Joe Bob Briggs on How the Pandemic Horror Community Roared Back

In this episode, Jason chats with famed columnist and horror host Joe Bob Briggs, who returns to Shudder next Friday, October 8, with a new double-feature film-and-commentary event called Joe Bob's Halloween Hoedown. 

Halloween Hoedown poster and Castle Talk logo used with permission.
Halloween Hoedown poster and Castle Talk logo used with permission.

Briggs last appeared on Castle Talk in April of 2020, soon after the start of the pandemic. This time he reflects on how lightning struck with the new Shudder series The Last Drive-In, where the horror community gathered each Friday night to live tweet about the show with other fans and regular input from Briggs and his Shudder co-host, actor/writer Diana "Darcy the Mail Ghoul" Prince. Briggs also talks about how he puts together his monologues and the ways that political humor has changed over the years he's been in business.

Says the producers about the new special:

Joe Bob's Halloween Hoedown will feature special guests from the upcoming Halloween franchise installment, Halloween Kills: director David Gordon Green and producer/Blumhouse CEO and founder Jason Blum, as announced today during Blumhouse's second annual BlumFest celebration. Joe Bob's Halloween Hoedown premieres live on the Shudder TV feed at 9pm ET/8c on October 8. Fans can also watch on demand on Shudder and within the Shudder offering in the AMC+ bundle on Sunday, October 10.

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Jason Henderson is the host of the Castle of Horror and Castle Talk Podcasts, the editor of the "Castle of Horror Anthology" series. The newest Volume is Thinly Veiled: the '70sa collection of horror stories based on 70s TV and movies. He is the author of The Serpent's Nest: Young Captain Nemo from Macmillan Children's Books. His next book is 18 Miles from Town: a Midlife Crisis Thriller.

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About Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson, author of the Young Captain Nemo (Macmillan Children's) and Alex Van Helsing (HarperTeen) series, earned his BA from University of Dallas in 1993 and his JD from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., in 1996. His popular podcasts “Castle Talk” and “Castle of Horror” feature interviews and discussion panels made up of best-selling writers and artists from all genres. Henderson lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters.
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