SCREAMING AT HALLOWEEN 2022!

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

And be sure to catch us November 18-20 at Retro-Toy Con where we’ll be rubbin’ elbows with other celebrity guests such as the original cast of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series, Jem and GI Joe voice actors, WWF Hall of Famers, and Jason Voorhees actors! Tons of toys, lotta panels, more fun than you can handle!

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT KILLER VEGGIE FANDOM!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Halloween’s just ’round the bend, and we’re burstin’ with excitement at what all this holiday season has in store. From revisitin’ Salem with the Sanderson Sisters to reimagining Hellraiser, we’re pumped to go into this spooky shindig with jack-o-lanterns blazin’, but it won’t all be monster movie marathons and stuffin’ our pie holes with Halloween Oreos (which we swear taste better than regular ol’ Oreos). No, in fact, we’re continuin’ to keep our noses to the grindstone and work diligently to churn out one helluva of a retrospective spotlightin’ one of our favorite franchises of all time . . . Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

Now, we’ve already been teasin’ y’all fer what to expect from this passion project of ours, but as we draw closer to wrappin’ this puppy up, the more freely we’re willin’ to share more ’bout it. As mentioned ‘fore, this ain’t gonna be yer everyday talkin’ head review. No, siree. Inspired by documentaries like Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, Pennywise: The Story of It, and In Search of Darkness, we wanted to go all in on this sucker and dig up as much behind the scenes trivia as possible. 

That’s why the first folks we looked up to satisfy our appetite fer factoids were the creators themselves, Four Square Productions. Director John DeBello, Writer Costa Dillon, Actor/Producer Steve Peace, and even the elusive Michael Grant from the Tomatoes’ initial inception durin’ Four Square’s college origins all lend their stories to what made this San Diego born idea into a pop culture phenomenon. These fellas are just as funny today as they were 30 years ago, and have been a blast to talk with. They told us all ’bout the infamous helicopter crash, their invasion on France, their dealin’s with big league studios, and goin’ from cult hit to Saturday Mornin’ fodder. 

But we didn’t stop there. Bein’ the sticklers fer information we are, we wanted more than mere milestones in the Tomatoes’ history, and sought out juicy details from every one of the movies’ cast and crew member willin’ to talk to us — which it turns out — was a lot of ’em! From leadin’ comic hero Rick Rockwell and Miss Universe’s Angela Visser to the puppeteers and composers, we managed to chat it up with ’bout every talent behind and in front of the camera and collected ourselves a shoppin’ cart worth of stories worth sharin’. Malfunctionin’ puppets, alternate R-Rated cuts, sleazy fan letters — it hurts not bein’ able to share it all yet! Oh, and did we mention John Astin and Steve Lundquist are in the retrospective too? 

We’re coverin’ Killer Tomato topics related to the toys, Elvira, Four Square’s flick Sour Grapes aka Happy Hour — hell, we even do a deep dive into the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes cartoon series featurin’ interviews with its head writer, Richard Mueller, and Maurice LaMarche, the voice of Zoltan! How cool is that?!

Anyway, we have to get back to it if yer ever gonna see this thing released. Keep yer eyes peeled!

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT SUMMER READING HORROR!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Remember how much it sucked when school tried to hi-jack our Summer breaks with homework? We’re ready to bust outta that classroom like the endin’ to Rock ‘n’ Roll High School with the Ramones jammin’ the soundtrack to our freedom from gruelin’ tests and quizzes, and teachers we haven’t even given a hard time yet wanna burden us with readin’ journals on snooze fests like Animal Farm and Madame Bovary. We earned our time off, dammit, leave us alone! 

But what if we were allowed to pick the books? What if we got to steer our required pastime as bookworms into horror related territories of our choosin’, so long as the topics were educational, historically informative, and artistically relevant? That sounds way better!

That’s why this month, we thought it’d be fun to share some of our favorite books with y’all from our own collection ya might wanna check out this Summer. Whether you’re a filmmaker or a film buff, these selections of movie encyclopedias, filmmakin’ biographies, and coffee table art galleries are all must-reads fer any horror movie fan. (*For a closer look at the covers, just click the thumbnails)

EMPIRE OF THE Bs, THE MAD WORLD OF CHARLES BAND An incredibly thorough read on the history of Charles Band‘s first major film company that churned out a big chunk of the ’80s best flicks. Reviews of every Empire flick with tons of interviews and factoids! Must for Full Moon fans!

HEAVY METAL MOVIES The ultimate guide to head bangin’ cinema! Whether it’s guerilla documentaries, barbarian bloodbaths, or gore filled monster movies, if there’s an ounce of rock ‘n roll in it, you’ll find it ‘mong 666 reviews!  

 

ATTACK OF THE “B” MOVIE POSTERS The illustrated history of B movies through posters! Nothin’ but cover to cover spreads of vintage eye catchers in color advertisin’ obscure titles. This series of books also includes volumes fer horror, sci-fi & fantasy, and more!

VHS VIDEO COVER ART An amazin’ gallery curated by one of today’s hottest poster artists showcasin’ hundreds of amazingly painted VHS covers (front, back, and spines!) from the ’80s! Terrific source fer forgotten flicks ya maybe haven’t heard of!

THE WINSTON EFFECT: THE ART AND HISTORY OF STAN WINSTON STUDIO The ultimate visual guide to the amazin’ career of special effects wizard Stan Winston’s! Tons of photos and trivia from his beginnings on Gargoyles and The Whiz to big budget hits like Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park to even a Gnome Named Norm!

THE GOLDEN TURKEY AWARDS The original inspiration for bad cinema hecklin’ that started the trend Ed Wood flicks were the sorriest ever made! Over 400 movies from the 1930s-70s are judged for the bein’ the worst in over 30 categories. Perfect time capsule fer film buffs!

 

SON OF GOLDEN TURKEY AWARDS The sequel to the granddaddy of cinematic hecklin’ with 23 new categories of the worst gimmicky cowboys, nude scenes, rubber monsters, conversations with God, etc. Hollywood had to offer from the 1930s-80s!

  TALES FROM THE CRYPT: THE OFFICIAL ARCHIVES The ENTIRE history (up to 1996 at least) of EC Comics and the Tales From the Crypt TV show packed in one beautifully laid out book slammed w/ colored photos, episode guides, comic reprints, & behind the scenes of the first two flicks from the ’90s!

MONSTERS IN THE MOVIES A big-ass picture book that categorizes over a 100 years worth of movie monsters in magnificent color spreads with runnin’ commentary from director John Landis! Top shelf goods here!

  PROFOUNDLY DISTURBING: SHOCKING MOVIES THAT CHANGED HISTORY Our favorite book of deep cut essays from Joe Bob Briggs that changed our entire perspective on the milestones of film history. Spotlights 15 important turnin’ points in cinema with tons of similar recommendations to watch!

THE ENCYLCOPEDIA OF MONSTERS A sweet collection of movie monster stats presented like ol’ superhero tradin’ cards with their origins, strengths, and weaknesses all listed out. Includes fellas as obscure as Billy from Laserblast!


THE WEIRD WORLD OF EERIE PUBLICATIONS The ins-and-outs behind one of the craziest publishers responsible fer some of the most exploitative comics and mags of the 20th century. Read how employees worked at gunpoint to recycle the same trash fer decades while skirtin’ pesky tax laws!

THE EVIL DEAD COMPANION One of the first goldmines of anythin’ ya ever wanted to know ’bout Renaissance Pictures & the Evil Dead trilogy. Includes a buncha black and white pics of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s road to fame and fortune, camera gag diagrams, and their complete Super 8 movie index!

CRAB MONSTERS, TEENAGE CAVEMEN, AND CANDY STRIPE NURSES: ROGER CORMAN, KING OF THE B MOVIE From Teenage Caveman to Dinocroc vs Supergator, beef up yer knowledge on the king of the exploits in this amazin’ one-stop resource packed with decades worth of behind-the-scenes trivia, colored pics, and interviews!  

JOHN STANLEY’S CREATURE FEATURES MOVIE GUIDE STRIKES AGAIN Horror host hall-o-famer John Stanley’s New York size phone book bustin’ with 5000+ reviews as recent as 1994. The mother of all resources for any horror aficionado lookin’ to dig up truly forgotten gems of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy!  

FORREST J ACKERMAN PRESENTS MR. MONSTER’S MOVIE GOLD Forrest Ackerman’s hodge podge collection of rare black and white stills from early to mid 20th century sci-fi/fantasy flicks. More lookin’ than readin’, fun tid bits of trivia, and some insightful history lessons!  

GRANDE ILLUSIONS BOOK 1-2 Both volumes of Tom Savini’s do’s, don’ts, and how-to’s from his movie magic make-up bag with examples from his days at the playhouse theatre to all his flicks through Mr. Stitch. Must fer any aspirin’ special effects artist!

CHEAP SCARES! Low budget fearmakers behind classics like Slime City, Street Trash, and The Dead Next Door walk up-and-comin’ filmmakers through every stage of filmmakin’ from script writin’ to marketin’ on a microbudget. Little dated, but still a terrific resource!

THE FEARMAKERS A go-to biography from 1994 on 20 of horror’s greatest directors from early fear pioneers like Tod Browning and William Castle to modern fearmakers like Dario Argento & Stuart Gordon. Real eye opener to their struggles and successes as filmmakers!

IT CAME FROM THE VIDEO AISLE! The COMPLETE history of Full Moon (up to 2017) in one big-ass book with the inside scoop on EVERY one of their movies fer young’ns and adults, interviews with filmmakers and commentaries on bein’ one of the big dawgs in the home video market!   

TELEVISION HORROR MOVIE HOSTS A terrific who’s who ‘mong popular pre-internet horror hosts circa 1991. Diggin’ up dirt on 68 hosts from all corners of the U.S., learn the history of this TV tradition with chronological bios from Vampira to Grampa Munster!

BARBARIANS AT THE GATES OF HOLLYWOOD A simple little book on ’80s sword and sorcery flicks that offers insight into the genre’s cinematic origins with humorous plot crunches. No pics, but at least it introduced us to a kick-ass movie like The Devil’s Sword!    

 

WORLD GONE WILD: A SURVIVOR’S GUIDE TO POST-APOCALYPTIC MOVIES One MAMMOTH guide to post-apocalyptic themed movies, shorts, TV shows, animes, and pornos featurin’ alien invasions, nature gone awry, zombie viruses, and heavenly raptures with bonus interviews from the filmmakers behind them!

THE ART OF GOOSEBUMPS A coffee table art gallery featurin’ the complete collection of Tim Jacobus’ unforgettable Goosebumps covers. Includes mini-bios, commentaries behind every masterpiece, and thumbnail sketches. Terror-ific source for artistic inspiration!!

CONFESSIONS OF A PUPPETMASTER Charles Band finally gives his fans a backstage pass to his crazy life as an unstoppable indie filmmaker. Full of conquests, comebacks, and compellin’ life lessons any reader can learn from, we couldn’t put this fun read down! Must fer fans!!  

CHICAGO TV HORROR MOVIE SHOWS FROM SHOCK THEATRE TO SVENGOOLIE A nifty chronicle on the history of Chicago’s horror host personalities over the decades from Mad Marvin to Svengoolie with bonus lists of movies they played that includes the Shock & Son of Shock TV packages!

YOURS CRUELLY, ELVIRA: MEMOIRS OF THE MISTRESS OF THE DARK A no holds barred autobiography from the most successful horror host to date. Filled with every victory and misstep from her adventures ’round the world that led to her bein’ the most recognized movie host in the world from La La Land!

ON SET WITH JOHN CARPENTER: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF KIM GOTTLIEB-WALKER It’s more lookin’ than readin’ at tons of amazin’ behind the scene photos from the glory days of John Carpenter’s film career makin’ Halloween 1-2, The Fog, Escape From New York, and Christine. Top shelf stuff!

JOE BOB GOES TO THE DRIVE-IN & JOE BOB GOES BACK TO THE DRIVE-IN Joe Bob Briggs’s collection of printed hits from his heyday as a film buff journalist that paved the way fer his endurin’ success as a TV horror host. Read all ’bout his redneck origin, the history of the drive-in, and bein’ cut from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2!

PHANTASM: EXHUMED Anythin’ and everythin’ you could ever wanna know ’bout one of horror’s most amazingly bizarre film series, this is a Phantasm fan’s VIP ticket to every bit of trivia behind the actors, stunts, special effects, and Don Coscarelli’s origin as a filmmaker. 

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT KILLER VEGGIES!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Things have been hustlin’ and bustlin’ ’round here at the Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits since we wrangled Frankenstein to show Count Ted the ropes for bein’ a king of the vampires. Yessir, with a little more free time on our mitts, we decided to throw ourselves into a passion project that’s been a long time comin’, and we’re finally ready to share a little ’bout it!

So, while there’s plenty on our bucket list we wanna accomplish sooner than later, there’s one particular goal of ours that can’t wait any longer. As y’all know, we end every review with the disclaimer, “But what do I know know? I like killer tomato movies!” Well, some of you out there think we’re jokin’, but NO! We are in fact longtime fans of the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes franchise. From its sequels to its cartoon series, we’re nuts fer this cult hit phenomenon!

As a horror host show obsessed with these vile veggies, we were always goin’ to do a review on ’em at some point, but then we started thinkin’. What can be said ’bout this series that hasn’t been said already? There’s plenty of information on the first flick from 1978, but very little to no information on the makin’ of the sequels or the cartoon adaptation, leavin’ online reviewers and even print publications nothin’ to work with but their own color commentaries on the flicks ‘long with repeatin’ the same plot print from the back of the video boxes. How can Screaming Soup! celebrate its fandom in a more special way?

Then it hit us.

Instead of a regular ol’ review highlightin’ the sweets and sours of each killer tomatoes flick per usual, why don’t we do a deep dive and bring y’all the filmmakers’ own experience makin’ this series!

That’s no typo ya read. For the past year, we’ve been workin’ closely with the creators of the killer tomatoes themselves, Four Square Productions, and have been bringin’ together the most comprehensive review/retrospective ever attempted on the history of the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

Featurin’ nearly 20 interviews with numerous key actors, supportin’ players, and behind-the-scene dynamos, we’re leavin’ no stone unturned as we finally dig up every bit of film buff trivia we ever wanted to know ’bout the makin’ of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Return of the Killer Tomatoes, Killer Tomatoes Strike Back, Killer Tomatoes Eat France, as well as both seasons of the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes cartoon series. It’s been utter joy-gasms over here fer months talkin’ with all these fine folks responsible fer such a wild and hilarious source of entertainment for us over the years, and we can’t wait to put this out there for everyone.

That said, we still have just a little ways to go ‘fore we can present this to the world. All the interviews are completed and catalogued and currently bein’ edited into a BIG fun-filled Screaming Soup! Special that’ll be part documentary part animated comedy. As the project comes closer to completion, we’ll continue to post regular updates with steady reveals fer who else is involved and when it’s expected to premier. 

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT ROBO VAMPIRE!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Woowee, this is one special occasion! Not only do we have an all new episode of Screaming Soup! to serve y’all, but this sucker’s got two — count it — TWO times the horror hosts to enjoy! That’s right. We’ve been promisin’ a crossover with more of our horror lovin’ contemporaries on YouTube, and this time out, we’re lucky ‘nough to share the small screen with none other than Doctor Wolfula!

Everyone’s favorite Scooby-Doo obsessed Wolfulite first visited our show as one of our many guest stars helpin’ celebrate our 50th episode, and his splatter happy appearance was a particular favorite ‘mong fans. Disappointed we were too busy that hectic episode to officially run into Wolfula, we made it our mission to rectify that with a legit meetin’ of our twisted minds in this latest episode featurin’ our introduction to the Crossland’s version of Frankenstein. What better ‘cuse fer a crossover, right?! Lucky fer us, our fellow Silver Bolo winner agreed and happily lent his talents to help us wrangle in this science fair oddity as we shoot the shit on a helluva copycat flick, Robo Vampire!

Lucky ‘nough to first discover this movie at the video store thanks to its bogus box art, we had the displeasure of goin’ into this sucker blind and comin’ out a more deranged fan of horror and Robocop. A miraculous misfire of ambitious short-cut filmmakin’, this Robo knock-off is what introduced us to the shameless practice of international rip-offs, cut-and-paste filmmakin’, and the wildly prolific filmography of Godfrey Ho, the Ed Wood of Hong Kong, that includes two loose sequels to Robo Vampire. Putrid polecats! As cinematic masochists, we couldn’t help but cover this falsely advertised trilogy fer yer benefit and even came up with a fun way to recap its source material fer a few laughs with us jazzin’ up Robocop’s origin story with clips from all his commercials and PR stunts over the decades. That was alotta fun! 

But we’re sharin’ too much! Jump down and watch the episode already and don’t bash us fer what happens to Doctor Wolfula, alright? That’s all his idea fer how he exits the show!

And ‘fore ya’ll go, check out our hostin’ duties fer Horror Addicts‘ latest Ahh Scares Award Show. We once ‘gain announce the winner fer Best Animated Horror, and Mandy pulls double duty handin’ off the Afterlife Achievement Award. It was alotta fun as always and is a great introduction to other horror themed YouTubers and programs ya might not be aware of.

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT A SPECIAL QnA WITH KANE HODDER!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Y’all may recall awhile back our comin’ face to face with one of horror’s heaviest hitters, and what a bitter sweet encounter that was. Kane Hodder blew through our neck of the woods fer an appearance at our favorite toy chest fer yesteryear and today’s playful plastics, Toy Federation, and as with many of the store’s guests, we anxiously anticipated an interview with Kane that would shed some light on his more obscure body of work outside the Jason and Victor Crowley movies. With him bein’ a professional fall guy turned monster suit actor turned regular thespian, we had no shortage of questions regardin’ his stints on popular TV shows like Who’s the Boss? and experiences actin’ ‘longside such high profile talents as Charlize Theron and Steven Seagal.

If ya read that blog by Mandy, however, then ya already know our attempt at that interview was nothin’ short of disappointin’. Kane just politely refused to do an interview and that was that, respectfully. He still answered any and all our questions from the word on ‘nother Muck movie to why Death House sucked so hard it blew, but just not in front of a camera. Mind ya, Kane was still a fantastic guy to meet, and we even spent the next day hangin’ ’round him as he signed autographs and jump scared unsuspectin’ customers, but we always regretted not bein’ able to add him to our growin’ roster of interviews.

Fast forward a few months, our second chance came, and we death gripped that sucker for all its worth!

Kane was swingin’ back by Toy Federation fer ‘nother store signin’, but this time he’d cap the night off with a showy QnA ‘fore an outdoor screenin’ of Jason Takes A Cruise To Canada. After makin’ arrangements fer us to host the QnA on the store’s behalf, we made sure to have cameras on the scene and capture the night’s festivities with Kane’s awareness. After a humorous half hour or so of him tellin’ stories from Hollywood and answerin’ fans’ all too familiar questions, we finally had the footage we needed to make an interview special!

Unlike our usual interviews with celebrities in a corner of the store bein’ asked a handful of questions, this video was more challengin’ to produce, ’cause it was an actual event and called fer a more creative presentation which is fun and different. Takin’ a laughable out of context approach akin to the kinda comedy Space Ghost: Coast to Coast is best known for, we dropped Kane into a completely animated world and exaggeratin’ the events that unfolded that night with our show’s characters in place of Kane’s real life cheer section.

A perfect example of this exaggeration is our overreaction to Kane’s answer to whether or not he’s ever met one of his own heroes from the silver screen. Our one and only deep cut question ‘fore the fans could claim him, and he confusingly talks ’bout how blessed he is to have played Jason so many times. Did he mishear us or forget what the question was altogether? We’ll never know, but it makes fer great comedy we hope y’all enjoy while learnin’ somethin’ new ’bout the man recognized for the most kills on film.

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT MORE EEEH-CARD! VALENTINE’S!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Whether y’all like it or not, it’s Valentine’s Day, and yer either that lucky stiff bein’ showered with affectionate nick knacks sweet ‘nough to tease a diabetic coma or an apathetic wreck drownin’ some disturbin’ loneliness in top shelf depressants while soul churnin’ emo tunes play at full blast. Or maybe yer butt’s in the recliner happily rewatchin’ some of yer favorite holiday horrors like Valentine or the My Bloody Valentine flicks. 

However y’all celebrate this greetin’ card invention, we hope yer lucky ‘nough to love and be loved today, especially durin’ such crazy times that’ve more than tested relationships new and old. As fer you Scream Freaks still lookin’ fer that arm candy of yer twisted dreams, we have just the thang!

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Last Valentine’s, we introduced a new line of grade school inspired Valentine’s Day Eeeh-Cards! featurin’ our monstrous mugs, and folks got pretty good mileage out of ’em. No idea if they led to any weddin’ bell marches or awkward pump and dump flings but feedback was positive ‘nough fer us to produce a second wave of cards featurin’ even more of our enticin’ antics. Whether yer breakin’ the ice with Deadbeat, introducin’ yerself with Voodoo Bitch, reaffirmin’ a love connection with Rebel Devil, or cheerin’ folks up with Fera, these new Eeeh-Cards! are sure to help y’all reach out and touch someone yer interested in with the most minimum of creep vibes. Use ’em wisely!

Catchin’ y’all up on current updates, we’re still gunnin’ fer Screaming Soup! episode #52 to be released by the end of this month. We’re animatin’ the episode’s final cast member right now, after which we’ll be hastily pluggin’ in the music and sound effects ‘fore postin’ to our YouTube channel. With that checked off our list, y’all can expect us to follow it up with our special Kane Hodder interview sometime in March. It’s real excitin’ stuff, so we can’t wait fer y’all to see it!      

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT CHRISTMAS 2021!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! With convoys of speedy delivery trucks hurlin’ material goods at houses covered in fire hazards, frostbite nippin’ at our extremities, and painfully long out of date tunes loopin’ on the radio, that can only mean one thang — it’s Christmas! Like, the real Christmas. Not Christmas in July or pre-game Christmas that jumped the gun ‘fore Halloween even got here. No sir, the legit Christmas full of sing-song strangers holdin’ concerts in yer yard like Purge night for loiterers, parents ignorin’ the rules of stranger danger fer any rando in a Santa suit, and folks battlin’ with their inner Grinch in an effort to be good fer the sake of others.

When we think of Christmas here at Screaming Soup! HQ, the yuletide season means a few things. Jammin’ to Christmas rap albums, fightin’ with the assembly of mema’s tree on the family farm, engorgin’ ourselves on crockpots full of holiday meatballs, wearin’ ugly sweaters that surprisingly have some mistletoe magic to ’em, and gettin’ bent outta shape knowin’ how much happier we’d be with cold hard cash than the useless pile of last minute nick knacks it was blown on. But most importantly, it means holdin’ our horses long ‘nough to break outta the day-to-day routines and appreciate what we got goin’ fer us, and those we’re lucky ‘nough to share it with.

And that includes y’all, Scream Freaks! So, Merry Christmas!! When it comes to our show, we couldn’t ask fer a better bunch of supporters to cheer us through our animated antics these past seasons, and we’re lookin’ forward to many many more. We’re still hard at work on our next episode featurin’ a crossover with Doctor Wolfula (which will be premierin’ soon), have more Toy Federation interviews and secondary vids planned that includes a chat with our favorite Jason, Kane Hodder, and even snagged an animated cameo with an actor from one of our favorite cult films we talk ’bout all the time. It’s all very excitin’, and there’s more where that came from (like ‘nother 50 episodes of Screaming Soup! worth)! 

So, sling some soup at a shelter, leave Santa a stiff drink, grab someone to kiss at the strike of the New Year, watch a scary flick full of mutant reindeer, snowmen stalkers, and axe wieldin’ Kris Kringles — however ya celebrate, live fer the moment and dream big in 2022!

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

And enjoy the holiday rap album by Crew X that warped us as young’ns!! 

SCREAMING AT THANKSGIVING 2021!

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

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

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

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

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

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

GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE (2021)

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

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

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT HALLOWEEN 2021!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks, and Happy Halloween!

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

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

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

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

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

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

HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021)

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

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

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

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

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

 

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