SCREAMING AT THANKSGIVING 2021!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! It’s that sappy time o’ year ‘gain when folks reflect on everythin’ worth reminiscin’ ’bout and what better place to vent our tear jerkin’ thanks than here with y’all?

Most recent stuff first, we’re super thankful to the fine fellas at our favorite toy chest of yesteryear and today’s playful plastics, Toy Federation, and had an incredible time at their momentous event this past weekend, Retro Toy Con. It was a full weekend cuttin’ up with ol’ friends, networkin’ with new talents, and meetin’ excited Scream Freaks in person. 

We drew doodles of fans with their favorite pop icons from Michael Myers to G.I. Joe, haggled fer a buncha new wall art to hang at the Howl Inn Grub & Spirits, and had fun makin’ joke announcements over the intercom like requestin’ Sgt. Slaughter move his Sherman tank ‘fore it’s towed for bein’ double parked. The most memorable moments, however, had to be the accidental encounters we had sittin’ down with the celebrity guests over lunches. We got to shoot the breeze with Sgt. Slaughter fer a bite while talkin’ ’bout his amazin’ career from cameos on Super Mario Bros. Super Show to bein’ a He-Man figure this past year, then later found ourselves discussin’ the value of takin’ an actin’ class over pizza with Dan Gilvezan (voice of the original Transformers’ Bumblebee and Spider-Man from Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends) and François Chau (Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Secret of the Ooze). Freakin’ awesome!

One truly amazin’ thing we saw that could be a new trend on the horizon for cons is a mobile service that turns folks into their own action figure size statues! Yup, a little company called Shrunk 3D hauls a trailer ’round the country containin’ this sophisticated camera booth, and when someone steps inside, it instantly snaps every visible nook and cranny of their essence. Feedin’ that info into a super computer, the photos are then crunched into a 3D image over the next few weeks that’s eventually spit out of a 3D printer in uber detail, colors and all, and shipped back to its life-size doppelganger. Jumpin’ jack-o-lanterns, that’s cool as hell! With six different size figures to choose from, we so badly wanted to create our first ever Deadwest figure but ultimately decided our miniature lifelike double would come out a little too fragile and misshapen compared to the sweet hand sculpted look we imagine in our heads. Still though, a fantastic idea fer anyone who ever wants to immortalize themselves in plastic, so look this travelin’ business up in time fer the holidays!

We’re also thankful ‘gain fer the Silver Bolo Award we received from Joe Bob Briggs on Shudder’s The Last Drive-In. The announcement was made back in April this year durin’ the premier of The Last Drive-In‘s third season, but we just now got the silver painted bolo and certificate in the mail which was just as excitin’! We value this win so much, we made a copy of the certificate to show off at Retro Toy Con and proudly wore the Silver Bolo from our necks for all to see over the weekend. It’s now a permanent accessory with our attire!    

Somethin’ else we’re thankful fer is the new Ghostbusters flick not suckin’ and stickin’ with the canon of the first two movies which would have made up fer a lot of the problems we had with the 2016 version. Granted, we still had issues with the filmmakers recyclin’ the whole Gozer storyline, but it was still a fun and satisfyin’ return to a childhood favorite of ours.

GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE (2021)

Ditchin’ the Ghostbusters decades ago, Egon passes away on a dirt farm and leaves his inheritance to his grand young’ns he haunts into continin’ his fight as junior Ghostbusters’ gainst Gozer’s apocalyptic return. A fantastic sequel in spirit that keeps within the canon of the first two Ghostbuster flicks, this amazin’ lookin’ film boasts heartfelt actin’, stellar effects, one of the best scores since Back to the Future, and the triumphant return of the original paranormal eliminators I know and love for one brief moment. My only gripes with this sucker is I wish the filmmakers had come up with a whole new big bad to threaten the world ‘stead of recyclin’ Gozer and all his/her predictable plot points. I also didn’t like how quickly the story rushes to the final fight with Gozer as soon as the young’ns encounter their first free floatin’ booger, and the inclusion of Ivo Shandor was cool but pretty pointless overall. Spook chasin’, RC car ghost traps, spirit photography, possessions, spectral comets, ghost traps galore, CGI Egon, ghost chess, hidey hole puzzles, proton stream crossin’, slammer sequences, metal munchin’ boogers, terror dogs, mini-Marshmallow Men antics, Real Ghostbuster toy nods, soul pits, and ancient ruins! 4/5!

And finally, we’re thankful fer everyone who gave our show an opportunity this past year. We’re thankful fer Mr. Lobo, Sluggo, and Uncle Pete fer sharin’ it on their platforms. Thankful fer the fine folks at HorrorHound Magazine fer includin’ us as guest hosts at their virtual film festival. And most importantly, thankful to all you Scream Freaks fer watchin’ our show and sharin’ it with whoever would listen. All this has helped the show grow and fuel the creative fires fer us to continue doin’ what we love.  

Other than that, please show your support fer our show with donations through Patreon, Buy Me A Coffee, and Ko-fi, 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 HALLOWEEN 2021!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks, and Happy Halloween!

Last we wrote y’all, we were in mad preparation fer an unforgettable night with one of the original Michael Myers, Tony Moran. Thanks to our amigos at our favorite toy chest for today and yesteryear’s playful plastics, Toy Federation, we were lucky ‘nough to kick off the holiday season hostin’ a QnA with Tony, whose claim to horror fame is playin’ Michael when he’s unmasked at the top of the stairs by Laurie in Halloween ’78. Needless to say, the night was electric!

After spending hours at Toy Federation with arms full of Myers memorabilia for Tony to grace with his John Hancock, Halloween die-hards eagerly followed the slasher of the hour over to the theater around the corner for even more unforgettable face time ‘fore kickin’ back to a candid QnA followed by a big-screen showin’ of Michael’s screen debut. There were Michael Myers cosplayers roamin’ the theater, folks teasin’ each other with the jingle from Halloween III, deep geek discussions over who Michael can whoop in a fight . . . 

The highlight of the night fer us, however, was this one uber fan who rolled up without a clue what was even happenin’. With her car blinged out in bumper to bumper horror flick decals, we happily welcomed her, believin’ she could only be there for Tony and Halloween. Much to everyone’s surprise, she actually came to see Venom: Let There Be Carnage but began hyperventilatin’ at the mention of an actual Michael Myers actor makin’ an appearance. Things only escalated after she parked, ’cause she so happen to stroll up to the theater the same time Tony arrived, meltin’ her into a fan girl puddle. Ever grateful, Tony gave her one of the most genuinely down to Earth greetin’s we’ve ever seen from a celebrity and was kind ‘nough to sign the dashboard of her horror-themed ride with Michael proudly displayed ‘cross the top of the windshield. Class act if we say so ourselves.

After ‘nother round of photos and autographs in the lobby, we finally made our way to the theater to host the QnA, and let us tell ya —- Tony’s a hoot of a storyteller! Now, some convention videos on the web wanna spin Tony’s brash stories into portrayals of him bashin’ on the horror genre, its fans, and especially the Halloween franchise, but that’s all out of context. Tony does knock these things, but ’cause he’s sharin’ his initial thoughts and feelin’s as a twenty somethin’ actor bein’ cast in a little obscure horror flick. He admits he thought it was all nonsense 40 plus years ago, but has since come to appreciate the movie(s) and its impact on fans worldwide who he now has a deeper respect and love for.   

So, after ’bout an hour of where-when-how he became involved in Halloween with reservations over wearin’ a mask in a non-speakin’ role for what he feared was a porno for a hot second (on account of a prominent jar of Vaseline that was actually used to prevent his hair from stickin’ to the inside of the mask), Tony gave his final heartfelt bow of the night and exited to a uproarious round of applause as the flick that brought him there began playin’ ‘cross the silver screen. It was a pretty memorable night, and we’ll be sharin’ video of it as soon as possible.

Even better, Tony teased at his involvement in the newest Myers flick, Halloween Kills, which most of us were pretty pumped ’bout this month. We say most, ’cause if you saw our latest Graphic Violence video reviewin’ every Halloween funny book ever published, then ya heard our rant on how dumb we think Laurie’s mission to kill Michael is now that they’re no longer related. We still had alotta respect fer the 2018 resequel, however, and was moderately anxious to see the latest installment in this revised timeline of the Halloween continuity. Already goin’ in with low expectations, no one could’ve prepared us fer the dumpster fire of a storyline we would witness!

HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021)

An immediate follow-up to Michael Myers’ newest mulligan timeline introduced in 2018’s Halloween, the infamous bogeyman remains at large and continues ruinin’ Halloween for everyone in Haddonfield with an indifferent murder spree that gains the attention of a town wide lynch mob led by survivors of Michael’s first holiday massacre in 1978. Easily one of my least favorite sequels ‘mong the Halloween movies, Halloween Kills is just a string of ridiculous moments that feels like some teenager’s attempt at fan fiction that’s neither fun or rewatchable. The dialogue’s wildly over the top and repetitive (“Evil dies tonight!), there’s way too many folks spillin’ a buncha needless exposition, most the characters returnin’ from the ’78 flick are shoehorned in as opposed to bein’ organically introduced with an actual role to play, there’s the stupidest case of mistaken identity that drags out waaay too long in the middle, and the biggest dick slap to the mug is the anti-claimatic endin’ the movie spends its whole runnin’ time buildin’ up to. Besides an impressive stand-in for Loomis in flashbacks and the funny scenes of the couple livin’ in the Myers house, the only positive thing I can say ‘about this farce is it absolutely delivers what the title promises, and that’s a non-stop gore-fest of brutal deaths that’s perfect for background horror at Halloween parties. Stabbin’ galore, vigilante justice, street pizzas, fatal freefall suicides, head smashin’ galore, home invadin’, carjackin’, house infernos, firefighter massacres, axes to the face, saws to the fact, lotta broken windows, impaled faces, keep away, turkey baster injections of courage, gushin’ neck wounds, gunshots to the chest, and panicked mobs! 3/5!

Thank Craven we at least had Chucky to save Halloween this year with his new show on Syfy/USA. That sucker’s a homerun in our opinion! The last couple of movies struggled to back off the laughs in favor of the fear inducin’ tension the first three Child’s Play flicks had, but this series perfectly strikes that delicate balance with dark nerve wrackin’ humor as well rounded characters are given meaningful deaths in contrast to Chucky’s laughable antics. If you recall our previous posts, we threw our hats in the ring to be one of the few lucky artists hired to animate show bumpers and design thumbnails fer the episodes, but we’ll be damned if any of that’s been seen anywhere yet. What’s up with that?

In other news, we got some Halloween goodies fer y’all! Below you’ll find our newest Halloween Eeeh-Cards! fer y’all to share with yer friends and frienemies, and we just released our latest horror celebrity interview with none other than Roger Jackson, the creepy voice of Ghostface from the Scream franchise! Roger was a riot to corner fer a conversation, and he really shows off what all his pipes can do fer our amusement. A voicebox dynamo all ’round, watch the vid and learn all ’bout his work in video games and yapp happy toys.  

And BIG UPDATE! Screaming Soup! is back on the con scene! That’s right, November 19-21, 2021, we can be found at Retro-Toy Con in Greenville, SC. Yessir, we’ll be lined up with the likes of Sgt. Slaughter, a buncha G.I.Joe voice actors, and the fella who played Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, all thanks to our amigos at Toy Federation! So, if ya ever wanted to meet an animated horror host, stop on by, and we’ll shoot the shit while makin’ art and takin’ pictures together. It’s sure to be alotta fun, so don’t miss out! More information HERE!

Other than that, please show your support for our show with donations through Patreon, Buy Me A Coffee, and Ko-fi, 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 THE SILVER BOLO AWARD!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Lots to catch up on since last we yapped, so let’s get to it, what do ya say?

First off, the Virtual HorrorHound Film Festival we were invited to host with Clownvis and Raggedy Dead Ann was a hoot and a half! We got to watch a butt load of flicks from some very promisin’ filmmakers we need to keep tabs on, mingle with a buncha comedians in the livestream’s chat rooms, and cheer our fellow horror hosts durin’ their segments. Raggedy reeled us in with her deceptively cutesy act, but Clownvis had us rollin’ with his oddball music video, Trafficula, y’all gotta see to disbelieve. And much to our devilish delight, the crowd had just as much fun watchin’ our short film block with us havin’ to keep the film festival’s livestream safe from a couple of malicious viruses found in a VR machine Doc Rex drug outta storage to enhance our virtual experience. Lotta fun, good times, and thanks again to master wordsmith Jessica Dwyer for makin’ this happen. In case any of you Scream Freaks missed the festival, below is our segment minus the short films fer yer enjoyment!

Screen Used Cult of Chucky doll and Deadwest with pathological photobomberNow, last time we wrote y’all, we teased at an upcomin’ video interview with Alex Vincent, better known as Andy from the Chucky movies. Everyone involved thought this would be a shoe-in to happen since he’s not some pretentious A-lister flyin’ in from Beverly Hills, but lo and behold, we couldn’t twist this former child star’s arm to save our tailbone for so much as a single question. After lookin’ worried he’d be seen talkin’ to a skeleton cowboy, Alex said he wouldn’t do an interview for less than three digits and even hinted he might be a bit gun shy from some cyber bullyin’ he’s experienced lately. With no choice but to respect the fella’s wishes, the best we could do is ask our question and report it back here for you Scream Freaks.

In case you trivia nuts and jokesters didn’t know, ‘long ‘fore Alex popped back in the Chucky movies with Curse of Chucky, he actually had one last literal throwdown with his friend to the end in a little movie called My Family Treasure in 1993. A family friendly flashback flick ’bout a household’s claim to a Faberge egg from the Russian Revolution, the reason horror fans will wanna check this respectably made fluff out (other than Dee Wallace playin’ Alex’s mama) is ’cause Alex has a humorous confrontation with a store bought Chucky doll. Most the movie takes place in a livin’ room littered with toys, one of which is a Chucky doll Alex immediately picks up the moment he enters the scene. He and the chew toy lookin’ Good Guy lock eyes long ‘nough to let the inside joke set in, then he throws the little guy down to haunt the background the rest of the movie. When we asked ’bout this gag, Alex admitted this was all the director’s idea after he figured out the heroic little boy from the Child’s Play franchise was cast in his movie, and he was the one who brought the toy to set. For those of y’all interested in seein’ My Family Treasure in its entirety, it’s still up on YouTube last we checked.  

We also owe a long overdue shout out to ‘nother supporter of our show. James C. Harberson III is a brilliant writer who first hit us up to review his graphic novel, Stay Alive (which is currently nominated for a Rondo Award for the Best Graphic Novels or Collections category. Check out our review in our Sequential Slime blog HERE), and is now spreadin’ the good word ’bout his new terrifyin’ anthology, A Disgusting Supermarket of Death. A mish mash of horrific characters and twisted fates, we encourage ya’ll to give yerself a good scare with these gross out pros and head over to its Amazon link HERE to snag it digitally or as a traditional paperweight. And if ya need more convincin’ to read this sucker, just see what our favorite ghost girlfriend Mandy has to say ’bout it with her in depth review HERE! And don’t forget to vote for ’em in the Rondos and throw us a vote while yer at it for favorite horror host HERE

Finally, the biggest news to happen ’round here lately is the announcement we won a Silver Bolo Award for excellence in horror entertainment from one of our show’s biggest inspirations, Joe Bob Briggs! Yeeeeee-Haw! Kickin’ off the premier of The Last Drive-In‘s third season on Shudder with a double feature of Mother’s Day and The House By the Cemetery, we’re honored to be the first recipients of this season’s winners and happily join the exclusive ranks of those who won ‘fore us. We’ve had our eye on this sucker since Darcy the Mail Girl first made it part of the show in 2019, and persistently suggested our show for the award with the help of you Scream Freaks as a lesser known horror themed series that could use the exposure. Never missin’ an episode of Last Drive-In since its original marathon that broke the internet, it’s surreal this happened the one time we had to miss the live feed due to plans out of town. Thank Craven for social media. As if designed by fate, we just so happen to look at social media the very minute Shudder congratulated us for the award on Twitter! 

Thank you Joe Bob Briggs for bein’ such an inspiration all these years. Thank you Darcy for believin’ our show is worthy of this attention. Thank you Shudder for givin’ the horror community somethin’ to rally ’round like The Last Drive-In. And most importantly, thank you Scream Freaks for all your support these many years. It’s your die hard enthusiasm for our show that fuels our creative fires to achieve milestones such as this.   

What’s next on our agenda, ya ask? We just snagged a couple more sweet interviews this past weekend with Tyler Mane and Paul Taylor, better known as Michael Myers and Pinhead, so expect to see those vids drop sooner than later. And it’s that time of year ‘gain when we help our favorite horror fam, the Horror Addicts, celebrate their own annual award show recognizin’ the best in horror entertainment, the Ahhh Scares! Scheduled for 4/25/21 on their YouTube channel, we’ll be there to hand out the award for best animated horror of 2020!

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 FILM FESTS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Y’all may think things have been quiet ’round our parts given the dry spell ‘tween posts, but nothin’ could be further from the truth. Things have been boomin’ since we last spoke and keepin’ us pretty busy at Screaming Soup! HQ! The biggest news worth sharin’ is our favorite fright mag hit us up outta the blue with an invitation to host some short films! Yessir, later this month, HorrorHound Magazine takes their annual shindig digital, streaming a plethora of horrifyin’ entertainment from some of today’s scariest buddin’ talents and seasoned fearmakers in the Virtual HorrorHound Film Festival. We’re incredibly honored to be part of this party with a couple of other hosts, Clownvis and Raggedy Dead Ann, and think it’s a scream come true we get to collaborate with the one publication we think strikes the best balance ‘tween horror of today and yesteryear with so many fun facts packed into each issue, they’re even squeeze into the bottom margins of every page!

Big thanks to Jessica Dwyer for makin’ all this happen. We first met this phenomenal writer as our contact for the In Search of Darkness documentary we helped promote, and as one of HorrorHound’s regular writers, she was kind ‘nough to remember us and suggest to the head honchos at HorrorHound we’d be a shoe in for hostin’ some content. With this awesome opportunity droppin’ in our lap, it did delay the premier of our sixth season with us havin’ to produce a whole new animated adventure on the fly, but that just benefits you Scream Freaks with an all new special we’ll eventually share on our channel (minus the short film parts, of course). That don’t mean y’all should skip the festival, though! Head on over to the Virtual HorrorHound Film Festival for all the nitty gritty details and catch us in the live chat durin’ our scheduled block featurin’ us rescuin’ the stream from some pesty computer viruses.

And while we’re on the topic of film fests . . . one of our horror host heroes, Joe Bob Briggs, has thrown his ten gallon hat in the festival circuit with the announcement of his own event, Mutant Fest, and he’s open the flood gates to any and all filmmakers to submit their works at no costs for possible inclusion in this multi-day jamboree. Needless to say, we were quick on the draw and threw some of our own content into the mix, so fangs crossed we get some screen time at what’s bein’ called the “drive-in Woodstock.” We encourage y’all to do the same if ya have any cinematic masterpieces needin’ some eyes, and ya can find all the information on that film fest at it’s FilmFreeway page HERE. On a quick note, our next interview we’re lookin’ forward to will be at our favorite plastic playpen, Toy Federation, where we’ll be chattin’ it up with Chucky’s original friend to the end, Alex Vincent (you know . . . the fella who plays Andy). So, certainly keep yer peepers peeled for that vid to drop ’bout the same time as our stint with HorrorHound.

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 WEREWOLVES AND DR. PEPPER WITH DAVID NAUGHTON!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Sorry, it’s been awhile since we last checked in, but Halloween’s right ’round the corner, and we’re balls to the wall crankin’ out the goods to ensure we get y’all the long awaited finale to our fifth season that also happens to be -(GASP!)- our 50TH EPISODE!! Jumpin’ jack-o-lanterns, right? Yup, it’s an all out spooktacular as we wrap up everything from our descent into the bowels of hell, finally review the winnin’ flicks of our Scream Freak Film Contest, and party with most guest star cameos we’ve ever had. Just check out some of these sneak peeks!

In the meantime, we had to tear ourselves away from the grindstone when we heard Toy Federation was bringin’ ‘nother horror hall of famer ’round their parts, and it was none other than the American Werewolf himself, David Naughton! With the chance to bend his ear for a quick chat, we were hard pressed to ask David anythin’ he hadn’t already answered a bajillion times ’bout his time as a special effects werewolf but did find a lack of information regardin’ his time as Dr. Pepper’s fizz pushin’ pitchman he fondly mentioned on An American Werewolf in London‘s commentary track. Decidin’ to dig up his past as the face of a generation of peppers, David was more than happy to share his unexpected career in soda ads from the very first commercial to his questionable separation An American Werewolf in London might be to blame for. Just watch the vid below!

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 SUPERSTAR SLASHER KANE HODDER!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Another week’s gone by, and we’ve just been to hell and back at our favorite toy store where we got the chance to hang out in the presence of one of the biggest and most celebrated names in horror today, Kane Hodder! His extensive filmography as an actor and stuntman in both movies and TV sparked plenty of questions for the most famous guy to ever play Jason Voorhees, but unfortunately we couldn’t pin him down long ‘nough to record a video interview for our show. That said, we still managed to walk away with an unforgettable experience our favorite ghost girlfriend Mandy’s just thrilled to share with ya. Take it away, Mandy!

“Deadwest and I recently spent time with some horror icons who were gracious enough to greet fans at one of our favorite stores, Toy Federation, a paradise of retro playthings in Upstate South Carolina.

This weekend, the guest of honor was superstar slasher Kane Hodder.

Going in, I expected to emerge with previously unpublished tales of Hodder’s career and confirmation that the scariest man ever to don a mask is what Felissa Rose called him in To Hell and Back, “the coolest man walking.”

He is, in fact, that cool . . . mesmerizing, menacing and genuinely friendly—to the degree those adjectives can converge in one person. My deep dive into his IMDb and other telling sources led to big laughs about his unlikely role as a ninja on The Dukes of Hazzard and his stint as stunt coordinator for Who’s the Boss?

We also discussed some disgust over a film that got mired in Muck and speculated about future Friday movies in which his character has a female nemesis—spoiler alert: He says telekinetic Tina would be Jason’s Jamie Lee, and the name Charlize Theron may have come up when we were picking players for our fantasy league.

The real story, however, may be the fans. One couple waiting in line had come from Ohio, and the wife, recovering from back surgery, was defying doctors’ recommendations to celebrate her birthday. The trip was preceded by a Cameo.com video her husband had commissioned from Hodder. In addition to the virtual well wishes, interstate travel, hotel costs and related expenses, the couple not only sprung for VIP tickets, but also returned for the general admission event on Saturday to possibly score a little more face time.

Throughout the weekend, Hodder instantly transitioned from comfortable conversation to cold-blooded killer, giving each person his all as he posed for picture after picture—no shot seeming like an aggrandizing selfie. To describe what took place, we turn to another formidable character, Aunt May of Spider-Man fame, who said this:

“Everybody loves a hero. People line up for them, cheer them, scream their names . . . and years later, they’ll tell how they stood in the rain for hours just to get a glimpse of the one who taught them to hold on a second longer.”

One man in the crowd, a law enforcement officer, said he looked up to Hodder so much as a kid, he was afraid to talk to him because he didn’t want the image he’d always had in his mind to change. Clutching an autographed machete on the way out, his childlike smile proved Hodder is a hero who never disappoints.”

Sweet summary of the events, Mandy! Thanks again to Kane for such a fun time cuttin’ up with everyone who hung out both days of the event, and an even bigger thank ya to the gang at Toy Federation for pullin’ all this together for the horror fans who’ve been disappointed by all the con cancellations lately.

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 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!

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