Hey everybody, have you heard the news? Joe Bob is back in town. The annual Valentine’s Day special for The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs once again showed that love can also be violent, nasty, and very much unorthodox.

If you’re unfamiliar, every week on The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs, the former Monstervision host and his co-host Darcy The Mail Girl feature two movies that (sometimes) tie in together. This Valentine’s special gave us both Freeway and Vamp.

The Last Drive-In: Joe Bob's Very Violent Valentine

Horror, Romance, And A Disfigured Kiefer Sutherland

The first movie shown was Freeway. Freeway develops a strong pull into its narrative early on. It felt like a return to form for the streaming series, featuring a somewhat neglected horror movie that genuinely has some value. Freeway features a young Reese Witherspoon as she runs away from home and into the web of Kiefer Sutherland’s serial killer. Freeway surprises us with an excellent twist halfway through; Kiefer Sutherland’s character gets disfigured. This twist removes his somewhat gentle exterior to match his horrific interior.

The movie is always a treat to watch and was a great selection for Joe Bob’s Very Violent Valentine.

Don’t Trust Vampire Strippers At The Last Drive-In

The second movie was Vamp. Vamp is a pretty straightforward vampire flick but with Grace Jones (A View to a Kill, Conan the Destroyer) as a seductive vampire and three college students looking for a good time. While the trio of college students bring typical frat boy humor, it’s when Grace Jones’ Katrina enters the picture that she brings menace and a foreboding sense of dread into the movie.

Joe Bob mentions that the movie ‘ends’ four or five times before the movie ends, and this is very much true. Even despite this, the movie is a lot of fun.

Both movies featured segments focusing on various kinks. It was a fine bit. As always I feel like the show is a bit too dependent on these bits and not on interviews. Mind you, I think getting talent like Kiefer Sutherland, Reese Witherspoon, or Grace Jones may be tough, but you’re telling me Chris Makepeace or Robert Rusler weren’t available?


While the movies were pretty entertaining, the segments between were just okay, nothing too spectacular. I feel like the show sometimes forgets that people like to watch to be educated along with entertained. Still, for a night out at the movies, you can do far worse than this. The Last Drive-In: Joe Bob’s Very Violent Valentine is now available for streaming, exclusively on Shudder.

The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs airs live on Shudder Fridays at 6pm PST / 9pm EST. If you miss the live airing, episodes are also archived and posted the following Sunday.