SCREAMING AT THE RONDO AWARDS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Rockin’ and a rollin’ through these first weeks into the new year, we’re continuin’ to work our tails off to deliver the best animated horror host show to yer faces, and we’re comin’ closer and closer to releasin’ the next excitin’ episode as we speak. In the meantime, contemporaries of ours have alerted us it’s time ‘gain for one of the most coveted award seasons in the horror community – the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards or Rondos for short!

For those of ya in the dark, the Rondo is a prestigious symbol of acclaim ‘mong horror fans that’s been honorin’ a crazy spread of top shelf talent associated with classic horror since 2002. Modelin’ it’s awards after actor Rondo Hatton’s malformed mug (specifically from his role as the Creeper in Universal’s House of Horrors, but y’all probably recognize him best as the inspiration for Lothar’s make-up in The Rocketeer), these mini-busts are essentially love messages from fans, ’cause they’re the ones who vote on who they think is most deservin’ of these babies. Votin’ by an open ballot, fans have successfully helped creative individuals win in categories that include best movie commentary, magazine cover, comic book, toy, website . . .  and the whole reason we’re bringin’ all this up – favorite horror host!

You already know what we’re gonna say, Scream Freaks, so scream it with us – Let’s get us a Rondo!

Elvira’s got one, Count Gore De Vol’s got one, Svengoolie’s got a record breakin’ coffin full of ’em as the favorite host of this past decade practically . . . it’s time Screaming Soup! step in the arena and shake things up and show ’em how we’re reinventing horror hostin’ for the 21st century!

First things first. To be part of the ballot, we have to be nominated. Luckily, this is easy ‘nough. All anyone has to do is visit the Rondo’s Classic Horror Film Board (click HERE to go directly to it), take a minute to sign up with Taptalk so ya can comment on the forum, and when all that’s set-up, leave the board a message sayin’ ya want to nominate Deadwest from Screaming Soup! for favorite horror host and be sure to include our site address, ScreamingSoup.com, and a reason why ya want to nominate us as yer favorite. We only have ’til the end of January to get Rondo’s attention for addin’ us to the official ballot fans will be openly votin’ on 2/2/20, so giddy up, Scream Freaks and thank ya fer everythin’ ya do!

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 THAT OLD SCREAMS QUEENS REALITY SHOW!

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

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

Minds blown!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other than that, be sure to catch up on all past Screaming Soup! Seasons, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films and comics we’re checkin’ out in our blogs, R-Rated Reviews and Sequential Slime, and help us get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror host show! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our video channels, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail comin’. You can also warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently playin’ on Beta Max TV, Sluggo’s The Vortexx, and Mr. Lobo‘s OSI 74!

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT PAYDAY DELAYS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Y’all best take cover, ’cause Christmas is comin’ at us like its brakes are cut, and 2020 ain’t too far behind. Tarnations, the holidays are flyin’ by this year. Barely have any time to kick-back with some SoCo nog and soak it all in ya know? Not that we have that kind of time to spare anyway as the web’s #1 animated horror host show, ’cause we’re consistently keepin’ the wheels on our operation rollin’ to pump out more Screaming Soup! content in the near future.

Now, we freely admit we’ve been professionally distracted from maintainin’ the tight production schedule our show used to keep, but when folks start wavin’ money in our faces to work on other projects, can ya blame us for temporarily steppin’ away from our passion fueled project to earn a payday? Luckily, most of these side gigs have been quick turnarounds like drawin’ independent comics for friends and alternate covers for Full Moon’s Deadly Ten comics. There was this one job buildin’ a website, however, that took twice as long as predicted, and ate up a whole two months we weren’t prepared to lose.

But hey, Screaming Soup!’s still as active as ever in the meantime. Our first season’s been uploaded to Mr. Lobo’s OSI 74 channel, we pitched our show to an important rep at a big time animation studio we’re waitin’ to hear back from, still deliverin’ the Howl’n Hottie of the week, continuin’ to add new bite size movie reviews on our R-Rated Reviews blog, added more reviews of the latest comics we’re readin’ on our Sequential Slime blog, and created a page here on the site featurin’ all our art for Full Moon Comix.

Despite all that though, most y’all will be happy to hear the jobs are beginnin’ to die down, and we’ll have an easier time addin’ animatin’ back into our daily jugglin’ act for your sake and ours. Mark our words, Screaming Soup! season five will be wrapped next year or we’ll change the name of the show to Pukin’ Poop!

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!

PS

Here’s a Christmas CD ya probably never thought existed!

SCREAMING AT ELEVATOR PITCHES!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Well, we rocked Halloween, gobbled our way through Thanksgivin’, and now we’re slidin’ into Christmas, the holiday folks have been burstin’ at the seams to celebrate since August. Yup, for months we’ve been seein’ folks eagerly cover their homes in garish lights, slam their fridges with eggnog, and orchestrate full on drone attacks with those little terminator start-ups bombin’ neighborhoods with online goods they ordered in the comfort of their underwear. But as fun and relaxin’ as the holiday is, it’s also a lot of work, and we’re busy as it is bein’ the web’s #1 animated horror host show!

Like a couple of weeks ago. If y’all recall, we mentioned we were ’bout to hit up a convention where an important contact for a well-known animation studio would be in attendance, and we were dead set on gettin’ ’em to see our stuff. Well . . . we did just that. We found the very person we were lookin’ for, introduced ourselves when the moment was right, and as if karma was piggyback ridin’ the cosmic balance comin’ into alignment, curious bystanders saw our eye-catchin’ Screaming Soup! logos on our outfits and excitedly asked us ’bout our show as soon as we struck a conversation with the rep.

Right on cue, we flung open our portable DVD player with the show’s intro already playin’ and gave our best elevator pitch while handin’ ’em a folder containin’ our show’s bible ‘long with Screaming Soup! tradin’ cards, magnets, and a DVD featurin’ sample episodes in the back. Everyone’s eyes widened with joy from what they were lookin’ at, the rep told us how impressed they were with our pitch package and immediately told us they wanted to share it with their studio after Thanksgivin’. After a brief discussion regardin’ TV politics and show pitches to the head honchos of a studio, we exchanged business cards and happily parted ways. We feel really good ’bout this, Scream Freaks. Now, it’s just a finger-crossin’ waitin’ game as we hope our stuff impresses the big fish ‘nough for televised syndication.

Patience, y’all . . . this could be our wildest ride yet!

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 THANKSGIVING 2019!

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 UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Thought we’d drop-in real quick so ya didn’t think we abandoned y’all and catch up on what’s new with your favorite animated horror host show. Tarnations, simmer down! We know you’re hungry for another excitin’ episode of Screaming Soup!, but that’ll be served soon ‘nough. In the meantime, we’re cookin’ up some side dishes that, if we’re lucky, could be a big break for all of us!

Now, we’re no stranger to knockin’ on doors and askin’ networks to take a gander at our show for possible syndication. Independent streamin’ services have been the easiest to contact and work out mutual content-for-exposure deals, but the corporate ran operations aren’t as easy to rub elbows with. For years now, we’ve submitted numerous samples of our show to cable channels, emailed screeners to a handful of supposed program directors, and tweeted our stuff at countless TV station accounts on Twitter – all in the hope someone would recognize how special our content is and help Screaming Soup! reach a larger audience we know will love it as much as we do.

Recently, we became aware of an upcomin’ convention where a representative for a well-known animation studio will be in attendance, and we dropped everythin’ to prepare for such a rare occasion. With the chance to potentially pitch Screaming Soup! to someone who can help us take horror hosting to the next level, we put the petal to the metal and cranked out an awesomely wicked pitch package full of information on our show, its characters, the game changin’ direction Screaming Soup!’s takin’ horror hosting in for 21st century audiences, and a DVD full of content from past episodes to boot! We’d be flabbergasted at anyone who didn’t feel the same excitement every Scream Freak experiences when seein’ our show for the first time.

We’ll keep ya posted on how all this goes, but ’til then – fangs crossed, y’all!

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!

The illustrated spoils for the winner of Mandy‘s Halloween Movie Compilation Contest!

SCREAMING AT OSI 74!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Hope you had a speedy recovery from yer Halloween hootenannies without too much regret, ’cause the witchin’ season may be over, but we’re just kickin’ it into overdrive ’round here.

First off, you may have heard we were in attendance at the Reedy Reels Film Festival this past weekend ’cause  one of our misadventures was accepted as an animated short. Our show’s never hit this kinda artsy fartsy scene before, so it was quite the treat rubbin’ elbows with all walks of indie talents from ambitious filmmakers to up and comin’ actors. The free grub and happy hours didn’t hurt either! While we didn’t come away with any awards to speak of, we still felt like a success with every laugh we heard through the theater when our re-edited version of Deadwest Screams at Blood Diner played ‘cross the screen. Even better is when we got to go up on stage with fellow filmmakers whose films played durin’ the same block as ours and entertain the audience with our upcomin’ episodes of fightin’  demonic dung beetles on rivers of shit to stop the Iron Horsemen from damnin’ the Crosslands. Pretty tough act for flicks ’bout psycho bitches, Civil War spies, and narc comedies to follow we think.

Besides runnin’ into a emphatic audience member who became an instant fan of our show after it played, the best part of the festival was gettin’ to see a local horror director present his newest feature, A Nun’s Curse, starrin’ Sleep Away Camp‘s Felissa Rose as a homicidal nun. This guy and his crew did a great job hypin’ the film up with cool banners, buttons, and even a couple of guys dressed as nuns hangin’ in the back of the theater, but it unfortunately failed to meet the bar it set for me. I was expectin’ to enjoy a Tom and Jerry plot of a slasher movie but it endin’ up bein’ this talk heavy tour of a dilapidated prison that saves all its important deaths for the very end with some psychological switcheroos that completely ruined it for me. Fun experience ’cause of the festival but could be a lot better.

More sweet news that happened lately is our recent induction into Mr. Lobo‘s Roku channel, OSI 74! For those who don’t know, Mr. Lobo’s the horror host of Cinema Insomnia where he makes the case, “They’re not bad movies – just misunderstood.” If ya ever get the chance to read the man’s bio, he’s got a pretty impressive history with all kinds of creative endeavors from underground comics to starrin’ in the 2015 spin on Plan 9 From Outer Space. More recently, the legendary jack of all trades launched his own Roku channel featurin’ a sweet collection of entertainin’ programs. Similar to a UHF station, OSI 74 offers a line-up of original shows that include indie toons, space adventures, pop culture reviews, obscure flicks, and a variety of horror host programs that include Mr. Lobo himself, Veronique Von Venom, Lord Blood Rah, and even Sleazy P. Martini of GWAR fame.

We were hooked the second we stumblin’ ‘cross this one of a kind collaboration ‘mong hosts and been plannin’ to pitch our show as one of its programs for awhile. The only reason we held out so long is ’cause our original plan was to wrap up Screaming Soup!’s fifth season ‘fore we contacted Mr. Lobo, but with all the recent work we picked up drawin’ covers for Full Moon Comix impactin’ our production schedule, now seemed as good as any to continue gettin’ the word ’bout our show out and grow our fan base. So, after a few messages ‘tween us and Mr. Lobo, he liked what he saw, had us edit our kick-off season into 30 minute packages, and we’re now streamin’ on OSI 74 as we speak. Lotta thanks to Mr. Lobo for the exposure and ecstatic to be included in such good company of talented hosts. Get OSI 74 today and check it out, 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, Sluggo’s The Vortexx, and Mr. Lobo‘s OSI 74!

SCREAMING AT HALLOWEEN PARTY MUSIC!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Halloween’s still creepin’ up ’round the corner, but with this bein’ the last weekend of October, it’s high party time for all us spooks and ghouls ready to blow this holiday out! Trick ‘r treatin’ will still be reserved for the true calendar date of course, but the majority of us are ready to get the good times rollin’ with rowdy get-togethers full of costumed creeps, fright flicks, gross out grub, and most importantly — hauntin’ tunes that’ll rock ya to the bone!

Yessir, music ain’t our strongest area of trivia, but we sure as shootin’ love it, and that’s why we took it upon ourselves to compile what we consider the best playlist of horror related tunes to jam out to this Halloween. A nice mix of upbeat tracks with pops of mellow melodies to break it up, our list is comprised of over 300 songs we’ve hunted down over the years, all which have somethin’ to do with horror. Songs from all grades of horror movie soundtracks, ditties with dark lyrics, and terrifyin’ tunes sung by monstrous musicians we enjoy listenin’ to on a daily basis at the Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits.

Now, ‘fore ya say anythin’, we admit we omitted some mainstream classics like “This is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sheb Wooley’s “Purple People Eater,” ‘long with fan favorite themes from Psycho, Halloween, and Tales From the Crypt. Not ’cause we forgot ’bout ’em, mind ya! This list was primarily made for our own entertainment as stuff we’d enjoy at a party, and those beats (as much as we like ’em) just aren’t things we wanna hear after a double play of Metallica or Alice Cooper ’cause they’re more ’bout buildin’ forebodin’ atmosphere versus lively fun. But hey, if that rocks yer boat the wrong way, than we encourage ya to use our playlist as a launchin’ pad for creatin’ your own mix of jack-o-lantern jams.

For a read-out of what’s on our playlist in the order they play, click HERE. Otherwise, hit the play button below and start barkin’ at the moon!

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, and Mr. Lobo’s OSI 74!

SCREAMING AT HALLOWEEN THEMED FLICKS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! With Halloween fast approachin’, we know a bunch of ya’ll are maxin’ out the number of fright flicks you’re watchin’ to celebrate the most carefree holiday of the year. Horror novices are bingin’ anythin’ seemingly spooky, the average genre fans are happily rewatchin’ their favorite boogey man marathons, and die-hards like us are diggin’ up our holiday themed horrors we specially reserve for this time of year. Yup. Soon as October starts, so does our annual countdown of Halloween themed horror movies, buildin’ up to our most coveted films by All Hallows’ Eve. Our routine is to kick the season off with lesser celebrated movies we genuinely enjoy first, like The Hollow (2004) and Idle Hands (1999), broken up by various Halloween specials from TV shows like Family Matters and Regular Show, then we drive it home at the end of the month with the mainstream heavy weights like Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat (2007) and Carpenter’s original Halloween (1978) to conclude our hootenanny.

Now, it wasn’t easy buildin’ our playlist of Samhain related movies. We spun our wheels for years thinkin’ Michael Myers was as good as it gets. It wasn’t ’til watchin’ the same plot holes and jump scares for the hundredth time did we desperately seek other horror movies themed after the holiday. To our surprise, there’s plenty of other titles involvin’ Halloween, but very few of ’em are worth addin’ to anyone’s holiday rotation. To save ya’ll time siftin’ through a dungheap worth of stinkers, here’s our two cents on some alternate titles . . .

NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 1-3 + 2009 Remake
In this series that’s ’bout as criminally undercelebrated as the Maniac Cop trilogy, kids keep crashin’ the infamous Hull House on Halloween night and are possessed by kinky demons that sling some mean gore. All three of the original films star a fierce femme fatale from hell named Angela who’s wonderfully played by Amelia Kinkade ’til Shannon Elizabeth gave the role a shot in the respectful 2009 remake. All together, 4/5!

THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 1-2
The same story essentially told twice, a gang of fear-seekin’ filmmakers spend their Halloweens documentin’ the best haunted house attractions in America ’til extreme underground haunters put ’em in compromisin’ situations the last few minutes for some really shitty endin’s and twists that do nothin’ but piss us off. Features some cool lookin’ “killers,” but we’d recommend ya just skip it. Double 2/5 feature!

HELL HOUSE LLC 1-3 
A bunch of cityslickers convert a devil worshipin’ hotel into a small town’s haunted attraction for easy Halloween money, but a portal to hell opens in the basement and spawns three movies worth of found footage investigations tryin’ to solve the mystery of what happened that fatal Halloween night. A decent series that’s gotten lots of mixed reviews, but we love it how much the filmmakers do with so little to get us creeped the hell out. All in all, 3/5, and worth a look!

WEEDJIES: HALLOWEED NIGHT (2019)

While a crew of college girls live it up in Vegas with their own Halloween bash, a mysterious party crasher ambushes ’em with a cursed Ouija board that pits their souls ‘gainst trouble makin’ creatures in a hardcore game of tag. A howlin’ fun flick from Full Moon, this feature length bonanza is burstin’ with an infectious energy that makes me wish I was at this Halloween hootenanny. With an all ’round winnin’ cast of characters, rockin’ tunes, solid script, and memorable booger beast puppets, this is an instant Full Moon classic! Vegas chases, costume parties, bike ridin’ weed wolves, voodoo witches, supernatural gamemasters, baby fetishes, super science ganja, mini Full Moon alum cameos, pool drownin’s, explodin’ heads, stranglin’, flesh eatin’, interdimensional portals, monstrous transformations, tokin’ monsters, one beast rock concerts, and surprisingly no boobs! 5/5!

HACK-O-LANTERN aka HALLOWEEN NIGHT aka DEATH MASK (1988)

It’s Halloween night and a Satan worshippin’ pappy is ready to help his oldest son/grandson level up in his murderous barn cult so long as his law enforcement brother, horny sister, and upset mama/sister don’t bug him. Not a bad flick with competent actors, fleetin’ moments of horror gold, and a decent story, but I’ve got problems with the story’s timeline between key events, who exactly is throwin’ the big Halloween party everyone’s goin’ to, and I don’t feel like the story is structured with the right kind of tension for the twist endin’ we get. 3/5!

zeyeKILLER EYE: HALLOWEEN HAUNT (2011)

Jenna invites her raunchy friends to help decorate her mom’s house for Halloween and piss off a crystal ball security system that manifests the Killer Eye as its ultimate defense against booze, boobs, and boogie dancin’! A very meta approach, it’s not entirely clear whether or not this Killer Eye is “THE” Killer Eye returning for more rape and interdimensional domination or just a supernatural weapon created by the crystal ball after observing the girls ridiculing a copy of the first Killer Eye movie like MST3K amateurs. Regardless, a overall fun movie that just needed more escalating danger with the girls figuring out what’s up and fighting the eye together. 3/5!

THE PREDATOR (2018)
A U.S. soldier snags a crashed Predator’s sci-fightin’ weapons after the e.t. kills his squad and vows revenge with help from a busload of military loonies. As a modest fan of the Predator movie series, I’m tellin’ ya right now, this flick is fuckin’ awesome! Chock full of popcorn action, dirty laughs, top notch effects and characters you can’t get enough of, this is like watchin’ the A-Team escape One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to fight e.ts of all sizes on Halloween night with a dash of Star Kid for good measure! I’m also happy the filmmakers are still usin’ guys in amazin’ monster suits and reservin’ the CGI shitfest for effects that really couldn’t be achieved any other way. Loved every second! 5/5!

TRICK OR TREAT (1986)
A high school metal head accidentally summons the super charged ghost of his favorite rock warrior Sammi Curr to help him get even with his bullies, but all deals are off by Halloween night when innocent scares and pranks escalate to everyone in sight bein’ zapped to ashes by the musical menace. One of the better heavy metal themed horror flicks, this is a fun time with decent actors, impressive practical effects, and tolerable tunes. The only sours that bug me is how flat and tagged on the metal head’s potential girlfriend is written, and how underdeveloped Sammi’s motives are as an angry spirit with no real backstory to explain his explosive predicament. 4/5!

UNCANNY ANNIE (2019)
A houseful of bores rather spend Halloween playin’ board games than party but unfortunately pick a game that’s haunted by a gigglin’ ghost who wants their souls for packagin’ art ‘less they beat a mix of slumber party challenges and escape her alternate box dimension. A successful horror spin on Jumanji‘s concept of a cursed board game, this Into the Dark flick from Hulu is a cut ‘bove the rest with a memorable villain terrorizin’ a cast of likable ‘nough yahoos I half-heartedly root for, but its monsters aren’t very scary, and there’s a major disconnect between the openin’ kill and the gang’s long dead buddy who I thought were one and the same ’til we got pretty far into this thing. 4/5!

HALLOWEEN AT AUNT ETHEL’S (2019)
As Halloween approaches, small town residents seems to know there’s a crackpot senior in a party shop wig butcherin’ youths for meaty fondue treats, but only a gang of horny teens are willin’ to do anythin’ ’bout it. Caught somewhere between F and Z quality filmmakin’, this flick delivers some cheap camera trick gore and satisfyin’ boob coverage with admirable amounts of humor and tension peppered in, but I don’t think it’s worth addin’ to anyone’s rotation of annual Halloween movies. 2/5!

ymidnightTHE MIDNIGHT HOUR (1985)

Small town teens steal historic pilgrim attire from their local museum for Halloween and pull an Evil Dead when they recite a curse they find among the antiques that releases all walks of spooks and ghouls on their unsuspecting town. Full of fun characters, ’80s music, and laugh out loud moments, this family friendly, made for TV flick is an excellent G rated horror for those wanting to take a break from the heavier blood and guts kind of movies. 4/5!

WACKO (1982)
As the annual Halloween Pumpkin Prom approaches, a teeny bopper’s nerves are shredded worryin’ a jack-o-lantern headed psycho on a lawnmower wants to cut her down like he did her sister at the same dance 13 years earlier. More slapstick comedy than slapstick horror, I can honestly say this is a tolerance testin’ joke to watch. The actin’s okay, and there’s a good gag every now and again like a driver’s ed car chase endin’ in cartoon flight through the clouds, and Andrew Dice Clay gettin’ so aroused, he flips a dinner table without his hands, but it’s not ‘nough for me to enjoy the movie as a whole. My biggest sours have to be when the humor gets uncomfortably awkward with older fellas minglin’ with minors and the incestual scenes between George Kennedy and his daughter. 2/5!

HAUNT (2019)
A disposable circle-jerk of friends cap off Halloween night with a visit to an extreme haunt and find out its weirdo performers are out for more than a few screams. One of the better flicks ’bout folks really dyin’ in a haunted attraction, Haunt delivers solid entertainment with top dollar production and unforgettable killers with a thing for facial deformities but its stars lack any chemistry and could have endured more creative tortures. The worse cinematic sin, however, is the pointless build-up to the last girl’s slap-happy boyfriend arrivin’ without any satisfyin’ payoff. 4/5!

TERRIFIER (2017)
Art, that terrifyin’ clown from those All Hallows’ Eve movies, goes solo in his own slasher flick and mutilates anyone unlucky enough to cross his path on Halloween night like a couple of party chicks he chases and torments in a dump bein’ fumigated for rats. The girls are hot, the violence is unsettlin’, and the gore is all over the walls in this cut-throat love letter to video nasties with one of the most unforgettable killers of the 21st century. I just don’t like how there’s not a lot of story much less a character’s journey through the insanity that’s just fucked up Tom and Jerry shenanigans. 4/5!

x06WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (2013)

A different spin on the found footage genre, someone digs up a VHS copy of a fictional news broadcast from Halloween ’87 when a local field reporter entered a supposed haunted house and encountered unexplained forces. For the full tapped TV experience, viewers are also subjected to tons of fake commercials and a full news broadcast serving as the pre-show. This is a cool idea, but was executed all wrong. The focus of the movie itself is so interrupted and cut up by commercials and separate news broadcasts, you forget what you’re even watching. We need to fast-forward through more of the commercials, only show the news segments that set-up plot points, and have a better and clearer escalation of danger. 2/5!

y12MURDER PARTY (2007)

A cardboard knight attends a Halloween party he randomly finds an invitation for and is ambushed by a group of competing artists wanting to murder him in the name of art. This is a very quirky offbeat kind of film, but it works in its own unique way from the chemistry among the incompetent murderers to their awkward interactions with the victim. Definitely worth a watch! 4/5!

ALL HALLOWS EVE (2013)
In this poor man’s Pumpkinhead, a lonely janitor gets pissed when the oldest lookin’ college students EVER beat him up and trash his shitty scarecrow, leavin’ him no choice but to enchant the straw man with dark magic that turns him into a Halloween assassin. This is borderline Z-movie trash but offers a pretty descent story with so-so actin’, covered-up eye candy, and respectable gore and effects that include a stop-motion pumpkin headed booger in the final act that’s not to be missed. 3/5!

zscareSCARE ZONE (2009)

A strip-mall haunted house opens its doors for Halloween but gets too real as a love-sick psychopath makes its performers a permanent part of the gory scenery inside. A fun film that never drags, the weirdest thing about this flick is it’s shot, lit, and scored like a Goosebumps episode, if Goosebumps had boobs and gore. 3/5!

AMERICAN FRIGHT FEST (2018)
After a loony bin bus wrecks, a couple of its homicidal passengers find their way to a Halloween attraction at an abandoned asylum and slaughter clueless folks who think they’re part of the act. Brought to us by fuckin’ Gravitas Ventures, who has an amazin’ track record for films that fail to deliver on promisin’ stories, this movie is no different. It’s shot well enough with decent actin’, but there’s no mystery to the villains, no central character to root for, the pacin’s all out of whack, and built-up moments are executed at all the wrong times. 2/5!

HELL FEST (2018)
A Halloween serial killer hides among the masked employees of a theme park size haunt called Hell Fest and singles out a girl and her friends for his homicidal ritual bystandin’ gawkers think is just part of the show. This is a sweet hooten-nanny of a flick that maxes out the Halloween atmosphere with nearly everythin’ you’ve ever seen at a haunted attraction packed into one movie. The talent is believable and entertainin’, the sets look amaze-balls, and the killer is minimal but effective thanks to thoughtful camerawork and a single hummed tune keepin’ him from bein’ a forgettable cookie cutter slasher. The only sours I find are the chase sequences gettin’ a little repetitive by the end, the friends needin’ another level of complexity to how they interact’ throughout the night, too few creative kills, and it personally bugged me the inconsistency in the park’s level of dangers and why it meant so much for the friends to make it to the Hell end of Hell Fest. 4/5!

BLOOD FEST (2018)
A gang of well meanin’ horror fans visit the newest theme park, Blood Fest, to experience the full gamut of Halloween thrills inspired by their favorite scary movies but quickly learn the event’s really a madman’s twisted blow to the genre he blames for today’s violence in society. With real killers and monsters after them, this rag tag team of horror aficionados must escape 700 hodge podge acres of zombies, clowns, vamps, and torture before an explosive finale. A new splatter spin on the self aware concept seen in flicks like Scream and Cabin in the Woods, this is a really fun movie with a bunch of likable characters, hot talents, and modest gore. I think there’s some story details that get lost or poorly told when it comes to the town’s history with Blood Fest and how believable it is someone other than a mega super villain like Dr. Doom could only pull such an event off, but that’s a nit picky distraction most viewers won’t care ’bout. 5/5!

ytrickTRICK OR TREATS (1982)

A struggling actress earns some cash babysitting a prank obsessed young’n on Halloween night, and that’s . . . that’s pretty much it. Oh, wait. There’s a whole subplot involving the brat’s mom committing his dad so she could roll in the sheets with David Carradine, but this doesn’t payoff until the end when the dad escapes the loony bin looking for revenge, finding the babysitter to scare the last 15 minutes of the film when he returns home. A longwinded loony chase, phone calls with medieval knights, bad disguises, trick or treaters, childish pranks galore, and 1 hot blonde to help get you through this farce of a slasher film. 2/5!

CANDY CORN (2019)
After small town bullies kick the life out of the local slowped for Halloween fun, his new employer at the travelin’ freak show resurrects him as a candy corn munchin’ zombie who halfheartedly tears his killers apart one by one. Despite this bein’ a wonderfully produced throwback to the VHS era with the same revenge story I love in The Crow and Pumpkinhead, the filmmakers’ sloppy treatment of their characters completely ruins the film. The slowped lacks any substance for me to to give a shit ’bout his situation, interconnectin’ characters fail to gel with ’em spendin’ more time apart than together, and I don’t know who to root for ’cause the guilt-ridden girlfriend and backwoods sheriff constantly compete for the story’s point of view which ultimately results in one big ineffective endin’. The only cast member to come out unscathed is The Greasy Strangler‘s Sky Elobar as Gus, the skeezy party guy. 3/5!

zfear2THE FEAR: HALLOWEEN NIGHT aka THE FEAR: RESURRECTION (1999)
Morty the killer splinter is back, and he’s got a new Native American look and backstory! Teens dress up as their worst fears in some of the dumbest costumes committed to celluloid for a Halloween party at Betsy Palmer’s house, and resist laughing at the possessed log’s attempt at Freddy Krueger banter. 3/5!

CLOWNS OF HALLOWEEN (2017)
In this atrocious collection of Z-grade cinema, director Dustin Ferguson slaps together ol’ short films of his involvin’ killer clowns on Halloween without any connectin’ narrative and presents an hour long tolerance tester of yahoos bein’ killed by the ghost of Leatherface in clown make-up, a little antique clown doll, and a psycho in a clown mask stealin’ Michael Myer’s schtick. We’ll give the filmmakers an “A” for effort, but as enthusiastic as these orange drenched love letters to John Carpenter are, they just fail to make up for their limited resources with more intuitive camerawork, smarter editing, or sophisticated storytellin’. 1/5!

THE BARN (2016)
It’s 1989, and a small town gang of Halloween lovin’ teens accidentally call forth three demons from a cursed barn where the devil waits to feast on harvested flesh. I’m here to tell ya the horror community’s hype over this movie is legit! Its nostalgic filmmakers successfully produce a true tribute to scary VHS flicks from the ’80s, givin’ us well cast characters, a fully developed script, a touch of boobs, a rockin’ soundtrack, and three sequel worthy villains (The Boogeyman, Hollow Jack, and the Candy Corn Scarecrow) bringin’ the gore! Well . . . a modest amount of gore that leaves me wishin’ they went more nuts, but better than none at all. Only real complaint I have is the film’s spastic editin’ and inconsistent camerawork of pans and claustrophobic close-ups that’s a toss up between an exercise in bad movie parody or signs of amateur filmmakin’. 4/5!

z005TALES OF HALLOWEEN (2015)

Not one but ten scary stories from a small town on Halloween night, rangin’ from malicious trick ‘r treaters to fatal fuedin’ neighbors and all things that go bump in the night with horror hall of famers in between. The best Halloween anthology since Trick ‘r Treat (2007), this is a great film that offers plenty of satisfyin’ shorts supported with awesome special effects, actors, and music. 5/5!

FLESH EATER: REVENGE OF THE LIVING DEAD (1988)
A farmer disturbs a hidden grave in the woods on Halloween and unofficially releases the silver scream’s first flesh eatin’ zombie from George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (the stiff who attacks Barbara in the cemetery). After trick ‘r treatin’ the countryside for flesh, he leads an undead posse to a horny gang of haunted hayriders who’ve pitch camp in the woods to party. I can easily see the love and effort that went into this flick from the NOTLD nods to the gory special effects, but the script unfortunately leaves a lot to be desired with borin’ characters and a meanderin’ story that doesn’t escalate. 2/5!

xgravyGRAVY (2015)

A sophisticated gang of cannibals trap a well rounded group of victims in a Mexican restaurant on Halloween night, forcing them to play 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon to win their way off the menu. Excellent characters with fun twists and turns in the story, I felt this film’s only shortcoming for being a total success was how it rode the fence too much between horror and comedy when it really needed to go full force in either direction. And it sounds petty, but I really wish the cannibals were wearing more memorable Halloween costumes which would’ve helped people remember this flick for years to come. 3/5!

NEVERKNOCK (2017)
After a gang of high schoolers knock on the cursed door of their town’s creepiest house for Halloween fun, they’re hunted the rest of misfit night by a contorted creature that feeds on their fears with terrifyin’ hallucinations. This might be one of the best TV flicks I’ve ever seen come from Syfy. It’s an earnest attempt at a horror flick with decent cinematography, and a surprisingly solid cast of characters worth watchin’. The special effects might be a little lackluster from time to time, and the monster certainly could have been executed more effectively, but none of that diminishes the overall impressive nature of this flick. 4/5!

HONEYSPIDER (2014)
It’s 1989, and a college chick spends her birthday/Halloween workin’ the concession stand at the movie theater, never suspectin’ Satanic pervs are waitin’ to stuff her mouth full of honey dipped spiders for some bullshit ritual. This cheap flick captures a great Halloween atmosphere surroundin’ a really cool theater but is ultimately a waste of time thanks to its half-ass story and the filmmakers’ inability to tell it. No suspense or tension, the sound is awful, no real resolution, most the movie is pissed away with aimless wanderin’ or watchin’ a fake horror film play in the theater, and no scene successfully shows off the duplicate Michael Myers house part of this was shot at in North Carolina. Skip! 2/5! 

BOO! (2019)
A Detroit family is next in line to pass along a trick or treat chain letter, but when the Halloween hatin’ father refuses to play ‘long, they see things that aren’t really there the rest of the movie ’til the son’s possessed by somethin’ that makes him burn the house down. SPOILERS, but I strongly recommend y’all don’t waste yer time with this bullshit ’cause it’s uneventful in any meaningful kind of way, and nothin’ in it makes sense! The family’s horribly established with zero chemistry, I think the cast were givin’ conflictin’ notes for their characters in every scene, some folks are haunted by their pasts while others aren’t (or at least it’s not explained how eyeless brats tie into the dad’s backstory), a 12 year old kid’s written and acted like he’s eight, and how can an uber-religious dad hate Halloween so much but be cool with his son decoratin’ his room in demonic doodles and disfigured dolls like he’s a young Ed Gein?! 2/5!

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 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!

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