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Hosted by cult cowboy hat film critic and Shudder streaming service personality Joe Bob Briggs, the second “Joe Bob’s Drive-In Jamboree” will take over all four screens of the Malco Summer Quartet Drive-In from July 8-10. .
The event – which will also fill the convention halls of the Hilton Memphis – promises a monster mix of genre films, cult stars, professional wrestlers, rock-and-roll, memorabilia on sale and more. Briggs calls it “three days of ridiculous orgiastic nerdy fun”.
A true son of the South (born in Dallas, raised in Little Rock and schooled in Vanderbilt) who now lives in New York, Briggs, 69, said in an interview that he chose the Malco Summer Drive-In for his second ” Jamboree” because “it’s an old-school American drive-in.” Plus, its paved surface will eliminate problems associated with last year’s inaugural Jamboree at Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, a gravel-covered spot on grass that rainfall has turned into what Briggs called ” a muddy swamp”. It was kind of like Woodstock.” Briggs said the live performance will take place in front of a screen at Malco’s drive-in and will essentially be simulcast to others.
According to ticket sales information, fans travel to Memphis from California, the Pacific Northwest and the East Coast for the event. Briggs expects a near sell-off, he said.
“We have people driving in from all over the place, but I hope the locals will be watching us as well,” said Briggs, whose Shudder series, “The Last Drive-In,” has garnered a sizable online fan base. and active. “Part of the fans come to see the movies and partly they come to see me, but I think a lot of them come to see each other.”
Here are five things to know about the “Jamboree”.
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‘Halloween III’ and Tim Cappello
“Live Drive-In Show”, Friday evening: ‘Jamboree’ opening night celebrates what Briggs calls ‘the movie I’ve been complaining about for 40 years,’ 1982’s ‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’, the only film in the franchise that doesn’t feature the killer serially masked Michael Myers. Director Tommy Lee Wallace and stars Tom Akins and Stacey Nelkin will be in attendance and will take part in a post-movie Q&A. The evening begins with music from saxophonist Tim Cappello, a longtime collaborator of Tina Turner, perhaps most recognizable for his role as the shirtless, muscular saxophonist in the 1987 vampire film “brat pack” (or bat pack). , “The Lost Boys”. Doors (so to speak) open at 4 p.m. (which is true for all drive-in events).
‘Rock ‘n’ High School’ and ‘Bubba Ho-tep’
“Live Drive-In Show”, Saturday evening: The evening begins with a rendition of Ramones covers performed by John Brennan and the Brooklyn Bigfeets, with actress PJ Soles performing lead vocals on “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” – “just like she did in 1979 when she set Vince Lombardi High School on Fire,” Briggs says, referring to Soles’ starring role alongside the Ramones in the movie “Rock ‘n’ High School,” produced by Roger Corman, who is the first feature film of the evening. The second feature – appropriately enough, since Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” was the No. 1 film at the box office during its opening weekend – is “Bubba Ho-tep” (2002), which sets starring Bruce Campbell as the aging Elvis. who battles a resurrected mummy. “It’s a good time,” Briggs said. “We didn’t know the new movie would be out now. ‘Bubba Ho-tep’ is like the drive-in equivalent.”
Previews of “real independent films”
“World Drive-In Film Festival”, Sunday evening: Last Night at the Drive-In features world premieres of what Briggs calls “true independent films,” produced “outside the LA-New York-London financial centers.” Submitted to this festival and chosen by Briggs and his organization, two new horror or exploitation feature films and eight short films will be screened. Jonah Ray of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will appear, and live music will be provided by Axeslasher, a metal band from Denver who appeared in the 2015 film “Deathgasm.”
“Pop Culture Convention”
The Hilton Memphis at 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. – a popular site for fan gatherings dedicated to comics, sci-fi, anime, etc. – will host the Jamboree Convention, 4-9 p.m. July 8, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 9, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 10. Panel discussions, autograph sessions, memorabilia rooms and more will be featured. Celebrities present at the drive-in screenings will participate, along with “Darcy the Mail Girl” and other cast members from “The Last Drive-In” (which has been renewed for a fifth season, Shudder announced last week) . Other notables who will take part include “blaxploitation” actor/author and football great Fred “The Hammer” Williamson; the statuesque Austrian actress Sybil Danning (“Chained Heat,” “Howling II”); Felissa Rose, unforgettable star of 1983’s infamous “Sleepaway Camp”; professional wrestlers Danhausen, Blade and Bunny; and 1980s “scream queen” Kelli Maroney, known for her roles as a robot-killing party girl in “Chopping Mall” and a cheerleader navigating post-apocalypse LA in “Night of the Comet.”
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“How Rednecks Saved Hollywood”
Before the “Jamboree” proper, Briggs will be at the Crosstown Theater at 7 p.m. on July 7 to present a comedic/scholarly investigation into what he calls “the story of America’s rednecks told through classic grindhouse movies and big audience”. Over 200 film clips illustrate the talk, which will cover topics such as ‘Thunder Road’, Burt Reynolds, ‘the tight cuts worn by Claudia Jennings in ‘Gator Bait’, ‘why the redneck is the scariest monster in all of movie history” and “the existential difference between Forrest Gump and Sling Blade.” Tickets are $40 each. For tickets or more information, visit crosstownarts.org.
A weekend pass for the Jamboree costs $375. Many other ticket options are available, starting at $25 for a day pass to the convention. For tickets and more information, visit joebobsjamboree.com.