The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs: “C.H.U.D.” (2019)

Shudder’s new iteration of the cult luminary’s specific brand of motor-mouthed horror appreciation displays everything that has made the Joe Bob Briggs experience such a success with his like-minded fans. Here, Briggs introduces the new series with “C.H.U.D.,” a movie he doesn’t enjoy much but knows so much about, and it’s the perfect choice – it allows the audience to view the movie through a perspective laid out by Briggs, and it makes the whole thing more palatable. I share Briggs’ ambivalence towards “C.H.U.D.,” but the communal experience that “The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs” has established is akin to watching the movie with knowledgeable, charming and funny friends. The rapport between Briggs and the “Mail Girl” D’Arcy is charismatic and affectionate without being saccharine, and all 150ish minutes fly by in a flash.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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