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!

SCREAMING AT SOME FRIGHTFUL R & R!

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCREAMING AT THE CHILD’S PLAY LOOPHOLE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHILD’S PLAY (2019)

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

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

SCREAMING AT A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING!

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCREAMING AT GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS!

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

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

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

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019)

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

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

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

SCREAMING AT EXTREME FOCUS!

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

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

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

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

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

SCREAMING AT CREATURES FROM THE ABYSS!

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

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

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

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

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