Six times Joe Bob and Darcy slayed it on The Last Drive-In

Photo: Darcy the Mail Girl in The Last Drive-In.. Image Courtesy Shudder
Photo: Darcy the Mail Girl in The Last Drive-In.. Image Courtesy Shudder /
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The Darcy Can Do Almost Anything award goes to Hogzilla (season two). Look, Darcy already deserves an award just for convincing Joe Bob that he is still relevant in the world of horror fandom. But, then she did something equally amazing; she tracked down Diane Jacques, director of a film called Hogzilla.

Many of us thought Hogzilla was a myth; it had been mentioned several times, due to the fact that Joe Bob Briggs played a significant role in the film, yet it had never been actually seen. But somehow, Darcy managed to locate it, and also to convince Jacques to finally let it have its world premiere on The Last Drive-In.

The film itself was made up of eye-rolling dialogue, low budget special effects and a mediocre storyline, but that didn’t even matter, because the gang made it a big event. There was a red carpet, formal attire, and, best of all, a recurring chant of “Hog-ZILLA! HOG-ZILLA!” from the crew.

Darcy herself announced the Drive-In Academy Award nominations, an honor usually reserved for the big man himself, and a good time was had by all.

The Best Joe Bob Speech award was a hard one to decide. It’s not easy determining which of Joe Bob’s speeches (AKA “rants”) deserves this award, but I settled on his presentation of One Cut of the Dead. (season two). If you haven’t watched this film yet, I cannot recommend it highly enough, and I will not give any spoilers.

One Cut of the Dead is a Japanese film about a crew filming a low budget zombie movie, and it takes a twist when actual zombies start terrorizing the cast and crew, who are being pushed along by their determined director. As the Shudder description reads, “If you think you know what happens next, think again.”

One Cut of the Dead is a delightful, clever film, that I watched with a huge smile on my face. And at the end of the episode, Joe Bob Briggs stepped downstage and gave a speech that made me want to stand up and cheer.

It’s a speech that recognizes the importance of independent film makers, of the dreamers and doers who struggle to turn their idea for a horror movie into an actual film. In this speech, Joe Bob encourages fans who think they have a great idea to actually go for it. It’s nothing less than inspiring, and it was the perfect epilogue for a film that was low-budget, yet amazing.

And, those are my Joe Bob Slayed It awards up to the end of the second season of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs. Here’s hoping season three is chock-full of nominees for next time!

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