Here’s a lil’ vid of my The Last Drive-In boss, legendary Horror Icon Mr. Joe Bob Briggs, and I on the hunt for the equally legendary Fouke Monster. When we filmed our “The Legend of Boggy Creek” episode, JB mentioned that it was on his bucket list to get out to Fouke, AK to visit the Monster Mart and see if we could find any signs of the monster himself. My reaction was, “HECK YES! LET’S DO THAT!!” and our adventure was afoot! (A BIG foot, if you will... 😉) Thanks for checking it out! 🖤
I’ve brought back Mr. Joe Bob Briggs to help recap the insanity of Season 2 of The Last Drive-In. We talk about some of the challenges and controversies we faced this round, including Mr. JB having had Covid in the midst of everything. (Don’t worry...He’s doing better now) Thanks for listening! 🖤
Round 2 with the Iconniest Icon who ever Iconned, Mr. Clint Freaking Howard!!! I ask him some of the burning questions ya’ll tweeted me (we finally know what tranya tastes like!!!) and continue my relentless campaign to make Ice Cream Man 2 a reality!
With an impressive 0℅ on Rotten Tomatoes, it's fair to say that "TerrorVision" is not a well-loved ho-rror movie. It's been called "smugly stupid," "a truly wretched movie," and other such terms that would never be ascribed to a Ingmar Bergman film. Save for a miniscule menagerie of movie maniacs, the film has never garnered a following. And for that reason, we propose this simple question: Is there any justice in this world?! If you ask us (and we know you didn't), "TerrorVision" is a gloriously gaudy celebration of creature features, ho-rror ho-sts, and tasteful tastelessness. Some call it a "so-bad-it's-good" film; we call it art! I mean, ho-w can it be truly "bad" when it knows eXXXactly what it is? Corny by design and playful by nature, "TerrorVision" is the cinematic equivalent of a premium rubber chicken: eXXXpertly crafted silliness. You won't even let out an "EEP," but it's hard to imagine ho-w anyone can resist its campy charms. We believe it is our sacred duty to promote and support this unsung cl-ass-Sick of cheese, and we ho-pe you will join us in praising it after this shocking edition of... Monsterpiece Theater!
The premise of "TerrorVision" is actually rather brilliant: A family's new satellite dish picks up transmissions from another world and soon becomes a gateway to the unknown. As sci-fi, it's an intriguing concept that evokes "The Galaxy Being" from the original "Outer Limits" but with a decidedly '80s flavor. One might be tempted to call it a satire of Reagan-era television culture, but the film doesn't seem to be making any actual statement on the consumption of media. Its premise may bring to mind "Outer Limits," but the eXXXecution is more akin to a Saturday morning cartoon: bright colors, broad performances, outrageous oddballs, and winking humor abound. If not satire, "TerrorVision" is undeniably farce. Everything about it is tacky, goofy, and greatly eXXXaggerated.
And to us, dear readers, that is why "TerrorVision" is a must-see. Every garish color and tawdry detail was deliberately chosen to build a world that's part John Waters and part Paul Blaisdell. Like the early films of Tim Burton, the aesthetic strikes an odd balance between grotesque kitsch and candy-colored beauty. The reason why we don't consider this a "so-bad-it's-good" flick is that its devotion to artifice makes it impossible to question its intention. Is it ridiculous? Absolutely. Are the performances over-the-top? Doubtlessly. Do we think the filmmakers knew what they were doing? Indubitably! With clips from films like "The Giant Claw" and "Robot Monster" interspersed throughout the movie, "TerrorVision" is clearly meant to be a cheeky valentine to the sort of creature features that air late at night. And with its ostentatious design and impish humor, we firmly believe that the film succeeds as such. In both quality and intention, it's less "Plan 9 From Outer Space" and more "Killer Klowns from Outer Space."
For connoisseurs of screwy sin-ema, "TerrorVision's" cast is a SCREAM! Gerrit "Phantom of the Paradise" Graham, Mary "Eating Raoul" Woronov, Diane "Bill and Ted" Franklin, and Jon "Monster Squad" Gries... in terms of cast, this is the "Casablanca" of cult films! Everyone gets at least one good joke, but Franklin and Gries come out on top as a couple of headbangers. (Franklin's Suzy Putterman is a fashion icon!) Of course, like any great creature feature, the true star is the featured creature. In this case, the magnificent monster is the Hungry Beast, a voracious alien that's like a puppy dog miXXXed with plastic vomit. He's slimy, scary... and just a bit cute! Once the space oddity makes itself entirely known, the film very nearly becomes an E.T.-style adventure; it's rather heartwarming... until you remember that the Beast must feed. But eldritch abomination or cuddly pet, the Hungry Beast is one memorable monster!
There's no real gore, but don't let that scare you away: "TerrorVision" is completely drenched in slime! And just when you think the flick is about to get saccharine, another goo-crusted victim turns up. Even without traditional blood 'n' guts, "TerrorVision" is still deliciously gross! For those with a taste for the disgusting and a fondness for bad taste, "TerrorVision" will have you hypnotized. Plus, any film in which a ho-rror ho-st plays a major role is worth your time. Put down that remote! You don't want to miss a single second of... "TerrorVision!"
Here it is, Kinky Kreeps:
Official Synopsis: The summer of 1989 brought terror to the town of Shadows Creek, Florida in the form of a massacre at the local carnival, Cirque Berserk. One fateful night, a group of teens killed a dozen people then disappeared into thin air. No one knows why they did it, where they went, or even how many of them there were, but legend has it they still roam the abandoned carnival, looking for blood to spill.
Thirty years later, best friends, Sam and Rochelle, are in the midst of a boring senior trip when they learn about the infamous Cirque Berserk. Seeking one last adventure, they and their friends journey to the nearby Shadows Creek to see if the urban legends about Cirque Berserk are true. But waiting for them beyond the carnival gates is a night of brutality, bloodshed, and betrayal. Will they make they make it out alive, or will the carnival’s past demons extinguish their futures?"
"Cirque Berserk," the debut novella of Jessica Guess, is a book clearly written by a slasher film aficionado. The setup and characters should be familiar to anyone who's ever seen a ho-rror film: a group of teenage archetypes defy common sense and venture to a derelict carnival with a dark past. You have your jock, your nerd, your slacker, and other such stock characters who seem to eXXXist solely as bowling pins for some enigmatic psycho to knock down. Though thoroughly readable, there's hardly anything to distinguish it from any other teen shock story. And if you think that during the first fifty pages or so... Guess has you right where she wants you! In truth, "Cirque Berserk" is an immensely inventive chiller that ho-nors the traditions of ho-rror's past while subverting them in fascinating ways. When the reader thinks they know where the story is heading, Guess changes the destination.
In its initial pages, "Cirque Berserk" seems to be a conventional tale of survival, like most slashers. As the story progresses, the reader realizes that the tale is indeed about survival... but not in the way they eXXXpected. To say much more would ruin its surprises, but let's say that the villains have considerable depth. Your sympathies may shift and you may even find yourself caring for a ghastly murderer. The fact that we feel anything other than contempt for the killers is an incredible achievement. Though doubtlessly vicious, the slashers of the book often feel more human than the victims.
Of corpse, every good slasher yarn has to have some decent gore, and "Cirque" certainly doesn't disappoint! For those eXXXpecting a friendly "Goosbumps"-style adventure, you will want to have your gag-bags ready. I mean, this is literary Savini, dear readers! From vicious throat slashes to a macabre puppet show, "Cirque Berserk" is the grandest guignol. But the book doesn't just have its heart on the floor: For such a gruesome little shocker, there is something oddly sweet about it. One might even be bold enough to call it a love story. Really, the entire book is a valentine to the '80s, true romance, and the families we choose for ourselves.
While we are mostly burnt-out on '80s nostalgia, "Cirque" utilizes the art of that decade to great effect. The slasher genre was at its zenith in the 1980s, so it's appropriate that a book of this nature would revel in Madonna-era pop culture. While the novella spans several decades, the spectre of the '80s is felt in every chapter, radical tunes and all. Unlike other modern examples of '80s reverence, the references actually add to both the characters and atmosphere. Besides, who doesn't love Whitney Houston and The Cure?
We highly recommend "Cirque Berserk" to all you groovy ghouls out there. If you have a taste for teen terror and the Eerie Eighties, you'll surely want to check this one out. It's an absolute Tilt-A-Whirl of carnage and chaos; a freaky funhouse fit for fear fans! Hurry, hurry! Step right up and face the challenge of... "Cirque Berserk!"
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This is the vid I put together of a bunch of the Mutant Fam singing The Last Drive-In theme together from quarantine...Thank you so much to everyone who participated!! (And apologies, again, for not being able to fit everyone in...Look out for the exxxtended remixxx coming soon(ish ;)!! xoxo
Our live stream of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter from March 13,2020...Joe Bob does the Dead Fuck Dance!! :)
Big thanks to the fine folks at MasiMedia who got this shindig together, and also to Mr. Roger Jackson (pictured intro-ing a screening of the film in Stu's backyard!! :) who not only came out to party with us, but-t also left me this terrifying vm that I will treasure for the neXXXt billion centuries!! :) xoxo
My Interview with Clint Freakin' Howard!!!
(nude Clint Howard and snow globes...need I say more?)
High History: Why I love Scream so much!
Starring Diana Prince/Darcy the Mail Girl