Joe Bob Briggs


Joe Bob Briggs: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood

Nov. 30
7 p.m.
Comedy, Film, Speakers

Film critic Joe Bob Briggs has no use for mainstream movies. “Their slickness, the three-act formula, the ‘up’ endings, the movie star system,” he tells City Pages, “It’s a recipe for boredom.” Briggs gained national attention when he started hosting horror movies on cable TV, parlaying his cult success as one of the only critics in the country willing to review the kind of exploitation movies that ran at his local Dallas drive-in—everything from his beloved Texas Chain Saw Massacre to less influential fare like Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama. He’s best known as the host of the 1990s TNT late-night staple Monstervision, where he guided viewers through a wonderland of cable-edited sleaze (and the occasional legit horror classic). Briggs is back in the hosting chair with a series of monster-movie marathons on streaming service Shudder, and the dry-humored raconteur is also touring with a show about the history of rednecks in America, packed with over 200 clips and references from his encyclopedic knowledge of the best—and worst—of cinema. 21+.