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Hosted by cowboy hat-wearing cult film critic and Shudder streaming service personality Joe Bob Briggs, the second annual “Joe Bob’s Drive-In Jamboree” will take over all four screens of the Malco Summer Quartet Drive-In July 8-10.

The event – which will also fill the meeting rooms at the Hilton Memphis – promises a monster mix of genre films, iconic stars, professional wrestlers, rock ‘n’ roll, special offer memorabilia and more. Briggs calls it “three days of ridiculously orgiastic nerd fun.”

A true Southern son (born in Dallas, raised in Little Rock and educated in Vanderbilt) who now lives in New York, Briggs, 69, said in an interview he booked the Malco Summer Drive-In for his second ” Jamboree” because “it’s an old-fashioned American drive-in theater.” Plus, its cobbled surface will eliminate problems associated with last year’s inaugural jamboree at Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton, Pa., a gravel-on-grass venue that rainfall transformed into what Briggs “one muddy morass”. It was a little bit like that lumberyard.” Briggs said live performances are in front of a screen at the Malco Drive-In and are broadcast essentially simultaneously to the others.

Justin Osbourn, who has created the cover art for numerous horror film Blu-rays released by companies like Arrow Video and Scream Factory, designed the poster for this year's Memphis-based one "Jamboree."

According to ticketing information, fans from California, the Pacific Northwest and the East Coast are heading to Memphis for the event. Briggs expects a near sell-off, he said.

“We have people from all over the place, but I’m hoping the locals will check us out, too,” said Briggs, whose Shudder series The Last Drive-In has attracted a large and active online following. “Partly the fans come to see the films and partly to see me, but I think they often come to see each other.”

Joe Bob Briggs.

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Halloween III and Tim Cappello

“Live Drive-In Show”, Friday evening: Opening night of the “Jamboree” will celebrate what Briggs calls “the movie I’ve complained about for 40 years,” 1982’s “Halloween III: Season of the Witch,” the only film in the franchise to star the masked serial killer Michael Myers cannot be seen. Director Tommy Lee Wallace and stars Tom Akins and Stacey Nelkin will be in attendance and will participate in a post-film question and answer session. The evening begins with music by saxophonist Tim Cappello, a longtime collaborator of Tina Turner, who is perhaps best known for his role as the muscular, shirtless saxophonist in the 1987 vampire film The Lost Boys. Admission is (so to speak) at 4 p.m. (this applies to all drive-in cinema events).

PJ Soles will be in Memphis for the drive-in screening of "rock and roll high school," a film that showcased the pop punk rock of the Ramones.

‘Rock ‘n’ High School’ and ‘Bubba Hot-tep’

“Live Drive-In Show”, Saturday evening: The evening begins with a performance of Ramones cover songs performed by Brooklyn’s John Brennan and the Bigfeet, with actress PJ Soles singing lead vocals on “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” – “just like her did in 1979 when she was doing Vince Lombardi High School on Fire,” says Briggs, referring to Soles’ starring role opposite the Ramones in the Roger Corman-produced film Rock ‘n’ High School, the first feature film of the night. The second feature film – fittingly since Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” was the No. 1 film at the box office in its opening weekend – is “Bubba Ho-tep” (2002), in which Bruce Campbell plays an aging Elvis from the nursing home who opposes a resurrected mummy fights.”It’s good timing,” Briggs said. “We didn’t know the new movie was coming out now. ‘Bubba Ho-tep’ is like the drive-in movie equivalent.”

Bruce Campbell is an old-school Elvis while Ossie Davis claims to be JFK "Bubba Ho-tep."

“Real Indie Movie” Premieres

“World Drive-In Film Festival”, Sunday evening: Last Night at the Drive-In presents the world premieres of what Briggs calls “true indie films” produced “outside the financial hubs of LA-New York-London.” Submitted to this festival and selected by Briggs and his organization, two new horror or exploitation feature films and eight short films will be screened. Jonah Ray of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will perform, and live music will be provided by Axeslasher, a Denver-based metal band who appeared in the 2015 film Deathgasm.

Fred Williamson, a collegiate and professional football giant and a pioneering black actor and film producer, will be among the guests of the "Joe Bob's Drive-In Jamboree" convention.

“Pop Culture Congress”

The Hilton Memphis at 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. — a popular spot for fan gatherings dedicated to comics, sci-fi, anime, and so on — the Jamboree conference will be July 8 from 4pm to 9pm, July 9 from 11am to 7pm, and July 10th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Panel discussions, autograph sessions, remembrance rooms and more will be featured. Celebrities attending the drive-in screenings will attend, along with “Darcy the Mail Girl” and other cast members from “The Last Drive-In” (which Shudder announced last week) has been renewed for a fifth season. Other notable figures who will be attending include blaxploitation actor/writer and soccer star Fred “The Hammer” Williamson; statuesque Austrian actress Sybil Danning (“Chained Heat,” “Howling II”); Felissa Rose, unforgettable star of the infamous 1983 “Sleepaway Camp”; professional wrestlers Danhausen, Blade and Bunny; and 1980s “Scream Queen” Kelli Maroney, known for her roles as a robot-killing party girl in “Chopping Mall” and as a cheerleader navigating post-apocalypse LA in “Night of the Comet.”

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