Shudder announces premiere date for season five of The Last Drive-In

The Last Drive-In season 5 key art - Courtesy Shudder
The Last Drive-In season 5 key art - Courtesy Shudder /

Hey everybody…check out THIS news! Joe Bob Briggs and The Last Drive-In cast and crew will be back next month with a brand new season of drive-in worthy double features and fun.

Shudder just announced that for the first time ever, the new season of The Last Drive-In will be presented in two parts, much the same as The Walking did during their run on AMC. The first part of the series’ fifth season will premiere on Friday, April 21, then the show will take a brief hiatus before returning in mid-June with another five episodes.

That would mean that the first part of the new season would end on May 19. While the multi-week wait for the remainder of the season will be difficult for diehard fans, at least it will stretch out the duration of the series. Summer is always a little sadder when Joe Bob, Darcy and the rest of the gang disappear from Shudder for a while.

No announcement has been made regarding upcoming specials, but it’s expected that those will most likely return as well. Typically we get a Halloween and Christmas special, and Valentine’s specials have joined the mix over the past couple of seasons. One year we got a Thanksgiving special, and another year brought a summer special, so who knows what 2023 will bring.

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Who knows what great flicks The Last Drive-In will feature this season?

What we do know for sure is that we can count on The Last Drive-In to present us with ten brand-new double features, each peppered with Joe Bob’s commentary, trivia, witty exchanges with Darcy, Yuki and the crew, and probably some very special guest stars.

If you haven’t watched The Last Drive-In before, and want an idea of the eclectic mix of films that get the Joe Bob treatment, here are a few examples of past featured movies: Castle Freak, The Changeling, Demon Wind, Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II, Chopping Mall, Heathers, One Cut of the Dead, Cannibal Holocaust, Audition, Train to Busan and Nightbreed. And that’s just a small selection of the over 50 genre films that have been shown during the run of The Last Drive-In (including the internet-breaking marathon that started it all).

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What films are on your wish list for season five of The Last Drive-In? Tell us about it in the comments section.