As soon as the news came down the pike from the man himself, I haven’t been able to wipe this grin off my face! The Last Drive-In starring Joe Bob Briggs (read our interview with him here) has been officially picked up for a second season, and Drive-In Mutants across the globe have been celebrating on social media outlets far and wide.
The Last Drive-In has been able to revive a tradition that I haven’t experienced since the mid to late nineties during the TGIF era. Not since have I felt compelled to clear my Friday night schedule in order to essentially watch TV at the same time every week. The Last Drive-In has done that for me.
Over the last two months, I have had the opportunity to watch some classic horror films that I had always wanted to see, like Q: The Winged Serpent (1982 – directed by Larry Cohen) and Madman (1981 – directed by Joe Giannone). Admittedly, I had never heard of some of the choices, like Wolfguy (1975 – directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi) and Contamination (1982 – directed by Luigi Cozzi). The game changer was discovering my fellow Drive-In Mutants, who were feverishly typing away in real time on social media, making new friends and sharing their love of the show. Interacting on Twitter while watching this season’s episodes felt like we were all in one big living room together, yelling out funny quips and high fiving each other with the like button.
Even Joe Bob, Darcy the Mail Girl (Diana Prince) and Shudder itself would religiously join the party right alongside us, liking and sharing tweets… until the inevitable midway point where Darcy would customarily be tossed into Twitter jail. This would breed an onslaught of hashtags of #FreeDarcy! It wasn’t long before she was reborn once again after systematically hijacking Joe Bob’s account, all the while professing her love for Halloween III (read our retro review here) under Joe Bob’s name.
Although the details on the time frame of the second season of The Last Drive-In are still up in the air, the Drive-In Mutants can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief in the knowledge that the family they have built up over the past two months will get a guaranteed reunion sometime after the last episode of season one airs on Shudder on Friday May 24th at 9:00 PM EST.
I hope to see you on my Twitter feed tomorrow in all of your #TheLastDriveIn glory, folks! The Drive-In will never die!