perfect time for a glorious slab of quintessential ‘80s horror. Itself a nostalgic nod to simpler times, Chuck Russell’s “The Blob” is now a throwback cult classic in its own right. Building from the silly story of a gelatinous mass from space that eats teenagers, Russell’s Blob is a much fiercer creature, inflicting some of the most gruesome casualties to grace the screen of a major-studio picture during its era. To this day, Tony Gardner’s practical special effects on this film are some of the most lauded in horror history. This definitely isn’t your grandfather’s “The Blob!” The film was critically panned at the time, but as we have come to know, critics aren’t always in touch with what moviegoers enjoy. Needless to say, audiences have spoken louder than the critics over time, and “The Blob” has taken its rightful place amongst so many other Cinema Casualties films as a true cult classic. And seriously, how could anyone resist the opportunity to see ‘80’s B-actors like Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch, Shawnee Smith and Candy Clark mix it up with a flesh-melting, bone-crushing mass of quivering Jell-O from outer space?!?