Shudder's Joe Bob Ruins Christmas Special Raises More than $150,000 for Charity

Earlier this month, Shudder's Joe Bob Ruins Christmas not only offered horror fans the opportunity to celebrate some genre classics in real-time on the streaming service, but the event also ended up raising more than $150,000 for four different charities, thanks not only to donations but also to auctions featuring rare and unique collectibles. Watching hosts Joe Bob Briggs and Darcy the Mail Girl offer their signature banter and insight into the films screened was more than enough reason to tune in, though horror fans fully embraced the spirit of the holidays to raise a total of $156,906.25 for the chosen charities. Joe Bob Ruins Christmas is currently available On Demand through Shudder.

Per press release, "In what has become an annual holiday tradition, iconic horror host and foremost drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs presented a double feature, just in time for Christmas. This year, Joe Bob gave Darcy the Mail Girl the gift of screening one of her favorite films, Ice Cream Man, and Darcy returned the favor by choosing Gator Bait for Joe Bob. (Beverly Sebastian, producer and screenwriter of Gator Bait, is the CEO of the National Greyhound Foundation.)

"But the true star of the show was the charity auction of one-of-a-kind props from The Last Drive-In and personal memorabilia from Joe Bob's 35-year career. For the first time, viewers were also able to participate in a telethon and order special, limited-time Joe Bob Ruins Christmas items from Fright-Rags, with all proceeds split amongst the above charities."

Briggs said of the event, "Once again the Last Drive-In family has gone above and beyond to make the world better for people that need help and animals that need homes. Of all the shows Shudder has enabled us to do, this one is the most gratifying."

The funds were equally split among the following charities:

The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs was renewed for a Season 4, though it does not yet have a release date. More holiday-themed specials are also expected to be one the way.

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