Just in time for the Halloween season, legendary horror host Joe Bob Briggs and Los Angeles-based Black Vortex Cinema have announced today their partnership on “Joe Bob’s Haunted Drive-In,” a brand new, one-of-a-kind, COVID-conscious haunt experience/short horror film festival now being curated, and coming to drive-ins in Southern California this October.
“During these troubling times, we’ve seen many of our favorite seasonal Halloween events being forced to close, so we wanted to provide a safe, exciting, and scary new way to celebrate our favorite season from the comfort of our own cars,” said Black Vortex Cinema founder Christian Ackerman. “And we couldn’t be more happy to join forces with Joe Bob on this. His wicked humor onscreen is the perfect counterbalance to the live scares that’ll be happening throughout!”
“I’m excited to bring the best short horror films you submit to drive-ins, but I take no responsibility for any zombie attacks,” added horror icon Joe Bob Briggs, who will act as the pre-recorded Master of Ceremonies of “Joe Bob’s Haunted Drive-In,” along with his “The Last Drive-In” sidekick Darcy the Mail Girl, and scream queen & actress Felissa Rose.
Set to take place over several nights, the unique event will blend the nostalgia of watching a drive-in fright film festival with a live, interactive haunt: as you and your friends watch Joe Bob, Darcy, and Felissa onscreen in the “Joe Bob’s Haunted Drive-in” film fest from the safety of your own car, the drive-in itself will become overrun by flesh-hungry ghouls fresh from a Halloween party, eager to terrorize you!
Tickets for “Joe Bob’s Haunted Drive-In” start at $99 per car. For more information, including soon-to-be-announced screening dates, special event packages, possible live appearances by Joe Bob, Darcy, Felissa and more, sign up for the email list at www.JoeBobsHauntedDriveIn.com now.
To join in the conversation, use the hashtag #JoeBobsHauntedDriveIn, and on social media. You can ‘like’ BlackVortexCinema on Facebook and follow them on Instagram @BlackVortexCinema and Twitter @BlackVortexCine for updates.
And as the anthology film at the center of “Joe Bob’s Haunted Drive-In” will consist of the cream-of-the-crop of short horror films by cutting-edge directors, all commented on by Joe Bob himself, Black Vortex Cinema is now accepting short horror film submissions for consideration, and at no charge, via their Film Freeway account at https://filmfreeway.com/JoeBobsHauntedDriveInFestival (full details can be found there).
The submission window does close on September 28, 2020, at 11:59 PM PST, however, so for filmmakers who would like to possibly see their work up on the big screen as part of “Joe Bob’s Haunted Drive-In,” Black Vortex Cinema encourages them to submit now.
About Black Vortex:
Founded in 2018 by veteran filmmaker Christian Ackerman, Black Vortex Cinema has previously released the revered book trilogy My Favorite Horror Movie and the award-winning short film Our Next Caller, along with producing the events Blood Read Live: A Tribute to Larry Cohen and the “My Favorite Horror Movie” mini convention.
About Joe Bob Briggs:
Joe Bob Briggs is the world’s foremost drive-in movie critic. His wisecracking commentary on B-movies was featured on two long-running late-night television shows, first on the Movie Channel and then on TNT. That tradition continues with his latest series, The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs, currently featured on AMC’s streaming platform Shudder.
Briggs is also a successful investigative journalist, actor, and author. His nine books include Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In (1987) and Profoundly Disturbing: Shocking Movies that Changed History (2003). He has appeared in several movies, including Casino, Face/Off, and Great Balls of Fire, and continues to be a regular host and Master of Ceremonies at film festivals and conventions worldwide. Joe Bob is currently touring with his critically acclaimed How Rednecks Saved Hollywood, a one-man comedy show that traces the entire history of the redneck, as told through movies, from 16th-century Scotland to the present. Over the course of his hosting career, he has executive-produced 20,000 hours of television and has become the leading authority on exploitation and genre films.
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