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Joe Bob’s Drive-In will haunt Rose Bowl for Halloween

Joe Bob’s Haunted Drive-In is coming to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Halloween Night. Drive-in movie reviewer and horror host Joe Bob Briggs will present an “interactive and immersive” haunted experience and “Covid-conscious” short film festival, consisting of fifteen titles culled from international submissions. Briggs, flanked by sidekick Darcy the Mail Girl and scream queen Felissa Rose, will act as Master of Ceremonies in pre-recorded video vignettes, while the drive-in audience is terrorized by socially distanced ghouls prowling among the cars. Other onscreen guests will include Danielle Harris (Halloween IV) and Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie).

“Seeing the closures of many of our favorite Halloween events during this terrible year, we wanted to provide a safe, exciting, and scary new way to celebrate our favorite season from the comfort of our cars,” said Christian Ackerman, founder of Black Vortex Cinema, which has partnered with Briggs to present the event. “And we couldn’t be more excited to join forces with Joe Bob on this. His wicked humor is the perfect counterbalance to the live scares taking place within the audience.”

The format of Joe Bob’s Haunted Drive-In sounds remarkably similar to Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Drive-up Experience: basically a series of short films interspersed with comedy quips from a pre-recorded host while live “monsters” threaten viewers cowering in their cars. That formula did not yield great results for the Haunted Hayride, but Joe Bob’s star power may be enough to do the trick.

Tickets are on sale now for the Halloween Night engagement in the Rose Bowl on October 31, as well as the Roadium Drive-In in Torrance on October 27 and 28. Admission starts at $99 per car. For more information, additional dates and details on live signing appearances by Joe Bob, Darcy, Felissa and others, visit JoeBobsHauntedDriveIn.com.


Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.