The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs is back in full swing and with the fourth week of Season 4. Joe Bob and Darcy decided to show not one, but two Nosferatu movies!
If you’ve never heard of Joe Bob Briggs or The Last Drive-In, every week during the course of their season, Joe Bob Briggs hosts a double-feature of movies. They can be horror classics, cult favorites, or buried treasures. Either way, they show the movie with insightful commentary by Joe Bob and Darcy The Mail Girl, often with special guests.
The movies they choose are a secret until the time of airing. I guessed what two movies they would show and I got one right! The two movies shown were Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror and Nosferatu the Vampyre.
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) D. F. W. Murnau, W. Henrik Galeen – The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs
Nosferatu is horror royalty, and Joe Bob loved every second of showing it.
The horror host said before this aired that this may have been his favorite episode yet, and showcasing a silent horror movie was clearly fun for him. I do think some of the commentary was a bit dense and dull in spots, but you tune in for Joe Bob’s insight and he laid it on thick in this episode. It was a bit too much for my tastes, but I respect it and him nonetheless.
Even if you’ve never seen the film before, it was interesting and engaging to see it with this insight, and I think most viewers, myself included, got an extra appreciation out of the experience.
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) D. Werner Herzog, W. Werner Herzog – The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs
The second movie was also a Nosferatu movie, but a bit more recent. I must admit, this is a personal favorite of mine within the subgenre of Vampire horror.
The movie is near-perfect and the commentary from Joe Bob, especially about the Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog relationship. Helps that the movie is a great watch, commentary or not.
I will say though, having two Nosferatu movies, there was a bit of staleness to everything. I think pairing Nosferatu with a higher energy second feature would’ve been more fun. If it wasn’t for them announcing that it was a Nosferatu double feature I’d expect Near Dark or something similar. They even promoted Near Dark in the break between the two. So someone was in tune with that.
While an interesting double feature, I wish they had changed it up a bit to give a bit more diversity and energy to the double feature. Two Nosferatu movies are fine, and there was enough differentiation to separate them, but certainly, I expected that there could’ve been a bit more to that second movie, or make the Herzog film the opener (although it’s not 100 years old so . . .)
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