|Directed by||Ellen Hovde|
George V. Feta
|Presented by||Penn & Teller|
Joe Bob Briggs
|Country of origin||United States|
|Original release||June 29, 1991 -|
September 17, 2000
The show underwent multiple changes throughout its over nine-year run. Initially, the program revolved around a claymation-style moon character who narrated the often themed-nights, and served as the de facto host. Additionally, the show was regularly paired alongside the series 100% Weird, which brought viewers even more bizarre films. Later, in June 1993, entertainment duo Penn and Teller guest-hosted MonsterVision marathons featuring mainly old B-Movies from the 1950s and 1960s. Then, by July 31, 1993, the narrator of the series became solely a voice-over announcer.
From 1996 until around the show's cancellation in 2000, the series was hosted by Joe Bob Briggs, and featured mainly classic horror and schlock films from the 1970s to the 1990s. Here, much of the original formatting under Briggs was derived from his earlier work on The Movie Channel program, Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater. Yet, this series would also incorporate Joe Bob's Last Call, a segment that presented that night's final film. Then, in 1999, the overall program became styled as Joe Bob's Hollywood Saturday Night and MonsterVision, before ultimately returning to its non-host format in mid-2000.
When MonsterVision premiered on June 29, 1991, it was little more than a marathon of older horror, science fiction, or fantasy films beginning at 8:00 PM ET and ending well into the early morning. With a claymation-style moon character serving as the original narrator and 'host', broadcasts tended to air monthly, as well as certain holidays. Films often fit a general theme, such as "TNT Salutes The Outer Limits", "Halloween Night", "Attack of the Sea Monsters", "A Christmas Nightmare", "Harryhausen Havoc", or recurring "Godzilla Marathons", although other occasions had somewhat unrelated choices. Additionally, MonsterVision sometimes had special events, such as their "Dracula Weekend", which had a mini-interview with Christopher Lee in honor of the release of Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). A number of later marathons, beginning on June 5, 1993, were presented by the well-known entertainment duo Penn and Teller, before the show then transitioned to voice-over narration for the remaining duration of this period.
Beginning on June 28, 1996, Joe Bob Briggs (John Bloom), the drive-in movie critic, became the official host of MonsterVision, with the series transitioning into a regularly scheduled Friday time slot, every week at 11:00 PM ET. MonsterVision would typically show no more than two films per night, though several episodes were much longer, such as the 1997 "Super Bowl Sunday Special", which consisted of sixteen continuous hours of horror movies. Nonetheless, on usual double-feature nights, Joe Bob Briggs would appear anywhere between sixteen and twenty-four times throughout the movies, significantly more than he did on his previous program. In these sections, Briggs would discuss the films, and more, from the inside and outside of a staged trailer home with a green neon TNT sign in the background. Briggs was also frequently visited by one of a succession of 'mail girls', including Honey (Honey Michelle Gregory), Reno, Kat (Kathy Shower), Summer (Cheryl Bartel), and Rusty (Renner St. John), who not only served as attractive, comedic 'sidekicks,' but also brought Briggs fan letters, sometimes from actual prisoners. TNT also added the segment Joe Bob's Last Call, which was used to showcase the final movie of the night. Similarly, the program was occasionally able to feature guests such as rapper and actor Ice-T, and directors Wes Craven and John Waters.
When it came to the movies, MonsterVision, under Briggs, would sometimes stray away from the typical horror and science fiction films, showing westerns, blaxploitation, kung-fu, dramas, comedies and other film genres, specifically in the later years. Additionally, as a way to connect fans further to the movies being presented during episodes, MonsterVision was known for its early use of the internet at tnt.turner.com/monstervision. Here, fans were able to chat in Joe Bob's Rec Room, participate in weekly caption contests to win T-shirts, take part in Find That Flick contests to win obscure films, send fan mail, see images from the set, get free postcards, learn more about Briggs and find out about upcoming films. Nevertheless, before each film, Briggs would often give the audience his formal on-air "Drive-In Totals", a list of what he considered to be the most notable, gory, or humorous points in the film, followed by a rating of up to four stars, usually all delivered in a deadpan style. He frequently played on the term "kung fu" to describe action sequences with a particular theme, such as 'Quicksand Fu' in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985). Briggs' introduction to Phantasm II, for example, comprised:
"Twelve dead bodies. Exploding house. One four-barreled sawed-off shotgun. Dwarf tossing. Ten breasts. (Of course, those are SCISSORED OUT of the TNT version.) Embalming needles plunged through various parts of various bodies. One motor vehicle chase, with crash and burn. Ear-lopping. Forehead-drilling. Wrist-hacking. Bimbo-flinging. Grandma-bashing. Devil sex. Crematorium Fu. Flamethrower Fu. ... ?"
After each commercial break, Briggs would deliver a diverting short or long monologue concerning general observations about the film, as well as popular culture, society and his thoughts about life in general. These could be more serious discussions, for example, of trivia about obscure film actors, or controversies such as the race debates around films such as Big Trouble in Little China (1986). Conversely, Briggs' pieces could be more lighthearted, with deliberately outrageous political statements and occasional banter with his film crew. He frequently described his notional day-to-day activities, including supposed problems with his girlfriends (or lack thereof) and his four ex-wives (usually the fourth, "Wanda Bodeine"). Lastly, Briggs usually signed off each episode of MonsterVision with a casual debriefing on the movie just-ended, along with a series of deliberately bad jokes, and a reminder that "the Drive-In will never die!"
Furthermore, during these sections, Briggs routinely criticized and lampooned TNT's censorship of the films, with frequent reference to the channel's owner, Ted Turner. This running gag culminated with a Halloween marathon of Friday the 13th movies, which portrayed strange occurrences throughout the night, leading to Joe Bob realizing that Turner was trying to 'kill' him. The final scene saw Joe Bob give an impassioned apology to Turner, claiming he was an amazing person, before the video feed cut off eerily. A similar stunt was staged in Blair Witch Project-themed scenes for a later horror marathon, with the host mysteriously missing.
Beginning on June 7, 1997, the series moved to Saturday nights in order to avoid further conflicts with TNT sports broadcasts. Then, on September 11, 1999, the program was almost completely revamped in order to attract a wider audience, particular more women, resulting in the creation of Joe Bob's Hollywood Saturday Night and MonsterVision. Moving from Dallas to Los Angeles, not only was the general aesthetic of the show changed to feel more 'Hollywood', but the first film of each episode going forward tended to be more 'mainstream', while the second was usually in accordance with traditional MonsterVision. Subsequently, this meant that the Joe Bob's Last Call segment would be dropped altogether. Although the original formula of the program was now changed, this transition allowed for more guests, such as Rhonda Shear, and horror movie specials still remained a staple of the show. Nevertheless, possibly due to a decline in ratings, TNT was unable to fully justify the increased budget after the move to Los Angeles, thus shifting to a one-movie-a-night format starting on January 15, 2000.
Briggs hosted MonsterVision for a little over four years, and his presence was the main reason many fans tuned-in. However, the show's format change hinted at the eventual breakdown of the MonsterVision series. Briggs himself has stated that he believes TNT's scheduling of fewer horror and drive-in movies may have led to the program's fall. Thus, on July 8, 2000, Briggs unknowingly hosted MonsterVision for the last time, airing Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992). Days later, Briggs received a letter from TNT management, stating that "his services were no longer needed." Afterwards, the show returned to its original non-host format, the program's final transition. Yet, fans never received any sort of on-air closure, only officially learning about Joe Bob's departure through the main website.MonsterVision was then eventually removed from TNT's lineup after September 17, 2000.
However, almost over 17 years since its cancellation, Briggs stated that Shudder had shown some interest in reviving MonsterVision. This ultimately resulted in Joe Bob's return to television in a marathon for the Shudder TV live feed. On Friday, July 13, 2018, at 9 PM EDT / 6 PM PDT, Shudder aired The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs, a roughly 26-hour and 35-minute block featuring 13 of the greatest horror movies of all time as chosen by Briggs himself. Despite some technical difficulties, these films included: Tourist Trap, Sleepaway Camp, Rabid, The Prowler, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama, Daughters of Darkness, Blood Feast, Basket Case, Re-Animator, Demons, The Legend of Boggy Creek, Hellraiser, and Pieces. Then, although there were no commercials, these movies contained several interruptions for Joe Bob's legendary "Drive-in Totals", insider stories, and amusing tangential rants. Additionally, these segments also included Darcy the Mail Girl (Diana Prince, born in Charleston, South Carolina June 6, 1979), who not only showed up in movie-themed outfits to banter with Joe Bob and bring him messages from fans, but also spent the entire time live-tweeting with viewers. Lastly, as with MonsterVision, the show had guests, including Felissa Rose and Lyle Blackburn.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Joe Bob Briggs hosted the "Dinners of Death" on November 22, 2018 at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT using a similar format as the previous marathon, but with sets more akin to those seen on MonsterVision and a runtime of about nine hours and 45 minutes. Featured movies included The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, Dead or Alive, and Blood Rage, with special guest Michael Berryman and a brief phone call with "mangled dick expert" Felissa Rose. Next, Joe Bob Briggs hosted "A Very Joe Bob Christmas" on December 21, 2018 at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT, the first of its nature to stream simultaneously across the US, Canada, and the UK. In a surprise twist, the entire marathon was centered around the Phantasm film series, specifically: Phantasm, Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead, Phantasm IV: Oblivion, and Phantasm: Ravager. Overall, the marathon ran for a total of eight hours and 48 minutes, with guest appearances by franchise ice cream man turned hero Reggie Bannister and Phantasm: Ravager special effects makeup coordinator Gigi Bannister. Interestingly, Joe Bob supposedly decided against showing Phantasm II (1988) due to its depicted destruction of an original 1971 Plymouth Barracuda, although it was most likely a rights issue with Universal Pictures that prevented the movie's broadcast. Additionally, since Shudder did not have the rights to use any of Don Coscarelli's music, Joe Bob closed off the show by leading everyone in a song he called the "12 Days of Phantasm."
All three sets of films are currently on demand, by individual movie segment, with Briggs now hosting weekly double features on Friday nights at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT as a seasonal show. Premiering on March 29, 2019 with C.H.U.D. and Castle Freak, Joe Bob began the first of nine Season 1 episodes by reciting his drive-in oath. Then, appearing during the second film of the night, the guests included Barbara Crampton, who played Susan Reilly in Castle Freak, and Felissa Rose, who reprised her role as the show's "mangled dick expert." Additionally, Shudder partnered with Rated R: A Horror Speakeasy to host a watch party in Glendale, California. Later, on April 16, 2019, beginning with "Week 4," Darcy began holding official weekly contests to see who could guess both films being hosted by Joe Bob. Potential titles had to be submitted by each respective Friday at 8:00 PM, with winners placed into a drawing for a prize pack. Overall, guessing the films of a specific week has now become a tradition in the community, with clues coming via Brigg's Twitter account and his weekly email newsletter.
On May 22, 2019, due to the continued support of, and admiration for, The Last Drive-In, Shudder announced their decision to renew the program for a second season. This was shortly followed by an official announcement video from Joe Bob Briggs himself, which was tweeted out by Darcy the Mail Girl. Then, on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET, Shudder reran ten of the films from the original marathon, not including The Prowler, Daughters of Darkness, and The Legend of Boggy Creek. Although hinted at by Briggs earlier, on October 7, 2019 it was officially announced that he would be returning to Shudder for "Joe Bob's Halloween Hootenanny," where he will be hosting a triple feature on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 9:00 PM ET. The same day of this Halloween special, Briggs announced that on Friday, December 13, 2019 he would be hosting his next Shudder special, "Joe Bob's Red Christmas." The night of "Joe Bob's Halloween Hootenanny," Briggs hosted a marathon of films from the Halloween franchise, which included Halloween (1978), Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, as well as a surprise phone call from Tom Atkins, who was described as a "Teen Heartthrob." Then, during his next marathon, "Joe Bob's Red Christmas," Briggs hosted the movies Black Christmas (1974), Jack Frost, and Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2. Additionally, during this marathon, Darcy and Briggs honored Dinosaur Dracula with the first ever Silver Bolo Award for his contributions to the horror-fan community.
On March 24, 2020, Joe Bob Briggs announced that the second season of The Last Drive-In would premiere on Friday, April 24, 2020, just in time to honor the halfway to Halloween season.Kelli Maroney and Chris Jericho served as guests during the Season 2 premiere, which aired Chopping Mall and Bloodsucking Freaks. Then, later on in the second season, in anticipation of Week 6, Darcy the Mail Girl reinstated the MonsterVision weekly caption contest for The Last Drive-In, using an archived contest image from the film Arena. This week also became relevant due to its airing of Cannibal Holocaust (1980), which prompted Joe Bob Briggs to warn the mutant family about its graphic content and led to Shudder posting solely the commentary segments without the film for the first time ever.
On July 14, 2020, Shudder announced that the series would return for a third season in 2021, along with other specials in the meantime, including a "Summer Sleepover" double feature with horror filmmaker Adam Green, and other surprise guests, on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 9:00 PM ET. That night, Joe Bob Briggs and Darcy the Mail Girl hosted Slumber Party Massacre II and Victor Crowley in their pajamas, during which they gave a Silver Bolo Award to James Rolfe of Cinemassacre. Additionally, Felissa Rose, Adam Green, Kane Hodder, Brian Quinn, and Tiffany Shepis joined them for the second feature. On August 20, 2020, Joe Bob Briggs confirmed that the next special would be held on October 23, 2020 at 9:00 PM ET from a "very special location" to celebrate Halloween. That evening, the team hosted "Joe Bob's Halloween Hideaway," where they showed Haunt and Hack-O-Lantern, during which they gave a Silver Bolo Award to Craig Layton of StabbyTimeTV. On November 10, 2020, Joe Bob announced that there would be a new special premiering on December 11, 2020 at 9:00 PM ET titled "Joe Bob Saves Christmas." During this special, Joe Bob Briggs and Darcy the Mail Girl auctioned off items for The Trevor Project, The National Women's Law Center, The Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, and the Organization for Autism Research on eBay, while hosting Dial Code Santa Claus and Christmas Evil in honor of the season. There were also special holiday wishes from horror film royalty, such as Felissa Rose, and previous Silver Bolo Award winners, like James Rolfe, with tonight's winner being Geeks Who Eat.
On January 19, 2021, Joe Bob announced that he would be hosting a new special with Darcy the Mail Girl titled "Joe Bob Put a Spell on You Valentine's Special" on February 12, 2021 at 9:00 PM ET.
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Following the success of the "July 2018 Marathon," "Joe Bob's Dinners of Death," and "A Very Joe Bob Christmas," Shudder made the decision to greenlight nine weekly double features beginning on March 29, 2019, and finishing over Memorial Day weekend on May 24, 2019. Directed by Austin Jennings, and produced by Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell, the series aired every Friday at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT in a similar style to the previous marathons. The films ranged over five decades and included everything from classics to obscurities to foreign cult offerings, with a handful of guests in between.
|Title||Original release date|
|1||1||"Week 1"||March 29, 2019|
C.H.U.D. (1984): Eight dead bodies. Two gallons of blood. One dead dog.
Castle Freak (1995): Eight dead bodies. Seven breasts. One dead cat, skinned. One extended chase scene. One motor vehicle crash. Random skull paintings. Abandoned toy room. Dangling clown doll. Chain strangling. Forehead wall-bashing. Crypt destruction. Casket cracking. Eye chewing. Spine stabbing. Whip wielding. Wine bottle bashing. Hooker shackling. Chambermaid bludgeoning. Ear ripping. Chain jerking. Butcher knife to the forearm. Sexual assault by claw. Thumb rolls. Breast rolls. Eye rolls. Mirror Fu. Rooftop Fu. Parapet Fu. Face slap Fu. Manacle Fu. Double baton Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Elisabeth Kaza, Jonathan Fuller, Raffaella Offidani, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Jessica Dollarhide, and Stuart Gordon. ?
In Memory of the Ski-Hi Drive-In, Alamosa, CO (1953-1996), "Where's the C.H.U.D.?"
|2||2||"Week 2"||April 5, 2019|
Q: The Winged Serpent (1982): Eighteen dead bodies. Two dead monsters. Two breasts. Heads roll. Heads fly. One motor vehicle accident. One heist. Skinned-alive body flaying. Multiple bloody skeletons. Ritualistic chest-carving with heart extraction. One beatdown by goons in leisure suits. Bikini-model munching. Construction-crew chomping. Blood rain on the Upper West Side. Carcass pigeon-feasting. Multiple helicopter-giant-flying-liazard-p.o.v. camera angles. Gratuitous bikini-girl push-ups. Gratuitous mime. Gratuitous gargoyle montage. Machine gun Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Michael Moriarty, David Carradine, Candy Clark, Richard Roundtree, Malachy McCourt, Bruce Carradine, and Larry Cohen. ?
Society (1989): Four dead bodies. Ten breasts. Three fist fights. Two motor vehicle crashes. One fat zombie. Butcher-knife creeping. One literal butthead. One double death orgy. Monster tongue-licking. Flesh eating. Flesh melding. Self devouring. Fisticuffs. Fistibutts. Involuntary tranquilizer injections. Multiple aardvarking in multiple combinations. Nekkid action-figure brain impalement. Voodoo shrunken head. Projectile suntan-lotion attack. Wire neck restraint. Dead cheek cracking. IV ripping. Eyeballs roll. Kung Fu. Wormy apple Fu. Writhing dogpile Fu. Swimming pool Fu. Hand vomit Fu. Paramedic Fu. Incest Fu. Double incest Fu. Double-reverse incest Fu. Mush maggot goo Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Billy Warlock, Ben Slack, Patrice Jennings, Charles Lucia, Devin DeVasquez, Heidi Kozak, Rick Fry & Woody Keith, Ben Meyerson, David Wiley, Screaming Mad George, and Brian Yuzna. ?
In Memory of Larry Cohen (1936-2019), "A real drive-in kind of guy,"and the Starlight Drive-In, Redding CA (1955-1993), "What the fuck do I know?"
|3||3||"Week 3"||April 12, 2019|
Deathgasm (2015): Thirty-five dead bodies. Forty undead bodies. Four breasts. Two vicious beatdowns. Three fistfights. Bra lasering. Super soaker piss-spraying. Projectile blood vomit into the face of a girl wearing a white sweater. Multiple throat-cutting. Latin demon music. Double head-slicing. Head splitting. Head ripping, with spinal cord. Arm ripping. Zombie drilling. Ax to the brain stem. Face kicking. Horns to the tummy. Automobile engine head-squashing. Clown-zombie hand through the gizzards. Quadruple-head chainsaw whirlybird martial arts move. Chainsaw through the gizzards (again). Flying head-slicing buzzsaws. Stiletto through the mouth. Simultaneous electric-dildo ear-canal stabbing. Collateral damage head-chopping. Guitar lightning. Oral zombie sex. Demon worship. Bloody drumming. Bloody eye sockets. Blood spewing. Blood puking. Ear-stud ripping. Scimitar plunging. Gratuitous KISS makeup. Gratuitous lesbian warrior sequence, with ax. Heads roll. Arms roll. Torso rolls. Roleplaying Fu. Power chord Fu. Siphon Fu. Electric drill Fu. Rubber dildo and anal beads Fu. Beer bottle Fu. Hag zombie Fu. Weed whacker Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Daniel Cresswell, Kimberley Crossman, James Blake, Stephen Ure, Milo Cawthorne, and Jason Lei Howden. ?
The Changeling (1980): Seven dead bodies. Two motor vehicle crashes. Multiple sad romantic flashbacks. Haunted piano key. Possessed water faucet. Animated rocking wheelchair. Rushing wind. Banging. Pounding. Broken mirror shard to the neck. Trance sleepwalking. Multiple glass shattering. Multiple knick-knack hurling. Multiple toy-ball-on-the-stairs ghost signaling. Grave excavation, with skeletal hand. Excellent séance, with requisite bald-headed doctor and psychic hag. One creepy music box. Staircase tumbling. One fiery inferno. Gratuitous horseback riding interlude. Raging storm Fu. Lincoln Center Fu. Microfiche Fu. Demonic tracking shot Fu. Bathtub ghost Fu. Antique wheelchair Fu. Dangling chandelier Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Melvyn Douglas, George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, and Peter Medak. ½
In Memory of the Super 99 Drive-In, Milwaukie, OR (1950-1979), "Do you like metal?"
|4||4||"Week 4"||April 19, 2019|
Madman (1982): Eight dead bodies. Two breasts. Throat slicing. Neck snapping. Face ripping. Hair dragging. Hook impaling. Multiple body dragging. Ax to the chest. Shotgun to the face. Young children being terrorized with graphic, bloody storytelling. Sword-in-the-stone ripoff called ax-in-the-stump. Excruciating hot-tub scene with even more excruciating musical accompaniment. Gratuitous girl talk. Heads roll. Ax Fu. Stoner Fu. Hanging Fu. Carburetor Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Alexis Dubin, Tony Fish, Paul Ehlers, and Joe Giannone.
Wolf Guy (1975): Seventy-eight dead bodies. Twenty-six breasts. Twenty-seven gallons of blood. Multiple aardvarking. One wolf-village massacre. Three fiery infernos. Spontaneous internal body-ripping. Psychic intestine repair. Bullet through the eye. Exploding mountain. Multiple attack ninjas. Steel-bar bending. Close-up surgical torture. Multiple exploding bodies. Homeless drunk abuse. Leisure-suited gang brawl. Fat-guy kicking. Autopsy results indicating demonic DNA. Stomach slashing. Multiple blood-licking. Brickbat to the back. Wolf girl cranium clubbing. Ear biting. Junkie beating. Cliff tumbling. Choking. Head bashing. Throat slashing. Neck cracking. Flute-enhanced breast suckling. Suicidal gang-rape backstory. Two motor vehicle chases and two explosions, with fireball. Gratuitous superimposed floating tiger. Kung Fu. Karate Fu. Fistfight Fu. Yakuza Fu. Dirty needle Fu. Chloroform Fu. Poison gas Fu. Grenade Fu. Alter-ego wolf Fu, with twitching. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Sonny Chiba, Connie Kobayashi, Etsuko Nami, Yayoi Watanabe, and Kazuhiko Yamaguchi. ?
In Memory of the Mohawk Drive-In, Colonie, NY (1946-1983), "He's REAL..."
|5||5||"Week 5"||April 26, 2019|
Demon Wind (1990): Fifty-eight dead bodies. Two breasts. Four dead car batteries. One ghost diner. One haunted teleporting ghost house. One pornstar demon. Three mass zombie-horde attacks. Forty-seven gallons of slime glopola. One pus-encrusted super-zombie. Burning-cross body nailing. Hand mangling. Forehead burning. Strangulation. Wrist slashing. Three-pronged hot-poker penetration. Pointy fingers through the forehead. Cackling-zombie neck biting. One lame fistfight. Two satanic earthquakes. Chest splitting. Gaping throat-slashing. Multiple nightmare flashbacks. Demon breast-pawing. Demonic children with spirit sticks and supernatural strength. Multiple maggot close-ups. Exploding super-demon. Zombie groin-kicking. Random skulls and skeletons. Exploding house, with fire. Flying crockery. Levitating meat cleaver. Off-screen child sacrifice. Dove tossing, with poop. Lasagna-tongue bimbo crushing. Irradiated waitress. Heads roll. Hands roll. Kung Fu. Beer can Fu. Fang Fu. Snow globe Fu. Latin Fu. Fog Fu. Dagger Fu. Pentagram Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Kym Santelle, Bobby Johnston, Eric Larson, Rufus Norris, Sherry Bendorf, Jack Vogel, Stephen Quadros, and Charles Philip Moore.
The House of the Devil (2009): Seven dead bodies. One sacrificial rite. Bloody body-painting. Wrist slicing. Eye stabbing. Neck stabbing. Blood gurgling. Knife to the back. Demon visions. Extrasensory pay phone. 1 ram skull, with blood-dripping orifice. Ominous night-driving with cemetery. Disgusting candy jar. Disgusting hair in the shower. Eight jump scares. Vase smashing. Giant-butcher-knife wielding. Gratuitous Dee Wallace. Gratuitous lunar eclipse plot points. Gratuitous pulsating red moon. Gratuitous pulsating blue flame. Head rolls. Sony Walkman Fu. Pizza Fu. Fixx Fu. Pentagram Fu. Upchuck Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Jocelin Donahue, Greta Gerwig, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Ti West, and Jeff Grace. ½
In Memory of the 11th Street Drive-In, Tulsa, OK (1947-1983), "A princess should always have flowers."
|6||6||"Week 6"||May 3, 2019|
WolfCop (2014): Twenty-one dead bodies. Four breasts. Chest carving. Throat cutting. Neck ripping. Face ripping. Eye stabbing. One firefight. One catfight. One wolf cruiser. Bullet to the forehead. Multiple shape-shifting. Inter-species aardvarking. Pig-faced armed robbers. Bedroom handcuffing. Random flaming pentagrams. Close-up penis transformation. Aggressive projectile pissing. Chain lassos. Projectile vomit. Ceremonial-sword stomach plunging. Exploding barn. Excellent transformation scene, with slimy claws and close-up face cracking. Head rolls. Eyes roll. Kung Fu. Shotgun Fu. Satanic Rite Fu. Cocaine Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Jonathan Cherry, Sarah Lind, Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, and Lowell Dean.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986): Fourteen dead bodies. Two breasts. Multiple neck snapping. Rat-tail comb through the eyeball. Head carving. TV-screen kicking. Soldering iron through the hand. Gratuitous cockroach spraying. Coke bottle Fu. Wine bottle Fu. TV-to-the-head Fu. Camcorder Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold, Michael Rooker, and John McNaughton. ?
In Memory of the Bel-Air Drive-In, Chicago, IL (1956-1999), "Fuck the Bears."
|7||7||"Week 7"||May 10, 2019|
Contamination (1980): Twenty-three dead bodies. One dead rat. One ghost ship. Two gunbattles. Sixty-seven gallons of blood, with intestine garnish. Disembowelment. Multiple slime-secreting giant green eggs. Bullet to the forehead. Freeze-dried outer-space life forms. Multiple New York skyline shots so you'll know this is an American movie. Hazmat suits made out of bed sheets. Slo-mo chest splatter. Polar ice cap flashback. One shower scene with photography from the neck up only. One crash landing in the Amazon Jungle. Flaming neck. Cop devouring. Club to the cranium. Flaming whimpering cyclopean outer-space tentacled slime creature. Exploding sailors. Exploding naval officers. Exploding law enforcement personnel. Exploding Bronx warehouse personnel. Exploding fair-trade coffee personnel. Exploding mercenary soldiers. Exploding character actors. Exploding hefty bags. Exploding rat. Gratuitous face-slapping. Gratuitous serape-clad South American parade-goers. Gratuitous tour of a Colombian coffee toasting oven. Kung Fu. Flamethrower Fu. Machine gun Fu. Mesmerizing cyclops Fu. Outer space slime egg pet carrier Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Siegfried Rauch, Ian McCulloch, and Luigi Cozzi. ½
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014): Three dead bodies. Twenty pre-existing dead bodies. Two breasts. One explosion. Multiple oil-drilling equipment, in close-up. One toe injection. Low-tech motor vehicle theft. Brick-wall punching. Hooker abuse. Gangster chewing. Body dragging. Two drug-induced freakouts. Multiple trance dancing, with deadpan punk lyrics. Child discipline, vampire style. Disco-ball spinning. That whole "will she devour me or will she love me?" relationship thing. Minor gender-bending. Homeless chomping. Sports-car keying. Spontaneous erotic ear-piercing. Heroin cooking. Involuntary wrist injections. Gratuitous transgender performance art. Gratuitous street urchin. Gratuitous widow-fleecing infomercial. Gratuitous vampire skateboarding. Gratuitous freight train. Finger rolls. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Marshall Manesh, Dominic Rains, Arash Marandi, Sheila Vand, Mozhan Marnò, and Ana Lily Amirpour.
In Memory of the Yucca Drive-In, Alamogordo, NM (1954-1970), "Call in the flamethrowers."
|8||8||"Week 8"||May 17, 2019|
The Stuff (1985): Twenty-nine dead bodies. Two fistfights. One motor vehicle chase. One brawl. One rabid junkie dog. Ground-seepage goo tasting. Exploding heads. Exploding Bodies. Multiple exploding buildings. Exploding Garrett Morris. Goo burning. Yellow-suited industrial worker sliced in half by an 18-wheeler. Organized child abuse. Bureaucrat devoured by a canine. Flaming motel room. Food tossing. One sucker punch. Infected attack bed. Gratuitous bikini models. Kung Fu. Shaving cream Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci, Scott Bloom, Paul Sorvino, Garrett Morris, and Larry Cohen. ½
Street Trash (1987): Eighteen dead bodies. Eight breasts. Three chases. One motor vehicle crash. One gang rape. Two brawls. Face farting. Face melting. Motorist jerking. Ankle melting. Exploding face. Exploding fat guy. Throat slitting. Postmortem sex. Lever to the testicles. Penis bowl. Foot sawing. Multiple full-frontal gross-out scenes. The old one-legged crutch-robber trick. Strangulation. Grocery store destruction. Aardvarkus interruptus. Sidewalk head-bashing. Muffler clubbing. Cop choking. Groin kicking. Purple intestine goo. Crippled hobo flushing. Wheelchair-bound character-actor abuse. Windshield-wiper ripping. Rocket-canister head removal. Gratuitous wastewater treatment plant. Gratuitous Nam flashbacks, with cannibalism. Heads roll. Hands roll. Foot rolls. Penis rolls. Penis flies. Garbage truck Fu. Squeegee Fu. Toilet Fu. Grenade Fu. Postal cylinder mailer Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Vic Noto, Mike Lackey, Mark Sferrazza, Jane Arakawa, R.L. Ryan, Clarenze Jarmon, Bill Chepil, Morty Storm, Nicole Potter, Roy Frumkes, and Jim Muro.
In memory of the Cherokee Drive-In, Dalton, GA (1955-1981), "I kinda like the sight of blood... but this is disgusting."
|9||9||"Week 9"||May 24, 2019|
Blood Harvest (1987): Six dead bodies. Fourteen breasts. Four Tiny Tim musical interludes, with vibrato. Seven Tiny Tim soliloquies, with screeching. Three Tiny Tim prayers, with bizarre non-biblical references. Three chases. Hanging. Upside-down hanging. Baseball bat to the face. Multiple throat-slitting. Dress ripping. Gratuitous slaughtered pig. Chloroform Fu. Foreclosure Fu. Effigy Fu. Paintball Fu. Steam Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Itonia Salochek, Dean West, and Tiny Tim.
Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987): Seven dead bodies. Seven breasts. One post-toastie prom queen. Zombie cafeteria. Haunted lascivious hobby horse. Lasered eyes. Neon wall decoration through the stomach. Stink bomb Fu. Water fountain Fu. Volleyball Fu. Bunsen-burner-to-the-crotch Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Brock Simpson, Richard Monette, Beth Gondek, Beverley Hendry, Michael Ironside, Bruce Pittman, and Wendy Lyon. ?
In memory of the Telegraph Drive-In, Toledo, OH (1946-1979), "I've got places to go, people to kill!"
After the continued support for The Last Drive-In during its first season, the show was renewed by Shudder for a second season on May 22, 2019. Then, following the premiere of "Joe Bob's Halloween Hootenanny" and "Joe Bob's Red Christmas," Season 2 of The Last Drive-In began airing on April 24, 2020 for nine consecutive episodes on Fridays at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT. The films ranged over four decades, with a greater variety of non-horror films and two world streaming premieres, alongside the usual guests and horror offerings.
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|10||1||"Week 1"||April 24, 2020|
Chopping Mall (1986): Ten dead bodies. Three dead Killbots. Eight breasts. Three pints blood. One exploding head. Three twisted-metal explosions. Kamikaze forklift. Gratuitous Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, and Dick Miller. Foldout Fu. Pastel laser-bolt Fu. Turpentine Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Jim Wynorski, Tony O'Dell, Suzee Slater, Russell Todd, Barbara Crampton, Karrie Emerson, and Kelli Maroney. ½
Bloodsucking Freaks (1976): Thirteen dead bodies. Seventy-six breasts. Finger removal. Cannibalism. Nipple electrocution. Hand severing. Eyeball eating. Molar removal. Brain drilling. Severed-head oral sex. Necrophilia. Penis sandwich. Psychotic dwarf dancing. Four heads roll. Hands roll. Legs roll. Fingers roll. Feet roll. Blowdart Fu. Martial-arts nekkid ballet Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Joel Reed. ½
In Memory of Joel M. Reed (1933-2020), "This isn't S&M, this is ART!"
|11||2||"Week 2"||May 1, 2020|
Maniac (1980): Eight dead bodies. Two breasts. Throat slitting. Garroting. Hooker strangling. Scalping. Exploding head. Subway stalking. Sword through the back. Bloody decapitation. Funky photo-shoot music in a room full of hot models dancing. Zombie-mother gravesite. Gratuitous Tom Savini. Time Square Fu. Mannequin Fu. Shotgun Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Kelly Piper, Tom Savini, and Bill Lustig. ?
Heathers (1988): Five dead bodies. No breasts. One dead Barbie doll. Exploding buildings. Exploding teenager. Finger rolls. Cow tipping. Strip croquet. Gratuitous Cliff's Notes for "The Bell Jar." Gratuitous Swatch. Gratuitous issue of "Stud Puppy" magazine. Liquid Drano Fu. Gunplay Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Kim Walker, Carrie Lynn, Shannen Doherty, Penelope Milford, Patrick Labyorteaux, Mark Carlton, Lisanne Falk, Jennifer Rhodes, and Daniel Waters. ?
In Memory of the 10th Avenue Drive-In, Great Falls, MT (1955-1974), "Chaos is what killed the dinosaurs, darling."
|12||3||"Week 3"||May 8, 2020|
Brain Damage (1988): Eight dead bodies. Two breasts. Twelve gallons of blood, often spurting. Brain goo closeups. Brain sucking. Brain spouting. Brain blowing. Brain eating. Brain draining. Brains alfredo. Ear flaking, with spouting skull wound. Frothing. LSD special effects not seen since "The Trip." Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Theo Barnes, Lucille Saint-Peter, Rick Herbst, Jennifer Lowry, Frank Henenlotter, and Gabe Bartalos. ?
Deep Red (1975): Eight dead bodies. One dead crow, skewered. One robot doll attack. One secreted mummy. One house fire. Three stabbings. Silent scream. Bloody cleaver hacking. Truck dragging followed by head squashing. Crocheted voodoo doll. Supernatural public lavatory. Psychic convulsions. Multiple butcher knife attacks. Drowning in scalding bathtub water. Falling glass. Head hacking. Teeth bashing. Blade to the throat. Sinister point-of-view camera. Multiple doll mutilation. One gothic haunted house. Horrific children's drawings. Multiple nekkid doll rope strangulation. Gratuitous inter-gender arm wrestling. Two heads roll. Telepathy Fu. Black glove Fu. Giant eye Fu. Pickaxe Fu. Diamond necklace Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Macha Méril, Gabriele Lavia, David Hemmings, Clara Calamai, Giuliana Calandra, Bernardino Zapponi, and Dario Argento. ?
In Memory of the Auto Vision Drive-In, East Greenbush, NY (1940-1979), "When it comes to blood in my underwear, I want to know how it got there."
|13||4||"Week 4"||May 15, 2020|
Troma's War (1988): Two hundred and ninety-seven dead bodies. Ten breasts. Face sewing. Gut ripping. Ear lopping. Aardvarking on the beach. Slimy worm droppings. Vicious guerrilla bumper-boat attack. Face-eating rubber snake attack. Hari-kari. Crossbow to the groin. Twelve unemployed actors set on fire. Exploding jeep. Exploding boat. Exploding Cuban. Heads roll. Ears roll. Tongues roll. Gratuitous hymn-singing. Gratuitous Mexican hat dance. Kung Fu. Poison dart Fu. Uzi Fu. Baby Fu. Outhouse Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Michael Ryder, Brenda Brock, and Lloyd Kaufman & Michael Herz. ½
One Cut of the Dead (2017): Six dead bodies. Fifteen undead bodies. Blood on the lens. Excellent one-armed zombie attack. Neck chomping. Multiple head-hacking. Axe to the head. Death plunge. Kung fu zombie. Vomit clause in an acting contract. Haunted water filtration building. Head rolls. Arm rolls. Kung Fu. Eye drop Fu. Clean freak Fu. Camera operator Fu. Human pyramid Fu. Splatter Fu. Upchuck Fu. Pentagram Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Shinichiro Ueda, Takayuki Hamatsu, and Harumi Shuhama. ?
In Memory of the 66 Park-In Theatre, St. Louis, MO (1947-1993), "Airborne!"
|14||5||"Week 5"||May 22, 2020|
The Exorcist III (1990): Ten dead bodies. Lots of descriptions of off-camera murders and mutilations. Fist to the face. Priest body-ripping. Thunder, rain, wind. Catatonic crime witnesses. Creaking doors. Bleeding wooden Jesus. Granny on the ceiling. Levitating paper. Blood draining. Dripping faucet. Writhing serpents. Bloody, windy church where the Jesus statues tumble around and watch things. Heavy-breathing point-of-view camera. Multiple headless religious statues. Multiple dream visions, with flying crucifixes. Swing band in heaven scene. Throat slicing in the confessional. One motor vehicle chase. Gratuitous Nicol Williamson. Creepy staircase Fu. Catholic iconography Fu. Police helicopter Fu. Dead bird Fu. Holy water Fu. Garden shears Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, and William Peter Blatty.
Deadbeat at Dawn (1988): Four breasts. Twenty-nine dead bodies. Two motor vehicle chases. Arm sewing. Double face-slashing. Shoulder stabbing. Hand blown off. Head twisted off. Exploding neck. Knife to the head. Bloody-wound tub soaking. Golf clubbing. Human trash-compacting. Heroin in the bloody toe. Beer-can thumping. Hooker pawing. Heavy coke-sniffing. Urinal head-ramming. Bloody zombie ghost scene. Head splitting. Throwing star to the forehead. Heads roll. Thumb rolls. Gratuitous giant snake. Kung Fu. Baseball bat Fu. Seconal Fu. Throwing star Fu. Railroad tie Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Paul Harper, Marc Pitman, Bill Stover, and Jim Van Bebber. ?
In Memory of the Bel-Air Drive-In, Detroit, MI (1971-1986), "I can't go home until the carp is asleep."
|15||6||"Week 6"||May 29, 2020|
Dead Heat (1988): Twenty-nine dead bodies. Two undead bodies. One dead pig. Dead zombie duck. Giant Chinese food. Chicken animatronics. Exploding jewel thief. Two motor vehicle chases, with multiple crashes. Zombie machine-gun attack. Zombie machine-gun Mexican standoff. Five shootouts. Four explosions. Hot-tub electrocution. One zombie autopsy. One skeleton-head jump scare. One crazed sumo butcher, with cleaver. Multiple reanimated meat. Face melting. Exploding Darren McGavin. Zombie mixed martial arts. One hokey blue-light resurrection machine. Two-faced chemical punk monster. One porn-addicted zombie security guard. Zombie duck heads. Reanimated Treat Williams. Reanimated fish. Reanimated attack pig. Gratuitous Vincent Price. Head rolls. Arm rolls. Automatic weapons Fu. Patio umbrella Fu. Suicide Fu. ½
Cannibal Holocaust (1980): Seventy-two dead bodies. Seventy-four breasts. Eight peni. Hunting knife surgery. Nekkid stick-waving protocol. Nekkid cannibal-warrior target practice. Ceremonial mutilation murder. Skewered muskrat. Spear to the chest. Extended turtle evisceration, with closeup turtle-meat chewing. Spider machete-hacking. Bloody-foot display. Cannibal on a stick. Monkey brain extraction, with lunch. Pig execution. Village pillage. Thick white mystery-juice consumption. The old bonfire tree-smoke plummeting dead-woman trick. Forced cocaine sniffing. Fungus-covered grainy alligator food. Skull pounding. Intestine yanking. Cannibal barbecue. Torched grass huts. Two gang rapes. Rusty machete amputation. Involuntary ritualistic abortion, with cello music and rocks to the face. Adultery punishment ritual with wooden penis, mud-ball vagina-jamming, and boulder to the cranium. Sadists disguised as goofy hippies. Excessively romantic cannibal feast music. Indie filmmaker mutilation. Satanic skeleton worship. Nekkid Aborigines eating Europeans-on-a-stick. Gratuitous jaguar. Gratuitous cannibal rape subplot. Gratuitous butterfly collecting. Heads roll. Foot rolls. Dick rolls. Leech Fu. Spider Fu. Crocodile Fu. Snake Fu. POV camera Fu. Firing squad Fu. Poison dart Fu. Machine gun Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Robert Kerman, Carl Gabriel Yorke, Salvatore Basile, Francesca Ciardi, Gianfranco Clerici, and Ruggero Deodato. ?
In Memory of the Rhododendron Drive-In, Florence, OR (1953-1979), "Lady, I'm fucking dead."
|16||7||"Week 7"||June 5, 2020|
Mayhem (2017): Twenty-four dead bodies. Four breasts. Face punching. Face stabbing. Neck stabbing. Multiple lethal body-stabbing. Scissors through the hand. Buzzsaw through the stomach. One heavy metal brawl. One brutal catfight. Video blackmail. Public aardvarking. Multiple fistfights. One spitting match. Dead-body pissing. Mace to the mouth. Broken bottle to the neck. One two-by-four beatdown. One multi-story death plunge. One two-on-one torture session. Two-by-four nailed to the back of a skull. Bonsai-tree consumption. Hard-drive hammer destruction. Fully-clothed aardvarking. Voiceover Fu. Security guard Fu. SWAT team Fu. Golf club Fu. Cocaine Fu. Taser Fu. Scissors Fu. Gratuitous Dave Matthews Band discussion. Gratuitous SWAT team psychologist negotiator. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Samara Weaving, Caroline Chikezie, Steven Brand, Mark Frost, Dallas Roberts, Steven Yeun, Kerry Fox, Joe Lynch, and Matias Caruso.
Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989): Four dead bodies. Four undead bodies. Four breasts. One giant penis drill. Gunshot to the skull. One extended zombie chase. One face skillet. Reanimated zombie dancing. Multiple aardvarking. Multiple impalement with symbolic priapic artifacts. Leg carving. Wound maggots. Boil lancing. Squealing, groaning, synthesizer punk soundtrack. Open-sore explosions. Tube chewing. Electrical socket finger Fu. Umbilical-cord belly dancing. Serious zit-popping. Anal sex with metal hoses. Sprocket-spouting skull face. Face licking. Face scarring. Face ripping. Finger knives. Multiple body penetrations with pipes, tubes, drills and penile implants. Gratuitous tenor saxophone. Gratuitous gay subtext. Kung Fu. Metal Fu. Death metal Fu. Shaky-cam Fu. Fast motion Fu. Industrial waste Fu. Crotch nunchuck Fu. Tokyo Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Tomorowo Taguchi and Shinya Tsukamoto. ?
In Memory of the Los Altos Drive-In, Long Beach, CA (1972-1996), "I feel great, Mark!"
|17||8||"Week 8"||June 12, 2020|
Scare Package (2020):
Hogzilla (2020): Eight dead bodies. Giant bloody tusk. One bikini photo shoot. Pig ransacking. Multiple giant hog eyes. Multiple full moons. Multiple headline montages. Giant hog vision. Gratuitous Elvis. Gratuitous ankle injury. Hurricane Fu. Cheez Whiz Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Joe Bob and Diane Jacques. ?
In Memory of the Ribault Drive-In, Jacksonville, FL (1955-1981), "I hate nature. I need another nap."
|18||9||"Week 9"||June 19, 2020|
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988): Twenty-six dead bodies. Two breasts. Four undead bodies. Maggot slashing. Straight-razor closeup suicide. Grapple hooks to the chest. Zombie deep-throat French kissing. Whips. Chains. Eyeball juggling. Baby lip sewing. Aardvarking in Hell. Flesh burning. Heart ripping. Maggots. Skull spiders. Giant snake fingers. A 98 on the vomit meter. Gratuitous "Poltergeist" effects. Mattress Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Kenneth Cranham, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Doug Bradley, Clare Higgins, and Peter Atkins. ?
Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988): Ten dead bodies. Six breasts. Two fistfights. Forced aardvarking. Exploding pinkmobile. Exploratory surgery with a chainsaw. Pierced-chest sword hurling. Attempted reverse frog-lady rape. Bottle bashing to the head. Dance of the three snakes. One motor vehicle chase, with machine guns. Hand-to-hand cliff-edge combat, with eye poking. Hand rolls. Kung Fu. Bimbo Fu. Post-apocalypse Fu. Electro-shock chastity belt Fu. Bazooka Fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for William Smith, Sandahl Bergman, Rory Calhoun, Nicholas Worth, Roddy Piper, Brian Frank, and Don Jackson. ?
In Memory of the Ulysses Drive-In, Ulysses, KS (1955-1991), "I recommend... amputation!"