Advice to the Hopeless - May 6, 2015

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Dear Joe Bob,

Hey, I recently saw you at the Alamo Drafthouse, in Yonkers, for a screening of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (1974), which you did an exceptional job presenting, and I was just wondering if you were doing any more public appearances this year, in or around the Northeast?

Thanks again, JB, and it was nice finally meeting you.



Hey J.T.

Great to hear from you, and yes, I'm gonna start doing a regular series at Alamo Drafthouse/Yonkers. We’ll put the dates up for those screenings and for anywhere else I’m gonna be up on the website and on Facebook.

Preciate the support, bud. I'm sure I'll be seeing you soon . . .

Hang in there,

Joe Bob

Hey Joe Bob!

I saw your lecture at the Chattanooga Film Fest and it was incredible! Very fun and informative. As soon as I got home I had to look up the movie, "Drum" and check it out. Wow, what a film! I meant to ask you during the Q&A but there wasn't much time, but what's your thoughts on "Nail Gun Massacre"?




I was at the premiere of the restored print of "Nail Gun Massacre" a few years back, and I met all the guys involved. It's basically a weaker version of "The Tool Box Murders," and not nearly as scary, but it's good dirty fun.

Preciate you coming to the show. That was just about the warmest audience I've ever had.

Hang in there,

Joe Bob


Dear Joe Bob,

I have been hearing that there has been a resurgence of the drive-in. Is this because of nostalgia, hipsters getting into something because it is unpopular to the average public and considered ironic, or because the drive-in has learned to evolve to our changing world?



Yes, you're absolutely right, there's a huge resurgence of interest in the drive-in, and as the economy improves we see many old drive-ins reopening and many new ones being built.

Hang in there,

Joe Bob


Hi Joe Bob,

Like many Mutants, I'm also a fan of the great Tom Waits. In his song "Diamonds On My Windshield," he includes the following lyrics:

Orange Drive-in, Neon billing,

Theatre's filling to the brim


Slave Girls and Hot Spur

And Bucket Full of Sin

I assume these last two lines are titles of drive-in movies, but I have only been able to track down one of them (I think). Could you identify these and maybe tell me a little about them?

Preciate it, JBB!



Dear Dante,

I'm pretty sure Tom made those up, but somebody should make a movie called "Bucket Full of Sin."


Hang in there,

Joe Bob


Hey Joe Bob,

I have been digging around and can't seem to find those two quotes from the old Drive-In reports. Seemed best as I can remember you had one when a drive-in was restored and a different one when they got closed but always the same two quotes to cap off the segment. I have watched several of the old Monster Visions on YouTube and have just had the bad luck of picking out all videos with no drive-in report.

Have a great day Joe Bob!


Hi David,

Yes, the only two categories of drive-in reporting were…

Communist Alert!


Victory Over Communism!

Preciate the support, bud.

Hang in there,

Joe Bob