Shudder series The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs returns tonight with its fifth season premiere, and the big man himself announced the guests who will be there for the hijinks. Joining Joe Bob, Darcy and the rest of The Last Drive-In crew will be Bobcat Goldthwait, Danhausen, Peaches Christ and David Dastmalchian.
If you aren’t sure who any of these folks are, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a little bit of info about each of the special guests.
Bobcat Goldthwait first came to fame in the 1980s, thanks to his stand up black comedy routine, always delivered in a quavering, high-pitched voice. He has appeared in many films, including the Police Academy franchise, One Crazy Summer, Scrooged and Shakes the Clown (which he also wrote and directed).
Goldthwait has lent his unique voice to many animated films and video games, including Skylanders: Giants, A Halfway House Christmas and Mickey’s House of Villains. You may be wondering why he is appearing on The Last Drive-In, and I have the answer to that. Not only has Bobcat Goldthwait always leaned towards the darker side of comedy, he also wrote and directed the horror film Willow Creek, a found footage movie about a couple in search of Bigfoot.
Danhausen is a professional wrestler who made his debut in October of 2013. Known for his distinctive makeup, which features horror-themed black and white face paint, Danhausen seems the perfect fit for The Last Drive-In. We all know how much Darcy in particular loves wrestling!
The Danhausen persona is prone to referring to himself in the third person and often refers to himself as “very nice, very evil.” He’s particularly fond of stopping in the middle of wrestling matches to dance to the song Tequila. Again, sounds like a perfect fit for Joe Bob, right?
Peaches Christ is a drag performer who also acts, emcees and makes films. Leaning towards the dark side, she started a very popular midnight movie event called Midnight Mass in 1998. Located in LA, Midnight Mass (which ended in 2009) boasted special guest stars such as Cassandra Peterson, RuPaul, John Waters and Mink Stole.
Peaches has also appeared in films, and sometimes tours with her short film collection, which is part of her show “An Evening with Peaches Christ.” She directed the independent horror film All About Evil, which features Natasha Lyonne, Cassandra Peterson and Mink Stole. So, there’s your horror connection!
David Dastmalchian is an actor who has appeared on stage, screen and television. He leans heavily into darker material, just as the rest of our special guests do, and that may be partly due to the five-year heroin addiction he suffered. He used the experience to write his screenplay for Animals, in which he also starred.
You will see Dastmalchian in the upcoming The Boogeyman, based on the Stephen King short story of the same title, but he has also appeared in genre projects such as Boston Strangler, The Suicide Squad, Twin Peaks and The Dark Knight. For the past three years, he has served as the host for Fangoria’s Chainsaw Awards.
OK, Mutants, time to start prepping for the big premiere tonight. Make sure you hydrate and do some stretches.
Any guesses for which films Joe Bob will present tonight? Give us your best picks in the comments section.