The man who brought the world The Blob is dead at 78.
Irvin Shortess "Shorty" Yeaworth Jr., who directed the 1958 cult movie "The Blob" and later made hundreds of films with religious and social messages, died in a car accident in the Middle East. He was 78.
Yeaworth was traveling in Jordan when his vehicle went off the road near Petra on July 19, his wife Jean Bruce Yeaworth said.
"We think he fell asleep," she said.
Yeaworth often struggled with his legacy as director of the camp sci-fi classic "The Blob," much of which was filmed in his backyard in Pennsylvania. "He was not very proud of it," his wife said.
But fan adoration of the film endured. Last week, the annual "BlobFest" tribute was held in nearby Phoenixville at the Colonial Theatre where a scene was filmed of moviegoers screaming and fleeing the phlegmatic monster.
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