Today is an excellent day for horror fans. The iconic Joe Bob Briggs has announced he's reteaming with Shudder for The Last Drive-In Halloween Hootenanny. Briggs made the announcement on social media with a hilarious promo for the special, which is set to air exclusively on Shudder, October 25th at 9 PM Eastern. As for what will be shown, Briggs seemed to hint (or at least joke) that something big is going to be played, though it's unclear what he meant.
The Last Drive-In was introduced as a one-time deal in the summer of 2018. However, the response was way more than what Joe Bob Briggs and Shudder were anticipating. A few fried servers later, some more specials were announced, along with a series, which started in March 2019. As for the Halloween Hootenanny, Briggs and Shudder have been teasing it for quite a while, so we knew something was being cooked up. Joe Bob Briggs had this to say in a statement.
"As we were preparing for Season 2 of The Last Drive-In, we unearthed three forgotten gems that are all Halloween-themed and decided it was time for a Halloween Hootenanny. Or maybe I'm lying about that and we're programming three iconic Halloween favorites. Or maybe we're counter-programming with flicks that have absolutely nothing to do with Halloween. The great thing about spending October 25 with us is that, as Forrest Gump says, you never know what you're gonna get. What we can promise is a) I will be ridiculously nerdy about horror, and b) Darcy the Mail Girl will probably disagree with me. It's great to be back. I missed Shudder and the Shudder faithful."
As for what will be shown during The Last Drive-In Halloween Hootenanny, that is unclear and the statement from Joe Bob Briggs differs from what he was talking about in the promo. Whatever the case may be, it's going to be a lot of fun for horror fans and it lands at the perfect time, which is the Friday before Halloween. The project is produced by Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell, and directed by Austin Jennings.
In addition to the Halloween Hootenanny, it has been revealed that The Last Drive-In is coming back for season 2 after a successful first season. The series brought Joe Bob Briggs back to what he does best, which is his classic format of a double feature every Friday night. We should have some more news about the second season coming in the next few weeks.
For now, Joe Bob Briggs fans have a lot of material on Shudder to go back and watch if they missed the first season of The Last Drive-In. Beyond that, it's time to speculate about just what exactly he's going to play during the Halloween Hootenanny at the end of the month. Perhaps Briggs and Shudder will offer some more hints in the coming weeks. While we wait, you can check out the promo for the Halloween Hootenanny below, thanks to the Shudder YouTube channel.