The Last Drive-In | Halloween Hootenanny, Pt. 3

Darcy goes cosplay, Joe Bob goes crazy, method acting and those dang Swiss

Just like Friday night, installment #3 of Last Call: Hootenanny Edition means we’re hittin the home stretch. Read on for Darcy cosplay, Michael Myers berserk theories, Joe Bob berserk theories, why his rant on Dominique Othenin-Girard sounds oddly familiar, and T.J. Denton’s amazing art! All this plus our briefest of Halloween 5 recaps ’cause Momma always said, if we can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

All Hail the Cosplay Queen

Darcy hit us with not one, not two, not three, but four costume changes for Hootenanny from her surprisingly conservative pumpkin, gender-bending Tom Atkins, and Kelly “Cops Do It By The Book” Meeker to my personal favorite: the mid-segment, Bob-to-Laurie transformation that was as nearly dramatic as a double wig reveal on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Darcy’s cosplay and so much more adds her own brand of magic to the Joe Bob Universe, inspiring Mutants throughout the show to send in their own pics. I believe I heard Joe Bob say something about gettin those up on our Mail Girl’s own fantastic site, kinkyhorror.com.

He So Crazy

All art by T.J. Denton – @TDenton_1138

Life is full of epic, unanswered questions: How did we get here? What’s it all mean? Did OJ really do it (just kidding). And Michael, why you so crazy bro? When we weren’t busy sending our best Boogeyman drag, we were steadily submitting our theories on what made Mikey snap. Depending on who you talk to, Michael is:

  • Evil incarnate
  • Halloween, fear, or the Id personified
  • A metaphor for substance abuse
  • Animated by adrenaline and Satan’s blessing
  • A meta-human with healing factors
  • A geometry genius whose bigness is protected by caked blood
  • Under Druid influence/the Curse of Thorn
  • A funhouse-lover
  • Joe Bob’s personal favorite: Suffering from a pathological insensitivity to pain due to congenital birth defects
  • And so much more!

Another fave was THE Chris Jericho’s “Sister Wives” theory: Michael wanted Judith so bad, it drove him nuts. Watching her blossom in that upstairs bedroom caused a full-fledged, Flowers-in-the-Attic-style sibling sex fantasy where love inevitably turns to murder. Is that always the way?  And speaking of dysfunction…

Joe Bob Goes Berserk a/k/a “Oh My God, What is Happening?”

Movie Numero-Three-O started with a perfectly peaceful mention of Hootenanny fiddle music and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s training at the Highlander Folk School (an amazing place I’ve actually visited), then BOOM! went the dynamite. Not even a Day of the Dead re-design could not calm the Joe Bob who got so worked up about Chinese directors falling on their swords, American directors who should, and the general fuckery that is Dominique Othenin-Girard’s Halloween 5 that he ripped poor Yuki’s set to pieces even the feminine sponges. We got your theories on why Michael went crazy. What about Joe Bob? Here’s a few to get ya started:

Or maybe like Victor Frankenstein and other mad geniuses sometimes you have to destroy your own creation. My theory? Method acting. The crazier Loomis got, the crazier Joe Bob got. After some perfectly calm Fancy Talk for Films 1 and 2 (the virtues of Panaglide, gratuitous Harold Pinter, the evolution of the Lifetime Original Movie, and why we need Gas Pump Girls and other uplifting stories like it in these perilous times), Joe Bob achieved Rant Level: Midnight (you’re welcome Office fans). Thank god there were no farm implements nearby.

No matter the reason, Darcy’s sweet gift from one very sweet fan and the reasons behind it helped balance the fuck out of our Last Drive-In Chi as Hootenanny drew to a close. Our Mail Girl’s struggles with depression and social anxiety are something many Mutants relate to. Her willingness to share helps us all, and I hope it helps her too that and beating a Day of the Dead prop senseless when necessary. Because some days, to paraphrase Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump, there just aren’t enough pinatas.

Halloween 5, Or: We know you’ll pay money for another sequel so fuck you.

The longer the intervals between breaks, the worse the movie. Franchise installment Numero-Five-O still gets Four Stars because any Halloween movie is better than no Halloween movie. The Gratuitous Blogger’s Halloween 5 recap includes Joe Bob’s plot questions and a few of my own:

  • Why do the opening credits look like Hellraiser made it with Iron Chef?
  • How does a hermit in a wooden shack have an exotic talking parrot?
  • Why kill off Rachel, the most sympathetic character in the movie?
  • Why does Jamie speak softly and use sign language?
  • Why is every Rachel and Tina reaction a full-scale party? A pink princess costume party! Feeding the dog in a hot pink shirt while dancing party! I get two days away from Jamie – party! Why? Because they know this movie sucks and that histrionics are the only possible solution.
  • Why do I sense the parents only visit Haddonfield Children’s Clinic on special occasions? Hey kid, you’re crazy. See you on your birthday and Halloween.
  • Why does the kid who buys beer for everyone die first?
  • Why is there a safe sex commercial in the middle of this movie?

There’s only one person to blame for this DOMINIQUE! And like The Last Drive-In set by the time Joe Bob gets done with it, he better clean this shit up.

Blame Switzerland

Nigel Powers in Goldmember says: “There are only two things I can’t stand in this world. People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures…and the Dutch.” For Joe Bob, make that the Swiss. But since he still likes yodeling, cows and cheese, make that one Swiss Director in particular: Dominique Othenin-Girard. We couldn’t help remembering Joe Bob’s extended evisceration on Pierre Teilhard du Chardin while showing Exorcist II on MonsterVision. In fact roll it and hit the 3:32 mark, because there’s only two ways to end a Joe Bob recap: with a rant and a bunch of love for a bunch of Mutants. Be sure to click over to one more post for all the Mutant Shout-Outs from Friday night’s show.

Next Up:              Whew! TJ, Ben and I take a week off to make way for some classic Joe Bob content.

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Laura Beerman

Our Gratuitous Blogger is Laura Beerman. Her bio may be summarized in two words: Mama tried. Laura is a lifelong horror fan with a particular soft spot for Joe Bob and Dario Argento. She earned a graduate degree in Early American Literature from Austin Peay State University. She has written professionally for more than two decades, primarily in healthcare, and has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and other industry publications for her insights. Laura lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her horticulturist husband, The Greenman, and her four cats. Find her other stuff at diaboliquemagazine.com, 25yearslatersite.com and creepylovely.com.

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