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Ho-wdy, Ho-mies! For your listening pleasure today, JB and I have a chat with the vivacious Ms. Amelia Kinkade. She tells us tales of working on Night of the Demons, growing up with Rue McClanahan as her aunt, and her current passion for communicating with animals (and teaching others how to, too!)
Ho-wdy, ho-mies! After a lil break I’m back with my esteemed co-host to get caught up on things, including the start of Season 3, the official announcement of Joe Bob’s Jamboree, and con-going during these weird Covid times. Thanks for checking it out! 🖤
"Godzilla vs. Kong" is a truly remarkable tit-le. With that simple phrase, you know absolutely everything that is essential about the film. It's not in any way ambiguous, nor does it promise to be a glorious celebration of the human spirit. There is nothing poetic about it; there is nothing that hints at a greater meaning. All it tells you is that a giant ape is likely going to deck a giant lizard. And honestly, that's all this film needed to elicit eXXXcitement. Even if "Godzilla vs. Kong" completely lacked cinematic merit, it would still demand your attention based on its featured creatures alone. Fortunately for us, the movie is actually pretty darn good.
Godzilla and King Kong both began their respective careers in black-and-white movies that remain ever-popular in our Technicolor world. The 1933 "King Kong" set the standard for all special effects-driven blockbusters; "Gojira" from 1954 is a devastating allegory for the horrors of the atomic bomb. These films and their monstrous stars have been part of our culture since before most of us were born. "King Kong's" innovative action and "Gojira's" harrowing destruction have influenced nearly every subsequent kaiju picture; the beasts themselves have entered our mythology. A film like "Godzilla vs. Kong" carries intrinsic weight because of their legacies.
Though it is part of the "MonsterVerse" series, the chapters in that continuity mean less to this outing than the aura Kong and Godzilla bring. People who loathed the previous two "Godzilla" flicks from Legendary Pictures still clamoured for this titanic tussle. We care about Kong and Godzilla, very much in the same way we care about Batman and Superman or Frankenstein and the Wolf Man. Their presence is enough to keep us invested. We find their roars and gestures more compelling than most dialogue eXXXchanges; we understand them even if we do not speak their language.
The reason I'm writing this is because the most common criticism lobbed against this film is that the human characters do not matter... which is entirely the point. As is the case with most monster mashes, the people who inhabit this world serve three purposes: delivering eXXXposition that our stars cannot, grounding the action so it feels as if it's happening in our universe, and giving the creatures something to munch on. Obviously, I'm not against developing characters, but this is not the story of mankind. Not all films are meant to achieve the same goals or perform the same functions: No one ever criticizes "An American in Paris" for lacking suspense or "Schindler's List" for being short on laughs. A film en-tit-led "Godzilla vs. Kong" was never going to be a humanist masterpiece. Yes, the dialogue between people is uninspired and most of the characters are purely stock... but there are two entities worth your investment and they're right there in the title. As long as our human tour guides are not too intrusive (and they usually aren't), there's plenty of fun to be had.
On its intended level, "Godzilla vs. Kong" is simply spellbinding. Kong is an immensely likable hero, showing a tender side that's impossible to resist. Godzilla is as majestic and menacing as you want him to be. The CGI is nearly flawless, and the cinematography is drop-dead gorgeous. Every fight scene is two-fisted perfection, finding the right balance between bestial brutality and painterly beauty. The neon-drenched Hong Kong battle is the most jaw-dropping set piece in recent blockbusters. I've already seen this film twice, and I plan to watch it again. It's the cinematic equivalent of Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan.
Cinema has to be seen to be truly understood. At the end of the day, it is a visual medium. Words aren't enough to convey a film's worth, especially when the film is built largely around a lizard slapping an ape. All that is left to say is go see "Godzilla vs. Kong" and try not focus too hard on the humans. Deep, it ain't... but it's the kind of spectacle you can only get from the movies. If you love the eponymous monsters, I guarantee you'll dig this film. In the best possible way, "Godzilla vs. Kong" lives up to the promise of its tit-le.
A lot of my writing has to be delegated to that right now, but I’ll still be posting KH exxxclusives here as often as I’m able. I’ll also be posting links to my online articles so you can check ‘em out of you like!!
Nearly every great ho-rror villain has at least one genuinely fantastic film to their name: a film that nullifies decades of mediocrity because of its transcendent eXXXcellence. You can send Pinhead to space, cyberspace, Revolutionary France, and beyond, but-t he will always maintain his spot among the immortals for the sheer brilliance of that first "Hellraiser." Have Michael Myers kung-fu fight Busta Rhymes for the rest of eternity; John Carpenter's "Halloween" absolves the Shape of all sins. If one eXXXceptional work is enough to make a creature an icon, ho-w do we eXXXplain Lubdan the Leprechaun? With a franchise that wears enough green on Rotten Tomatoes to ward off pinches for three lifetimes, the Leprechaun should have festered in the 1990s with "Rumpelstiltskin," "Dolly Dearest," and all the other forgotten oddities of that era. Some of the films made decent money on miniscule budgets, but none of them really set the world on fire. And yet, in the year of our Lord 2021, we are still talking about that damned Leprechaun! There are officially licensed tiki mugs, Halloween costumes, t-shirts, and even a recent reboot from the SyFy Channel. And on top o' that, he happens to be our Monster of the Month! Why? Well, keep reading for the answer! For the moment, we offer this rhyme: Try as they will, try as they might, no one can slay the Leprechaun tonight!
Originally envisioned as a straight ho-rror film, 1993's "Leprechaun" morphed into something cheekier when Warwick Davis was cast as the diminutive demon. In a bold move for a ho-rror franchise, "Leprechaun" begins with the comedy installment. After Freddy's apparent death in 1991, the universe was in desperate need of a wisecracking supernatural malefactor. And since no other options presented themselves, "Leprechaun" took up the task. Written and directed by Mark Jones (writer of "Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics," "Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels," "Fangface," and other animated favorites), "Leprechaun" is a cartoon of a movie. The protagonist is a little boy who hangs out with an oafish adult, which brings to mind the many "small wiseguy/tall doofus" pairings on "Looney Tunes"... but -t with less laughs. As for the rest of the flick, it's certainly not offensive, but it hardly stands out in an era dominated by Full Moon's campy shockers. The only notable thing about the picture is the presence of a pre-"Friends" Jennifer Aniston.
Well, that would be the case if not for one considerable eXXXception: The Leprechaun himself. No matter how forgettable the rest of the film is, Warwick Davis is genuinely brilliant as the Leprechaun. Praiseworthy performances like Boris Karloff as Frankenstein and Christopher Lee as Dracula were surrounded by films that would still be magnificent without them (though less so), but-t Warwick Davis carries the entire film on his shoulders. Davis chortles, rhymes, and mugs his way through the entire film, yet he is so committed to this ridiculous part that you can't help but believe that he is that malefic merrymaker. He completely captures your attention and plays the part with bombastic sincerity. And that is why the Leprechaun is immortal.
The film and its sequels have become a cherished St. Patrick's Day tradition in our home, and the credit belongs entirely to its central performance. Warwick Davis wasn't given Freddy Krueger or Dracula, but he sure as hell acted like he was! It's a testament to his dedication that these dumb movies about a drunken coin magician remain a popular ho-rror staple, even inspiring imitations. (Looking at you, "Unlucky Charms!") Even at their bottom-of-the-barrel, mythical-creature-on-a-space-station worst, the Leprechaun himself is always a 10/10 creep.
After that inaugural outing, Warwick and his Leprechaun appeared in five more films, traveling to Ho-llywood, Vegas, space, the Hood, and, yes, back to the Hood. Most of them are more entertaining than the first one, some even approach good(ish) at times, but none of them are great ho-rror cinema. But whenever Warwick is on screen, yucking it up and rhyming his heart out, there's a kind of magic there. The "Leprechaun" films may not be great ho-rror cinema, but Lep himself is a great ho-rror monster. If Warwick Davis is still up for it, we would love to see him don the striped socks one last time. And if the resulting film is good, that'll be a bonus!
In ho-nor of the Clover-Creeper, we have the greatest rap scene in the history of cinema! Enjoy!
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! 🖤
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