By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Looks like THE LAST DRIVE-IN wasn’t Joe Bob Briggs’ swan song after all, as the iconic drive-in expert is coming back to the Shudder streaming service for a pair of specials this coming holiday season, with a new series to follow.
Joe Bob will host “The Dinners of Death” on Thursday, November 22 and “A Very Joe Bob Christmas” on Friday, December 21. Both will be live-streamed marathons of movies curated by Joe Bob, with his signature commentary and trivia and appearances by special guest stars. “In November,” he says, “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.”
“The response to our first marathon was overwhelming,” adds Shudder GM Craig Engler, “and we can’t think of a better gift for our members than to bring Joe Bob back for the holidays. 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.”
Details of the regular series, debuting in 2019, are forthcoming; like the two marathons, it will be directed by Austin Jennings and produced by Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell. The overwhelming viewership for THE LAST DRIVE-IN, which Joe Bob discusses here and in RUE MORGUE issue #183, “broke the Internet” by temporarily shutting down Shudder’s servers. To sign up for the service, click here.