The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs has been renewed for a fourth fabulous season, and fans are already speculating about the films they would love to see featured.
Not only will The Last Drive-In series be returning, but Joe Bob, Darcy and the crew will also be bringing us more of their creative holiday specials. That adds even more variety to our wish lists, so let’s dive in and talk about which films could benefit from Joe Bob’s unique takes.
For the most part, the featured flicks are already available to stream on Shudder…but that’s not always the case. Often, there are films that make their Shudder debut as part of The Last Drive-In (think Scare Package and Hogzilla), so for the purpose of this discussion, I will be adding a few of those as well.
First, let’s talk about a film that has been discussed a lot recently; a film that hasn’t been available to stream anywhere, and has been hard (and expensive) to find on DVD or Blu-ray. Then Shudder saved the day by adding Near Dark to their July schedule, making it a great Joe Bob pick for a summer or Halloween special.
Near Dark has it all: some great gore effects, acting performances by mega-stars like Bill Paxton and Lance Henriksen, a good vampire-related story with some fun dialogue, and even a fantastic bar fight scene. In my humble opinion, it’s one of Paxton’s best performances, along with his role as the father in the drastically underappreciated Frailty.
It would be great to watch Near Dark on The Last Drive-In, not just for the sheer joy of it, but also to hear Joe Bob’s take on it, sprinkled with a healthy dose of fun trivia.
As long as the idea of a Halloween special has been brought up, I think it’s every fan’s hope that Darcy can finally manage to bring Halloween III: Season of the Witch to The Last Drive-In. She and Joe Bob have had plenty of discussions about the third film in the Halloween franchise. It’s a sequel that’s not really a sequel, Joe Bob claims to hate it, and Darcy adores it, as do plenty of fans.
Given that he is a TLDI favorite, and appears in the film, Tom Atkins could make a return guest appearance to the show. Fans always love to see their horror movie icons chat with Joe Bob, and Halloween III might even be able to show on a double bill with The Fog! After all, Atkins also appeared in that one, alongside the original Halloween’s Jamie Leigh Curtis.
It’s worth noting that neither Halloween III nor The Fog is currently streaming on Shudder, but a gal can dream!
For a possible Christmas special selection, Adam Green’s 2010 film Frozen might be a good choice. The plot involves three college students who wind up trapped on a ski lift over a holiday weekend, and, as luck would have it, a blizzard tears through the area.
I know the plotline sounds thin, but I really loved Frozen, and there is a scene involving a heroic drop to the ground and some wolves that were hard for even this jaded horror fan to watch. Don’t worry, Anna, Elsa and Olaf are nowhere in sight.
There has been no official announcement as to when the new season will debut, but May is a good bet, and for the series, anything goes. If Shudder could get the rights to Motel Hell, that would be a great choice, and given the cannibal storyline within it, maybe TLDI could revive the Thanksgiving Dinners of Death theme.
Other films that yours truly thinks would be great choices for the series include Frankenhooker (I can picture the Darcy cosplay already), The Mortuary Collection (due to its fun nature, and the really gory scenes), and Shudder Original film Revenge. Revenge is brutally violent, with a satisfying conclusion, and it would be one of those unusual choices that Joe Bob seems to enjoy presenting.
What about you, Drive-In Mutants? What are the films you would love to watch on a double bill as part of The Last Drive-In?
OK, Drive-In Mutants, we need to know what your wish list films are for the fourth season of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs! Tell us all about it in the comments section.