The moment Drive-In “Mutants” have been waiting for will be here very soon: season two of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs is coming up next week!
We Shudder subscribers are stuck at home just like everyone else, with very little to look forward to in the near future. So, the April 24 second season premiere of The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs is a red letter day for us.
Not familiar with Joe Bob or his co-host Darcy the Mail Girl? That’s OK, there is no better time to acquaint yourself with the two of them and the often crazy movies they screen on the series.
Not only that, streaming platform Shudder is currently offering a free 30-day trial for new subscribers when you use the code SHUTIN at checkout. Their usual offer is a seven day trial, so this is really a great deal, especially if you love horror movies.
The movies are never announced in advance, so we don’t have any news about what we might be watching, but Shudder did make an announcement Tuesday afternoon: Pro Wrestler Chris Jericho will be a special guest on the season premiere of The Last Drive-In. Jericho was noticeably excited when he tweeted about it that same day.
So, what would JB fans like to see in season two? I have a few movies on my wish list (as I’m sure my fellow Mutants do as well).
First up: 1981’s Funhouse was Tobe Hooper’s follow up to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and it never quite achieved the acclaim of its predecessor. Four teens visit a carnival, and decide to hide out in the funhouse overnight. Of course, it doesn’t go well, as they witness a murder committed by a deformed man, and become trapped in the attraction.
This would be the perfect Joe Bob movie, and it comes complete with classic 80s-style creature effects by Rick Baker. Maybe Joe Bob could even track down some of the actors! Cooper Huckabee was pretty dreamy back in the day, I wouldn’t mind seeing him again.
John Carpenter’s film about a small coastal town haunted by vengeful victims of a shipwreck is a little more mainstream than Funhouse, but The Fog still has plenty of features beloved by Joe Bob. We’re talking glowing eyes, practical special effects and Tom Atkins; who could ask for more? No naked females, but there’s always a chance Mr. Atkins might show up for an interview. After all, he did call in during the Halloween Hootenanny, so an in-person visit is possible.
1967’s Herschell Gordon Lewis splatter film The Gruesome Twosome seems like the perfect film for The Last Drive-In. It is one of Lewis’s lesser-known movies (“presented in ghastly color”), it’s supremely gory, and none of the actors are well known. Mrs. Pringle sells the most beautiful wigs at her shop in a college town in Florida. They look so realistic! Surely she and her mentally disabled son have nothing at all to do with any of the female college students that have been disappearing lately…
Motel Hell would also be a great fit for Joe Bob and Darcy. I can just hear him repeating the phrase “It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent fritters” in his slow drawl. It has the dark humor that Mutants love, plenty of down-home characters, and there is lots of gore in the mix as well. JB would likely have all sorts of inside scoop about Motel Hell, which tells the story of a farmer (played by the great Rory Calhoun) who uses human flesh to make his delectable smoked meats.
I’m sure I could think of several more movies for my Drive-In Wish List, but these four were the first ones to come to mind. In just a little more than a week, we will all be sitting down and watching whatever films Joe Bob chose. See you at the drive-in!
The second season of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs premieres Friday, April 24 at 9:00 p.m.
What movies would you like to see Joe Bob present during season two of The Last Drive-In? Let us know in the comments section.