Advice to the Hopeless Feb '13

WRITING - Advice to the Hopeless

Dear Joe Bob,

First off I'm a huge fan of yours growing up"Monstervision" was always a must see and your commentary was always hilarious to watch. This past Halloween on AMC they aired "Motel Hell" which I instantly remembered seeing first on "Monstervision" and it made me smile. However now that I am older (26) I've given up on horror movies since the foundation of them are almost repetitive just with different actors.


Anyways back to my question I'm addicted to Casino and since my brother had luck writing to you and getting a response I wanted to ask: During the filming what was the most meaningful to you working with the cast? Or being in a Martin Scorsese film? A response is definitely appreciated and hope to see more of you in the future. Take Care and God Bless.



Everybody was nice to me on "Casino," including DeNiro and Rickles, and I'm a fan of all those guys, but the highlight was discussing "The Honeymoon Killers" with Scorsese between takes. Actually it was a painful topic for him--he doesn't like to talk about it--but he had some great insights about how it affected his career and then his early Corman movie in Arkansas.

Preciate the nice words and the support, man.

Hang in there,

Joe Bob



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Hey Joe Bob,

Any thoughts on publishing the post-Return to the Drive-In movie reviews? I'd love to see a complete 1991 and onward collection of the reviews. The first two collections are just great reading and I'd love to have the rest in a linear fashion.





I've been talking about trying to line that up for years. Thanks for prodding me about it. Just too much on my pie plate.

Preciate the support, by the way.

Hang in there,

Joe Bob


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Joe Bob, this is a love letter.

I've been a Joe Bob fan for many many years -- my then-girlfriend-now-wife and I used to watch Monstervision while chatting on the internet years before it was popular, when we were still considered weird and creepy.

We have now been married for 9 years and have four beautiful children -- sadly, none of them will ever get to see an episode of Monstervision! This is a tragedy, if I do say so myself.

Thankfully, I have a copy of 'Iron Joe Bob' that I've been holding on to since about 1996. This is one of the first books I ever legitimately laughed out loud at, thoroughly embarrassing myself in a crowded airport. I hope that some day my children will look at this strange paper object, marvel at the bizarre printing in it, and laugh as well. It is truly a classic.

Thank you for years of entertainment. The time is ripe for a return of Monstervision, though -- seize the moment! Conquer the world!


P.S. The part of the book that generated the embarrassing snort-laughter in the airport was when Shirley 'The Weasel' Stoddard nearly beats Slats to death, thinking she's caressing herself. I have spent the intervening years searching for the Terrell Institute for the Feebleminded.



I can't believe that you made the decision to reinforce your manhood by purchasing "Iron Joe Bob" and then you FAILED TO READ THE PART ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL. Four children in nine years? You're approaching fertility records previously recorded only by breakaway Mormon sects in the panhandle of Idaho.

I do, however, feel that it is my duty to corrupt your brood, so I will be in touch with news of my top-secret exploitation venture, certain to go down in the annals of time-wasting history.

With my condolences, and my respect,

Joe Bob


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Dear Joe Bob!

In my younger days, I would peruse the television during the late hours of night, and every once in a while, I would be lucky enough to catch MonsterVision back during your tenure. It was a great time in life, as I loved horror films, and it was a great way for me to stay entertained when I would be dropped off at my grandma's for the weekend. It opened up doorways into what would evolve into my acquired taste of campy horror cinema. I thank you for hosting.

I wanted to ask a couple of questions about MonsterVision that never crossed my mind until last night, when I saw some "Fear Fest Horror Block" on the AMC channel and immediately had my mind flooded with all my classic memories of how MonsterVision made it better.

#1. Were your MonsterVision segments aired live? I caught a recorded segment on YouTube where you were hosting Friday the 13th Part VI, and they didn't have any of your titles ready for your "Drive in Totals". It made me wonder if you guys shot and aired it live. I think that would be fun.

#2. What were the sets like? Just seeing the horror movies on TV today, watching old recorded broadcasts of MonsterVision... It's inspired me to kind of craft my own MonsterVision-inspired space at home, filled with lawn furniture, an old wood grain tube television, and perhaps an indoor setting with something reminiscent of your old sets. Looking at the videos of your time on MonsterVision, and other shows hosted by you, I can see you love what you do. You love these old movies. I'm sure it was a fun time working MonsterVision (before the not so "monster" movies were forced to air. If you were to offer any advice for set decoration or anything that may be appealing for such a thing, please share your thoughts! I have so many friends who would jump at the opportunity to re-live our childhood nights of watching some of the best horror films the 80s & 90s had to offer.

Joe Bob Briggs, thank you for taking the time to read this email. I wish one of these horror stations would approach you to host a new show. Everyone would win (in theory). You take care, and keep inspiring others out there like you have me!



Are you telling me you're gonna try to create the MonsterVision set at home? That's awesome, man. The only thing that was permanent on that set was the Lazy Boy recliner, which always had steer horns on the back of it. Everything else was just little junk items we picked up over the years. As to doing the segments live, yes and no. I didn't allow the director to do retakes because I wanted a live feel, so we probably did retakes on maybe one out of every 200 segments. The crew knew that if we made mistakes we were just gonna plough on through.

Preciate all the support, bud!

Hang in there,

Joe Bob