SCREAMING AT HORROR COMICS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! We’ve been proponents of comics for as long as we can remember and are thrilled the rest of the world has finally caught up with givin’ them the recognition they deserve as a respectable outlet of literature. Course this has backfired somewhat, ’cause the same pretentious folks who were snobs about the artistic merit of comics are now oversaturatin’ comics’ fan base as born again funny book supporters, which kind of robs comics of their attraction a little, you know? It’s like havin’ a favorite cult film. It’s a cult film because only a few sickos with warped minds find any joy in watchin’ and celebratin’ entertainment the mainstream audience deems trash. But overtime, these trashy flicks gain traction thanks to video releases, cable broadcasts, and websites, and suddenly your outsider quirks for wearin’ Evil Dead 2 t-shirts or havin’ Big Trouble in Little China up poster on your wall don’t seem all that special anymore. But don’t get us wrong. Popularity in the mainstream means companies and studios will happily pump out more stories of our favorite monsters and psycho slashers for a buck, and the fast track for meetin’ these demands are typically comics.

Over the years, we have made it our business to hunt down the complete run of comics related to our favorite series of horror flicks. You name it, we more than likely have it. Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Child’s Play, Fright Night, and even the coveted and super rare copy of Phantasm: Overminds, the first and last time we pay more than $20 for a single funny book. The only exception we make for collectin’ these are the direct comic adaptations of movies themselves. They can give ya insight for how a movie might have played out if there was no such thing as a budget, but why do I want a comic when I already have the movie, you know?

This is a tradition that continues today with more companies than ever willin’ to license old movies for rag picture books, and we keep track of our favorite titles issue for issue at our Sequential Slime blog. For fun, we thought we’d clue you in to what’s recently come out and sum up our thoughts on them.

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

Based on one of Carpenter’s zaniest flicks, this is an impressive series that’s yet to produce a bad issue. Jack Burton continues his Asian themed adventures with most the original characters from Big Trouble in Little China which includes a resurrected Lo Pan as the regular baddie out for revenge. With Carpenter guidin’ the stories, the series is full of humor, action, character, and charm as Jack drives his truck to hell and back fightin’ supernatural spooks, booger beasts, apocalyptic demons, and even Snake Plissken!

HATCHET    

Putrid polecats! Adam Green’s retro lovin’ gore trilogy ’bout a swamp slasher literally tearin’ folks apart makes for great popcorn flicks, but its first swing at bein’ a comic leaves a lot to be desired. The story is so-so ’bout college filmmakers makin’ a horror movie at Victor Crowley’s ol’ stompin’ ground, but the art is damn near detestable with it lookin’ rushed and half assed by the second issue. We’d only recommend this series to the die-hard fans.

ASH VS THE ARMY OF DARKNESS

Runnin’ strong after more than a decade in a consistently published comic series, we have a love/hate relationship with Dynamite’s stories of Ash’s continuin’ fight against the Deadites. More often than not, the series has been cannibalizin’ Sam Raimi’s movies from its plots to its one liners, resultin’ in an inbred product that rarely dares to take Ash and the series in new directions. The latest five issue mini, Ash vs The Army of Darkness, ain’t all bad with some new lore and villains added to the series as Ash goes undercover at a school infested with Deadites, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. As a side note, avoid the latest AOD/Xena crossover “Forever . . . And A Day” like a boonies proctologist with used tongs. Worst AOD story EVER published to paper!

THE HOWLING

A truer sequel to the original Joe Dante flick than Howling II: . . . Your Sister’s A Werewolf, these comics pick up after Dee Wallace is put down on live television and follows Marsha Quist as the movie’s lone survivin’ werewolf on a killin’ spree for magic that will give her control over a bunch of zombie werewolves. This is a very so-so series. It’s well made, but we think the artist needs to up the gore, and the writer should mesh Marsha’s story more with Chris’s (Dee’s coworker who shoots her on TV and is on the run from the government wantin’ to shut him up ’bout the existence of werewolves).

PUPPET MASTER

This is the best movie tie in comic on the rack today, Scream Freaks! Comin’ to the end of its licensin’ contract, Action Labs is wrappin’ up an amazin’ run of stories that not only bring back Full Moon Empire’s killer splinters but manages to cleverly cover up a lot of the movies’ plotholes. Brilliantly written, full of gory action, and thankfully brings the puppets back to modern times for more adventures that include some of our favorite characters from the first six flicks. We cannot recommend this one enough before its gone!

And there you have it, Scream Freaks. Some of today’s horrific titles we’re keepin’ track of for better or worse, and you can keep tabs on it all by checkin’ in on our blog, Sequential Slime.

And for those Scream Queen aficionados, we’re still celebratin’ B-Queen Sybil Danning all this month as our Howlin’ Hottie of the Week, which is the first time we’ve ever spotlighted the same horror honey for four consecutive weeks. This week we’re enjoyin’ her glam warrior outfit from Howling II which is a hoot of a commonly bashed flick with her playin’ a orgy lovin’ werewolf employin’ midget henchmen to stop Christopher Lee from killin’ her. Most remembered for her topless shirt rippin’ scene that’s replayed 17 times in the movie! Be sure to check more out the next couple of weeks, and let us know what your favorite Sybil flick is.

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’.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently playin’ on Beta Max TV and Sluggo’s The Vortexx!

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

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SCREAMING AT UPCOMIN’ DISTRACTIONS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Hope you’re breakin’ 2018 in with style and stayin’ outta trouble with all your tolerance testin’ resolutions. Ours is the same as every year of course, and that’s to bring y’all the best in animated horror entertainment we can on a regular schedule.

If you’ve been avoidin’ our site thinkin’ there was nothin’ worth checkin’ in for over the break, then allow us the displeasure of repeatin’ stuff you missed! First off, our fifth season is scheduled to premier at the end of this month, and we can’t wait to kick it off. Followin’ the conclusion of the war between Full Moon and (those other guys who missed out on tons of free publicity), Billy’s been blown a good ways from the Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits and landed in the laps of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Luckily, the Screaming Soup! gang rushes to his rescue and begin a season long adventure that’ll take them to the four corners of the Crosslands and beyond to keep Billy safe.

These next 10 episodes are gonna be packed with new allies, villains, lands, and a bunch of horror host cameos as we return to basics and put the focus back on our own characters with more revealed about their backgrounds than ever before. You’ll see where Billy came from, how Deadwest died, and where Mandy met the man of her screams. The one notable change you may notice is the lack of familiar rock tunes blastin’ in the background, but that’s because we’re lucky enough to have Brian Barnes (the workhorse talent behind Your Final Answer and Mondopiece Theater, not to mention the social lube in the online horror host community) whip up some new scores to help make the show more original and avoid any pesky copyright problems YouTube and streaming services like to bitch about.

We’ve still got some of the secondary vids on the backburner like Graphic Violence and Re-Animated Reviews, but we can only promise to get to those when we can ’cause our primary focus is the main series which is what y’all are really here to kick back to for an insightful laugh. We’re sittin’ on three to four scripts for those vids already, but animation is very tedious, and since we upped the action in our show which means more time spent puttin’ it all together, it unfortunately steals time from vids of us talkin’ ’bout Beetlejuice cartoons and Re-Animator comics.

And for those Scream Queen aficionados, we’re celebratin’ B-Queen Sybil Danning all this month as our Howlin’ Hottie of the Week, which is the first time we’ve ever spotlighted the same horror honey for four consecutive weeks. We’ll be enjoyin’ our favorite eye candy outfits she’s worn for sizzlin’ roles that literally made some movie goers spontaneous combust under the collar, so be sure to check those out the next few weeks, and let us know what your favorite Sybil flick is.

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’.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently playin’ on Beta Max TV and Sluggo’s The Vortexx!

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT 2018!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! 2018 has arrived and the premier of our fifth season is right around the corner with an all new adventure that’ll take our gang on a hard road to hell!

For anyone out of the loop, our Halloween finale ended in nuclear fire with an explosion that not only disintegrated the folks fightin’ on our lawn, but blew Billy to the far reaches of the Crosslands! Landin’ in the thick of some unsavory characters, it’s gonna take everythin’ we got to rescue our favorite critter from pendin’ doom which will take us to hell and back. Fire surfin’ demons, kick-ass angels, old gods, voodoo takeovers, horror host cameos out the ass, origin stories, and one of our own is even gonna kick the bucket. Can you guess who?!

With the arrival of a new year, we’re settin’ some pretty ambitious goals for ourselves that include strategies for buildin’ the show’s fanbase and tryin’ to get cool new merch in your claws. We’re continuin’ to hit up various rags who might be interested in printin’ an article ’bout us, and doin’ our best to reach out to TV networks we can pitch the show to as the next big thing. We’ve also been inspired to try and bring together some kind of publication like a magazine for each season produced so far with behind the scenes info and comics. That would be a slow and steady process given we treat the show like a monthly video comic, but it would be cool, right? In the meantime, we’re still workin’ on gettin’ some of the secondary vids done but not at the cost of losin’ traction with our main series which is what everybody comes to see. We’re producin’ more comic and cartoon reviews for y’all’s entertainment and have even started plannin’ a special or two in preparation for celebratin’ our 50th episode at the end of this year which we’re pretty pumped 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 video channels, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail comin’.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently playin’ on Beta Max TV and Sluggo’s The Vortexx!

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT CHRISTMAS 2017!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks, and Merry Christmas! Hope you avoided Krampus’ shit list and enjoyin’ a terrifyin’ holiday with belly bustin’ feasts, gut churnin’ gifts, and some good ol’ fashion monster programin’ on the TV. As promised last week, y’all have been so good to us this season, we got a special present waitin’ for ya underneath this blog you’re sure to die over.

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’.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently playin’ on Beta Max TV and Sluggo’s The Vortexx!

See you next year, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT CHRISTMAS EVE WISHES!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Christmas is bearin’ down on us, and there ain’t a whole lot of time left before snow hits the fan with screamin’ young’ns, cutthroat relatives, and yuletide fandom steamrollin’ us into the new year. Perfect endin’ to our month already filled with magical misadventures. We’ve already attended white elephant parties full of ham, coat racks, and Star Trek Barbies, and helped Mandy with a parade needin’ a few fearless suckers to operate a deathtrap Christmas float from the inside that felt like Jigsaw’s answer to smugglin’ illegals.

Not a lot of updates this week. We’re still playin’ a little bit of catch-up with some prep for our fifth season (premierin’ late January ’18) and put the secondary vids we promised on the backburner (these bein’ the reviews for the comics and cartoons of Toxic Avenger and Puppet Master). It sucks we know, but our regular animated reviews are our first priority, and we’ll be gettin’ back to producin’ our other vids as soon as we fall back in a predictable production rhythm. Probably best for the Puppet Master comics anyway, ’cause they’re in the middle of their swan song right now, which means we can give a complete review of their run in comics around March or so. Speakin’ of which, we have new comic reviews up in our Sequential Slime blog for Big Trouble in Little ChinaAsh vs Army of Darkness, and Puppet Master.

For those with a Roku, we encourage you to check out Beta Max TV’s channel and warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers from this past season which can be seen as intended (wink, wink). And speakin’ of gifts for you,  check back here next week, and we promise we’ll leave ya a nice surprise waitin’ for ya!

In the meantime, 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’.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently playin’ on Beta Max TV and Sluggo’s The Vortexx!

Merry Krampus, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT 2017’S CHRISTMAS HORROR!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Wow, Christmas is right around the corner, and we’re keepin’ a sharp eye out for any holiday jeer that might interrupt our preparation for our season five premier next month. Killer street Santas, flesh hungry elves, sinister snowmen . . . you never know what cute Christmas character’s gonna jump outta the woodwork as a twisted nightmare lookin’ to deck your halls!

Speakin’ of which, if you’re like us, then you’re always on the hunt for the newest Christmas horror flicks as soon as Halloween’s over. This year’s no different, and we thought we’d give you a heads up on a few of the more notable releases this season.

BETTER WATCH OUT (2016)

When a psycho young’n makes his move on his favorite babysitter while his parents are away at a Christmas party, his demented affections escalate to kidnappin’ and murder that’s sure to put him on the naughty list. A dark little flick with surprise twists and turns, this sick brat keeps you on the edge of your seat just itchin’ to see him get his just desserts by the end. Stellar actin’, sharp cinematography, and full of Christmas spirit, but I don’t think this will be a Christmas horror classic per say since Christmas isn’t integral to the story or villain. Underage drinkin’, stabs in the face, baseball bats to the head, young’ns heads blown off, duct tape saves, manipulated idiots, foiled escapes, Home Alone paint can deaths, mower hangin’s, stabs in the neck, bricks to the head, and sicko twirps that need more than a spankin’! 4/5!

THE ELF (2017)

It’s Christmas Eve, and just when a holiday hatin’ human sloth thinks things can’t get any worse after his fiancé’s unsupportive family drops in for a surprise visit, he accidentally sicks a killer Elf on the Shelf knock-off on them that collects souls for its demi-god’s supernatural hunt. Unfortunately, this flick is more jeer than cheer, and that’s due to a draggin’ pace that makes me feel like me or the filmmakers are stoned with every reaction, movement, and line delivery movin’ at the speed of molasses. The characters, locations, and backstory are introduced in the most confusin’ ways, the wardrobe’s a joke, and there is zero chemistry among the cast which impacts the lead couple from bein’ anywhere close to convincin’. Cursed chests, wrecked geezers playin’ “VROOM!,” stabbin’s, young’ns with mouths sewn shut, toy trapped souls, giftwrapped sacrifices, CGI/puppet prop killers, marriage interventions, random snow, seizure showers, Olive Oyl cosplay, giraffe deformities, and co-starrin’ the Rollin’ Stones lips! 2/5! 

RED CHRISTMAS (2017)

While Dee Wallace celebrates Christmas down under with her Australian family, a horrifyin’ mistake from her past limps to her front door and asks for acceptance into the family he never had least he kills them all. Much better than I expected, this violent holiday horror hooks me with its drama and the mystery of the hulkin’ visitor cosplayin’ as a mummy but sadly loses all that momentum by the third act when it all progresses into a meanderin’ game of cat and mouse. And just to get it out of my system (SPOILER ALERT), when does havin’ Down Syndrome mean bein’ a super strong behemoth with a monstrous mug? Bear trap hats gone wrong, pissin’ on the poor, dick rippin’, strangulations, artists chopped in half, prego bangin’, stabbin’s, Christmas births, axe-wieldin’ abortions, explosive backstories, fatal gunshots, and axes through the head! 3/5!

MOTHER KRAMPUS aka 12 DEATHS OF CHRISTMAS (2017)

Don’t let the title fool ya, ’cause this ain’t really a Krampus flick but a movie ’bout one of his Eastern Europe associates, Frau Perchta the Christmas Witch. The children of a small town are disappearin’, and their panicked parents think it’s the fulfillment of a decades ol’ curse cast by a witch they lynched for supposedly killin’ their young’ns. With only a handful of families left hidin’ from Perchta’s punishment Christmas Eve night, the supernatural assassin of the naughty moves fast to round up the remainin’ rugrats and slaughter their folks for their sins. Despite Perchta bein’ falsely advertised as Krampus, she still proves herself worthy of spreadin’ holiday fear in her own feature. The actin’s decent, there’s some creative kills, and the musical score is waaay too good for this feature with unnervin’ drones and creepy renditions of Christmas tunes. The biggest flaws I gotta bitch ’bout mainly regard the script with characters repeatin’ the same backstory over and over again, a convoluted plot that can stand to cut or combine certain details, and loose ends with the fate of the captured brats that somehow plays into the bigger picture of keepin’ the last young’n safe. Disembowelments, innards stuffed with yard waste and Christmas lights, heart rippin’, human Christmas décor, axes in the head, burnin’ facials, strangers with candy, stabbin’s, turkey cosplay feasts, flesh cookies, mouths sewn shut, Candyman nods, blood lickin’, satanic inductions, family drama out the ass, and boyfriends literally eatin’ their girlfriends! 3/5!

These flicks might be horse short of an open sleigh ride when compared to classics like Gremlins, Krampus, or the Silent Night, Deadly Night series, but still worth a watch on those cold dreary nights ’round the Christmas tree. For a list that claims to be the ultimate in namin’ and rankin’ every Christmas horror movie ever made, check out this link HERE and cross reference potential films you wanna see with our own R-Rated Reviews to see if it’s worth your time.

In the meantime, 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’.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently playin’ on Beta Max TV and Sluggo’s The Vortexx!

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT WHAT TO EXPECT IN SEASON 5!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Our season four finale feels like it was just yesterday, but the premier of season five is fast approachin’! With the explosive departure of Full Moon Empire and those other guys we’re not supposed to name, the time has come for our show to get back to basics and deal with all original problems from the Crosslands. Namely the mysterious biker gang Billy runs into durin’ the final moments of our last episode.

Who are they? How did Billy survive a nuclear explosion? What’s the show’s theme gonna be for 2018? Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?

We think it’s pretty obvious to y’all the bikers are the horsemen of the apocalypse. Shocker, we know. It’ll take the Screaming Soup! gang a few episodes to figure that out, but kudos to you for knowin’ your doomsday prophecies. If you ever read Billy’s bio, then you also know he’s a runaway from hell avoidin’ some heavy responsibilities he’s destined for. All that doom and gloom finally catches up with our favorite critter with the horsemen’s arrival and sets the web’s #1 animated horror host on a rescue mission to hell and back with the fate of the Crosslands hangin’ in the balance. Excited yet?

Season five will be packed with new characters, inside-out tours of the Crosslands, and reviews of horror flicks that loosely follow an end of the world theme. There’s more horror host crossovers in the works for these episodes, and we’re even havin’ a one of a kind contest y’all are sure to love once we reveal it January ’18! Season four was epic, but this will be even bigger with us returnin’ to adventures that are 100% Screaming Soup!, further explorin’ our own characters and the mythos of their dimension.

On a side note, we’re still plannin’ on producin’ some video reviews of the comics for Toxic Avenger and Puppet Master, as well as the Toxic Crusaders cartoon (hopefully before Christmas). We’re in some new territory now regardin’ the time tables for animatin’ future episodes given our ambitions for larger stories, and tryin’ to not let the secondary vids hold those back from regular releases. We’re also continuin’ to slowly build our alternative channels for the show on Twitch, Vidme, and Veoh. We’re talkin’ with Veoh and Twitch to find out why they won’t let certain episodes be uploaded (emails from Twitch say we “MAY have violated service terms” but won’t say how), and Vidme seems to have a 30 minute limit per video we are still researchin’ a way around. Fangs crossed all that will get worked out before season five premiers next year.

In the meantime, 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’.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently playin’ on Beta Max TV and Sluggo’s The Vortexx!

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT THANKSGIVING 2017!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks, and happy gobble gobble day! While there’s still a little over a month left in 2017, we can’t help but look back at everything that’s happened since January and reflect on our show’s triumphs and hiccups that have left us both humbled and howlin’ with joy. Fair warnin’ this post may get kind of corny, so brace yourself for sappy Hallmark moments ahead . . .

Every season, we strive to develop Screaming Soup! into somethin’ more than it is and grow its fan base with a list of goals. Some of these goals are slam-dunks, others continue to be as elusive as ever. Then there’s some that tease us with fleetin’ victories like Troma agreein’ to participate in our crossover with Full Moon Empire, just to back out at the last minute. Some of us felt even more defeated when we were further slapped with the censor notice from Troma followed by news our newly acquired spot on Beta Max TV disappeared overnight after they shut down due to technical difficulties. A regular buzzkill has been us tryin’ to get mentioned in a horror rag to no avail, our most consistent efforts bein’ regular emails to HorrorHound Magazine which requested suggestions for horror hosts they can spotlight.

But despite any disappointments we encounter, we never let these shortcomin’s eclipse our vision for our show’s future and diligently push ahead with focus on all the positives. We were happily picked up by Sluggo’s The Vortexx for their streamin’ broadcasts, and Beta Max TV eventually bounced back, eager to get us back in the line-up with hit web shows like the Cinema Snob and The Mummy and the Monkey Show. MonsterVision legend Joe Bob Brigg’s blessed us with his highest ratin’ of four stars which is a huge deal for us, and good ol’ fashion networkin’ at conventions has given us the means to try and pitch Screaming Soup! to television networks. We interacted with some of the best social horror talents like Mondopiece Theater, Homicidal Homemaker, and the Horror Addicts and even been talkin’ with the fine folks behind Ms. Monster and Her Monster Melons. We’re still emailin’ HorrorHound and other horror rags information about our show ’til one of them wants to publish an article about us. And while we didn’t get the trifecta crossover we planned our whole season around, we still produced the episodes we originally wanted to see and formed an invaluable relationship with Charlie and his staff at Full Moon Empire. They are the best people to collaborate with, and we’re thankful for all their support and encouragement in Screaming Soup!

But most of all, we’re thankful for you Scream Freaks! This entire production would mean nothin’ if y’all weren’t always comin’ back for another helpin’ of comedic animated reviews. It’s your positive comments, sincere love, and validation for our show that keeps Screaming Soup! up and runnin’. You’ve shared horror movies, personal stories, and feedback with us over the years, and we do our best to keep promptly in touch, because we value you as fans we’re makin’ all this for. Our YouTube subs may not be as high as most other horror flick reviewers, but what few we have are incredibly loyal.

Anyways, we hosted a couple of panels at the Big Fandom Greenville convention this past weekend and managed to record the audio from both. So, for those who couldn’t make it out for one reason or another, we edited these events to the slideshows used for presentin’ the different horror flicks we discussed and stuck them at the bottom of this blog. Perfect podcast kind-of vids for those on a long car ride to see family for Thanksgivin’, or anyone just needin’ help tunin’ out baby young’ns hollerin’ for more gravy trains at the dinner table.

In the meantime, 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’.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently playin’ on Beta Max TV and Sluggo’s The Vortexx!

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT BIG FANDOM GREENVILLE 2017!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! We figured things would slow down after our Season 4 finale, but woowee, were we wrong! This weekend is the 2nd annual Big Fandom Greenville convention, and we’re armed to the teeth with all new panels regardin’ horrific cinema folks probably never knew existed.

Our first panel is scheduled for 9pm tonight, and we’ll be takin’ a deep dirty look at some of the craziest sex scenes in horror entertainment to date. While most horror fans, even in our gang, want to yammer on about the sexual predator sticks in Evil Dead and the fun perversion of From Dusk ’til Dawn, we really want to focus on more obscure titles to give the die-hard fans new stuff to look for. Why go over the same ol’ mainstream moments on endless countdown lists when there’s literally thousands of other noteworthy flicks no one’s talkin’ about, you know?

Same goes for our last panel scheduled at 7pm on Saturday, 11/18/17. A handful of our gang put their heads together and came up with a fun list of the silliest slashers and B-movie beasts we’ve ever seen in horror movies and will be havin’ a howlin’ time sharin’ that with curious con guests. This includes some of the most laugh out loud monsters already reviewed in past Screaming Soup! episodes like Bloodfreak and Oversexed Rugsuckers From Mars, but there’s plenty of new one’s sure to send you on an inspired quest for your next gotta-have creature feature.

We’ve had our technical problems in the past when it came to recordin’ these events for your viewin’ pleasure, but fangs crossed, we’ll at least be able to turn this weekend’s panels into podcast-like videos with the slideshows we use as visuals. Speakin’ of videos, we’ve begun expandin’ our presence through the worldwide web and created new Screaming Soup! channels on other video platforms such as Twitch and Vidme. We’re just startin’ to upload our past episodes on them right now and should have everything up to date by the time our fifth season premiers at the end of January ’18. After that, every new video we produce will be published on each platform, givin’ our show more than one doomsday back-up if YouTube were to ever shut us down or crash from unhappy creators revoltin’. Links to our channels on Twitch and Vidme have been added to the upper right corner of the site, and we invite y’all to explore these alternatives to YouTube the same time we’re learnin’ about them.

In the meantime, 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’.

Warm up some Screaming Soup! leftovers with reruns currently playin’ on Beta Max TV and Sluggo’s The Vortexx!

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT MEETING THE KING OF Bs!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Recoverin’ from Halloween hangover, we’ve been takin’ it fairly easy after wrappin’ up such a huge season last week. But if concludin’ an epic crossover with Full Moon wasn’t enough for celebratin’ the greatest holiday, we tried to make this year even more memorable when we heard the King of Bs himself, Bruce Campbell, was blowin’ through our town.

In case you haven’t heard, Bruce recently wrote his newest auto-biography Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor and has been pushin’ it on loyal fans with a cross country book tour. To make his book signin’s more fun than standin’ forever in lines for an autograph, Bruce entertains folks as a host of an all inclusive pre-show called Last Fan Standing, a trivia gameshow for geeks who know their pop-culture. We didn’t need a lot of convincin’ to know Bruce Campbell + Halloween = a one of a kind experience we’d kick our own asses for missin’, so we hurried to buy tickets for what we hoped would be an unforgettable Hallow’s Eve. Well, it was unforgettable alright.

The first thing we regret are the tickets. At the ticket site we were directed to, there were three options. General Admission buys you a signed copy of Bruce’s new book and admission to the gameshow everyone can play. Plus-One tickets are cheap deals for those supportive spouses or indifferent family members taggin’ along who don’t want a book but can still play the game. VIP tickets offer the more exclusive experience, of course, givin’ you an assumed autographed book (see that missin’ detail below), entry to the gameshow, and a meet and greet with Bruce himself. Investin’ too much into the “limited number of VIP tickets” available, we snagged those babies up in a hurry, thinkin’ we were some lucky few who would get the chance to mingle with Bruce in some backroom with a handful of others like a backstage pass at some hot shot concert. More on that later.

The first bit of confusion came with the time the event started which was posted as 6:30 PM. Is this when the doors open or when the game starts? More importantly, was this exclusive VIP meet and greet happenin’ before or after the event? After some callin’ around, we got our answers and showed up in time to file in the buildin’ with other eager fans a few minutes before 6:30 PM. Once inside, we’re given these multiple choice clickers for the game along with our pre-signed copies of Hail to the Chin. We find us some seats near the stage after grabbin’ drinks to help ease our fandom nerves and gaze at the gameshow set consistin’ of five podiums and a projection screen. It was about this time we started seein’ other horror fans in the crowd we knew, everyone exchangin’ the same glance of disbelief with each other that said, “You knew the King was here and didn’t bother tellin’ me?!” It was apparent everyone in town wanted Bruce all to themselves, present company included.

A little after 7 PM, nearly everyone found a place to plant their butts and the shin dig was underway. We had seen Bruce once before in passin’ on a convention floor, and that was our first and only experience with bein’ starstruck. This imaginary guy we spent so many years watchin’ on TV and collectin’ in comic books was real and within arms reach. This time ’round, his presence didn’t carry quite the same impact. When Bruce bounced on stage, we thought he resembled Bob Saget from Full House more than the knucklehead hero we watched in Ash vs Evil Dead. We think his glasses are to blame for that.

Anyway, Bruce cracks a few jokes, mingles with audience members dressed for Halloween, and introduces us to somethin’ called Bruce Bucks. In addition to the game, Bruce said folks in the crowd could earn this fake currency for doin’ or sayin’ random things he finds humorous, but we’ll be damned if he ever said where to turn it in or what it got anyone. Good thing he gave out so little of it. It’s not long before Bruce breaks away from gettin’ personal with the crowd and jumps into the first round of questions. Now, we thought this was a new show bein’ tapped on the road for future broadcasts on some unknown channel, but turns out this was just a fun little roadshow performance without a single camera in sight. Basin’ the winners on how quickly they answered questions correctly, Bruce asked a handful of trivia rangin’ from comics to horror flicks. We would say these questions weren’t anythin’ too advance for a modest fan, most of it focusin’ on Marvel comics and popular horror movies. The toughest questions were details from The Last Starfighter, Game of Thrones, or Labyrinth. Intimidated by the quick draw part of the game, we sadly missed several things we actually knew and didn’t get to advance to the stage as one of the final four.

Bruce personally greets each of the final four and starts the next round which is pure comedy thanks to a knowledgeable she-geek from out of town. The final four flank the sides of the projection screen that displays the questions as Bruce asks them. She-Geek is buzzin’ in with the answers as soon as Bruce opens his mouth, ’cause she’s readin’ it on the screen quicker than he’s readin’ it out loud.  Stagehands realize this and chastised her for not listenin’ to Bruce instead. With this bein’ their umpteenth rodeo, you’d think these knuckleheads would have figured out they either need to get the contestants behind the screen or tell them to not read it beforehand.

Luckily, She-Geek pressed on and dominated the next two rounds, ’cause the questions were provin’ so relatively easy to answer, she’d just buzz in before even thinkin’. And why not? No one was penalized for givin’ the wrong answer. When all was said and done, she was the last fan standin’. Everyone was eager to see what her grand prize was, most believin’ it would be some valuable piece of merch or prop from one of Bruce’s movies. Before we get to that, however, game reps first told us what the other four finalists got which raised all kinds of confusion. We conferred with other folks in the crowd, and most agreed it sounded like the reps of the event said third and fourth place won gift cards to our local comic shop along with weekend passes to our area’s upcomin’ comicon. What? Nothin’ for second place? And after that bafflin’ announcement, we witness the winner gettin’ her grand prize, a signed certificate from Bruce that said she was a nerd. That’s it?!! Afterward, we had to follow up with the comic shop that served as the event’s sponsor, and they helped clarify things. The winner actually got the weekend passes for comicon with a hefty gift card to their store. Second through fourth place won similar gift cards to the comic shop of lesser varyin’ amounts. These winners had to be hunted down by the comic shop reps to be awarded their prizes thanks to slack gamin’ officials. A little disappointed we couldn’t whiz kid our way on stage with Bruce to win another John Hancock (the signed book is enough for us), we became anxious to begin the meet and greet phase of our Halloween night with the King of Bs. This is when trouble started.

While we were ignorantly prepared for an some personal meet and greet with Bruce in a private VIP backroom with an exclusive group of fans for a few minutes, Bruce’s bad cop counterpart takes the stage and starts givin’ everyone explicit directions for what was happenin’ next. After readin’ Hail to the Chin, I found out this guy’s name is Mike, and he’s Bruce’s point man at appearances, ensurin’ everythin’ goes Bruce’s way or no way at all. He was the one to break the news that the only perk us VIP ticket holders got was to line up in an orderly fashion at the front where Bruce would be sittin’ at a table and take turns shakin’ his hand while he added our name above his signature already found in our books. Another lame perk  to this VIP experience not mentioned on the ticket site is the opportunity to have Bruce sign a second item in addition to his new book, as long as it was a body part or relevant to his career. At first, the crowd was mighty upset, because everyone was understandin’ Mike was sayin’ both VIP and regular ticket holders could get in line to meet Bruce which undermined the reason people like us ponied up the extra dough for VIP tickets. This took forever to clear up, and folks finally calmed down when it started bein’ announced only VIP could stand in line for Bruce. We later found out that for such a limited amount of VIP tickets, 60-80% of the crowd that night were VIPs waitin’ in line, and that just made the experience feel a lot less special.

Upset at findin’ out we paid extra for a common celebrity encounter most people experience at conventions, it only got worse when we were told we couldn’t have pictures with him, ’cause no one was allowed behind his table. We were allowed to take pictures or video of him signin’ our stuff, however, so long as we stayed on our side of the table. Bruce must have as many do’s and don’ts as the president when it comes to meetin’ the public.

Not wantin’ to feel like we wasted money, we waited in the long twistin’ line and waited patiently, while we passed the time sharin’ our Bruce Campbell videos with others in line and spreadin’ the word about our show. When we finally got to the front of the line and approached our cinematic hero of the last 20 years, it was pretty uneventful. We knew it was a long shot, but we asked if he had seen our ultimate tribute video he retweeted. He said he didn’t know and whisked us on our way. With the next fan runnin’ up on us, we wanted some form of satisfaction, so we urgently asked if he receives any royalty from any of the comics that feature his most popular characters.

“Why do you care?” He passively said.

“Just curious.”

“Don’t buy Dynamite. They steal images.”

With that, we walked off and our highly anticipated night with Bruce Campbell was over. I asked some knowledgeable folks about the Dynamite Comics comment later, and seems that publisher’s taken some heat for usin’ a lot of actor’s images in their licensed comics associated with movies and TV shows. For instance, they bought the rights to publish Army of Darkness comics regardin’ its story and characters, but not necessarily the rights to use Bruce’s likeness for Ash. It’s legal details like this that’s why the Real Ghostbusters cartoon characters don’t look anythin’ like Bill Murray or Dan Akroyd.

So, the event was okay at best. There was a lot of miscommunication Bruce’s people were at fault for, and some unfortunate disappointments were partly due to us expectin’ more from the experience than we probably should have. As described, we did get a book, we did participate in a private gameshow, and we did get to meet Bruce even if it was for less than a minute with a bare bones exchange of words. While we don’t feel the VIP ticket prices were worth what we got in return, the regular tickets were definitely worth the price of a book and hour spent playin’ a game with Bruce. In hindsight, however, we should have just bought the regular tickets with the plus one deals and gone for the gameshow and a copy of Hail to the Chin. If we still wanted a VIP ticket knowin’ what we know now, we would have just bought one and had Bruce sign our copy of the Moontrap comic, his first appearance in a comic book which would have surely gotten a chuckle. But it is what it is, so live and learn.

Oh, and before we forget, how ’bout our thoughts on Hail to the Chin? What we love about Bruce’s first auto-biography If Chins Could Kill is how it chronicles his energetic whirlwind of underdog struggles as an ambitious young man travelin’ the world in search of his dream through sincere trial and error. In this next act of his life, things are a little more settled with him speakin’ as a weathered adult sharin’ details about buyin’ a house in Oregon, how his actin’ career affects his second marriage, the perks and downsides to findin’ steady work on Burn Notice, and his contemplations on losin’ loved ones. The most surprisin’ chapter is his candid admittance to bein’ charged with a DUI back in the day in a chain of car wreck stories. There are some fun stories behind the scenes of My Name is Bruce and Man With the Screaming Brain, but this book kind of lacks that daredevil spirit now that Bruce has been established in the movie business. I also wish there were a lot more personal photos used instead of these Photoshop gag images that seem to dominate the book. Worth a read by any fan.

In the meantime, 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 playin’ on Beta Max TV and Sluggo’s The Vortexx!

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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