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!

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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 LITTLE MONSTERS

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! It’s Wednesday and that means fresh print just got dumped on the comic racks! If you follow our Sequential Slime blog, you’re already aware of what we’ve been reading and consider the best horror movie related funny books out there right now. We’re still on the fence with the Army of Darkness books, love the Puppet Master comics,and still can’t get over Kurt Russell’s curtain call from comics with the sudden cancelation of Escape From New York and the end of Big Trouble in Little China’s run! But we’re happier than coyotes in a henhouse about the announced crossover between Snake Plissken and Jack Burton!

Anyway, it’s time for another Graphic Violence review, and this time around we picked another lesser known run of licensed rag reads, focusing on the 6 issue mini-series of Little Monsters from NOW comics. Released on the heels of Beetlejuice, Little Monsters is a cult film that’s about a boy named Brian who captures and befriends a monster under his bed named Maurice who introduces Brian to a fantasy world of monsters and magic under the beds of the world. It’s hard to believe this beloved 80s flick isn’t bigger than it is being when it’s so ripe for translating into a successful kids cartoon, but it was simply overlooked for one reason or another.

Lucky for the fans, however, there was one attempt at continuing the adventures of Brian and Maurice, and that was the handful of comics published by NOW comics a few short months after the film’s release in theaters. These comics are alright for the most part, but you’ll need to watch the vid below to get the full run down on what all we liked and despised about them.

Other than that, be sure to catch up on Screaming Soup! Seasons 1-2 after watching the latest Season 3 episodes, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films we’re watching in our R-Rated Reviews blog, and help us get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror host show! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our Youtube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

We’ll see ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT THE ORIGINAL EVIL DEAD ARTIST, TOM SULLIVAN!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Christmas is still a little ways off, but we want to give you fans an early gift this holiday season. We previously mentioned we were working on a very special artist spotlight for the Graphic Headstone blog, and that interview is now complete and approved by the artist himself for public consumption. For our final Graphic Headstone entry for 2015, we proudly present the original artist of the Evil Dead series since ground zero, Tom Sullivan!

For those who don’t know, Tom was the creative whirlwind behind the art, special effects, and stop-motion animation of the original Evil Dead film, and its short film predecessor, Within the Woods. He continued working on effects in Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, and has had varying levels of involvement with later incarnations of the Evil Dead series.

We first met Tom years ago when he caught us selling self-made copies of his Necronomicon book from Evil Dead 2 online. Amazed one of Evil Dead’s most legendary names was contacting us directly, we of course complied with his demands to cease and desist further infringement on his copyrighted work immediately. Flattered by our respect for his wishes and impeccable duplication of his book, Tom asked to do a trade. For a copy of our Necronomicon knock-off, he mailed us a packet slammed with art prints and copies of his short lived comic, Tom Sullivan’s Books of the Dead: Devilhead, and even invited us to meet him at an upcoming horror convention. Without hesitation, we drove like crazed fan boys and met this living legend in person. Tom is a very nice and easy guy to speak with. He showed us his collection of fan-made Necronomicons he showcases at conventions (ours included), let us hold and look through the ORIGINAL Necronomicon from the first film, and introduced us to all the filmmakers at the convention including Roy Frumkes who gave us a free signed DVD of Street Trash. It was a very memorable experience and is what helped jumpstart our career paths in horror entertainment.

So, whether you’re an Evil Dead fan or just a lover of horror and art, click HERE and read our interview with one of horror’s most memorable artists. You’ll read some Evil dead stories, what Tom’s been doing since Evil Dead, see a lot of really cool Cthulhu art, and learn about a recent documentary that was released about Tom which you can watch the trailer for below.

Enough Evil Dead rambling already! Be sure to catch up on Screaming Soup! Seasons 1-2 before the premier of Season 3 1/20/16, and help us get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror host show! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our Youtube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

I’ll see ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT HALLOWEEN 2015!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks and Happy Halloween! This has been one crazy month with our first attempt at publishing daily videos and blogs to celebrate the premier of Bruce Campbell’s “Ash VS Evil Dead” on Starz Halloween night, but we feel it was worth it. Some dedicated Bruce Campbell fans got to enjoy the highlights of his career everyday this month, we made some people laugh, and even got a positive tweet from the King himself saying, “Let’s do this,” when tagging him in our promo for dedicating this Halloween to the King of B. Then there’s the daily pumpkin spice blog, this year’s Halloween Eeeh!-Card, the season 2 finale with the Ghouligans, etc., etc.

But now Halloween is here, and we’re just chilling. Sure, we’re still wrapping up production for Screaming Soup! Season 3 (premiering 1/20/16), drawing up more promotional art, editing together special advertising vids, and prepping for Season 4 but we think we can take a breather for the holiday. Yup, we’re just going to attend our favorite annual haunt this time of year, pop open a cold one and watch the Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors marathon on FXX while digging into bowls of candy and plates of bat wings and witch fingers.

Other than that, check out all our Bruce Campbell vids from “Bruce VS” to “Bruce Takes It In The Face”, and the popular “Tribute to Bruce Campbell” vid, learn about everything that now comes in pumpkin spice in “Mandy’s I Can’t Believe They Have Pumpkin,” and send someone special a Halloween Eeeh!-Card this holiday. And of course, play any and all of Screaming Soup! Seasons 1-2 this Halloween, no matter where you are and help get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror 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.

So, a happy and safe Halloween to all you Scream Freaks out there. May your costumes be fun and slutty, your parties never be forgotten, and your cars be vomit free by the end of the night. I’ll see ya later, Scream Freaks!

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SCREAMING AT BRUCE CAMPBELL’S DEATH REEL AND THE GHOULIGANS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks!

Wow! Halloween is almost here and there’s so much going on it’s nuts! First off, in response to our excitement over the all new Ash VS Evil Dead TV series premiering 10/31/15 on the Starz network, we’re still continuing our month long celebration of Bruce Campbell with daily “Bruce VS” vids in all their video game parody glory, a tribute video highlighting the King of B’s 30+ years in acting, and an all NEW Bruce Campbell Death Reel countdown with our favorite death being the one that made us laugh the hardest! We’re also continuing our 31 days of Pumpkin Spice hell with “Mandy’s I Can’t Believe They Have Pumpkin,” and drew up an all NEW Screaming Soup! Halloween Eeeh-Card! for this year!

Lot to take in, right? But there’s more! For those who didn’t read the blog last week, we’re having some special guests briefly bounce back from retirement to make a cameo in the Season 2 finale of Screaming Soup!, the Ghouligans! These guys have been rocking and howling the west coast for the last 10 years (Click HERE for their Youtube channel), but sadly hung up their capes and fangs just a few months ago. Luckily, the magic of animation can’t be denied and they were more than happy to attend our Halloween blowout! Extreme pumpkin carving, Halloween hottie contests, bobbing for grenades, mechanical devil bull riding, and all while reviewing the Slumber Party Massacre Series! It’s going to be a treat for all Scream Freaks and Ghouligan fans alike!

Other than that, keep checking back here every day for more “Bruce Campbell VS” and “Mandy’s I Can’t Believe They Have Pumpkin,” and be sure to catch up on all the latest Screaming Soup! episodes so far for season 2 before seeing the season finale 10/20/15 with special guests, the Ghouligans (www.theghouligans.com)! 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.

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SCREAMING AT BRUCE CAMPBELL WITH A TRIBUTE VIDEO!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! October been fun for ya yet? Seen Eli Roth’s Green Inferno or picked up the new Trick ‘r Treat comic? Or more importantly, have you been enjoying our chuckle inducing “Bruce Campbell VS” videos? Better be, because with the excitement building for the premier of the all new Ash VS Evil Dead on the Starz network Halloween night, we’re continuing our celebration of the king of B everyday this month!

When you stop to think about it, what does it take to be the king of B movies? Most of us have this narrow perception of Bruce Campbell’s cult status based solely on his involvement in the Evil Dead franchise, with respectable nods to his others works like Xena: Warrior Princess, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., and Bubba Ho-Tep. but these are just 4 roles he’s played out of 100+ credits!

Bruce was fortunate enough to play more than one memorable character that immortalizes him in comics, action figures, video games, art, and fan favorite countdowns till the end of days, but its the entirety of his diverse work that truly earns him the credit as the king of the B movies. For the last 30 years, he’s played a baby snatching demon, been killed by cyborgs on the moon, fought Napoleon as a 19th century superhero, liberated slaves from alien oppression, battled Angus Scrimm into a meat grinder, raced Herbie the Lovebug to a photo finish . . . the list goes on and on! With Bruce returning to the role that first made him a star, we took it upon ourselves to celebrate his amazing career in movies with this edition of Screaming Tribute!

The video below contains at least one clip from nearly every piece of cinematic work Bruce has performed in. You’ll see shots from his humble Super-8 beginnings all the way to the blockbusters he stars in today. We even included clips from the cartoons and video games he’s humorously voiced as well as commercials he hammed up. We only left out his Coen brother appearances where he was barley seen in the backgrounds, voice over work that didn’t have enough (if any) of his appearance, and only a handful of obscure movies and TV shows that most aren’t even aware of.

Other than that, keep checking back here every day for more “Bruce Campbell VS” and “Mandy’s I Can’t Believe They Have Pumpkin,” and be sure to catch up on all the latest Screaming Soup! episodes so far for season 2 before seeing the season finale 10/20/15 with special guests, the Ghouligans (www.theghouligans.com)! 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.

Bruce Campbell filmography included in this tribute:

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SCREAMING AT MEET THE FEEBLES!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! It’s the 20th of the month and that means brand spanking new Screaming Soup! for your sick pleasure! Yessiree, mark this day on your calendars because this episode is the turning point for the series. Why, you might ask? Because we’re very responsive to all your feedback and realized we’ve been starting to hit a predictable rut with our reviews.

Not so much the reviews themselves, understand, because the show must have some structure to it, but we found some Scream Freaks starting to fast forward through the endings of the animated segments. We were surprised but figured out it’s because there’s rarely any conflict among the characters for you to be eager to see resolved by the end of the episode . . . until now. The return of Buzzkill will be setting off a lot of big events in the Screaming Soup! universe that will not only be snowballing over into the next season debuting in 2016 but the next 2 seasons following that!

Big stuff, huh? And now that its close enough to time, we’re officially announcing our plans for making October the month to celebrate Bruce aka #celebruce! We’re so excited about the new Ash Vs Evil Dead TV series on Starz premiering Halloween night, we’re celebrating B movie king Bruce Campbell everyday like only we can with all new Screaming Soup! videos highlighting his crazy career in movies and television for the past 30+ years! We can’t wait, and are certain its going to fun for all you Scream Freaks!

Other than that, be sure to catch up on all the latest Screaming Soup! episodes so far for season 2! 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.

That’s pretty much it for now, so I’ll see ya’ later Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT HALLOWEEN UPDATES!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! You know, sometimes these weekly updates are hard to do, because we work on future episodes so far in advance and don’t want to prematurely tip our hand to what’s coming just yet. The secondary vids, however, are pretty much being produced in the “now” and can sometimes feel rushed when we know it’s time for a new Graphic Violence or Remake Remix to be posted.

With October coming up, we wanted to do something fun for us to produce and for you to watch (obviously, because who are we without you?). With all the excitement over the premier of the new Evil Dead TV series Halloween night, Screaming Soup! has decided to dedicate the site to everything Bruce Campbell! We’ve had little to some minor success with our series of “Bruce Campbell Takes It In The Face” vids that spotlight all the gooey low blows Bruce takes on the chin in his  movies, but these new vids will be less demeaning and should really register with the fans. We’ve been up all hours of the day, hurrying to pull together a daily visual celebration of not just a single movie or cult favorite franchise but the entirety of Bruce’s career from his Super 8 days to now. It’s been a tiring marathon to get all these done while trying to stay on track with Screaming Soup!’s animation schedule, but it’s going to be worth it and you won’t be disappointed!

Be sure you’re caught up with the rest of Screaming Soup! Season 2 and 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. New screen captures have been added to the gallery.

That’s pretty much it for now, so I’ll see ya’ later Scream Freaks!

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SCREAMING AT ASH VS EVIL DEAD TRAILER!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! It’s finally happening! Bruce Campbell returns to the role that made him the king of B 10/31/15 in “Ash vs Evil Dead” on the Starz network! For years, I’ve been ridiculed that this would never happen, but now those neh-sayers can suck a fat one. We’ve had Evil Dead aka Army of Darkness comics, musicals, and a re-make to help pass the time these last 20+ years with, but now we get the legit continuance of Ash’s journey that made him arguably the greatest horror movie hero of all time.

What’s even better is the involvement of Evil Dead creator Sam Raimi who’ll be directing the first episode of what looks to be a kick-ass series full of epic fights and storyline. This definitely makes up for all those times Sam Raimi pissed me off over the years when I’d watch movies of his post “Army of Darkness” like “Drag Me to Hell” that could have easily been made into an “Evil Dead” sequel. Not to mention all those times he’d tease/acknowledge horror fans with his Evil Dead antics briefly popping up in other movies he’d directed,  like that scene in “Spider-Man 2” when Doc Ock’s tentacles are killing everyone in the operation room. That scene had me wishing they had cast Bruce Campbell as the surgeon fighting his tentacles with the chainsaw instead of the doorman who keeps Spider-Man from a date.

Now, there are some who are probably disappointed that they’re producing a TV series as opposed to a full fledge/high budget movie, but I think this is better. We’ve been waiting decades for more adventures with Ash, and this allows us to really be involved with the character and take our time with him instead of a wham bam thank you ma’m hour and a half on a movie screen until who knows when! We’ve been really pumped about this, and our heads are about to explode after seeing the trailer they released which can be seen below.

Other than that, that’s all we really have to talk about right now. Be sure you’re caught up with the rest of Screaming Soup! Season 2 and come back here 7/20/15 for the next exciting episode of Screaming Soup! 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.

That’s pretty much it for now, so I’ll see ya’ later Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT MORE BRUCE CAMPBELL TAKES IT IN THE FACE!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Well, you didn’t ask for it, but you got it! I’m talk’n about 4 more Screaming Soup! Presents Bruce Campbell Takes It In The Face! With all the buzz surrounding the long awaited follow up to the Evil Dead series this fall on the Starz network, we couldn’t help but re-watch our favorite Bruce Campbell moments in what can easily be disputed as horror’s most successful offbeat series.

Now, it’s no secret director Sam Raimi gets his jollies beating the shit out of Campbell in his movies, but we never really noticed before just how much of these gags land square on his iconic chin. When you see them all at once, it’s fucking hysterical! That’s when we got to thinking and looked for other movies where Campbell’s “Oh!” face served as a bullseye for gore, inspiring an idea for some comedic videos. After succesful research combined with the whole psycho babble about sexual subtext in the horror genre, we present these awkward moments in a hilarious new light with the vids right below. (Click HERE to see Bruce Campbell Takes It In The Face part 1-3)

Otherwise, be sure you’re caught up with the rest of Screaming Soup! Season 2, 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.

That’s pretty much it for now, so I’ll see ya’ later Scream Freaks!

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