SCREAMING AT TONY MORAN!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Woo-wee, what a week this has been! After checkin’ out a double feature of Jaws and Jurassic Park at the drive-in, word got to us one of the original folks to play The Shape (better know as Michael Myers to some) was droppin’ by a local toy store for an appearance, and it turned out to be none other than Tony Moran, the fella who played Myers unmasked when he had that fedangled eye lid from a close encounter with a clothes hanger.

Thanks to the fine folks at Toy Federation for makin’ this happen, Tony was more than welcomed by his fans with a line out the door that snaked ’round the buildin’. Now, we normally hate the idea of standin’ ’round fer so long, but Tony was such a grateful guest, he managed to distract everyone’s boredome with periodic visits to the back of the line to extend his thanks for everyone’s patience while cuttin’ up with ’em. He especially got a kick when he saw us standin’ out from the crowd and even yanked his photographer outta his shoes to snap some pics with the web’s #1 animated horror host!

After that, surroundin’ folks wanted their own picture with us, and we were happy to oblige while spreadin’ the word ’bout Screaming Soup! with free tradin’ cards and magnets. Sweet! Even better, one little monster lovin’ young’n made our day when he pointed right at us and said, “I want one!”

Anyway, we eventually made it to Tony who was still entertainin’ the crowd with corny jokes inside, he lit up with excitement all over ‘gain at the sight of us as he surrendered his John Hancock on a still for Mandy, and our gang happily rode off into the moonset. What? Did ya think we made an instant love connection with Tony, and he invited us to shoot pool with the him after throwin’ himself at our boots, beggin’ to join our animated adventures? Woulda been damn cool, but naw. This was just a fun in-and-out signin’ with a class act from a legendary horror flick we’re happy to have been there for. Lotta thanks to Toy Federation ‘gain for arrangin’ this, and lookin’ forward to their next signin’ event with Kane freakin’ Hodder at their store!

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, Sluggo’s The Vortexx, and Mr. Lobo‘s OSI 74!

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT ST. PATTY’S CORONAVIRUS DAY!

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, Sluggo’s The Vortexx, and Mr. Lobo‘s OSI 74!

VOTE for Deadwest as yer favorite horror host for the 18th annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards! Simply copy paste “Favorite Horror Host: Deadwest from Screaming Soup!” into an email with your name and shoot that vote to taraco@aol.com by 3/29/20. To vote in the other award categories, check out the full ballot HERE.

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT WASHING YOUR HANDS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Ya know, when ya stay in as much as we do to work on bringin’ y’all the best animated horror host show on the web, it’s amazin’ how much ya can miss in the outside world. The second we stick our head outta our hidey hole for a breather, we learn the world’s been turned upside down in the wake of this Coronavirus that’s been wreckin’ everyone’s plans lately.

Some kinda respiratory thing, the Coronavirus has been makin’ headlines as this big bad bug from the East, killin’ some recorded number of young’ns and seniors who’s developin’/dilapidated bodies can’t handle the strain of the virus’s symptoms. At first, a lotta folks were crackin’ jokes ’bout it all from internet memes of quarantined Corona beers to the cast of Saturday Night Live coughin’ for laughs, but now it all seems to have taken an unexpected turn. With reports of this thing slowly spreadin’ to the other side of the world, concerts are bein’ cancelled, sports are bein’ played without crowds on the sidelines, schools are suspendin’ certain programs, Disney parks are lockin’ tourists out of their kingdoms, and upcomin’ movie premiers are bein’ pushed back as far as November! We don’t mind waitin’ for Daniel Craig’s final Bond performance but Quiet Place 2? Really?

Even the bird and pig flu never converted this many folks into panicked germophobes. Like milk sandwiches durin’ a blizzard, stocks of hand sanitizer and paper surgical masks are non-existent in stores at this point. People are spooked of touchin’ the wrong thing or shakin’ the wrong hand and bein’ forced into a two week quarantine from the comfort of home. My go-to chuckle in all this noise is all the news breaks of yahoos who refuse to believe avoidin’ this epidemic is as simple as “washin’ yer hands.” There’s actual reports out there warnin’ citizens to avoid the followin’ strategies for reducin’ their risk of infection, meanin’ at least one clueless yokel thought these bogus claims would help ’em battle the coronavirus; masterbation, doin’ hard narcotics like blow, and drinkin’ bleach. In a world where fads have included teens drinkin’ hand sanitizer to get drunk and ingestin’ Tide pods for the sheer hell of it, it’s not that far fetched to imagine people givin’ these things a try, but come on!

The bigger joke to us are all the businesses exploitin’ the Coronavirus with a parade of “comfortin'” messages to anyone who’s ever shopped their stores. These bulletins ensure their valued customers they’re treatin’ the threat of the virus very seriously and takin’ every germ killin’ precaution imaginable, so you can shop without a worry in the world. In other words – we installed Purell dispenser by the door.

Anyway, we here at Screaming Soup! headquarters are fine and dandy for those who care to know, and ’bout ready to start animatin’ our next excitin’ episode as soon as we wrap up a short toon we’re pullin’ together for Wolfgang from the Ghouligans (that retired gang of horror hosts who guest starred in our review of the Slumber Party Massacre series). In the meantime, remember to be smart with yer hygiene, don’t believe every little thing ya read or hear on the internet, and don’t forget – we’re in the middle of an election year, so things like this often get blown waaay out of proportion as a means to someone’s political end.

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, Sluggo’s The Vortexx, and Mr. Lobo‘s OSI 74!

VOTE for Deadwest as yer favorite horror host for the 18th annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards! Simply copy paste “Favorite Horror Host: Deadwest from Screaming Soup!” into an email with your name and shoot that vote to taraco@aol.com by 3/29/20. To vote in the other award categories, check out the full ballot HERE.

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT THE INVISIBLE MAN!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! We just saw the new Invisible Man flick this weekend from Blumhouse, and it’s pretty damn good, we gotta say. Here’s our review:

THE INVISIBLE MAN (2020)

After runnin’ away from an abusive relationship with a controllin’ scientist, Cecelia is convinced her ex-squeeze is gettin’ payback by fakin’ his death and harassin’ her in an invisible suit he built. Now, it’s a war of wits as she fights to prove he’s alive ‘fore he convinces everyone she belongs in the nuthouse. A different take on an invisible man flick that doesn’t follow the title character’s journey, this offers an entirely new kinda story told from the victim’s perspective. Despite the audience knowin’ what they’re gettin’ into from the get go, the filmmakers still manage to deliver plenty of suspenseful moments with whodunnit teases and some of the most bad ass invisible man kills I’ve seen yet. It’s not without it’s sours, however, like the non-sense logistics behind the scientist’s faked death and the lack of iconic imagery for such a universal monster. Best part is when Cecelia finds the Invisible Man by callin’ his cell. Slit throats, framed murders, kitchen fires, roofied job interviews, airborne women, young’n beatin’, macin’, car window punchin’, car wrecks, stabbin’s, fatal gunshots, bed sheet pranks, and nuthouse massacres and escapes! 4/5! 

So, definitely worth checkin’ out in our opinion.

In the meantime, we’ve been on an invisible kick thanks to all the hype over this thing and wanted to share some of what we’ve found with ya’ll. Here’s a list of other invisible heroes and menaces who fall outside the mainstream of Universal monsters movies, Predators, and Hollow Man double features ya might enjoy:

INVISIBLE MANIAC – An erotically low budget flick ’bout a sexually repressed scientist escapin’ the nuthouse and hidin’ in plain site as a high school science teacher while completin’ his research to turn invisible. When he FINALLY achieves this, there’s just ‘nough time left in the movie to rip gal’s clothes off and massacre their boyfriends.

CHEVY CHASE – Playin’ it straight in one of John Carpenter’s lesser talked ’bout studio pictures, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Chevy is caught in a freak industrial accident that leaves him with a bad case of transparency. A dramatic thriller, this is the first time we’ve ever seen a film that made bein’ invisible not all it’s cracked up to be with Chevy pukin’ at the sight of his own meals visibly digestin’ in the air.

BENJAMIN KNIGHT -A loose sequel to Full Moon’s Mandroid, Invisible: The Chronicles of Benjamin Knight is the return of a fella who was turned invisible in a lab accident. Part of Full Moon’s attempt at creatin’ their own movie version of the Fantastic Four, this installment features super villains out to steal the cure to Benjamin’s predicament so they can weaponize it for eeevil ‘purposes.

THE DARKEST HOUR -Americans party in Moscow ’til invisible e.t.s invade the world and the only way to detect ’em is with light bulbs glowin’ in their presence. Decent flick, but feels like it ends as soon as it really starts to get rollin’.

 

INVISIBO -An evil resurrected Egyptian from the second season of the Freakazoid! cartoon series, this out of sight villain is easy to keep track of ’cause his magic weapon that turns him invisible ironically doesn’t disappear itself. Only thing worse than fightin’ his magic is gettin’ his catchy theme song stuck in yer head! “Where did he go? That Invisibo!”

SOUND OF HORROR -When workin’ on no-budget monster movies, ya gotta get pretty creative sometimes to suspend audiences’ disbelief. In this case, a buncha treasure hunters are after a loot of gold buried in a mountain, but they gotta go toe to imaginary toe with an invisible dinosaur to do it. This flick’s just beggin’ fer someone to drop in CG dinos after all these years!

INVISIBLE STRANGLER -A prisoner with interest in the occult uses magic ‘stead of science to make himself invisible and escapes the big house to strangle the five women who spoke ‘gainst him at his trial. A ’70s cop drama with a paranormal killer, this flick bounces back and forth ‘tween titles The Invisible Strangler and The Astral Factor.

LLOYD VENTRIX -Introduced in Batman: The Animated Series episode “See No Evil,” this criminal steals a toxic invisible suit to win his estranged daughter’s affection as an imaginary friend showerin’ her in stolen goods. Batman naturally kicks his ass in the end but not ‘fore a really cool chase scene with an invisible car!

FIEND WITHOUT A FACE -In this ’50s classic, a scientist’s experiments with telekinesis and thought projections give life to invisible creatures who steal their victims’ brains and spinal cords. When zapped with dangerous levels of radiation, the unseen creatures are revealed to be killer claymation brains that ooze bubblin’ blood when destroyed.

INVISIBLE MOM -Horror icon Dee Wallace accidentally drinks her inventor husband’s new invisibility formula and well – you know the rest. A duo of family friendly flicks from schlock maestro Fred Olen Ray, this makes me realize just how few invisible women there are in movies. Before this, the only one we could name is the Invisible Girl from the Fantastic Four!

FORBIDDEN PLANET -The movie that changed the trajectory of sci-fi films in the ’50s, a space ship lands on an alien planet and its crew is threatened by an invisible beast they can sometimes see outlined in their force fields. It’s runaway star, Robby the Robot, got a loose spin-off called The Invisible Boy where he grants a kid the wish to be unseen by his parents when he plays.

CECILY -When Boris Karloff’s soul needs help gettin’ into beach party heaven, he calls up his dead girlfriend, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. A mixed bag of ideas, this whole concept was an afterthought edited into a haunted pajama party the producers were originally unhappy with.

 

RODNEY SKINNER -When Alan Moore’s comic The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen got the big screen treatment, his version of H. G. Wells’ Invisible Man was adapted as well. A thief who stole the original invisibility formula, Skinner acts as the super team’s spy and saboteur who occasionally throws grease paint on his face to be seen by his colleagues.

DARIEN FAWKES -Syfy (then Sci-Fi) had their own The Invisible Man show that featured a thief the government experiments on with a Quicksilver gland that allows him to disappear by secretin’ light bendin’ fluid from his pores. Sounds kinda gross, but this did allow for alotta fun ways for him to make different parts of himself invisible ‘stead of all at once everytime.

THE INVISIBLE BOY -When Bob Burden’s cult hit comic book hero The Flaming Carrot couldn’t be adapted for the big screen, he came up with a team of super losers called Mystery Men. Among their gang of shovelers, ragers, and utensil flingers, is one fella who claims he can turn invisible, but only if no one’s lookin’!

 

SUPERGIRL -Coastin’ off three Superman pictures, we’d think there would’ve been ‘nough money in the budget to give Supergirl a run for her money in her major motion picture debut. But hell, flyin’ effects ain’t cheap, so let’s just double that effort like she’s battlin’ some invisible beast at the same time!

 

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, Sluggo’s The Vortexx, and Mr. Lobo‘s OSI 74!

VOTE for Deadwest as yer favorite horror host for the 18th annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards! Simply copy paste “Favorite Horror Host: Deadwest from Screaming Soup!” into an email with your name and shoot that vote to taraco@aol.com by 3/29/20. To vote in the other award categories, check out the full ballot HERE.

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT CROSSOVER BUZZ!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! ‘nother week, ‘nother step closer to the next excitin’ episode of Screaming Soup! Yessir, while we’ve got our noses to the grindstone to pump out the next chapter in “Hard Road to Hell,” we’re simultaneously plannin’ for episodes beyond that. We’ve got all new villains in the works, unseen corners of the Crosslands to develop, and are even networkin’ more crossovers with some horrific personalities ya may have heard of.

With our 50th episode on the horizon, we’ve got some horror host hall of famers on the line for a special appearance, but nothin’s a done deal just yet. Hopefully, these iconic titans of humorous commentary will take a shine to seein’ themselves animated, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

The one upcomin’ crossover we can spill the beans on, however, is the one y’all have been beggin’ for. Ya ready for this? We will be crossin’ paths with none other than — Doctor Wolfula!

Yup, we first heard of this fan favorite horror host through our amigos, the Horror Addicts, and have been pleasantly entertained by his YouTube vids for the couple of years we’ve been watchin’ ’em now. A hard workin’ reviewer since 2010 with a zombie punchin’ bag for a sidekick named Ghoulash, Doc is relentless with his fandom for all things Scooby-Doo and tirelessly explorin’ any and all avenues for reachin’ fans ‘cross the web. He switches his presentation styles up ‘tween live action and animation, interacts with his followers through live streamin’ avatars and motion capture, and has even started producin’ an online comic strip. What can’t this fella do?

Anyway, we’ve been teasin’ a crossover ‘tween our shows for a long time on Twitter and finally reached out to each other this week to make that happen. With an upcomin’ episode in mind, we pitched Doc a guest star appearance that brings him face to face with Deadwest at the Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits, and he quickly agreed to do it. No spoilers, but this legendary meetin’ of the horror hosts will be occurrin’ in our 52nd episode. A little ways off, we know, but hey, it’s none the less excitin’!

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, Sluggo’s The Vortexx, and Mr. Lobo‘s OSI 74!

And don’t forget to visit the Rondo’s Classic Horror Film Board (click HERE to go directly to it), and take a minute to sign up with Taptalk so ya can comment on the forum and nominate Deadwest from Screaming Soup! for favorite horror host. Be sure to include our site address, ScreamingSoup.com, and a reason why ya want to nominate us as yer favorite.

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT THAT OLD SCREAMS QUEENS REALITY SHOW!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! With the new year underway, we’re knockin’ our remainin’ side gigs out and workin’ harder than ever to get back to deliverin’ regular content on our YouTube channel for ya’ll. We’re catchin’ up with writin’ reviews for upcomin’ episodes, layin’ the groundwork for completin’ ideas we started in other vids, and back in the swing of animatin’ our adventures through hell. It feels great and helps to have Joe Bob Briggs’s Silver Bolo Award servin’ as a goal to work toward for the chance to be officially recognized by such a legendary host in the horror community.

Between stretches of our iron butt marathons at the computer and drawin’ desk, we’ve been veggin’ in front of the idiot box and bingin’ a guilty pleasure we just discovered. Browsin’ the Vidmark channel’s latest acquisitions on Roku, we stumbled ‘cross a show we never heard of called Scream Queens. Not that horror comedy with slashers after Emma Roberts, mind ya, but a short lived reality show from back in the day on VH1 featurin’ up and comin’ actresses competin’ to be in the Saw movies.

Minds blown!

As mentioned in our review of the Saw comic, we knew the franchise exploited its popularity with tons of merch, haunted house attractions, and roller coaster rides, but we would’ve never guessed it had a reality show, too!

The basic premise is ten aspirin’ actresses compete ‘gainst one ‘nother for eight weeks in a series of horror related actin’ challenges, and based on their performances, they either get a call back for a closer shot at bein’ in a major motion picture, or they get the ax. Each episode is broken into three phases: The girls begin with an actin’ challenge that features some element of horror to help ’em hone their skills as scream queen contenders, then they’re put through some group exercises by an actin’ coach, and finally gotta bring all these lessons together on a set where a director judges how well they take direction and adapt to the demands of the shoot. With the only constant bein’ actin’ coach John Homa ‘tween seasons, Saw’s favorite bad girl Shawnee Smith helped judge the first season as a mentor with a pre-Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn servin’ as the director, and season two switched ’em out with actress Jaime King and the director of the newer 2001 Maniacs movies, Tim Sullivan. We were surprised at first the producers at Lionsgate brought in Jaime King as a mentor ‘stead of ‘nother Saw actress to judge season two, but it made sense when we learned she had just starred in their remake of Troma’s Mother’s Day at the time which Saw alum worked on.

Anyway, as far as any sours are concerned, they’re pretty trivial and nothin’ that spoils the fun of the show. The biggest tick we get is whenever the judges from any season criticize the actresses for not meetin’ their definition of a scream queen they basically describe as a strong sexy survivor. Tell me if I’m wrong, but aren’t they describin’ the traits for the final girl? I mean, a final girl can be a scream queen, but the show’s called Scream Queens, and not all scream queens are final girls ya know? Just look at the careers of scream queen royalty like Brinke Stevens and Linnea Quigley. They played final girls, victims, villains, straight up screamers . . . it’s a very loose term that can really apply to any character type so long as they’re screamin’ bloody freakin’ murder in a horror movie.

And ‘course, ya can’t have a reality TV show starrin’ ten gals crammed in a house without some catty drama, and that’s somethin’ we can do without. Now, we’re fully aware of executives alterin’ footage and stagin’ situations to spice things up for the home audience, but regardless of that, we do believe in the competition itself and the girls actin’ their hearts out to win it. That said, anytime there’s a confrontation, we’re skeptical of it bein’ at all genuine and just wanna get back to the fun of the challenges. Luckily, only season two has any of this non-sense and the majority of it’s bitch slappin’ tension is relegated to one episode. The real drama should have been with wardrobe dressin’ these gals like they’re bein’ auctioned off for human traffickin’ in the ball room scenes.

Regardin’ the sweets of this eye candy parade, our joy for the show comes from watchin’ the challenges and how they all relate to makin’ horror movies. If you’re an actor or filmmaker, this show shares a lot of valuable tips, tricks, and trades in the movie makin’ industry ya can take away. These girls work with pools of blood, wires, stunts, motion capture, squibs, critters, make-up, and show just how much thought and emotion goes into every performance from the most subtle facial twitch to the biggest gesture. The most fun we have watchin’ is usually Homa’s actin’ classes which always result in a true comedy of errors with the girls strugglin’ to impress him.

The only thin’ we think is missin’ from all this that would make it more fun is the girls’ fandom for horror. Season two touched on this a little, but for the most part, we don’t know if these gals are just a bunch of hungry actresses usin’ the show as their foot in the door for that big break or if they grew up on a steady diet of Freddy and Jason movies and want to be the next Michelle Bauer or Jacqueline Lovell. We were especially surprised how uninterested they looked when told they’re workin’ with Debbie Rochon for a day or actin’ on the same sets used for movies like Saw and Leprechaun.

SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE OF Y’ALL CONVINCED TO WATCH!

With the prizes bein’ roles in Saw VI and Saw VII: The Final Chapter, Scream Queens only lasted two seasons. Tanedra Howard won the first competition and is the gal choppin’ her arm off in the beginnin’ of part six who comes back as one of the Jigsaw support group members in part seven. Gabby West won the next and final season and was cast as the girl screamin’ under the car trap that turns her into roadkill. A prize is a prize, and it’s awesome to be part of such a major franchise that played in theaters worldwide, but we find it funny how Gabby’s role paled in comparison to Tanedra’s. Tanedra got to flex her thespian chops with a legitimate performance that showed her range as an actress in scenes of varyin’ emotions with other actors. Gabby, on the other hand, was hogtied under a car screamin’. Eight weeks of intense competition provin’ she had the ability to outact a fierce pack of talent, and it was all to show she could scream under a spinnin’ tire on her back. It’s even funnier when ya wonder if her difficulty with blockin’ forced the filmmakers to put her in one of the most immobile roles in the movie.

The other fun part ’bout watchin’ a 10+ year old reality show like Scream Queens is seein’ just how these “life changing” roles affected these leadin’ ladies’ careers. Accordin’ to IMDb, Tanedra continues to have a steady TV career followin’ her stint in the Saw movies, her biggest role bein’ Tammy in a show called Black Boots. Gabby’s filmography, however, is more sporadic with large chunks of time ‘tween projects, her last recorded roles bein’ a couple of TV episodes in 2018. She was no fluke on Scream Queens, so hopefully Gabby’s applyin’ her talent to other uncredited avenues of filmmakin’ or at least the theater scene someplace. As for the other contestants who got the ax over the seasons, ’bout half of ’em seem to have stopped actin’ after a while, but the rest can still be found on TV and in movies like Christine Haeberman, Sarah Agor, Sarah Alami, Karlie Redd, Rosanna Pansino, Tai Davis, and Jessica Ortiz who’s currently one of the major players on ABC’s Station 19.

We’re not the biggest fans of reality shows, but Scream Queens has a lotta things we enjoy as fans of horror, filmmakin’, and purdy ladies. It’s a shame it was so closely tied to the Saw movies which were comin’ to a stoppin’ point at the time, ’cause we would love to see more of this show with potential scream queens fightin’ to be in even more upcomin’ franchise sequels like the new Halloween movies. Come on, Blumhouse, make it happen!

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, Sluggo’s The Vortexx, and Mr. Lobo‘s OSI 74!

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

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!

SCREAMING AT IT CHAPTER TWO!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks, and goodbye summer! That skin roastin’ ball of radiation settin’ on the horizon may signify the temporary absence of scantily clad beach parties, homesick campin’ trips, and get out of school free cards, but it also means it’s time for haunted attractions to open their doors, stores to start packin’ their aisles with cheap scares, and small town invasions by overnight costume shops makin’ a quick buck off fire hazard goods. Yup, we’re talkin’ the pre-show kick-off to the Halloween season which many of y’all been antsy to start since July. Well, one way to start celebratin’ horror fan’s favorite time of year with summer’s exit is to do what we did last night and go to the movies to check out the next lukewarm chapter of the remade It flicks.

For those out of the loop, Stephen King, one of the most successful horror writers on Earth, wrote a backbreakin’ size book ’bout a gang of childhood friends called the Losers’ Club fightin’ a young’n eatin’ clown named Pennywise, this shapeshiftin’ creature who stalks their small town of Derry ’bout every 30 years or so for small fleshy meals. This mammoth work of fiction was made into a TV movie that took two nights to broadcast and has recently been re-imagined with a Hollywood budget almost 30 years later to fans’ satisfaction. With the big screen treatment and advancement in special effects technology, the remake of the first half of the TV movie ’bout the Losers’ Club’s initial run-in with Pennywise as young’ns went ‘bove and beyond what that original adaptation did with perfectly timed scares, unnervin’ imagery, and frightenin’ situations.

With the premier of the new version’s second half, however, the story turns to tellin’ the Losers’ Club’s fight with Pennywise as adults and more or less follow the same beats as its TV counterpart while fallin’ back on a lot of the same scare tactics we’re already desensitized to from the first part in 2017. It’s a well made flick for what it is, sportin’ a top notch production value with a solid cast of talented actors, but it simply pales in comparison to the power of the first film which has the advantage of initially introducin’ audiences to a Pennywise they hadn’t seen yet and scarin’ the piss outta a compellin’ cast of kids who we feel exhibit better chemistry than their adult doppelgangers in the second chapter. The filmmakers go to a lot of trouble to give the grown-up version of the characters more depth than the TV movie did and especially try to make up for the silly spider flood light creature that soured that version’s endin’, but it doesn’t push the envelope ‘nough to make it that new or interestin’, especially when it comes to the scares, some of which are carried over from the last one!

Bottom line, there’s two to three unnervin’ scenes that’s sure to get a “Whoa!” kinda reaction from ya, but this ain’t as good as the first part of the re-imagined It series. It’s still good and worth a watch, but just don’t expect it to be more than the second half of the TV movie with the exception of a long-winded CGI fantasy fight scene in a cave that feels more Harry Potter action than scary.

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 READY OR NOT!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Hope you’re doin’ well and beatin’ this summer heat with some well-deserved downtime watchin’ scary flicks at your local air-conditioned theater. That’s what we’ve been doin’ after all! In fact, we just got back from watchin’ a 5/5 treat we didn’t expect to like so much, Ready or Not.

When we first saw this flick advertised, we didn’t give it a whole lot of thought. It looked like a bland period piece and felt a little hackneyed with that tired ol’ Most Dangerous Game plot with folks huntin’ other folks for sport. But then a trailer was released showin’ characters in cars and on their cell phones which clued us in this is a modern story, and we caught wind Stephen King was singin’ its praises. So, our rowdy gang of misfits headed for the big-screen for what would turn out to be the best weddin’ horror flick we’ve ever seen!

The plot’s as follows. Grace marries Alex, the estranged son of board game barons, at his family’s estate, but as soon as they say, “I do,” she’s hurried into a weddin’ tradition where new members of the family are initiated by playin’ somethin’ like game roulette. The family reveals through some convoluted backstory how they came into their fortune thanks to a satanic box or somethin’ an ancestor won in a gamble forever ago, and some deal with the devil was struck. In return for their fortune (and their lives), new spouses have to play a randomly selected game on their weddin’ night. Some joke ’bout havin’ played checkers or Old Maid for their initiations, but Grace unfortunately ends up with hide-and-seek which turns out to be devil code for sacrifice. Grace eventually gets a clue she’s in actual danger durin’ the game and spends the rest of the movie fleein’ her satanist in-laws who believe they need to kill her to avoid their own death by mornin’.

Full of fun tension, Ready or Not hits on all pistons with escalatin’ dangers, solid characters, dark humor, thoughtful cinematography, and went above and beyond any expectations we had for it. It’s still the tired ol’ Most Dangerous Game plot essentially, yeah, but the satanist detail really adds somethin’ special with the whole movie keepin’ us on the edge of our seat regardin’ Grace’s fate while wonderin’ if the demonic dealin’s are real or a bunch of hookum. You know it’s a great movie when any endin’ you imagine happenin’ feels equally satisfyin’.  The only thin’ sweeter is Grace bein’ played by Samara Weaving, who honestly should’ve been ‘nough reason for us to run our asses to the theater to begin with.

Samara Weaving first made our radar with her head-turnin’ performance as the killer bombshell in Netflix’s The Babysitter then caught our attention again when she played a memorable deadite casualty in the first season of Ash vs Evil Dead (which someone wrongfully used her gory behind the scene photos as fake evidence of violence at President Trump rallies to stir online controversy). Followin’ those notable acts with a kick-ass performance as a rage fueled woman out for blood in Mayhem, we knew she was securin’ a foothold in the horror genre as its next superstar. After seein’ her stretch her actin’ range to include a final girl who can compete with Carrie White in a horrific fashion show by the end of Ready or Not, it’s clear she’s destined for hall of famer status. Killer, victim, fighter, last girl . . . is there any horror role this gal can’t tackle?!

So, to wrap this love letter up, go seek Ready or Not! It’s a perfect date night movie, there’s plenty of dark humor without it feelin’ stupid for a gang of friends to laugh at, and Samara Weaving is well worth the ticket price alone!!

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 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!

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