Joey with Augusta Finch upright grand piano

Jo Gabriel is the girl behind Monster Girl. She started  The Last Drive In, her vintage film and television blog, in 2006. Initially driven by her love of classic horror and sci-fi, The Last Drive In evolved to incorporate film noir, suspense, cult & classic genres diverging in Monster Girl’s well known “cheeky,” “always sincere” style.

The blog’s atmosphere is one of nostalgia for those golden days when Silver Screen met tube with dials overflowing with memorable actors, writers, directors, and visionaries. The Last Drive In is filled with commentary on dramatic, cerebral, cheesy, melodramatic, gothic, cultish, thrilling, distinct, and often innovative films both well known and forgotten.

Jo Gabriel is also an internationally renowned singer/songwriter who derives much of her inspired passion as a recording artist from the stuff that dreams are made of-those very films and early TV shows that she grew up surrounded by.

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  1. Thanks for the recommedations man,I have a cpluoe you should check out too.You probably have these flicks,but if you don’t check out these movies.Black Christmas(Personal favorite),Midnight Meat Train,Wolf Creek,Night Of The Demons 1(!989)version,and The Kindred(Very hard to find movie but good).


  2. Hello Jo,
    So sorry to read you have been unwell.
    I wish you all the best for a speedy recovery.
    We were in contact some time ago when you purchased a few dvds from me on the ioffer website.
    I love reading your blogs!.
    If there’s anything I can do for you do let me know.
    Bye for now, Steve.x


    1. Hey Steve- Thanks so much for your kind words. I hope it’s okay to ask, but could you remind me which dvd’s I purchased from you? I’ve lost track. But I think it’s so fantastic of you to stop by here and be so complimentary to my blog. Please stay in touch… and I’ll be needing more films soon so we’ll talk about that -cheers Joey


  3. Hello,

    this is a question, a movie in the 50’s, (don’t remember anything about the story), but, a woman, who, at the end was thrown or fell out a window, as she hit the ground she turned into a python snake. I think there was a sailor who might have found a basket on a ship with a snake in it – It really scared me! Any info?



    1. Might very well be ‘The Cult of the Cobra’ (1955) starring Marshall Thomson, Faith Domergue, David Janssen, et al. Haven’t seen it in a very long while, but the plot revolved a group of G.I.s encountering a woman who mysteriously morphs into a deadly snake. C.M.


    1. Hey Brian! It’s my favorite film. I can watch it several times a year, and I always see some new little detail. Thanks so much for your kind words. I’d love to join your group, thanks so much for asking me… Cheers Joey


  4. Love this stuff too, especially the Noirs & Neo Noirs, I quoted your blog in two of my reviews in Noirsville

    Aroused (1966) http://noirsville.blogspot.com/2015/09/sed-1966-un-cute-meet-hooker-ginny-with.html

    and for

    The Pick-Up (1968) http://noirsville.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-pick-up-1968-vegas-road-trip.html

    and linked you on my link list

    In the same vein you should check out the Experimental Noir The Glass Cage (1964) it’s right up your alley my review is here: http://noirsville.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-glass-cage-1964.html


  5. Love this stuff too, got a kick out of your piece on Carnival of Souls. I was a kid watching late night movies in NYC on one of the 13 broadcast channels WOR or WPIX back in the early 60s, when I first caught it, it was creepy, and stayed with me ever since. I even remember watching an altered/ butchered version once where the station inserted a cappella singers in the segments without sound, as if they had to compensate somehow, or folks tuning in would think there was something wrong with the station, it was bizarre.

    Anyway I reviewed two Neo Noirs on my new blog and quoted “”FILM NOIR HAD AN INEVITABLE TRAJECTORY…

    the films are Aroused (1966): http://noirsville.blogspot.com/2015/09/sed-1966-un-cute-meet-hooker-ginny-with.html


    The Pick-Up (1968): http://noirsville.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-pick-up-1968-vegas-road-trip.html

    But I must also bring your attention to The Glass Cage (1964) an Experimental Noir which is right up your alley the review for it is here:

    The Glass Cage (1964): http://noirsville.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-glass-cage-1964.html

    Looking forward to reading more


  6. Hey Jo! Just visiting, but had some time to say hello. My goodness, your site is out of sight! Please Keep Watching the Skies! Love The Last Drive In. Hope You are well.

    Cordially yours,

    Tom Luca


    1. As always thank you Tom for being such a loyal fan of The Last Drive In. I’ve been taking a bit of a respite from writing due to health issues. But I’m starting to feel the pangs to get back to it very soon! Hope you are doing swell yourself!!! Cheers Joey


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