SCREAMING AT MONSTER IN THE CLOSET / BLOOD DOLLS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! It’s time, it’s time! All the way from the war torn Crosslands comes the continuin’ tale of a supernatural bar caught in the middle of an interdimensional feud only one lone gunslinger can keep from bein’ torn apart!

Brace yourself for the biggest monster brawl yet as a booger monster from the closet goes claw to claw with one of horror’s most bad ass beasts ever captured on celluloid, the pissed off psycho pagan, Rawhead Rex. Burstin’ with horror Easter eggs, golden showers, amputations, mutants, reviews, and Charles Band covered in boobs, you’re gonna need a poncho for the bloodbath this episode offers! Hurry and watch below!

And back by popular demand, we bring you our “Spot the Dollman Challenge!” Keep your eyeballs peeled for Dollman, Full Moon’s 13 inch cop with an attitude, hidden somewhere in the animated segments of this episode. The first Scream Freak to spot Dollman and email ScreamingSoup@gmail.com a screen shot or video time code of Dollman’s appearance wins a random Full Moon DVD and a signed piece of Screaming Soup! artwork. Pretty cool, right? Our winner this episode is Brandon Riggs from Wellsville, OH. Congrats, Brandon!

Other than that, be sure to catch up on all past Screaming Soup! Seasons, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films and comics we’re checkin’ out in our blogs, R-Rated Reviews and Sequential Slime, and help us get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror host show! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

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

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT BETA MAX TV!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! With all the drama happenin’ lately, we wanted to focus on somethin’ more positive and give a shout out to one entity that’s been nothing but good to us this season. After purchasin’ our first Roku device, we feverishly explored this new gateway to random entertainment, huntin’ for everythin’ bizarre and obscure. Much to our surprise, we found more than a handful of Roku channels that allowed us to finally watch longtime bucket list titles like the raunchy Ilsa movies, The Slime People, and Beware! The Blob. Most channels are free with periodic commercials, but we stumbled across one particular channel that quickly hooked us.

Beta Max TV is similar to other channels with a catalog of free on demand B movies and a streamin’ service but also offers horror hosts shows to viewers. That’s right. Harkin’ back to the UHF days when horror hosts were more commonly seen on the boob tube as opposed to YouTube, horror fans can capture some of that TV magic on their idiot box while gettin’ a glimpse at horror hosts of the 21st century. The more consistently updated  shows on Beta Max TV are The Midnight Movie with Dave and Ritch, Uncle Pete’s Dark Vault of Public Domain, and Lord Blood-Rah’s Nerve Wrackin’ Theatre. All of which follow the more traditional hostin’ formula with them book endin’ select movies with campy intros and outros.

Then there’s some new blood breakin’ into the scene like My Gal, the Zombie and the Mummy and the Monkey Show. My Gal, the Zombie kinda came out of nowhere for us but seems to be makin’ some waves out west with comic books, hot sauce, and 4 stars from horror host legend Joe Bob Briggs! Can’t help but be jealous of that last one! She hosts movies a little like Mystery Science Theater 3000 with regular commentary over the flick and typically includes music videos from independent bands. Mummy and the Monkey are a couple to keep your peepers on. These 2 are obvious fans of horror hosts and doin’ all they can to be part of its rich history in all the right ways. They’re hittin’ the conventions, workin’ the costumes, producin’ videos of them zippin’ around town and interviewin’ other hosts past and present . . . worth a watch. I only wish Zombie and M&M were postin’ their vids to Beta Max TV on a more regular basis. We could always go to their sites or YouTube channels to find more, but that kind of defeats the fun of seein’ them on this channel.

Curious to see how we could get in on the fun, we reached out to Beta’s head honchos through its website, and faster than you could say jumpin’ jack-o-lanterns, Screaming Soup! was happily accepted into the fold and is now rerunning past episodes every Saturday night at 9pm before the Cinema Snob of all people! We haven’t officially reached out to Snob yet, but have been regularly taggin’ him in our social media announcements before an episode airs. Our shows bein’ paired makes a lot of sense given we share the newer approach to hostin’ movies as reviewers, cuttin’ out all the bullshit in a movie to tell you fans what’s good or not and let you decide if it’s worth your time.

To wrap up, Beta Max TV has been very good to us and exhibits nothin’ less than professional courtesy and management for runnin’ our show in a talented line-up of programs we’re pleased to have joined. If you wanna check out Beta Max TV and all their featured horror host, click this link HERE. You won’t regret it!

Other than that, be sure to catch up on all past Screaming Soup! Seasons, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films and comics we’re checkin’ out in our blogs, R-Rated Reviews and Sequential Slime, and help us get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror host show! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

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

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT CENSORSHIP WITH SCREAM FREAKS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! What a nutty week! If you’ve been followin’ the posts lately, then you’re aware we had to apply the brakes to our current season featurin’ us stuck in a parody war between Full Moon and Troma. Why? ’cause a certain film company that’s always claimed to champion independent entertainment told us they wouldn’t participate and to remove anythin’ to do with them regardless of this bein’ a labor of love made to celebrate the crazy films they’ve given us over the decades.

We’re still tryin’ to break our mugs from their stupefied expressions, wonderin’ how in the world Troma can celebrate works like Attack of the Tromaggot but not this epic animated crossover served on a silver platter for them to exploit however they wish. It only adds to the frustration when we come across recent articles from the Huffington Post with the headline “‘Troma Now’ Supports Uncut & Uncensored Independent Art,” sharin’ a story about Troma welcomin’ an Amazon rejected film into their catalog of flicks, because they won’t stand for independent artists bein’ censored. Lloyd Kaufman’s final quote made us chuck the damn computer across the room:

“So I address this to each and every filmmaker that is being choked by the fascist vertically integrated cartel and censorship mongers — Troma Entertainment’s doors are open to you. Come home to Troma Now. We will showcase your art and deliver it to the world as intended, completely uncut and completely uncensored. Censorship has run amok in this world and we here in Tromaville are fighting back. Give us your poor, your gore, your crude, and your lewd! I say to the independent art and commerce community, Come home! COME HOME TO TROMA NOW! We will be a community for you!”

It’s hilarious how life is mimicking art right now. In the show, our characters’ actions bring these 2 indie companies together, and then they have to protect the Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits from the crossfire as a well meanin’ but troublesome Troma camp forces Full Moon’s camp to do things against their wishes. In real life, we brought these 2 indie companies together for a kick-ass season, and end up walkin’ on eggshells to protect the show ’cause of Troma’s attitude against the crossover which forces Full Moon to not be as involved as they want to be, forced to remove the episodes from their streamin’ services.

Anyway, I think it goes without sayin’ nothin’s changed as far as removin’ the censorship. We’ve had wonderful support from you Scream Freaks, and several of you have already contacted Troma askin’ them to let this season happen. Some of you have even made videos to express how upset this unfortunate circumstance has made you, and we’ve posted those below.

Just so you don’t think every week’s goin’ to be a rant against Troma, this is all we got to say until somethin’ significant happens worth mentionin’. We still like Troma and want their blessin’, can’t say enough how awesome Charles Band and Full Moon have been durin’ this mess, and know everythin’s gonna work out for the best in the end!

Other than that, be sure to catch up on all past Screaming Soup! Seasons, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films and comics we’re checkin’ out in our blogs, R-Rated Reviews and Sequential Slime, and help us get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror host show! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently scheduled to play on Beta Max TV ( Sat. 3/11/17 @ 9pm EST) and Sluggo’s The Vortexx (after 9PM EST Sunday and Wednesday nights)!

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT CENSORSHIP!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! While you’ve been enjoyin’ animated bloodshed between your 2 favorite indie film companies, there’s been struggles of other sorts behind the scenes. When we first imagined Troma vs Full Moon, we thought it would be amazin’ to get the actual companies involved. No deals, obligations or contracts – just good ol’ fashion fun that gives somethin’ back to the filmmakers who entertained us for so many years.

The pitch was simple enough. Our show humorously parodies their characters in a ridiculous feud, and we review Full Moon and Troma movies we think horror/sci-fi fans need to know about. All covered under Fair Use which legally allows such works to exist like South Park and Robot Chicken. Because Troma vs Full Moon is meant to be a gift for everyone in the horror community to enjoy, we didn’t want any profit off these videos and even went as far as tellin’ Full Moon and Troma they could have the episodes to monetize on their own YouTube channels and streamin’ services. We even shared the full rundown for the season and made adjustments upon request to best promote each company respectively and any films they have comin’ up.

Needless to say, Full Moon loved the idea and recognized it for the win win situation it provided with opportunities for cross promotions, a chance to hype up their internet presence, and see its characters animated. Troma, on the other hand, wasn’t as enthusiastic and ultimately chose to not participate in the end. After several attempts to plead our case for this being a non-profit parody review produced by long time fans who have nothin’ but respect for their material and would only promote their films, we are unfortunately forced to cut Troma out of this fantasy fight.

What does this mean for this season? We’re still movin’ forward with Full Moon’s participation, but will be censorin’ everythin’ to do with Troma, minus the reviews of their movies. At this point, it’s our honest belief the power to turn this whole thing around resides with you Scream Freaks. We can’t explain or understand why Troma of all companies would want to put the brakes on something as independent as this endeavor of love, but maybe your voice can be enough to convince them otherwise.

Email ’em, tweet ’em, Facebook messege ’em, reach Troma however you can and let them know how badly you want to see this season in its full animated glory. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll finally understand there’s no harm in any of this and give us the green light to run free with it.

We respect Troma’s wishes in the meantime, continue to enjoy their films, and don’t harbor any ugly feelin’s over this matter. In all this confusion, however, we can’t help but come back to things Lloyd Kaufman’s written in the past:

“Support independent films, comics and websites! Don’t take ‘NO’ for an answer!”
The New Adventures of the Toxic Avenger #1 introduction.

“-because of the success, and especially the fame of the Toxic Avenger, it is impossible for even me to see the character clearly. Toxie doesn’t belong to me – he’s come to mean too much to other people.”
All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned From the Toxic Avenger (pg. 154)

Other than that, be sure to catch up on all past Screaming Soup! Seasons, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films and comics we’re checkin’ out in our blogs, R-Rated Reviews and Sequential Slime, and help us get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror host show! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently scheduled to play on Beta Max TV ( Sat. 3/4/17 @ 9pm EST) and Sluggo’s The Vortexx (Wed. 3/1/17 @ sometime after 9PM EST)!

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

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SCREAMING AT TEENAGE CATGIRLS IN HEAT VS SORORITY BABES IN SLIME BOWL-O-RAMA!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Wooo doggy! We’re only 2 episodes into this war of the independent Bs, and things are heatin’ up! We head back to the Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits for a breather and find some of the war’s secretly spilled over into the basement where our favorite Scream Queen, Linnea Quigley, is throwin’ down with some sassy cat girls from Troma. Good times, plenty o’ drinks, and one hell of an endin’!

This episode also gives you a peek at Troma’s base which is a chunk of Tromaville magically transported to the Crosslands with the rest of Troma’s mutants and psycho gangs. And like Full Moon’s Charles Band sharin’ words of wisdom with his creations last episode, this opens with Lloyd Kaufman bein’ summoned by his characters . . . sorta. The original intention was for Lloyd to make a live cameo like Charlie did, but he unfortunately couldn’t participate at this time, leavin’ us to resort to the next best thing with a blatant lunch sack puppet parody. Maybe he’ll join the fun further into the season, but that’s what’s happenin’ with all that.

We’re also happy to announce an idea we’ve been playin’ around with, the “Spot the Dollman Challenge!” For the rest of the season, we’re gonna play an I Spy game with Full Moon’s 13 inch cop bein’ hidden among the animation from now ’til episode #40. The first Scream Freak to spot the Dollman and email ScreamingSoup@gmail.com a screen shot or video time code of Dollman’s appearance wins a random Full Moon DVD and a signed piece of Screaming Soup! artwork. Pretty cool, huh? Our first winner this season is Jared Johnson from Paradise, CA. Congrats, Jared!

Other than that, be sure to catch up on all past Screaming Soup! Seasons, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films and comics we’re checkin’ out in our blogs, R-Rated Reviews and Sequential Slime, and help us get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror host show! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently scheduled to play on Beta Max TV ( Sat. 2/25/17 @ 9pm EST).

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!


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SCREAMING AT RINGS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! You know, it’s rare for us to take a review of a more recent horror flick beyond the R-Rated Review blog, but we saw a movie this past weekend that we just got to vent about in more than a few snack size words! The 3rd American Ring flick’s just come out, and you wouldn’t believe all the bad decisions made in producin’ this repetitive bullshit!

To catch up anyone left out of the loop (or ring?), The Ring was a scary PG-13 flick about parents tryin’ to kill their adopted young’n, Samara, and tossin’ her ass down a well. Little do they know, her angry spirit magically captures these horrors on VHS and anyone who watches it without makin’ a copy and passin’ it around dies in 7 days when Samara nabs them through the TV. The first movie features a mother and son tryin’ to solve the mystery behind the horror, but they end up bein’ tricked by Samara and make things worse for everybody. Then in Ring 2, Samara ups the PG-13 ante with tryin’ to be reborn through the son from the first film, but is whipped one last time by his mama.

Now there’s the 3rd movie, Rings, which every fan hopes will expand and explore some new territory in the Ring mythos with a wild new story. Well, it does, but then it doesn’t, which left us with a bad case of storytellin’ blue balls. The story starts off promisin’ enough with a college professor pickin’ up chicks over trashed VCRs, and one of them happens to have a copy of Samara’s tape in it. We skip ahead in the time right after this discovery, and the professor has created this special study of the tape, testin’ Samara’s powers on college students wantin’ extra credit. At this point, we’re excited as hell, because we can finally answer some questions we’ve all had since the first movie. What happens if you only watch half the tape? What if you don’t answer Samara’s phone call? What happens if you strand yourself from any electronics and survive past 7 days? The possibilities were endless for where the movie could go!

But fuck no! The filmmakers ditch this story faster than witches avoid rain, and turn the majority of this flick into a rehash of the first 2 movies. The last girl gets royally fucked tryin’ to help end Samara’s sufferin’, and Samara once again plots her return through someone. Why? Why, why, why, why, why?!! The film starts with such an awesome idea and chickens out to merge the plots and twists from the first 2. The least they could have done is have somebody try to physically stop Samara in a more original way when she’s comin’ out the TV. Like when Samara takes forever crawlin’ out from a flipped over TV in a girl’s apartment. Rather than standin’ there waitin’ to die like an idiot, I would have had the chick try to trap her with a couch on top of the TV, or show fans what happens when somebody does the most realistic thing and simply run like hell!

Whew! We feel a lot better after that rant, Scream Freaks! So, to wrap this up, Rings is a decent 3/5 stand alone flick, but a real shitty sequel the filmmakers should be embarrassed by. Hopefully Rings‘ cliffhanger with Samara goin’ viral on the internet will be picked up and explored in any further films, especially since we thought that’s what this one was goin’ to be about!

Other than that, be sure to catch up on all past Screaming Soup! Seasons, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films and comics we’re checkin’ out in our blogs, R-Rated Reviews and Sequential Slime, and help us get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror host show! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently scheduled to play on Beta Max TV ( Sat. 2/18/17 @ 9pm EST) and Sluggo’s The Vortexx (Sun. 2/19/17 @ sometime after 9PM EST)!

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

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SCREAMING AT RIVERDALE!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! After last week’s blog about what TV we’re watchin’, our favorite ghost gal, Mandy, wanted to share her take on a recent show she’s been checkin’ out, Riverdale. Based on the long runnin’ Archie Comics, the ginger love triangle formula is milked even more, but this time it’s given a Twin Peaks facelift with a teen drama murder mystery. Odd we know, but it doesn’t come as much of a surprise after all the crazy directions Archie comics have been takin’ to inject some new life into their material. In the last handful of years we’ve seen stories like Archie vs Predator, alternative reality specials tellin’ how Archie kicks the bucket, and Afterlife with Archie spins a pretty impressive tale about Archie’s gang survivin’ a zombie apocalypse accidentally brought on by Sabrina the Teenage Witch!

But we’ll save that for another time. Here’s what Mandy’s got to say . . .

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Riverdale: Testing the Waters of the CW’s New Take on a Comic Classic

riverdalBy age 12, long before my first date, instinct had told me there’s something inherently wrong with two bright, beautiful girls endlessly scrapping for the attention of one boy. Aside from the fact that both Betty and Veronica thought one hunk of gingerbread was the only sweet thing in the malt shop of their lives, the triangle they formed with Archie Andrews obliterated the legitimacy of their friendship.

Admittedly, I was an advanced reader and a harsh critic, but even at 7 or 8, I longed for rich stories, complex characters, and more sophisticated fashion. So, why have I, like countless others, continued to follow The Archies? How has this franchise, which dates back to the origin of Batman, lasted more than three quarters of a century?

There are many things to like about the crew from Riverdale, but to be concise, the writers and artists offer just enough high school hijinks and grand adventure for us to bring our own fantasies to life. In that sense, we girls (and guys) could do anything—like Barbie. After a while, the generic nature of the series became its strength. As much as we crave the constant stimulation offered by new technologies and trends, we are creatures of habit who long for the comfort of predictability and simplicity.

With that said, my stomach quivered at the thought of my beloved but hopelessly anachronistic girlfriends, B and V, becoming corporeal vixens on the CW. I knew they needed not only an update, but also a major adjustment. However, I’d rather let time simply march on than see my familiar 2-D teens fall into the hands of careless scribes and network execs happy to get a little buzz and a two-season run out of some of the most iconic characters of our time.

That’s precisely why I watched a few episodes before uttering a comment, let alone passing judgment on Riverdale

The show could have had the excitement and emotional impact of a Very Brady sequel. Conversely, it could have induced an episode of retro vertigo by invoking the names of our G-rated guy and gal pals and putting them in perfunctory, pouty Pretty Little Liars scenarios.

While the new series does more than flirt with familiar shows and themes, it’s doing the most important thing a Riverdale refresher could do—make Betty and Veronica real friends. This wise and long overdue decision hinged on the redemption of Veronica Lodge.

Make no mistake, I’ve always been a Betty, despite my envy of Ronnie’s wealth and power—yet the Camila Mendes iteration of the egotistical diva is the linchpin of the Lodge transformation. Reflect on two undeniable teen divas: Blair witches from various decades—Warner from The Facts of Life and Waldorf from Gossip Girl.

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Although both girls matured along with their respective TV series, their niche was narcissism.  The new Veronica is no condescending cliché. As the river tale goes, her pop was into Ponzi. His resulting imprisonment for his financial misdeeds brought her mom, a lonely Hermione Lodge, back to her small town roots.  Their heiress daughter greets that small town with the type of humility that only the strong derive from humiliation. Without this remarkable sense of integrity, the mean girl she once was would have blossomed into the vacuous villain known as Cheryl.

What a brilliant move on the part of the Riverdale writers! The comics have the B and V forming temporary alliances when Cheryl threatens to steal the spotlight they already share with one another. The TV show cements the bond between the eternal frenemies by making Ms. Blossom the vacuous villain from the beginning and positioning Ronnie as the sardonic cheerleader Betty needs as she struggles to subvert her affection for the franchise’s eponymous Archie.

river2The 2017 version of the boy next door lives beside Betty, giving the show a Dawson and Joey kind of vibe.  New V, like ’90s Jen, has been wounded and turns those big city battle scars into words of wisdom. This time, it’s delivered without verbal gymnastics, and the outsider, who quickly becomes a hub of the group, is more elegant and well read than sloppy and emotive.

“I’M BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, AND THIS PLACE IS STRICTLY IN COLD BLOOD.”

                                    -Veronica Lodge

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While we’re talking about Archie, it’s important to mention that he’s not torn between B and V—nor is he distracted by a fellow redhead in the form of Cheryl. Ms. Blossom is all too reminiscent of Holland Roden’s Lydia in the earlier episodes of MTV’s Teen Wolf, but even she can’t captivate the boy who’s hot for teacher! That’s right—Riverdale’s “Dawson” mirrors Pacey’s romance with Ms. Jacobs when he plucks the orchestral strings of music teacher Ms. Grundy, who’s TV persona is at least three decades younger than the schoolmarm in the comics.

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I could go on as long as Archie Comics has, but I’ll encapsulate my take on the CW show with a quote from Stephen King:

Let’s get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.

In other words, there’s nothing truly new, but it’s the way writers bring together elements of the known world that make a new work shallow and choppy or as deep and ingratiating as a river.

… at least they didn’t go supernatural on us … but wait, have you met their friend, Sabrina?

-Mandy

Let Mandy know what you think by hittin’ her up on Twitter at @ScreamWithMandy!

Other than that, be sure to catch up on all past Screaming Soup! Seasons, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films and comics we’re checkin’ out in our blogs, R-Rated Reviews and Sequential Slime, and help us get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror host show! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently scheduled to play on Beta Max TV ( Sat. 2/18/17 @ 9pm EST) and Sluggo’s The Vortexx (Sun. 2/15/17 @ sometime from 9PM EST)!

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

 

SCREAMING AT TV SHOWS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! With our current flings into streaming television broadcasts thanks to The Vortexx and Beta Max TV, we realized y’all might be interested in hearin’ our two cents on somethin’ we never talk about, and that’s TV! We talk and bitch about movies all day, but what TV shows grab the attention of your favorite team of animated horror hosts? What programs have the power to possess us to return to the boob tube each week in anticipation of a good time? Well, we’ll tell ya.

Focusin’ on newer shows that are currently runnin’, we watch our fair share of super dupers and comedies, but there’s lots of horror themed shows out there we regularly tune into.

One show we’ve watched since the beginnin’ is American Horror Story. Thought the first season with the haunted house was neat. Could care less about the asylum in season 2 because it felt like everything and the kitchen sink was thrown into the story without a satisfying wrap-up. Loved season 3 with the witches, and season 4’s freaks offered a lot of wonderfully disturbin’ stories we highly relished. The hotel in season 5 was an awesome settin’ but the story kind of got a little scattered at times. And finally, this past season with the reality show/documentary theme was a little bit of a miss for us, but only because we felt there were more lackluster episodes than usual in this season. Lookin’ forward to the next season that’s rumored to merge stories from past seasons.

It took us ’til season 2 to get on the band wagon, but we are regular viewers of The Walking Dead, and usually watch Talking Dead right after. It’s amazin’ how far this show has come along with its gore and characters and even more amazin’ how hooked we still are as the show switches gears more than ever with zombie apocalypse survivors goin’ to war with each other more than with the zombies. As long as Rick ain’t killed, we’re good with whoever they add to the body count. Mandy’s gettin’ real upset about the addition of the tiger though . . .

We did check out that Dead of Summer show on Freeform, about teen counselors encounterin’ supernatural prophecies at their summer camp. It was pretty good. Some cool deaths, Tony Todd plays a ghost, and it has a scary enough story about demons, slashers, and cults with some ’80s nostalgia to sweeten the show, but we weren’t completely sold on the cast of teens and some of the surprise twists got confusin’ plot wise.

Mandy’s always declarin’ MTV’s Teen Wolf is the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Funny thing is, though, it’s the sidekick, Stiles, we’ve become the biggest fans of, and he’s got zero monster powers! Fun and full of monsters, the only problem we ever had with this show is it always seems to be tryin’ to tell more than one crazy story at a time, makin’ it easy to get lost in some pretty complex plots and lose track of characters comin’ and goin’ for reasons we entirely forget. Sad to see it leave the airwaves this year.

Lastly, the one show we can’t get enough of, which is a testament to the show’s writers and cast, is Supernatural. Holy shit, 12 seasons and running, Sam and Dean Winchester haven’t lost a beat as two brothers beating almost every horror imaginable from small town vampires to world threatening gods and even Death himself! Skeptical viewers didn’t think the show could keep raisin’ the bar after the boys from Kansas defeated the devil by Season 5, but the show did just that and never lost our interests or loyalty as viewers. Sam and Dean have been so developed by this point, we would happily watch a whole episode if it were nothin’ but them drivin’ around shootin’ the shit. That’s a powerful show for that reason alone, and really deserves a lot more cinematic recognition for all it’s achieved over the years.

Syfy’s Face-Off is a favorite among us here as well. The format gets a little old at times, but that doesn’t rob those awesome moments when special effect wizards show what they got and make us gasp or cringe. It’s especially fun to talk with the contestants through Twitter after a show.

And we’re absolutely watchin’ Ash vs Evil Dead! This was the best decision to bring Ash back with a TV show instead of a movie, because it truly keeps the gravy train goin’ for us Bruce Campbell fans with long-term adventures produced year round. We think season 1 moved a little slowly with the show findin its pace and character, rehashin’ some of the same ol’ same ol’, but season 2 has proven to be everythin we hoped the show could be, and we’re lovin’ it!

We don’t want this entry to run too long, so that’s pretty much it! Now, you know what we’re watchin’! So, the next time you catch any of these shows, those goosebumps on your arms probably means we’re watchin’ them with you from somewhere. Feel free to share any thoughts or opinions you have on any of these shows with us through the site here or hit us up on our social media!

Be sure to catch up on all past Screaming Soup! Seasons, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films and comics we’re checkin’ out in our blogs, R-Rated Reviews and Sequential Slime, and help us get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror host show! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently scheduled to play on Beta Max TV ( Sat. 2/4/17 @ 9pm EST) and Sluggo’s The Vortexx (Sun. 2/5/17 @ sometime from 10:30-11pm EST)!

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

zpolt

 

SCREAMING AT THE BYE BYE MAN!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! So far so good with the war between Troma and Full Moon, but as fun as watchin’ mutants and aliens beat the shit out of each other is, it’s good to get away sometimes, you know? This past weekend we took shelter at the Screamplex for a breather and caught a flick some of you have been warned not to think or speak of called The Bye Bye Man. We walked out the theater pretty impressed with it, Mandy especially. So much so, she asked if she could share her thoughts on the monster flick with ya, so here it is:

The Bye Bye Man

“Let’s start with the name.

I got chills the first time I saw a cardboard prop bearing the seemingly innocuous moniker. Years of horror archived in my brain referenced that moment when a child lets the grown-ups know something is amiss. Due to little ones’ limited vocabulary, they tend to name the impending evil something familiar—perhaps something they’ve heard in a fairy tale or a nursery rhyme. We wonder if the child, who’s officially become prey, has any idea what kind of shit storm is about to rain down on his life, and we know the adults are clueless.

If you’re thinking of poor Carol Anne in Poltergeist or hearing “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you” right now—you’ve got the right idea but the wrong movie. The Internet is teeming with lofty language about The Bye Bye Man, a film critics are calling banal and derivative. Speaking as someone who often fights the undertow of the mainstream, I have to say there was lots to like about this tale of a relentless supernatural slasher:

  • Douglas Smith’s performance – As leading man, Elliot, the former Percy Jackson actor eradicated the need for a final girl
  • The warm, retro feel of the film, which was provided in context and not forced as a gimmick
  • The fact that viewers had a chance to get invested in the characters before the killing started; regardless of whether we loved them all, the relationships were solid
  • A freak ass bonus monster whose first appearance is not exactly a jump scare but a “WHAT just happened?” kind of happy moment for horror enthusiasts
  • A pivotal appearance by a Hollywood icon (don’t IMDB or Google if you don’t know) who provides another “WHAT?” followed by happy horrified laughter from the crowd

I’ve already alerted the spoilers, so let’s wrap this up.

Remember, we knew very little about Freddy during the first Nightmare movie. The Bye Bye Man could take a cue from Craven’s masterpiece: Keep the killer in the shadows and torture the cast even more.

Walking away from this one, I hope it follows the path I envision for It Follows – multiple sequels—none ridiculous. With the right framework, Doug Jones could make the eponymous killer another Krueger. My next move will be to research the author of the original story, Robert Damon Schneck. Wikipedia says he’s an American author who specializes in “anomalous phenomena” … Cue The Muppets: Phenomenon. Seriously, I hear he’s creepy. Maybe I shouldn’t say it or think it.

If you thought the film was a lame remix of other stories, use that to fuel your own ideas. There’s a fine line between creative and crazy. Sometimes we need to use that line as a jump rope.

For now, Scream Freaks, this is bye bye.”

-Mandy

Thanks, Mandy! Be sure to tell Mandy what ya think at her Twitter, @ScreamWithMandy!

Be sure to catch up on all past Screaming Soup! Seasons, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films and comics we’re checkin’ out in our blogs, R-Rated Reviews and Sequential Slime, and help us get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror host show! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

zbyey

SCREAMING AT TROMAGGOTS VS SHRUNKEN HEADS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Today is one momentous occasion as we crack open a big ol’ toxic barrel of sci-fi whoop-ass in our most ambitious season yet, Troma vs Full Moon! Yessir, it’s east coast vs west coast, mutants vs aliens, no budget vs more budget as B movies’ last warriors go toe to toe in this fantasy mash-up with your favorite animated horror host reffing the whole shebang!

This premier episode, we’re warmin’ up with reviews of some lesser known movies from Troma and Full Moon, Attack of the Tromaggot and Shrunken Heads. Both are pretty unique films from the warped imaginations of composer Danny Elfman’s brother and kids from Berlin, offerin’ plenty of what the fuck moments, monsters, and craziness you gotta see! We also need to give a HUGE shout out to Charles Band for Full Moon’s support for this event and goin’ as far as givin’ us some cameos to pepper in this season. We’re still workin’ on swingin’ some cameos from Lloyd Kaufman, but Troma’s involvement has unfortunately gone back into limbo for the foreseeable future at this time. Sucks, we know.

Reminder reruns of our show will premier on Beta Max TV 1/21/17 at 8pm durin’ a livestream line-up of horror host shows, and then we’ll be added to their video on demand section ’til the next scheduled rerun. Our first appearance on The Vortexx was this past Wednesday and went well, so we’ll continue bein’ in their scheduled line-up as well. Definitely check these channels out and enjoy some of the talent we’re joinin’ like the Mummy and the Monkey, My Gal the Zombie, and the Cinema Snob.

Other than that, catch up on all past Screaming Soup! Seasons, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films we’re watching in our R-Rated Reviews blog, and help us get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror host show! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our Youtube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

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