Fans of Joe Bob Briggs are celebrating at yesterday’s announcement that The Last Drive In will be getting a third season in 2021 (along with a summer special coming soon). The next season may still be 9+ months away, but it’s never too early to speculate.
So we thought it would be fun to look at Shudder’s current inventory, and pick 15 movies that would be awesome to show on The Last Drive In. Granted, sometimes the movie they show is new to Shudder at that time, and that’s impossible to predict. So, we’re going strictly with movies that are currently available on the platform right now.
Note: These aren’t rankings of good to bad or vice versa, they’re just listed alphabetically.
It’s incredibly brutal and even feels like a snuff film at times, thus fitting perfectly with The Last Drive In’s grindhouse vibe. Plus its Austrian origin could spark a rant about Austro/German cinema by Joe Bob himself.
Admittedly, it’s a bit slow at the start, but Joe Bob’s interjections could make things a bit more entertaining. And when we get to those final moments of brutal torture, all Last Drive In fans will be satisfied!
3. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Joe Bob could have a field day with all of the cameos and references here. It’s an ode not just to slashers, but to horror itself. It really does a great job of combining a complete deconstruction of horror in the first hour, then becoming a legitimate slasher film in the last 30.
4. Body Bags
There’s a real myriad of talent at work here including John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, Mark Hamill, Wes Craven, and many more. Yet for all this, Body Bags remains a lesser known horror anthology, at least compared to the likes of Creepshow. Featuring it on The Last Drive In would be a great way to expose it to a whole new generation.
5. Class of 1984
This almost feels like a horror parody of cliché “teacher dramas”, where the teacher at rough school goes full Rambo against his students by the end. Speaking as a former educator myself, the awesome absurdity of this movie’s plot is enough to warrant watching it.
6. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
From one horror host to another, it would be really cool to see Elvira herself on the show, where she and Joe Bob could swap stories and discuss what it’s like to have that really cool and unique job.
7. Hell Baby
We all know and love The Omen and Rosemary’s Baby, and this movie is the perfect satire of that demonic child subgenre, and it’s just the perfect balance of horror and comedy that we love to see on The Last Drive In.
8. House of 1000 Corpses/3 From Hell
They’ve actually never shown a Rob Zombie movie on The Last Drive In before. His movies are the epitome of the “outdoor grindhouse” style of movies that Joe Bob prides himself on showing. Plus Rob Zombie himself could show up and talk about the movie. He could show either, or better yet both! (As of now, Devil’s Rejects isn’t on Shudder, but it would be awesome to have all three on at the same time.)
Lizzie Borden remains one of the most infamous figures in American History, and this was a really great adaptation of that story with strong performances. It’s a bit more of a drama than straight up horror, but the murder scenes are pretty graphic and Joe Bob could delve into the history of the real Lizzie Borden.
10. The Love Witch
Joe Bob would probably not be sure what to do with this movie, but Darcy would probably love it and seeing them bicker over it would be hilarious. It’s more of a witty romantic fantasy, but its style is really cool in that feels like it could have been made in the 60’s.
11. The Mutilator
One of the of most unapologetic slashers ever made, The Mutilator does nothing to conceal the identity of its killer and it sort of just exists to brutally kill people. And if that isn’t what The Last Drive In is about, then what is?!
12. Night of the Living Deb
When it comes to 4th of July themed horror, this one often gets overlooked and most people have never even heard of it. But it’s a solid romantic comedy set in the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse. It’s a weird little gem that would be fun to see Joe Bob and Darcy argue over.
13. Sadako vs. Kayako
In many ways, this was the Freddy vs. Jason of Japanese Horror. Both of these characters are legendary, being the faces of the Ring and Grudge franchises. They’ve shown foreign language films before, but none are epic crossover events like this.
14. Satanic Panic
The Last Drive In dabbled into the infamous “satanic panic” of the 1980’s with House of the Devil. This film takes a much more comedic approach, but it’s not all about the laughs. It boasts some really creative, practical effects and gore that could easily make it a Last Drive In classic.
It’s bizarre, it’s vintage, it’s one of the only horror movies ever made in the Soviet Union, and Joe Bob’s jokes would write themselves!
Which of these would you most want to see Joe Bob host? Which movies do you wanna see that we didn’t think of? Let us know in the comments!
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