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 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 PET SEMATARY!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! While we’re hard at work animatin’ the next episode of Screaming Soup! ’til our hands are ’bout to literally fall off, we still tear ourselves away long ‘nough to check out the latest horror flicks hittin’ the big scream. Last week, we decided to indulge in a tub of popcorn and buckets of beer while watchin’ the newest Stephen King flick to be recycled, Pet Sematary.

For those out of the loop, King claims Pet Sematary is the scariest novel he’s ever written usin’ events from his own life as inspiration. Like all his books, Pet Sematary was adapted into a 1989 movie followed by a sequel that was a total product of Hollywood King washed his hands of. In nutshell, every Pet Sematary is ’bout a family movin’ to a remote home next to a cursed Indian burial ground. When loved ones start dyin’, a family member finds out the land can resurrect the dead, and tries bringin’ everyone back with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, folks come back different with a mean homicidal streak.

Full confession, half of us here at Screaming Soup! never watched the original flick from ’89. We’ve had a copy of it collectin’ dust on the shelf for years now but never made the effort to check it out. Mainly ’cause we always compared its ankle bitin’ killer to Chucky which is a stupid reason not to watch what so many people told us is the scariest movie they’ve ever seen, but that’s how our fucked up noodles work. Plus, we saw the sequel with the kid from Terminator 2 which we’re big fans of, and didn’t think a possessed little boy story could compete. But with the arrival of the newest take on the film in the wake of Stephen King redux, we finally tried to make a movie night out of it, but Mandy’s got her hang ups ’bout animal deaths, and those of us who already saw it were too scared to watch it again. No shit!

So, we went into the newest Pet Sematary as novice without any thoughts or feelin’s for the original distractin’ us from judgin’ how good or bad it is.

When a doctor’s daughter is taken from him by high speed textin’ and drivin’, he refuses to say good-bye and uses cursed Indian grounds behind his house to resurrect her with violent consequences. This remake essentially follows the same beats as the ’89 Pet Sematary but is a bizarro version with most situations and actions flipped to keep it “unexpected.” We think the film looks great and has a compellin’ cast of actors that includes a talented pussy cat who proves practical pets are scarier than any CGI critter, but the whole thin’ of characters bein’ haunted by ghosts from their pasts feels too disconnected from the plot, and the pacin’ of the family’s reunion with their daughter seems rushed ‘stead of impactful. A decent 3/5 watch overall, but not good ‘nought to wanna see it again anytime soon.

While we still haven’t seen the original Pet Sematary (which will change sooner than later), we are familiar with its theme song by the Ramones we included in our Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits Jukebox Playlist. It’s different, catchy, and makes for a hell of a karaoke song if ya ever get the chance to sing it at the bar the next time ya go out for drinks. We’re bringin’ this ol’ diddy up, ’cause even this got a remake by a band called Starcrawler which has been gettin’ mixed reviews. It’s not radically different and is okay at best, but what do y’all think?

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 CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH SERIES!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! School’s out for summer, and we’re blowin’ it to pieces with hard hittin’ radioactive reviews of Troma’s Class of Nuke ‘Em High series. Yessir, we commit to givin’ ya hard lessons in readin’, writin’, and radiation, and show you why this is the only other Troma series aside from Toxic Avenger that’s worth makin’ sequels out of. Classes include the original cult hit that captures one of cinema’s most memorable gangs, Brick Bronsky’s two movie demo reel about subhumanoids, and the soft gender swappin’ reboot/sequel that came out a few short years ago. We would liked to have seen the newest Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High flick and help generate some buzz with a review for it, but it’s not available for purchase yet. We could have asked for an early-bird promotional copy, but certain you-know-who’s ain’t exactly been cooperative this season.

As far as the story goes, this final half of a 2-part special picks right back up with us defendin’ the Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits from a hell raisin’ gang who’s busy sickin’ a big ass mutant against a Robot Jox mech driven by Full Moon’s Killjoy. Lots of deaths, several horror Easter eggs, plenty of action, bookoos of monsters, we see the return of Brainbasher from Season 3 . . . we just continue raisin’ the stakes for the war this episode and keep blowin’ the animation out to accommodate it all.

As is the tradition this season, we did have another “Spot the Dollman Contest” this episode, and the lucky winner to find the 13″ cop with an attitude is Sean Garver from Batesville, Arkansas. Congrats Scream Freak, and hope you enjoy your random Full Moon DVD and original piece of Screaming Soup! artwork. To see past winners and prizes for the “Spot the Dollman Contest” click HERE.

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 YouTube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns scheduled to play on Sluggo’s The Vortexx (after 9PM EST Sunday and Wednesday nights)!

If you need the hook-up with instant Troma and Full Moon movies, we’d suggest watching Troma’s films for free on their Youtube channel, and you can get full access to Full Moon’s catalog of work from their movies to their Videozone clips at Full Moon Streaming and their Amazon channel.

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT FROGS AND SQUIRM!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Time to peel your eyelids back and take in the unholy glory that is Screaming Soup! as we hurl up the next exciting episode continuing the Buzzkill’s Revenge saga. Yessir, this episode’s packed with mecha-devil bull rides, lover’s spat, vision quests, drunken rage, Graboids, frogs, and worms! All for your squeamish pleasure . . .

This time ’round, we’re reviewing a double feature of 2 nature gone bad flicks from the ’70s, Frogs (starring Sam “Dodge Ram” Elliot) and Squirm. We can’t remember what exactly motivated us to review these 2 lackluster films to begin with, but each certainly offers up its own form of B-grade entertainment for us to riff on. Or should we say for Billy and Tequila Worm to riff on! That’s right, these 2 Screaming Soup! alum get their 15 seconds of fame as guest hosts filling in, and we think they did a pretty awesome job at it! Just watch the new episode below and see fer yourself!

Other than that, be sure to catch up on Screaming Soup! Seasons 1-2 after watching the latest Season 3 episodes, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films we’re watching in our R-Rated Reviews blog, 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 Youtube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

I’ll see ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT THINGS SOON TO COME!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Glad you came back, because we’ve been beaming with good news to tell ya about this week! Horror hosting is always fun, but it’s even better when done with the right group of people which is why we always have regular cast members coming and going for every adventure. But outside our show are countless other crazy personalities who’ve also taken it upon themselves to share their opinions with the public on all things scary, and we’ve been lucky enough to network with some of them.

We’re not sayin’ we’re exchanging agent’s numbers and sippin’ seltzer water over overpriced salads while discussing business opportunities, but we have been in the talks with several hosts about crossovers & cameos and such. Of course, this can be difficult at times to arrange given everything we do is animated and that takes a lot of time, but we believe in the entertainment value of a lot of these projects and really want to give you Scream Freaks something special. So, we’re really looking forward to some shows and characters we’re gonna crisscross with through the rest of this season, and excited several of them will be appearing in episode 26 premiering in June.

And speaking of future episodes, be here next week, 4/20/16, because an all NEW episode of Screaming Soup! is coming out and we pick right back up with the epic that is Buzzkill’s Revenge while unexpected guests help review a double billing of Frogs and Squirm!

Other than that, be sure to catch up on Screaming Soup! Seasons 1-2 after watching the latest Season 3 episodes, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films we’re watching in our R-Rated Reviews blog, 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 Youtube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

I’ll see ya later, Scream Freaks!

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SCREAMING AT 13 GHOSTS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! So, it’s about time we posted another video and decided to do another Re-Make Re-Mix this turn. You’ve seen us edit together music videos showing the different interpretations of King Kong, The Blob, and The Thing, but now we present to you  . . . 13 Ghosts!

Yessir, we still remember when the remake came out in 2001 with Monk and Shaggy running around that glass house from Solomon Grundy and the naked ghost chick with the big hoo-haws, making it one of our favorite horror films of all time. Always wondered all these years how similar it was to the original and finally had our secret wish answered when we came across a copy of William Castle’s version from 1960 in a pawn shop.

For 1960, the original 13 Ghosts is pretty impressive . . . as far as its concept that is! A family inherits a house haunted by 13 ghosts who were all captured and brought their by the husband’s deceased uncle. To help maneuver around the ghosts, the family is left with a pair of special glasses the uncle built for seeing them. That’s about where the similarities end. The real threat in the original wasn’t the ghosts but the estate lawyer after the uncle’s fortune hidden somewhere in the house. He finds it by the end, but has to kill the family’s son to keep his discovery a secret. The uncle’s protective spirit intervenes, however, killing the lawyer in a bed built for smothering whoever sleeps in it. Yeah, definitely giving points to the remake for cutting its lawyer in half as you’ll see in the video below.

But while the original doesn’t have energetic editing, dynamic performances, bloodshed, over the top set designs, awesome ghosts, color, or boobs, it does have a ghost lion which is pretty damn cool, the cool gimmicky history of seeing the ghosts on the movie screen through special viewers handed out at the theater when it originally ran, and mad respect for even conceiving such a wild idea for a story in 1960. Worth a look see if you like the remake, but I’d only recommend buying the remake for your horror movie collection.

Other than that, be sure to catch up on Screaming Soup! Seasons 1-2 after watching the latest Season 3 episodes, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films we’re watching in our R-Rated Reviews blog, 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 Youtube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

I’ll see ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT 2016 CONVENTIONS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Sorry we skipped on last week’s update, but we’ve been screaming the good news about the web’s #1 animated horror host site at some local comic book/horror conventions lately. No, not with our own booth and merch for sell unfortunately. We’re still diligently hoofing it like creative nomads, shaking hands and throwing Screaming Soup! ads wherever people will see them (the best place is in the restroom stalls!).

Not that we’re bitch’n about burnin’ the treads off our boots making endless laps around convention centers and hotels, but it would sure be nicer to have a booth, and we’ve already got the blueprints all prepared! Imagine a convention table covered with a picnic tablecloth with Screaming Soup! poster prints , buttons, magnets, and t-shirts spread out across it. You can get your picture taken with a life-size Deadwest prop at the doors of the Howl-Inn while we play a collection of clips from the show on twin flat screen TVs flanking each side while the theme song plays from hidden speakers. And for those looking for our booth, they just have to look to the ceiling to find the Screaming Soup! air blimp pinpointing our location below. It would be glorious . . .

. . . and expensive which is the only hold-up. But like everything else we work for, it’ll happen sooner or later. Just gotta save up, believe in ourselves, and work for it like everything else we’ve done to make this show happen.

Other than that, be back next week as we post an all new Re-Make Re-Mix for 13 Ghosts, be sure to catch up on Screaming Soup! Seasons 1-2 after watching the latest Season 3 episodes, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films we’re watching in our R-Rated Reviews blog, 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 Youtube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

I’ll see ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT OVERSEXED RUGSUCKERS FROM MARS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Today is the dawn of an all new season, and we’re kicking it off with one of the most disappointing finds we’ve ever had the misfortune of stumbling across, Oversexed Rugsuckers From Mars! Putrid polecats, this is one stinker that’s really overlooked when horror fans debate the worst of the worst out there, and we’re happy to bring it to everyone’s attention as something that’s so bad it’s awful! We’re still at a loss why a national hero like Drive-In critic Joe Bob Briggs gave it such high praise with 3/4 stars, but maybe he can tell us one day.

You’ll also notice we got ourselves a story arc happening now with your favorite animated horror host finding himself without his favorite table, and it’s gonna take all season for him to fight for it back from Buzzkill and his monster misfits you may recognize from Robot Monster, It! Conquered the World, and From Hell it Came. As the season progresses, you’ll be shown new corners of the Howl-Inn Grub and Spirits, and even get to see what’s out in the interdimensional Crosslands as the stakes get higher and Deadwest‘s troubles get worse. It’s going to be a blast of a year, and it all starts with Oversexed Rugsuckers From Mars below!

Be sure to catch up on Screaming Soup! Seasons 1-2 after watching the latest episode, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, 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 Youtube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

I’ll see ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT DOGGONE HORROR!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Oh, the excitement is just building for the premier of our 3rd season 1/20/15, and we can’t stand it! But until then, just pull a bag over your head to ease the anxiety and enjoy a warm-up vid we call, Doggone Horror.

For years, we watched horror movies with no problem accepting the rule that anyone could die at anytime. Old people, babies, the handicap, and especially animals. Animals always seem to be horror’s warm-up act (normally beating the black guy as first to get axed), but it never phased us until our girlfriends started making a fuss about it. Now, we all know it’s a movie and nothing’s real, but the ladies still wanna flip tables whenever a critter is even hinted at being harmed on screen. This situation has only 3 courses of action. Empathize with their sensitive nature and change out the movie you’ve been dying to see, kick the gal out of the room so you can be scared in peace, or dump’em till they learn their lesson and come weeping back to you. Well, asking them to leave is a fair compromise of the 2 extremes, so we tend to go that route. But it’s times like these that inspired this Screaming Soup! Presents vid which serves 2 purposes. To educate horror fans of some notable hounds of the genre, and to warn others of some flicks they may not wanna show their in-the-closet PETA recruit who can watch a toddler get skewered by cannibals but never a dog getting tossed in shark infested waters.

So, without anymore of an introduction, watch our newest vid below and have fun learning about some movies you maybe didn’t know existed while avoiding a date night gone wrong the next time you pick the movie. And for those interested, we’ve also been made aware of a great site you can check for an animal death count in a movie called doesthedogdie.com. Checked it out ourselves, and its pretty helpful and allows you to add updates to any movies you saw they haven’t accounted for yet.

Other than that, be sure to catch up on Screaming Soup! Seasons 1-2 before the premier of Season 3 1/20/16, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, watch out for a new Screaming Soup! Presents video 1/10/16, 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 Youtube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

I’ll see ya later, Scream Freaks!

 

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