SCREAMING AT SCARY STORIES WITH MANDY!

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Do you want to hear a scary story?

When someone asks that question, the undeniable desire to say yes goes deeper than DNA. Something integral to most souls screams at the darkness and anxiously awaits a response to confirm the horrors we’ve always known are there. The filmmakers behind Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark skillfully explore that timeless concept, and they use the most effective medium known to man: a motley crew of captivating kids.

From The Goonies to Stranger Things, there’s nothing like coming-of-age angst to fuel an adventure, and the Scary Stories ensemble definitely has the “It” factor . . . lovable outcasts with believable quirks. This movie may not resonate with some genre fans who’ve set the meter to one extreme or another—either “Goosebumps” or hardcore horror. The viewer has the feeling that everything is going to be okay, so we’re safe on this ride, but it still takes us through the twists and tunnels of the scariest place of all, our childhood imagination.

I recently watched a documentary on the Scary Stories book series, which is a straightforward presentation of short stories that have been retold in assorted iterations across many cultures and generations. You probably can’t name the writer, because he never became wildly famous, but you’re familiar with one who provided commentary on his work: R.L. Stine. Ironically, like the Scary Stories screenwriters and director, Stine chose to fictionalize and build on the influences of folklore, and that usually is better for the bank account. The original book might have thrived as a nonfiction work for adults had it included all the research the documentary revealed the author had conducted on versions and details of the stories. Of course, the books became infamous, as they were banned from school libraries; in one way or another, their legends outlived the author who collected them.

I mention this because Scary Stories ultimately is a writer’s movie. As in numerous Stephen King classics, the main character aspires to a literary life, but first, Stella, the plucky protagonist, well played by Zoe Margaret Colletti, will have to fight for her actual life as she and her friends discover the real story behind a myth and learn that humans can be monsters.

The film is set in the Vietnam era and uses industrialism, racism, and other timely issues simply as effective context for the characters. Perhaps one of the reasons the movie is both appropriate for the PG-13 demographic and a great summertime escape for adults is that the writers brilliantly avoid personal political and social statements. The moral of the story is a commentary on the importance of telling the right story and not allowing complacency or fear to necessarily perpetuate some of the tales we’ve been told to believe.

If someone asks you to go see this “Scary Story,” say yes!

-Mandy

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!

SCREAMING AT THE HORROR SHOW & WINNINGS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! It’s been a while, but things have been crazier ’round our parts than a coked out bronco on rocket skates. You read that right! So much has happened since the last time we shot the shit with ya, and we have not one but two updates for ya this week! Jumpin’ jack-o-lanterns, right?!

First up is the long-awaited interview promised to our amigos over at The Horror Show, a pod-cast kinda YouTube channel hosted by Cecil Laird, Marcia Parker, Susie Von Slaughter & Jaime En Fuegothat who specialize in discussin’ and reviewin’ a wide range of horror topics. We first became aware of each other’s channels durin’ the original Creepy Channel Crawl back in 2018 and had a face to grimace run-in at Mad Monster Party a few months back. They’re gang is so professional and courteous, we couldn’t say anythin’ but “YES!” to their request for a spotlight interview with the web’s #1 animated horror host show. Took a while to make it happen with us bein’ in the middle of an apocalyptic season while on call for more artwork for Full Moon Empire’s upcomin’ Deadly Ten comics, but our fellow HorrorTubers were more than patient and turned out a really cool video that certainly makes us laugh. Thanks to The Horror Show for introducin’ us to their fans, you Scream Freaks be sure to follow ’em ‘cross all their social media, and see our inter-dimensional collect call with ’em below!

On ‘nother note, we want to share our excitement over winnin’ a contest on The Mummy and the Monkey’s Hairy Scary Hangout this past Friday durin’ their livestream broadcast of Horror Express on Facebook. This hair and scare combo is lucky ‘nough to be friends with one of the many legends of the horror host community, Drac from The Frank and Drac Show, and he recently donated a handful of Universal monster prints he painted to their show for contest giveaways. After weeks of drawin’ winners’ names to receive these fine works of wall art, we luckily got our name added to the final drawin’ as the final prints were ’bout to be given away, and as luck would have it – we won! Thanks to Drac for sharin’ his art ‘mong the horror community, Mummy and the Monkey for takin’ the time to distribute them ‘mong the fans, and keep an eye out for these beauties hangin’ ’round the Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits in future episodes.

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!

SCREAMING AT SOME FRIGHTFUL R & R!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Hope ya enjoyed our designated hour of the second annual Creepy Channel Crawl last week and learned a valuable survival lesson why ya should steer clear of showers. The crawl was the iron butt challenge of YouTube marathons but so worth the couch sores to meet promisin’ newbies on the HorrorTube scene while reconnectin’ with some movie reviewin’ vets we like to think of as our contemporaries. As fun as it all was, however, all that excitement took a big drain on the ol’ battery.

After 28 hours of this frightening social experiment at the end of an already long week bustin’ our tailbones in preparation for it, we had to take a minute and catch our final breath. But we ain’t normal folk who think down time is loungin’ by the beach or takin’ long drives through Bob Ross paintings while blasting Yanni. Nope, as unrelaxin’ as it sounds, our idea of chillin’ is kickin’ back to a barrage of horror movies playin’ non-stop on the boob tube while brainstormin’ new ideas for Screaming Soup! vids and merch.

Course we still have some video projects still in motion we have every intention of wrappin’ up soon (a long delayed interview with our friends at The Horror Show and one to two Graphic Violence vids), but once those are knocked out and our epic fifth season of animated adventures to hell and back is finally wrapped up, we’ve got plenty of ideas for content that will keep the channel more regularly active between animated reviews.

As far as merch is concerned, we’ve been tellin’ you Scream Freaks we’ve been squeezin’ in whatever time we can to produce a Screaming Soup! comic, and that sucker startin’ pickin’ up steam this week! We’re halfway through the art for the first issue now, and this is the furthest we’ve EVER gotten makin’ a comic which is pretty monumental for us given the level of commitment it takes when we’re already booked with animatin’ the web’s #1 animated horror host show, 9-5 jobs, and day to day family stuff. Look below for a little sneak peek at what we’ve got so far of what’s planned to be a 4-issue mini-series featurin’ a few of us before we arrived at the Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits!

Anyways, we’ve had our fill of lolly gaggin’ and ready to saddle up for more animated hi-jinks y’all tell us ya love so much. Giddy up!!

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!

SCREAMING AT THE 2ND ANNUAL CREEPY CHANNEL CRAWL!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Tarnations, is it that time already?! Yup, back by popular demand — it’s the second annual Creepy Channel Crawl! For y’all who just tuned in, there was a shitstorm among small time YouTubers last year when the head honchos of YouTube announced they wouldn’t monetize or promote any videos or their associated channels without 1000+ subscribers and 4000 hours worth of views the previous year. As expected, a lotta YouTube creators bitched and moaned at the news, but our amigos the Horror Addicts decided to actually do somethin’ ’bout it and rallied support for channels in need with an event called the Creepy Channel Crawl!

A 24+ hour livestreamin’ marathon packed with more reviewers and horror hosts than you can wave an angry mob torch at, this was an amazin’ undertakin’ that entertained audiences with a smorgasbord of horror related discussions carried over different YouTube channels at the top of every hour. The Creepy Channel Crawl united creators from ’round the world, exposed digital audiences to new shows worth their fandom, and proved just how strong the horror community really is. It was a memorable weekend of sleepless fun-filled hours.

Last year, we participated as stock footage crossin’ guards of sort, directin’ viewers to the next channel they needed to visit to continue the crawl. This year, however, we made it a point to try new things with the show, so we accepted the invite to actually host an hour as one of the featured channels! Perfect timin’ too, ’cause we see some other like-minded cohorts of ours like Doctor Wolfula and the Mummy and the Monkey are joinin’ the fun as well with this also bein’ their first time as featured crawl hosts. Sounds like a party to us!

To celebrate the year’s biggest crossover ‘mong HorrorTubers, we’re thinkin’ ’bout riggin’ our cameras with some new gimmick that’s been brought to our attention — 3D-O-Vision! We’re told this picture filter will strain our broadcast to you a little differently through that cosmic rip between our dimensions, and it’s sure to be a highlight of the crawl without question. We’ve been doin’ a lot of dry runs with it to work out all the kinks, but here’s hopin’ our segement goes off without a hitch.

We gotta give ‘nother shout out to the Horror Addicts for comin’ up with the Creepy Channel Crawl in the first place and helpin’ bring the online horror communities closer together. This takes a lot of work on their part to coordinate with all the different time zones hosts are broadcastin’ from and even more time with Gory bein’ patient ‘nough to assist any and everyone needin’ guidance operatin’ a livestream while cuttin’ together promos and segway clips for channels in the crawl. Thank ya, partners!

All the scary fun begins Friday 7/12/19 at 8pm EST with our segment goin’ live on our YouTube channel Saturday 7/13/19 at 3pm. Be there or miss out on a lot of new content from the web’s #1 animated horror host show!

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!

SCREAMING AT THE CHILD’S PLAY LOOPHOLE!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! It’s your favorite animated horror hosts to the end, and we just got back from watchin’ the newest slap in the face from Hollywood, Child’s Play. We feel guilty supportin’ this unnecessary reboot with our hard earned tokens while the original series and its creators are still hard at work producin’ content starrin’ our favorite serial killin’ doll, but this is too weird of a parallel property struggle we had to witness.

See, the first Child’s Play flick was produced by MGM, and the rest of the series from Child’s Play 2 through Cult of Chucky were by Universal which is why you normally see a bunch of box sets missin’ the movie that started it all. So, while Universal keeps the money train rollin’ with non-stop sequels, MGM’s bear huggin’ a piece of that cash cow with their rights to the original. We guess with horror’s recent swing back into killer doll horror with the Annabelle movies and Chucky’s continuin’ success, MGM got the bright idea to get back in on the action with some legal loopholes that allows them to potentially spin their own parallel Chucky movie(s) based on the one flick they have rights to. Boggles the mind, we know, but in a world where everything’s got 20 versions of itself available at once with ’em all bein’ rehashed every couple of years, is it any real surprise?

Anyway, as legal as it may be (much to the dismay of Chucky creator Don Mancini), MGM must still be ‘fraid of potential lawsuits or somethin’, ’cause they decided to start at ground zero and loosely redo the original Child’s Play, nixin’ a lot of Mancini’s material to make their copyright version more their own so not to step on Universal’s toes or confuse simple minded fans which Chucky’s bein’ promoted. MGM guts all of the hoodoo voodoo that traps a foul mouth serial killer’s soul in a hunk of rubber, and replaces it with busted technology to explain a kid’s toy killin’ folks. This absolutely works for differentiatin’ the two franchises, but completely backfires as a movie bankin’ on fans wantin’ to see a Chucky movie.

The original series is such a guilty pleasure to watch ’cause Brad Dourif brings this manic energy to Chucky’s weirdo predicament as a pissed off psycho stuck in a Good Guy Doll, superchargin’ him with a humorously dark personality that’s one of the most developed ‘mong horror movie slashers. When you remove that human element, however, there’s nothin’ left but the gimmick, and that’s what happens with MGM’s artificial facelift of the icon.

‘stead of an off-color character fightin’ to be human ‘gain, Chucky’s now a busted robo-doll with a malfunctionin’ Siri for a brain that gets its wires crossed watchin’ kids laugh at Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and kills anyone who threatens its young owner’s happiness or their friendship. No self awareness, sinister undertones, vulgar commentary, gritty dialogue, desperate motivations . . . MGM reduced Chucky to a soulless piece of machinery that’s simply on the fritz like HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey thanks to a suicidal factory worker shippin’ the doll out with all its computer’s safety measures switched off. We were excited when news broke Mark Hamill was voicin’ this version of Chucky, knowin’ his years playin’ the Joker for numerous Batman cartoons could rival Dourif’s vocal stamp on the character, but even he wasn’t ‘nough to elevate Chucky -2.0. Not his fault, of course. He performed MGM’s flat version of Chucky accordingly and was only allowed a split second to slip some Joker in their at the very end.

Regardless of our criticisms, however, we did leave the theater with the opinion this is a good movie overall. Now, don’t misunderstand – it sucks balls as a Child’s Play movie, but has a decently strong ‘nough story that it really should have been its own thin’ with a new horror villain. Rather than slappin’ Chucky’s mug on this for a gaurantee pay day at the expense of his fans, the filmmakers should have themed this after one of them ro-bears at the end of the movie and made the movie a horror spin on Teddy Ruxpin ‘stead of the My Buddy doll.

We know y’all wanna read more of what we got to say ’bout this flick, but this blog’s gettin’ to be as long as a college essay, and we’ve gotta get back to animatin’ the next excitin’ episode of Screaming Soup!. But ’cause we care ’bout ya, here’s our bite-size review of the movie we posted in our R-Rated Review blog earlier this week!

CHILD’S PLAY (2019)

When Andy’s given a factory busted robo-doll named Chucky for his birthday, the toy’s malfunctionin’ iPhone for a brain copies what it sees in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and assassinates anyone it sees as a threat to their artificial friendship. A reimaginin’ of the ’88 horror classic featurin’ a serial killer’s spirit trapped in a My Buddy spoof, this legal loophole of a film ixnays all the hoodoo voodoo in favor of technophobia with the killer ankle biter now written as a confused robot linked with surroundin’ devices it can sic on folks. I think this is a solid movie overall and should really be a vehicle for introductin’ an all new horror villain ‘stead of recyclin’ Chuck for an easy payday. Especially since this robo-Chucky is never self-aware, leavin’ it devoid of any personality or grit that made the original psycho-doll so much fun to watch. The only sour I have to bitch ’bout is the horrible castin’ regardin’ age range, ’cause Andy looks way too old for this toy, and the chemistry between him and his youthful lookin’ mama feels more like siblin’s than parent and child. Cat stranglin’, dissin’ palybacks, bone snappin’, wrong uses of the word “poetic,” stabbin’s, massacred heads, several E.T. nods, killer drones, self-drivin’ car wrecks, pervy maintenance guys, table saws up the crotch, robotic operations, gift-wrapped watermelon’s decorated with cheatin’ lovers’ faces, dead cats, hacked TV bashin’, killer doll vision, kidnapped milfs, fatal freefalls, extremely disgruntled factory workers, retail store massacres, doll lynch mobs, small armies of killer dolls, and Mark Hamill slips into Joker for the briefest second at the very end! 3/5! 

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!

SCREAMING AT M.I.B. INTERNATIONAL!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! While things haven’t exactly slowed down ’round here with us deep in production of our next excitin’ episode of Screaming Soup!, we did manage to break away long ‘nough to check out the newest Men In Black sequel, M.I.B. International. Fans have always judged the sequels ‘gainst the filmmakin’ ingredients that made an instant classic of the original ’90s flick starrin’ Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as buddy space cops humorously bustin’ e.t. baddies, but this latest entry is the most susceptible to critics’ venom ’cause it abandons our favorite agents for all new characters we hope can even be half as entertainin’.

In a nutshell, M.I.B. International is ’bout Agent M, the newest rookie to join the world’s only defense ‘gainst intergalactic scumwads, and her first assignment is at the M.I.B.’s European branch where she meets Agent H and investigates a suspected mole in the organization who’s aidin’ an e.t. invasion of Earth. The newest M.I.B. partners are played by Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, and this duo is brilliantly written as clever role reversals of Agent J and K from the earlier movies. Rather than a mouthy street smart rookie bouncin’ off a weathered straight man, the rookie is now the straight man (er, woman) havin’ some fun friction with glory boy who’s still ridin’ a wave of fame he earned from stoppin’ a major invasion three years earlier. With the leads already provin’ their onscreen chemistry and natural knack for comedy in Thor: Ragnarok, and the filmmakers keepin’ the M.I.B. world and mythos familiar while still providin’ an adventure more epic than the previous films, this flick should be a slam-dunk, but somethin’ just doesn’t click for us.

While the movie is as far removed from suckage as you can hope for, it still has a lot of sours we think contribute to it’s lackluster appeal. For one, Agent M’s whole character feels as underdeveloped as her social life. When she was a young’n, she witness the M.I.B. nueralizin’ her parents while lookin’ for a fuzzy e.t. she found hidin’ in her bedroom. She helps the outer space critter escape (despite the agents never botherin’ to search her house) and starts a lifelong obsession huntin’ down the secret organization to join its ranks. Flash forward years later, she’s interviewin’ for jobs with all these different branches of government she hopes will lead her to the M.I.B. all the while workin’ some IT hotline job where she hacks into NASA satellite feeds for clues to alien activity. So — we get she’s smart, but what’s exactly her expertise? Even when she’s in the hot seat with the M.I.B. grillin’ her for reasons why they should recruit her, she never says if she’s multi-lingual, a computer whiz, Mensa member, professional kickboxer – nothin’! Her initial M.I.B. trainin’ montage even goes by in a blip, givin’ us a bleak understandin’ as to how long they groom her ‘fore sendin’ her to Europe. All we see are a few test scores showin’ she’s smart and can kick ass. Well, what part of any of that covers how she knows all ’bout thermo-dynamic doohickeys later on in the movie and where’d she learn that kinda stuff?!

The rest of the sours are pretty trivial, but doesn’t help things when there’s too many of ’em. Like (spoiler alert) if the big bad guy is this e.t. that’s like John Carpenter’s The Thing, copyin’ folks from the inside out and whatever, then why does it only take over the head of the M.I.B. office in Europe ‘stead of all its agents in body snatcher fashion? Would have certainly made the fizzle of an endin’ more excitin’! And speakin’ of the endin’, what’s with all those silly melodramatic voice overs forced in there that don’t really match what’s happenin’? And couldn’t Agent H do more than just get bitch slapped ’round the whole scene and repeat the same tired dialogue over and over again?

But the saddest thing, above all else, is the movie just isn’t funny. Crazy, we know, given all the ingredients are there to guarantee at least a solid chuckle, but — nope. We didn’t laugh one time. We can tell where the filmmakers want us to laugh, but it just never connected with our funny bones the way they supposedly intended. And that really sucks, too, ’cause we would have overlooked and forgiven so much of the sours we mentioned if it only made us laugh. It’s as if the movie maybe took itself a little too serious, or just lacked that touch of panache that made director Barry Sonnenfeld’s flicks so special.

Overall, a content way to spend a rainy afternoon, but nothin’ special ‘nough to rewatch anytime soon . . . 3/5!

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!

SCREAMING AT A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Time flies when you’re havin’ fun, and ‘nother week’s passed in the blink of an eye with us workin’ ourselves to the bone bringin’ ya more content from the web’s #1 animated horror host show. Let’s tell ya what all’s cookin’!

Obviously, we’re puttin’ most our energy into the next excitin’ episode of our Hard Road to Hell season, and it’s comin’ along nicely. The review’s done, voices have been recorded, and we’re currently wrappin’ up the final drafts of the newest backgrounds and characters before we start animatin’ next week. We don’t wanna reveal too much ’bout it right now, but our booze cruise through hell’s ’bout to drop anchor, and we’ll be seein’ just where the majority of damned souls end up.

The fine folks at The Horror Show hit us up for an interview after we ran into them at Mad Monster Party a few months back, and that request is looong overdue! Waitin’ ’til we were done with the most recent booger flickin’ episode, a group of us is now collaboratin’ on their laundry list of in-depth questions ’bout Screaming Soup!’s origins and our thoughts on different horror tropes. Turnin’ this thin’ ’round for our YouTube brethren will be a breeze, but some of our busier gang members are holdin’ things up.

We’ve been mentionin’ plans for a Screaming Soup! prequel comic, and we meant it, dammit! Already completin’ the layouts for a four issue mini-series a while back, we finally put pen and ink to paper and already knocked out six pages of the first issue. It’s comin’ ‘long slowly but surely, and is wild to watch the progress we make from page to page as we become more comfortable settlin’ on a particular style and technique for powerin’ through this nuance packed medium. We’ll be sure to throw some sneak peeks of it up sometime.

Lastly, whenever we find a free second here or there, we’re dustin’ off some unfinished artwork we’ve been meanin’ to check off our to-do-list like the piece below. We were endin’ every season with a family photo kind of snapshot of all the different characters featured, but really dropped the ball after season two. This is everyone from season three aka Buzzkill’s Revenge, and season four won’t be far behind.

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!

SCREAMING AT GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! If any of y’all were ’round to experience the ’90s, one of the biggest letdowns that decade was America’s blockbuster spin on one of Japan’s biggest properties, Godzilla. We here at Screaming Soup! always thought it was a fine movie overall, but we’re far from G-Man fanatics and credit that film’s rockin’ soundtrack for the majority of our fandom it earned. The die hard Godzilla fans, however, simply disliked the drastic change in the big guy’s design, felt he was stripped of all his kingly mannerisms includin’ his signature nuke breath, and hated how he died like a bitch from common army artillery.

It wasn’t ’til 2014 America got ‘nother swing at bringin’ the atomic lizard to the big screen and hit a lot closer to home. This time, the titular behemoth looked like Godzilla, stomped like Godzilla, and even fought other monsters of city crushin’ girth like Godzilla. The only sour for me was how much time was spent with the piss ants runnin’ ’round beneath him. We’re all for some human sideline stories for a sense of perspective, mind ya, but everytime a monster fight broke out, the filmmakers kept cuttin’ to folks tryin’ to survive the collateral damage. Let’s not kid ourselves here. We don’t buy tickets for an IMAX 3D experience watchin’ dirty face actors emote. We buy ’em to see larger than life CGI pixels beat the ever livin’ tar out of each other!

That said, we hurried to the theater earlier (minus Mandy, ’cause she didn’t wanna feel bad seein’ made-up animals whoop up on each other like it’s cock fightin’) and grabbed ourselves a front row seat to see just how much America improved on their last ’bout with Godzilla, and we were not disappointed to say the least! Here’s what we had to say in our R-Rated Review Blog:

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019)

When a scientist builds a fancy bird caller to yap it up with the world’s biggest critters, she manipulates them to wreck the planet in the name of cosmic balance. Things get out of hand, however, ’cause the three-headed dragon Ghidorah’s starts callin’ the shots, and it’s up to Godzilla and a monster stalkin’ organization to restore the natural order. Arguably the best Godzilla flick yet, it definitely blows the other two American attempts at capturin’ Japan’s biggest mon-star outta the water. Lotta kaiju brawlin’, epic globe trottin’, and a cast of root-worthy humans perfectly co-existin’ with impressive special effects exhibitin’ genuine girth. Godzilla vs Ghidorah vs Rodan vs Mothra, volcanic entrances, maybe the lost city of Atlantis, gift wrapped nukes, atomic booms, plane crashes, in-flight ejection meals, two miles worth of dead fish, stormy body odor, nuke beams, three-way dragon’s breath, regeneratin’ appendages, Fenway Park chaos, metamorphosis, wolves devourin’ a dead buck, King Kong references galore, history lesson wall art galore, submarine rescue missions, 3-4 background beasts of city stompin’ size, and Blue Oyster Cult’s tune is finally used in a Godzilla flick! 5/5! 

We strongly recommend ya to see this on the biggest screen with the meanest surround sound you can find, Scream Freaks!

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!

SCREAMING AT EXTREME FOCUS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Happy to see ya back and hope ya enjoyed our newest animated review we premiered last week, Creatures From the Abyss. Things got so sticky, we’re still blowin’ our mugs into rolls of TP to ensure there ain’t anymore of that monstrous booger in our nasal caverns. Now that we’re mere episodes away from wrappin’ up our most epic season yet, we’re kickin’ things up a notch and goin’ all out to produce this final stretch before Halloween rears its mischievous head.

With plenty more monsters and guest stars to come as we enter the final levels of hell, we ain’t lettin’ nothin’ not nobody distract us from pumpin’ these crucial episodes to y’all as quickly as we can. Well, we say that, but there is gonna be the occasional side project or payin’ gig we’ll be compelled to do for one reason or another. Full Moon contacted us for more art, we’re assistin’ with some friends with their film company title screens, and have a potential client lookin’ to hire us for whippin’ up a one shot comic book for them while we’re busy tryin’ to produce our own mini-series prequel for Screaming Soup! (which, great news, we’re already drawn the first handful of pages!).

Never the less, regardless how full our hands get, we’re never takin’ breaks from the show and keepin’ you Scream Freaks our first priority. We know how bad ya need yer servin’ of animated reviews, and we want to get it to ya even worse.

Oh, and on a side note – folks have been askin’ ’bout the Scream Freak Film Contest. It’s original deadline was back in 2018, but once our production schedule got blow outta the water, we changed it to whenever episode 48 premiers. By then, we’re hopin’ to have even more entries, providin’ us with plenty of indie cinema to share with y’all in celebration of our 50th episode. So, we do have clocks and calendars and know how to read ’em. We’re just too lazy to update bits of contest information here and there which is shame on us.

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!

SCREAMING AT CREATURES FROM THE ABYSS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! To kick this week’s blog off, we thought we’d share a little announcement with ya first . . . all NEW excitin’ episode of Screaming Soup! Y’all have no idea how good that feels to say, especially since it seems like forever since the last episode was released. We try makin’ these suckers as fats as we can without sacrificin’ any quality, but there was just a lot of side projects that slowed our production time a little bit. Full Moon Empire contacted us for more artwork, we helped push the promos for that In Search of Darkness documentary, and cut together some proposals for gettin’ our show seen on more streamin’ services to help build our fan base. So, we’re always workin’ on Screaming Soup! content one way or ‘nother, but these episodes are our meat and potatoes we get the most joy sharin’ with y’all!

So, we pick right back up with our suicide mission to save Billy from bein’ sacrificed to the apocalypse in the underworld, and things get sticky quick. There’s a new villain, a lot of laughs, plenty of action, and a romantic origin for a bonus! Even better, we’re reviewin’ an ‘specially obscure creature feature we stumbled ‘cross by chance a few years back, Creatures From the Abyss. One of the nuttiest films we’ve ever seen, it’s kind of like The Thing on the stormy high seas with a stranded horny circle of friends fightin’ mutant goober fish on an abandoned boob cruise, and we’re are ecstatic to finally be sharin’ it with ya!

So, let’s wrap this up and cannonball into this new episode below already!

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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