There were few things this year that brought me as much pure joy as Joe Bob Briggs coming back for Shudder’s The Last Drive-in. His Marathon ‘broke the internet,’ and proved that high-caliber horror hosting is still a very welcome commodity when served by Briggs. If ya know what I mean, and I think you do.
Well, for those of you like myself who was sad to see what was thought to be his last horror hosting gig, (the “last” in The Last Drive-In fooled us) rejoice cause Briggs is coming back for two holiday specials and is set to return as a Shudder constant in 2019!
I kinda can’t even handle news that good, you guys. Briggs played a huge part in many a movie fanatic life, such as my own. And it’s just pure joyous news to hear the dude is coming back for many more rants filled with slime-gloppola monster talk and his overall unique and much needed insight on all things genre.
Welcome back Briggs!
From the Press Release: (September 5, 2018, New York, N.Y.) After the unprecedented 24-hour event The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs “broke the Internet” in July, Shudder will bring back the iconic horror host for Thanksgiving and Christmas specials, to be titled “The Dinners of Death” and “A Very Joe Bob Christmas.” Shudder, AMC’s premium streaming service for thriller, suspense and horror, also announced plans to launch a regular series featuring Joe Bob in 2019.
“The response to our first marathon was overwhelming, and we can’t think of a better gift for our members than to bring Joe Bob back for the holidays,” said Shudder GM Craig Engler. “We’ve been hard at work with Joe Bob and his team to make these new marathons unforgettable events, and we have even bigger plans for 2019.”
Joe Bob Briggs adds, “In November we’re turning Black Friday into Red Thursday with the best deadly-dinner movies in history, and in December we have a very special way to fill that void felt by American households ever since ABC stopped airing the ‘Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey’ Claymation special.”
This holiday season, set an extra place at the table for Joe Bob: “The Dinners of Death” is scheduled to air on Thursday, Nov. 22, followed by “A Very Joe Bob Christmas” on Friday, Dec. 21. Both marathons will be streamed live and feature films hand-picked by Joe Bob himself, with special guest stars and Joe Bob’s signature brand of Drive-In deep-dives and commentary.
Details for the Joe Bob series will be announced in early 2019. Both the marathons and the series will be produced by Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell and directed by Austin Jennings.
The Last Drive-In originally streamed live on Shudder on Friday, July 13, and trended nationally on Twitter during its entire 24-run, with celebrities like Stephen King and Jonah Ray tweeting about it. The demand temporarily took down Shudder servers, leading fans of Joe Bob to proudly proclaim that their hero “broke the Internet.”
Joe Bob Briggs has long showcased the best and worst of shock and schlock cinema as the host of The Movie Channel’s Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theatre and TNT’s MonsterVision. The Last Drive-In is a celebration of exploitation and genre cinema and a return to Joe Bob’s legendary irreverence and wit.
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