Joe Bob Briggs has done plenty for the horror genre throughout the years. The famous horror critic and host has The Last Drive-In on Shudder and routinely shows films at Drive-Ins across the country. One film that has famously eluded his programming in recent years has been Halloween III: Season of the Witch. The Halloween sequel that doesn’t feature Michael Myers has gained a reputation for being divisive among fans of the series. Ever since its release, the film has had critics and fans alike battling about whether the film is a worthy entry or not.
Because of that division, fans (and Joe Bob’s co-host Darcy, the Mail Girl) have wanted them to show the film on The Last Drive-In. That doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon, but fans of the show will get to see the film shown at the upcoming Drive-In Jamboree event in Memphis, Tennessee this July. Starting on July 8th, the three-day horror convention and event has Halloween III scheduled for screening with special guests.
Here’s what the press release says:
Kicking off the annual event on July 8th is ‘Halloween 3 Throwdown,’ with the cast and crew of the 1982 film showing up for a 40th-anniversary reunion and confronting festival founder Joe Bob Briggs over his longstanding opposition to the only movie in the Halloween franchise that departs from the iconic Michael Myers narrative.
The event features Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, and Director Tommy Lee Wallace as special guests. Here’s what Joe Bob has to say about it.
This is all Darcy’s doing. I told her she could program Friday night and she’s bringing in Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, and director Tommy Lee Wallace to gang up on me.
Here’s some final bits from the press release:
The Friday-night event will consist of a screening of the movie, interrupted several times for commentary and debate, followed by a one-hour Q&A with all involved ‘to determine, once and for all, whether Halloween III belongs in the franchise.’ The issue will be settled by an audience vote. Atkins, Nelkin, and Wallace will also be appearing all three days at the Jamboree fan convention held at the Hilton Memphis the same weekend.
You can get more information from the Drive-In Jamboree website including hotel information, guests, and other info.
Here are some of the official guests listed for the Jamboree across the weekend.
- P.J. Soles, star of Halloween, Carrie, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, The Devil’s Rejects, Stripes, and many other films.
- Sybil Danning, pioneering female action star (Battle Beyond the Stars, Chained Heat, Hercules, Reform School Girls, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Grindhouse).
- Danhausen, the horror-themed professional wrestler currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
- Jonah Ray, primary host of Mystery Science Theater 3000, actor, comedian, and writer who is also known as the co-host of Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail.
- Fred Williamson, better known as “The Hammer,” the All-Pro defensive back in Super Bowl I who became a superstar during the blaxploitation era with films like Black Caesar and Hell Up in Harlem, then a successful writer/producer/actor in both Rome and Los Angeles.
- Kelli Maroney, star of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall, and many other drive-in movies as well as stints on two long-running soap operas.
- Felissa Rose, who made her film debut at age 12 as the lead in the cult classic Sleepaway Camp and has had hundreds of roles since, including her recurring appearances as the “Mangled Dick Expert” on The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs.
- The Bunny, a champion wrestler currently signed with AEW.
- Dave Sheridan, the comedian, writer, and producer best known for his portrayal of Officer Doofy in Scary Movie.
- Honey, the first Mail Girl on Joe Bob’s first two shows, Drive-in Theater on The Movie Channel and MonsterVision on TNT.
- The Blade, the professional wrestler best known for his tag team work with The Butcher.
- Yuki Nakamura, “The Tokyo Cowboy,” who started out as the art director on The Last Drive-In in 2018 but emerged through many cameo appearances as a celebrity in his own right.
- John Brennan, music director and composer for The Last Drive-In, whose band, The Bigfeet, will perform before each show during the Jamboree.
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