SCREAMING AT MEMORY OVERLOAD!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! You know, we can’t help but feel a little frustrated as horror hosts lately. As leadin’ influencers of horror entertainment, we strive to keep up with all the latest fright flicks while ‘pandin’ our encyclopedic knowledge of horror films in general. Scannin’ endless streamin’ services, checkin’ local theater listings, readin’ obscure movie review books — we’re always on the hunt for content worth sharin’ with y’all while ensurin’ our position as legitimate horror aficionados. The longer we do this, however, the more we realize there’s only so much one sick brain can retain!

Use to be, we could quote entire horror movies from beginnin’ to end with ‘nough spit leftover to share the most hardcore trivia no one asked for. A Nightmare on Elm Street series, the Evil Dead trilogy, John Carpenter films . . . we swam circles in the most mainstream horror titles, rewatchin’ the same monster movies over and over, ’cause we thought that’s all there was. In hindsight, it’s hilarious rememberin’ how frustrated we use to get thinkin’ there weren’t ‘nough horror movies to watch, forcin’ us to resort to an umpteenth viewin’ of Candyman 2 or Bride of Chucky. It wasn’t ’til we made the decision to be horror hosts we doubled down our efforts to dig up more content worth talkin’ ’bout and discovered an ocean of counterculture cinema we never knew existed!

At a rate of one to three horror movies a day, we’ve covered some considerable ground in the pursuit of knowledge these past few years (as documented in our R-Rated Review Blog) but startin’ to realize the cost of all that exposure. With us dedicatin’ so much time to only watchin’ stuff we haven’t seen, there’s rarely a time we ever rewatch anythin’ ‘less it’s for review purposes. That said, we’re shocked when we notice we haven’t watched a memorized favorite in years like Re-Animator or An American Werewolf in London, and find it surprisingly difficult to recall certain details like character names or theme music.

It’s kind of like a gag we saw in a season eight episode of Married . . . With Children, “Kelly Knows Something.” Al learns his daughter Kelly’s bimbo brain can actually retain a lot of sports trivia to help him win a gameshow, but there’s a limit to how much her cranium can hold. Whenever someone tells her somethin’ new, prior knowledge is lost to make room for that information which humorously puts her at risk for losin’ the game altogether. By comparison, we use to know everythin’ ’bout the Freddy and Jason movies, ’cause that’s all we regularly watched, but in an effort to become familiar with as many horror movies as we can from grades A through Z, chunks of grey matter dedicated to those nit picky factoids are bein’ divvied up so we can impress y’all we know a little somethin’ ’bout more ‘scure titles like Nightmare Beach or Sonny Boy.

Is it worth it? We think so, but it’s still a little embarassin’ when we claim to be such horror experts but can’t tell ya the name of the band screamin’ some rock tune in the background of a Michael Myers kill. Not that we’re livin’ in fear we’re gonna lose street cred with any of you, Scream Freaks, but this is just somethin’ that’s been kinda stickin’ in our craws lately. The one comfortin’ fact is seein’ horror host legends like Joe Bob Briggs even gettin’ stumped from time to time by fans quizzin’ him to name a particular horror flick on his show. That fella acts like his wrinkled muscle is a steel trap, but if even he can’t recall a few details out of the three lifetimes worth of movies he’s watched, then we think we’re in good company.

Other than that, be sure to catch up on all past Screaming Soup! Seasons, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films and comics we’re checkin’ out in our blogs, R-Rated Reviews and Sequential Slime, and help us get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror host show! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our video channels, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail comin’. You can also warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently playin’ on Beta Max TV and Sluggo’s The Vortexx!

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