For fans of Shudder’s The Last Drive In with Joe Bob Briggs, it’s going to be another long wait until next season. But in the meantime, we can still reminisce and re-watch old episodes from Season 2.
And it’s with this in mind that we thought it would be fun to look over the season as a whole and rank every movie that Joe Bob showed.
Obviously with any list like this, it’s incredibly subjective and opinion-based. So it will probably differ from most other peoples’ lists, but that’s very much the point. So let’s get started!
18. Troma’s War
Cards on the table, never really been the biggest Troma fan in the world. There’s no denying that Lloyd Kaufman is a legend among independent filmmaking, and that his “stick it to the man” attitude is refreshing and a lot of fun.
But many of his films, including Troma’s War, they’re made to be laughably bad on purpose. And it just doesn’t have the same charm as something like The Room, which was hilariously terrible but tried to be good. Yes it’s a terrible movie, and yes it’s intentional, but it was just tough to get into.
If we were just ranking the commentary and banter between Joe Bob and Darcy, this would be right at the top of the list! See Joe Bob get visibly annoyed when they changed the movie on him while Darcy smirked was a lot of fun to watch.
And the fact that Darcy and Austin Jennings put in so much effort to make it happen earns them mad respect. But if we’re talking the movie itself, there’s a reason why Joe Bob was so embarrassed by it.
There’s usually a charm to “so bad it’s good” movies from the 80’s, but cheesy cinema of the early 2000’s really lacked it. The fact that Joe Bob himself was in it and all the fun stuff from the show itself is what gives Hogzilla a slight edge over Troma’s War. Check out our full review here!
16. Bloodsucking Freaks
For those who were active on social media the night of Season 2’s premiere, Twitter got noticeably quieter as this movie went on. Chris Jericho’s favorite horror film was weak in story, but more than made up for it in gore and snuff quality.
It’s the kind of the film whose appeal is in how shocked you are by watching it. But at the same time, it’s the time of film that after you’ve watched it once, there really isn’t a desire to see it again…unless you’re Chris Jericho of course!
15. Deadbeat at Dawn
Less of a horror movie, and more of a violent tour of the gritty streets of Dayton, Deadbeat at Dawn is a great testament to guerilla filmmaking and has a lot of genuinely cool stunts, that are practical and look incredibly dangerous (and illegal).
It felt a lot like a harder, grittier version of The Warriors, but it’s a bit weak on plot, and takes itself too seriously to be considered campy fun.
14. Dead Heat
When you think of zombie comedies like Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland, buddy cop films usually don’t come to mind but Dead Heat predated both. It’s the perfect time capsule of the cheesy but fun 80’s action film that knew exactly what it was, and didn’t try to be anything else.
Note, this is a different vibe that the aforementioned Troma, who intentionally makes things terrible. Dead Heat simply has fun with its premise, and the inclusion of Vincent Price automatically moves it a few spots up.
13. Hell Comes to Frogtown
At first, many of us watching The Last Drive In weren’t entirely certain that this wasn’t a porno, given the plot, as explained by Joe Bob. And if we’re just judging the first half of the film, it would probably be much lower on this list.
Roddy Piper always knew how to make something entertaining, and it works here. The second half the of film boasts some really creative makeup and costume effects that look like something out of the Super Mario Bros. movie, and it goes full Mad Max in a really cool way.
12. Brain Damage
If LSD was a movie, this would be it! Brain Damage has that beautifully bizarre surreal quality that’s representative of independent experimental filmmaking. Plus, its practical puppetry beats any type of CGI you might see today.
In a lot of ways, it feels like the hard “R” version of Little Shop of Horrors, that goes way further than that movie ever would have dared. Plus, Zacherley’s voice is a nice addition.
Deep Red definitely falls more into the compelling group due to its mystery/thriller nature. Because of the uncertainty of the case and what’s really going on, Argento’s surreal style fits in perfectly. There’s a reason this is remembered as one of his best.
If Brain Damage was the trippy, LSD-inspired portrait of 80’s NYC, then Maniac is the gritty, bleak, violent portrait of it. It’s not at all a fun movie, but its nihilism and extremely violent gore and tones are done just right.
Unlike Bloodsucking Freaks, Maniac uses its violence to say something, and does it ever! There’s a reason that Oscar-winning movies like Joker “borrowed” heavily from it (according to Joe Bob’s analysis).
9. Chopping Mall
If you can get over the incredibly misleading poster, and the fact that this isn’t a slasher movie set in a mall (which there still isn’t really any of), this is a really fun example of 80’s sci-fi horror.
The villainous security bots look like he shorter, Napoleon complex-suffering cousins of the robot that Rocky bought Paulie in Rocky IV, which just makes them that much more hilarious.
8. One Cut of the Dead
This movie takes zombie comedy, along with meta humor and just runs with it to a place that very few other movies have. It’s a great satirical take on independent filmmaking, horror, as well as the sensationalized media.
It’s an incredibly smart film that knows what it wants to say, and does so with a smirk. Check out our full review here from when it first came out on Shudder!
7. Tetsuo: The Iron Man
Admittedly, this one is probably ranked higher than most other lists. Tetsuo is without a doubt the most peculiar film that Joe Bob has ever shown. It’s the epitome of arthouse, but it’s done to such an absurd and extreme degree that it never ceases to be entertaining.
It has everything going for it, the black and white picture, the disturbing visuals, the intricate practical effects. Tetsuo holds nothing back!
As Joe Bob often says, the cardinal sin a film can commit is being boring or forgettable. And anyone who sits through this entire film (or at least the shorter cut shown on Last Drive In) will most likely never forget it for the rest of their lives!
In a decade that was filled with sappy John Hughes teen films like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, Heathers is the perfect dark foil to them.
And it’s really made what it is by a very young Winona Ryder and Christian Slater (who cares if he was trying to imitate Jack Nicholson the whole time?!)
5. Cannibal Holocaust
It may be difficult for some to get by the graphic and real animal killings (which is completely understandable), but beneath the Ruggero Deodato’s arrogance about making something brilliant is in fact, something brilliant.
Not only did he invent the found footage film (which included a scene of someone finding the footage, as Joe Bob pointed out), but it managed to horrify its audience with grotesque images, while making a bold and scathing indictment of our “civilized” society.
Its visceral nature is more than just a gimmick, and there’s a reason it’s still remembered today as being one of the most infamous movies ever made. Plus, who can forget that incredibly upbeat and optimistic musical score fits this movie in such a disturbingly perfect way.
4. Scare Package
If ever there was a movie made by horror fans for horror fans, it’s this! While we can’t deny that not every vignette was a winner, Scare Package is an absolute celebration of horror, and that makes it incredibly re-watchable.
Plus, the wraparound story set in a video store hit very close to home, especially for someone whose first job was at a video store! And as much fun as it was to see Joe Bob in Hogzilla, seeing him play himself was even better.
It features brutally fun fight scenes, with a myriad of weapons, all found around the office, and great performances by Steven Yuen and Samara Weaving, who have really great chemistry.
It’s similar in plot to 2016’s The Belko Experiment, but as Darcy argued Mayhem is the better of the two. Check out our full comparison of both here.
2. Hellbound: Hellraiser II
In one of the rare cases of the sequel being better than the original, Hellbound expanded upon the mythology of the original, gave us a bit more of Pinhead, and even showed us more of hell itself, including Leviathan!
The first film saw Kirsty merely trying to survive against her supernaturally murderous Uncle Frank, but here, she’s front and center in a three-way conflict between herself, Julia, and the Cenobites.
She’s honestly one of the best final girls that sadly doesn’t get the same attention as Laurie Strode or Sidney Prescott.
1. Exorcist III: Legion
As a fellow writer, it’s actually quite inspiring to see that an author like William Peter Blatty got to write his own script and direct his own book adaptation. Of course, the studio did force him to title it Exorcist III and made him reshoot with Jason Miller.
But the result is a supernatural detective thriller that gets very deep into symbolism and philosophy. It’s certainly more dreamlike and surreal than the original Exorcist was, but the tone works for this movie.
It feels like horror for the deep thinker, but not without an over the top exorcism scene (which again Blatty was forced to shoot at the studio’s insistence), as well as the scariest performance ever given by Brad Dourif, even given his tenure as Chucky.
It may be a while before we see Joe Bob hosting a movie again (although Darcy did say they’re planning on releasing a summer special), but we can still enjoy all these as reruns until then.
What are your favorite and least favorite movies from The Last Drive In Season 2? Let us know in the comments!
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