The first season of theThe Last Drive-In premiered on March 29th 2019. Joe Bob’s return to television caused such fervor the internet broke and all us horror fans lost our collective minds. The Last Drive-In returned for a second season during a strange time in all our lives. Premiering in the middle of a pandemic, Joe Bob and Darcy were there to help us remain sane in the face of isolation.
In a time where everything feels the same, except for the horrors of the world, which are ever changing, The Last Drive-In was there to do what it does best. We were able to revisit some old favorites like Heathers and Chopping Mall, explore the background behind some more disturbing fare like Blood-Sucking Freaks and Cannibal Holocaust, and check out never before seen films like Hogzilla and Scare Package. What will the next season bring? Here are some of my picks:
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
I believe in the magic of Darcy the Mail Girl. She was able to get Hogzilla so I have complete faith she will convince Joe Bob to show Halloween III:Season of the Witch. Halloween III, is the third part in the Halloween series that has absolutely nothing to do with Michael Myers. Starring Tom Atkins and his mustache, he investigates the company Silver Shamrock who is selling masks with the ultimate goal of killing children.
Near Dark (1987)
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, this film features a great performance by Bill Paxton as a member of a vampire group. Dreamy, romantic, and scary this film is a love story about a small town boy Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) who falls in love with Mae, a vampire played by Jenny Wright. This is an interesting film in terms of what it does with vampire lore and its focus on the interactions between the vampires.
Fright Night (1985)
I first saw this movie as an elementary school kid and I remember it was disgusting and it still holds up. The image of the cross burned into Evil Ed’s face still haunts me. In a sort of weird Rear Window turn, Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale) witnesses his neighbor, played by Chris Sarandon, murder a young woman. The film is funny and silly, and while Sarandon is charismatic, he is terrifying. Fright Night never stops being fun and I would have a blast watching it with Joe Bob and Darcy.
Strange Behavior (1981)
This slasher film is bonkers and I love it. I have so many questions, but still, I love it. Inspired by 50’s sci-fi films, a mad scientist uses mind control to turn local teenagers into zombie-like murderers. There’s so much to discuss from the Tor Johnson mask to the big group dance scene. My favorite part of the Last Drive-In is where Joe Bob drops his knowledge on us about the behind the scenes aspect of the films. I want to learn more about this one.
Directed by Panos Cosmatos, the film features an assortment of oddities and I’m not even including Nicholas Cage in that. Twitter was clamoring for it, and I think there may be a good chance of a Mandy viewing. In Mandy, a man seeks vengeance after a gang of coked up mutant bikers kidnap his wife. That’s just the beginning. It would be great to hear more about this film and I have to wonder which cosplay Darcy will choose from.
There is no clear date as to when season three will premiere. Hopefully, the pandemic will be over, or maybe there will be a whole new catastrophe waiting for us. Whatever it is, it’s good to know we’ll have the Drive-In.
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