The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs is back in full swing and with the eighth week of Season 4. Joe Bob and Darcy decided to dedicate a night to dads, and like in last week’s crazy mother double feature, these dads are not the warm and loving kind.

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 usually guess the movies but I was on vacation, and not even Joe Bob could get me distracted from my week away, but I don’t think I’d have been able to guess either of these movies. The two movies shown were The Stepfather and The Freakmaker.

The Stepfather (1987) D. Joseph Ruben, W. Donald E. Westlake – The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs

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Poster for The Stepfather

The Stepfather has been on my watch list for a while and I was glad The Last Drive-In gave me an excuse to watch this movie. Also, it’s a Vancouver-shot movie, and being in Vancouver, it was nice for me to recognize some key locales.

The movie itself is great, not quite a slasher but more a character piece on this man who joins a family and when things don’t go as planned, he kills the family and moves on. The film features a young Terry O’Quinn, who most people would know from the TV series Lost where he played John Locke.

The movie is paced well and has some cool reveals and moments, all of which Joe Bob highlighted and it made me appreciate the movie that much more!

Despite there being no special guests, this was still a solid movie to show and is one of the better movies shown on The Last Drive-In.

The Freakmaker (1974) (aka The Mutations) D. Jack Cardiff, W. Robert D. Weinbach, Edward Mann – The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs

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Poster for The Freakmaker

If I’m being completely honest, this has to be one of the worst picks for The Last Drive-In.

The movie is a slog of a film, and feels way too long in the tooth, and even the performances are a tad dry and dull. Donald Pleasence (Halloween) is the biggest name in this and he seems to be half asleep.

That being said, Joe Bob’s commentary was some of his best yet. He was rattling off amazing behind-the-scenes info on the film and it showed that he has a level of respect for this film. Still, I don’t think it was enough to make this an entertaining movie.


A good double feature, and even if the last film was not the most entertaining, it was still a great night at the Drive-In

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