The OGS crew regularly gets together for film viewings. We enjoy the communal experience of talking about the movies afterwards and feel that is an important part of our education. In fact, immediately prior to the recording of "Seeking Human Victims" we will always watch the film that is featured on the episode together. When the Shudder network announced they were bringing the host of TMC's "Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater" and TNT's "Monstervision" back for a 24 hour marathon it was a foregone conclusion that we would get together as a team and hang as long as we could.
Since Lonestar beer wasn't an option in TN, we went with an assortment of brewskis and our den mother/co-founder/all around problem solver/makeup artist/podcast and web show host Anni Wilson made some kick ass BBQ Chimichangas. Nobody on the team had ever seen "Tourist Trap" which is what kicked the marathon off and we were all pretty fascinated by it. Chuck Conners from The Rifleman as a cross dressing killer who also has a bunch of evil killer mannequins lying around had to be seen to be believed.
Shudder certainly had some issues with streaming an event of such a large magnitude and many people were never able to get into the stream which has caused some vitriol to be thrown their way. I think they handled it with pure class. They admitted their mistake. They underestimated the size of Joe Bob's fanbase. They are offering massive free trial promo codes, plus replaying the marathon this week and making all of the content available on demand which they originally weren't going to do.
We were some of the lucky ones. We had major problems early on but once Tourist Trap got going the stream only seemed to cut out intermittently afterwards and it had no negative impact on our experience. The people on our team who grew up with Joe Bob got to relive a night of wonderful childhood/young adulthood nostalgia. The aforementioned Anni and our special effects rock star Brelyn Casper were both a little young to have experienced Joe Bob, so we didn't really know what their reaction was going to be but they were tuned in and amazed by the Drive In totals and Joe Bob's encyclopedia of horror knowledge and laughing hysterically at his razor sharp wit. We made it to David Cronenberg's "Rabid" and Dan made it to the end of it. We all have busy days today, but are continuing the party on our mobile apps. A fantastic time was had by all and even though he claims this is his farewell, we really hope Shudder continues to work with Joe Bob in some capacity.
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