Last Tuesday, the 29th of January, 2013, Terror Tuesdays at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz theater on Austin's 6th street had a special guest (thanks to soon to be missed Terror Tuesdays host Zack Carlson). Former TNT Monstervision host Joe Bob Briggs came by to help introduce that night's film, "Trick or Treat", a wildly fun and surprisingly involving little film from 1986 about the supernatural dangers of heavy metal music.
Mark Price (Skippy from Family Ties) plays a teenage outsider named Eddie who is waaay into the stuff and becoming a little too fascinated by hidden lyrics revealed by playing records backwards. Long story short, he unleashes the evil, murdering, undead version of his greatest Satanic rock hero, recently deceased Sammi Curr, who then goes on a killing spree on Halloween that Eddie must either go along with or attempt to stop. This actually turned out to be a great movie, unlike some things I'd heard about it. Highlights include Lisa Orgolini as the very cute female lead (especially in her Halloween costume) and appearances by Ozzie Osbourne as a televangelist and (the better actor of the two) Gene Simmons in a role reminiscent of Wolfman Jack's in "American Graffiti".
It was an awesome night! Admittedly, I was a little disappointed that Joe Bob didn't set up an autograph table with 8X10s for my wall. Would have been nice to have his signed pic up there next to Elvira, the Hulk, Supergirl and Chewbacca, but maybe next time. It was still so cool to see him host a movie live! He gave the "Drive-In Totals" and everything! If you ever saw Monstervision or are at all familiar with Joe Bob, you know what I'm talking about. I, personally, have fond memories of watching Joe Bob on Monstervision when I was in school. I also remember taking part in the weekly caption contest on the Monstervision website. I never won (one of my best friends, "Fish", won and got a sweet T-Shirt, grrr), but I think my best jokes may have been a little too edgy, ha. Anyway, here's hoping Joe Bob comes back to the Drafthouse again sometime (and brings some books and glossies to hock)! Joe Bob, my thanks for your awesomeness, inspiration and some great Monstervision memories! Wish Monstervision was a viewing option on the DVDs of those films you showed back in the 90's! Good stuff, and watching movies on weekend nights with a host seems so much less lonely and pathetic than without one.