While the age of the horror host has long since passed, there’s one man left to carry the flame, at least on a large scale. That man is Joe Bob Briggs, who delighted fans as host of TNT’s weekend movie marathon show MonsterVision from 1996 to 2000.
Briggs has remained a fixture in the horror community since MonsterVision ended, but it wasn’t until summer 2018 that he returned to TVs proper, thanks to horror streaming service Shudder. Briggs hosted a day-plus, 13-film marathon called The Last Drive-In.
The Last Drive-In was a smash hit, with the live traffic levels killing Shudder’s website for a time. Briggs returned for holiday marathons later in 2018, then began hosting a weekly double feature on March 29th, 2019. Thankfully, he’s not going anywhere.
The debut season streams its finale tonight, May 24th, at 9pm EST. But don’t worry, as EW reports that Shudder has already renewed The Last Drive-In for another season of weekly Joe Bob double features. It’s currently unclear exactly when season 2 will debut.
Joe Bob released the following statement on the renewal: “It hasn’t even been a full year since the 24-hour Last Drive-In marathon, but since then I’ve made thousands of new friends and reconnected with thousands of old ones. The main reason I’m coming back to do another season is that this community of horror fans is greater than the sum of its parts, and it’s about something larger than horror. Don’t ask me what that thing is, but it’s a source of great joy to me.”
As a longtime fan of Joe Bob, I’m quite ecstatic about The Last Drive-In’s return, and I’m betting plenty of iHorror readers are too. There’s just no one quite as talented when it comes to analyzing horror films in both an informative and entertaining fashion.