SCREAMING AT THE 2ND ANNUAL CREEPY CHANNEL CRAWL!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Tarnations, is it that time already?! Yup, back by popular demand — it’s the second annual Creepy Channel Crawl! For y’all who just tuned in, there was a shitstorm among small time YouTubers last year when the head honchos of YouTube announced they wouldn’t monetize or promote any videos or their associated channels without 1000+ subscribers and 4000 hours worth of views the previous year. As expected, a lotta YouTube creators bitched and moaned at the news, but our amigos the Horror Addicts decided to actually do somethin’ ’bout it and rallied support for channels in need with an event called the Creepy Channel Crawl!

A 24+ hour livestreamin’ marathon packed with more reviewers and horror hosts than you can wave an angry mob torch at, this was an amazin’ undertakin’ that entertained audiences with a smorgasbord of horror related discussions carried over different YouTube channels at the top of every hour. The Creepy Channel Crawl united creators from ’round the world, exposed digital audiences to new shows worth their fandom, and proved just how strong the horror community really is. It was a memorable weekend of sleepless fun-filled hours.

Last year, we participated as stock footage crossin’ guards of sort, directin’ viewers to the next channel they needed to visit to continue the crawl. This year, however, we made it a point to try new things with the show, so we accepted the invite to actually host an hour as one of the featured channels! Perfect timin’ too, ’cause we see some other like-minded cohorts of ours like Doctor Wolfula and the Mummy and the Monkey are joinin’ the fun as well with this also bein’ their first time as featured crawl hosts. Sounds like a party to us!

To celebrate the year’s biggest crossover ‘mong HorrorTubers, we’re thinkin’ ’bout riggin’ our cameras with some new gimmick that’s been brought to our attention — 3D-O-Vision! We’re told this picture filter will strain our broadcast to you a little differently through that cosmic rip between our dimensions, and it’s sure to be a highlight of the crawl without question. We’ve been doin’ a lot of dry runs with it to work out all the kinks, but here’s hopin’ our segement goes off without a hitch.

We gotta give ‘nother shout out to the Horror Addicts for comin’ up with the Creepy Channel Crawl in the first place and helpin’ bring the online horror communities closer together. This takes a lot of work on their part to coordinate with all the different time zones hosts are broadcastin’ from and even more time with Gory bein’ patient ‘nough to assist any and everyone needin’ guidance operatin’ a livestream while cuttin’ together promos and segway clips for channels in the crawl. Thank ya, partners!

All the scary fun begins Friday 7/12/19 at 8pm EST with our segment goin’ live on our YouTube channel Saturday 7/13/19 at 3pm. Be there or miss out on a lot of new content from the web’s #1 animated horror host show!

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

SCREAMING AT THE CHILD’S PLAY LOOPHOLE!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! It’s your favorite animated horror hosts to the end, and we just got back from watchin’ the newest slap in the face from Hollywood, Child’s Play. We feel guilty supportin’ this unnecessary reboot with our hard earned tokens while the original series and its creators are still hard at work producin’ content starrin’ our favorite serial killin’ doll, but this is too weird of a parallel property struggle we had to witness.

See, the first Child’s Play flick was produced by MGM, and the rest of the series from Child’s Play 2 through Cult of Chucky were by Universal which is why you normally see a bunch of box sets missin’ the movie that started it all. So, while Universal keeps the money train rollin’ with non-stop sequels, MGM’s bear huggin’ a piece of that cash cow with their rights to the original. We guess with horror’s recent swing back into killer doll horror with the Annabelle movies and Chucky’s continuin’ success, MGM got the bright idea to get back in on the action with some legal loopholes that allows them to potentially spin their own parallel Chucky movie(s) based on the one flick they have rights to. Boggles the mind, we know, but in a world where everything’s got 20 versions of itself available at once with ’em all bein’ rehashed every couple of years, is it any real surprise?

Anyway, as legal as it may be (much to the dismay of Chucky creator Don Mancini), MGM must still be ‘fraid of potential lawsuits or somethin’, ’cause they decided to start at ground zero and loosely redo the original Child’s Play, nixin’ a lot of Mancini’s material to make their copyright version more their own so not to step on Universal’s toes or confuse simple minded fans which Chucky’s bein’ promoted. MGM guts all of the hoodoo voodoo that traps a foul mouth serial killer’s soul in a hunk of rubber, and replaces it with busted technology to explain a kid’s toy killin’ folks. This absolutely works for differentiatin’ the two franchises, but completely backfires as a movie bankin’ on fans wantin’ to see a Chucky movie.

The original series is such a guilty pleasure to watch ’cause Brad Dourif brings this manic energy to Chucky’s weirdo predicament as a pissed off psycho stuck in a Good Guy Doll, superchargin’ him with a humorously dark personality that’s one of the most developed ‘mong horror movie slashers. When you remove that human element, however, there’s nothin’ left but the gimmick, and that’s what happens with MGM’s artificial facelift of the icon.

‘stead of an off-color character fightin’ to be human ‘gain, Chucky’s now a busted robo-doll with a malfunctionin’ Siri for a brain that gets its wires crossed watchin’ kids laugh at Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and kills anyone who threatens its young owner’s happiness or their friendship. No self awareness, sinister undertones, vulgar commentary, gritty dialogue, desperate motivations . . . MGM reduced Chucky to a soulless piece of machinery that’s simply on the fritz like HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey thanks to a suicidal factory worker shippin’ the doll out with all its computer’s safety measures switched off. We were excited when news broke Mark Hamill was voicin’ this version of Chucky, knowin’ his years playin’ the Joker for numerous Batman cartoons could rival Dourif’s vocal stamp on the character, but even he wasn’t ‘nough to elevate Chucky -2.0. Not his fault, of course. He performed MGM’s flat version of Chucky accordingly and was only allowed a split second to slip some Joker in their at the very end.

Regardless of our criticisms, however, we did leave the theater with the opinion this is a good movie overall. Now, don’t misunderstand – it sucks balls as a Child’s Play movie, but has a decently strong ‘nough story that it really should have been its own thin’ with a new horror villain. Rather than slappin’ Chucky’s mug on this for a gaurantee pay day at the expense of his fans, the filmmakers should have themed this after one of them ro-bears at the end of the movie and made the movie a horror spin on Teddy Ruxpin ‘stead of the My Buddy doll.

We know y’all wanna read more of what we got to say ’bout this flick, but this blog’s gettin’ to be as long as a college essay, and we’ve gotta get back to animatin’ the next excitin’ episode of Screaming Soup!. But ’cause we care ’bout ya, here’s our bite-size review of the movie we posted in our R-Rated Review blog earlier this week!

CHILD’S PLAY (2019)

When Andy’s given a factory busted robo-doll named Chucky for his birthday, the toy’s malfunctionin’ iPhone for a brain copies what it sees in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and assassinates anyone it sees as a threat to their artificial friendship. A reimaginin’ of the ’88 horror classic featurin’ a serial killer’s spirit trapped in a My Buddy spoof, this legal loophole of a film ixnays all the hoodoo voodoo in favor of technophobia with the killer ankle biter now written as a confused robot linked with surroundin’ devices it can sic on folks. I think this is a solid movie overall and should really be a vehicle for introductin’ an all new horror villain ‘stead of recyclin’ Chuck for an easy payday. Especially since this robo-Chucky is never self-aware, leavin’ it devoid of any personality or grit that made the original psycho-doll so much fun to watch. The only sour I have to bitch ’bout is the horrible castin’ regardin’ age range, ’cause Andy looks way too old for this toy, and the chemistry between him and his youthful lookin’ mama feels more like siblin’s than parent and child. Cat stranglin’, dissin’ palybacks, bone snappin’, wrong uses of the word “poetic,” stabbin’s, massacred heads, several E.T. nods, killer drones, self-drivin’ car wrecks, pervy maintenance guys, table saws up the crotch, robotic operations, gift-wrapped watermelon’s decorated with cheatin’ lovers’ faces, dead cats, hacked TV bashin’, killer doll vision, kidnapped milfs, fatal freefalls, extremely disgruntled factory workers, retail store massacres, doll lynch mobs, small armies of killer dolls, and Mark Hamill slips into Joker for the briefest second at the very end! 3/5! 

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

SCREAMING AT M.I.B. INTERNATIONAL!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! While things haven’t exactly slowed down ’round here with us deep in production of our next excitin’ episode of Screaming Soup!, we did manage to break away long ‘nough to check out the newest Men In Black sequel, M.I.B. International. Fans have always judged the sequels ‘gainst the filmmakin’ ingredients that made an instant classic of the original ’90s flick starrin’ Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as buddy space cops humorously bustin’ e.t. baddies, but this latest entry is the most susceptible to critics’ venom ’cause it abandons our favorite agents for all new characters we hope can even be half as entertainin’.

In a nutshell, M.I.B. International is ’bout Agent M, the newest rookie to join the world’s only defense ‘gainst intergalactic scumwads, and her first assignment is at the M.I.B.’s European branch where she meets Agent H and investigates a suspected mole in the organization who’s aidin’ an e.t. invasion of Earth. The newest M.I.B. partners are played by Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, and this duo is brilliantly written as clever role reversals of Agent J and K from the earlier movies. Rather than a mouthy street smart rookie bouncin’ off a weathered straight man, the rookie is now the straight man (er, woman) havin’ some fun friction with glory boy who’s still ridin’ a wave of fame he earned from stoppin’ a major invasion three years earlier. With the leads already provin’ their onscreen chemistry and natural knack for comedy in Thor: Ragnarok, and the filmmakers keepin’ the M.I.B. world and mythos familiar while still providin’ an adventure more epic than the previous films, this flick should be a slam-dunk, but somethin’ just doesn’t click for us.

While the movie is as far removed from suckage as you can hope for, it still has a lot of sours we think contribute to it’s lackluster appeal. For one, Agent M’s whole character feels as underdeveloped as her social life. When she was a young’n, she witness the M.I.B. nueralizin’ her parents while lookin’ for a fuzzy e.t. she found hidin’ in her bedroom. She helps the outer space critter escape (despite the agents never botherin’ to search her house) and starts a lifelong obsession huntin’ down the secret organization to join its ranks. Flash forward years later, she’s interviewin’ for jobs with all these different branches of government she hopes will lead her to the M.I.B. all the while workin’ some IT hotline job where she hacks into NASA satellite feeds for clues to alien activity. So — we get she’s smart, but what’s exactly her expertise? Even when she’s in the hot seat with the M.I.B. grillin’ her for reasons why they should recruit her, she never says if she’s multi-lingual, a computer whiz, Mensa member, professional kickboxer – nothin’! Her initial M.I.B. trainin’ montage even goes by in a blip, givin’ us a bleak understandin’ as to how long they groom her ‘fore sendin’ her to Europe. All we see are a few test scores showin’ she’s smart and can kick ass. Well, what part of any of that covers how she knows all ’bout thermo-dynamic doohickeys later on in the movie and where’d she learn that kinda stuff?!

The rest of the sours are pretty trivial, but doesn’t help things when there’s too many of ’em. Like (spoiler alert) if the big bad guy is this e.t. that’s like John Carpenter’s The Thing, copyin’ folks from the inside out and whatever, then why does it only take over the head of the M.I.B. office in Europe ‘stead of all its agents in body snatcher fashion? Would have certainly made the fizzle of an endin’ more excitin’! And speakin’ of the endin’, what’s with all those silly melodramatic voice overs forced in there that don’t really match what’s happenin’? And couldn’t Agent H do more than just get bitch slapped ’round the whole scene and repeat the same tired dialogue over and over again?

But the saddest thing, above all else, is the movie just isn’t funny. Crazy, we know, given all the ingredients are there to guarantee at least a solid chuckle, but — nope. We didn’t laugh one time. We can tell where the filmmakers want us to laugh, but it just never connected with our funny bones the way they supposedly intended. And that really sucks, too, ’cause we would have overlooked and forgiven so much of the sours we mentioned if it only made us laugh. It’s as if the movie maybe took itself a little too serious, or just lacked that touch of panache that made director Barry Sonnenfeld’s flicks so special.

Overall, a content way to spend a rainy afternoon, but nothin’ special ‘nough to rewatch anytime soon . . . 3/5!

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

SCREAMING AT A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Time flies when you’re havin’ fun, and ‘nother week’s passed in the blink of an eye with us workin’ ourselves to the bone bringin’ ya more content from the web’s #1 animated horror host show. Let’s tell ya what all’s cookin’!

Obviously, we’re puttin’ most our energy into the next excitin’ episode of our Hard Road to Hell season, and it’s comin’ along nicely. The review’s done, voices have been recorded, and we’re currently wrappin’ up the final drafts of the newest backgrounds and characters before we start animatin’ next week. We don’t wanna reveal too much ’bout it right now, but our booze cruise through hell’s ’bout to drop anchor, and we’ll be seein’ just where the majority of damned souls end up.

The fine folks at The Horror Show hit us up for an interview after we ran into them at Mad Monster Party a few months back, and that request is looong overdue! Waitin’ ’til we were done with the most recent booger flickin’ episode, a group of us is now collaboratin’ on their laundry list of in-depth questions ’bout Screaming Soup!’s origins and our thoughts on different horror tropes. Turnin’ this thin’ ’round for our YouTube brethren will be a breeze, but some of our busier gang members are holdin’ things up.

We’ve been mentionin’ plans for a Screaming Soup! prequel comic, and we meant it, dammit! Already completin’ the layouts for a four issue mini-series a while back, we finally put pen and ink to paper and already knocked out six pages of the first issue. It’s comin’ ‘long slowly but surely, and is wild to watch the progress we make from page to page as we become more comfortable settlin’ on a particular style and technique for powerin’ through this nuance packed medium. We’ll be sure to throw some sneak peeks of it up sometime.

Lastly, whenever we find a free second here or there, we’re dustin’ off some unfinished artwork we’ve been meanin’ to check off our to-do-list like the piece below. We were endin’ every season with a family photo kind of snapshot of all the different characters featured, but really dropped the ball after season two. This is everyone from season three aka Buzzkill’s Revenge, and season four won’t be far behind.

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

SCREAMING AT GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! If any of y’all were ’round to experience the ’90s, one of the biggest letdowns that decade was America’s blockbuster spin on one of Japan’s biggest properties, Godzilla. We here at Screaming Soup! always thought it was a fine movie overall, but we’re far from G-Man fanatics and credit that film’s rockin’ soundtrack for the majority of our fandom it earned. The die hard Godzilla fans, however, simply disliked the drastic change in the big guy’s design, felt he was stripped of all his kingly mannerisms includin’ his signature nuke breath, and hated how he died like a bitch from common army artillery.

It wasn’t ’til 2014 America got ‘nother swing at bringin’ the atomic lizard to the big screen and hit a lot closer to home. This time, the titular behemoth looked like Godzilla, stomped like Godzilla, and even fought other monsters of city crushin’ girth like Godzilla. The only sour for me was how much time was spent with the piss ants runnin’ ’round beneath him. We’re all for some human sideline stories for a sense of perspective, mind ya, but everytime a monster fight broke out, the filmmakers kept cuttin’ to folks tryin’ to survive the collateral damage. Let’s not kid ourselves here. We don’t buy tickets for an IMAX 3D experience watchin’ dirty face actors emote. We buy ’em to see larger than life CGI pixels beat the ever livin’ tar out of each other!

That said, we hurried to the theater earlier (minus Mandy, ’cause she didn’t wanna feel bad seein’ made-up animals whoop up on each other like it’s cock fightin’) and grabbed ourselves a front row seat to see just how much America improved on their last ’bout with Godzilla, and we were not disappointed to say the least! Here’s what we had to say in our R-Rated Review Blog:

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019)

When a scientist builds a fancy bird caller to yap it up with the world’s biggest critters, she manipulates them to wreck the planet in the name of cosmic balance. Things get out of hand, however, ’cause the three-headed dragon Ghidorah’s starts callin’ the shots, and it’s up to Godzilla and a monster stalkin’ organization to restore the natural order. Arguably the best Godzilla flick yet, it definitely blows the other two American attempts at capturin’ Japan’s biggest mon-star outta the water. Lotta kaiju brawlin’, epic globe trottin’, and a cast of root-worthy humans perfectly co-existin’ with impressive special effects exhibitin’ genuine girth. Godzilla vs Ghidorah vs Rodan vs Mothra, volcanic entrances, maybe the lost city of Atlantis, gift wrapped nukes, atomic booms, plane crashes, in-flight ejection meals, two miles worth of dead fish, stormy body odor, nuke beams, three-way dragon’s breath, regeneratin’ appendages, Fenway Park chaos, metamorphosis, wolves devourin’ a dead buck, King Kong references galore, history lesson wall art galore, submarine rescue missions, 3-4 background beasts of city stompin’ size, and Blue Oyster Cult’s tune is finally used in a Godzilla flick! 5/5! 

We strongly recommend ya to see this on the biggest screen with the meanest surround sound you can find, Scream Freaks!

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

SCREAMING AT CREATURES FROM THE ABYSS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! To kick this week’s blog off, we thought we’d share a little announcement with ya first . . . all NEW excitin’ episode of Screaming Soup! Y’all have no idea how good that feels to say, especially since it seems like forever since the last episode was released. We try makin’ these suckers as fats as we can without sacrificin’ any quality, but there was just a lot of side projects that slowed our production time a little bit. Full Moon Empire contacted us for more artwork, we helped push the promos for that In Search of Darkness documentary, and cut together some proposals for gettin’ our show seen on more streamin’ services to help build our fan base. So, we’re always workin’ on Screaming Soup! content one way or ‘nother, but these episodes are our meat and potatoes we get the most joy sharin’ with y’all!

So, we pick right back up with our suicide mission to save Billy from bein’ sacrificed to the apocalypse in the underworld, and things get sticky quick. There’s a new villain, a lot of laughs, plenty of action, and a romantic origin for a bonus! Even better, we’re reviewin’ an ‘specially obscure creature feature we stumbled ‘cross by chance a few years back, Creatures From the Abyss. One of the nuttiest films we’ve ever seen, it’s kind of like The Thing on the stormy high seas with a stranded horny circle of friends fightin’ mutant goober fish on an abandoned boob cruise, and we’re are ecstatic to finally be sharin’ it with ya!

So, let’s wrap this up and cannonball into this new episode below already!

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

SCREAMING AT HOW REDNECKS SAVED HOLLYWOOD WITH JOE BOB BRIGGS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! If ya haven’t been keepin’ up with our social media lately, then ya probably had no clue we hit the highways and dieways this past weekend to see one of the biggest names in horror hostin’ next to Elvira and the Mystery Science Theater 3000 gang, Joe Bob Briggs. The legendary drive-in critic made a rare trip to the Queen city of North Carolina as part of his How the Rednecks Saved Hollywood tour, and we were all too excited to see the master at work.

We didn’t know what to expect upon our arrival, but the settin’ was surprisingly casual compared to other celebrity centered shindigs we’ve attended. Set up in an event space on the fringes of Charlotte, NC, there were no masses of people throwin’ elbows to bottle neck into a gymnasium or squads of tenacious bouncers barkin’ how long you could stand anywhere. Quite the opposite. Parkin’ was a breeze, there weren’t any lines to get into the buildin’, and we happily strolled into a space that felt like a barn crossed with a basement with its doors wide open to the warm Spring evenin’ outside.

Inside, ratty posters of yesteryear’s redneck flicks were sparsely hung on the painted concrete walls above decorative spotlights, one of which beamed on a marquee proudly remindin’ us the drive-in would never die. The stage was ready as it’d ever be with a podium adorned with a movie reel. Clips of hootin’ truckers played ‘cross a projection screen with songs like “Convoy” and a redneck rendition of “Thunderstruck” playin’ over the sound system while an enthusiastic audience member failed to get a chorus goin’. A modest head count of maybe 200 fans chatted happily among themselves in anticipation despite sittin’ in the world’s most uncomfortable foldin’ chairs that have to have been donated by a local chiropractor needin’ work. Some of these fans had other reasons to jump out of their seats, however, ’cause immediately to our right, Joe Bob was already greetin’ his fans and takin’ pictures.

First steps in the door, and our minds are already blown! We’ve become so used to the talent bein’ on lockdown ’til an event was over and only accessible under the most controlled circumstances at a designated time and place (usually behind a velvet rope in beach tent), but here’s Joe Bob livin’ it up with folks without a single wrangler in sight! It was all so laid back with everyone bein’ on their best behavior and simply approachin’ him for a handshake or picture. An even bigger bonus was his latest mail girl Darcy (Diana Prince) bein’ there, who we didn’t even know was part of this tour. Seems she has roots in this neck of the woods and even has connections to the Carolina Panthers which warranted a visit from their mascot, Sir Purr, who came dressed as the werepanther from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. Needless to say, the atmosphere got much livelier when he popped in on the scene and showered Joe Bob with some NFL themed gifts.

‘nother shockin’ bonus was Joe Bob’s surprise guest from Alaska, MonsterVision’s most popular mail girl, Rusty! Jumpin’ jack-o-lanterns! That was quite the photo opportunity for fans, ’cause Joe Bob said this was the first time two of his mail girls had ever been in the same place at the same time. It was even funnier when our favorite ghost girlfriend Mandy told us later Rusty was darin’ her to peek in the little boos room for fun.

Anyway, it came time for the show to start, Darcy and Sir Purr said “Here’s Joe Bob!” and we kicked our boots up to an impressive 2.5 hour speech on how rednecks saved Hollywood’s ass with uncensored Joe Bob commentary supported by tons of pictures, trailers, and clips. Now, we feel like it’s a losin’ battle when we want to share a single thought with folks sometimes, so it’s damn impressive to watch anyone hold a crowd’s attention for nearly three hours and still have ‘nough gas in the tank for ‘nother meet and greet afterward. Wow!

But before we tell ya ’bout meetin’ the man himself, we’ll give you Scream Freaks some of the highlights from his speech without costin’ Joe Bob any future ticket sales. In a nutshell, he starts off with a lot of historical facts regardin’ where rednecks come from, who gave them their label, and how their culture came to be mirrored in Hollywood. From there, he took us through the many phases of redneck cinema from its comedic sing-song glory days to its two-fisted, car crashin’ heyday. He shared its darker side from underage marriage themes to rapin’ killbillies, and gave insightful commentary on why they make for the perfect politically correct villain of all time. By the end, the most important things we took away it all was Li’l Abner is the first comic character to ever made into a movie, Slingblade trumps Forrest Gump, Burt Reynolds was the redneck king, and we all need to show more pride in bein’ Ernest P. Worrell fans.

After Joe Bob wrapped everythin’ up with what he considers to be the greatest redneck movie of all time, we were quick to haul ass over to his table by the door where he immediatley plopped down for ‘nother round of meet and greets. The first person we met with high-fives was Darcy the mail girl who is incredibly nice and sociable. We had been tweetin’ back and forth with her, so she knew we were comin’ out and recognized us by our Screaming Soup! logo we were proudly wearin’. ‘course we had to back up our own excitement and reintroduce ourselves as people versus the animated characters she’s become familiar with which felt strange and funny to do. We gave Darcy some Screaming Soup! magnets and tradin’ cards as a gift, and just as that conversation was warmin’ up, we suddenly found ourselves up next to speak with one of our show’s biggest inspirations.

Thinkin’ ’bout this moment for months, we really wanted to make a memorable impression on Joe Bob with a gift no one else had thought of. Earlier this year, he wrote an article for Taki’s Magazine called Gillette Can Kiss My Smooth Cheeks where he proclaimed an exaggerated love for the Gillette Fushion5 ProShield razor. Who’d think to give a horror aficionado a razor, right? Well, we shake his hand, say howdy, show off our show’s logo for validation with Darcy runnin’ over tellin’ him, “You’re gonna know who they are!” and hand him the razor with some Screaming Soup! magnets and stickers attached. “Can’t have too many of these,” he said. After havin’ him sign a Last Drive-In poster tellin’ us to keep up the great work (which is now hangin’ in the Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits), we asked for a photo, and when he stood up -tarnations! Joe Bob is HUGE! We ain’t kiddin’, Scream Freaks. We think of ourselves as average sized folks, but Joe Bob towered a whole head over us with these long Slender Man limbs. It felt so weird when he put ’em ’round our shoulders for the photo, we had to re-position for a manlier lookin’ handshake ’cause we suddenly felt like children havin’ a picture taken with a big friendly giant. Wild stuff!

With a final thank you, we happily made our exit and hit the road back to the Howl Inn Grub & Spirits, where we hope to blazen as bright of a trail in horror hostin’ as Joe Bob and keep the tradition alive and well for future generations to pick up after us.

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

SCREAMING AT PET SEMATARY!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! While we’re hard at work animatin’ the next episode of Screaming Soup! ’til our hands are ’bout to literally fall off, we still tear ourselves away long ‘nough to check out the latest horror flicks hittin’ the big scream. Last week, we decided to indulge in a tub of popcorn and buckets of beer while watchin’ the newest Stephen King flick to be recycled, Pet Sematary.

For those out of the loop, King claims Pet Sematary is the scariest novel he’s ever written usin’ events from his own life as inspiration. Like all his books, Pet Sematary was adapted into a 1989 movie followed by a sequel that was a total product of Hollywood King washed his hands of. In nutshell, every Pet Sematary is ’bout a family movin’ to a remote home next to a cursed Indian burial ground. When loved ones start dyin’, a family member finds out the land can resurrect the dead, and tries bringin’ everyone back with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, folks come back different with a mean homicidal streak.

Full confession, half of us here at Screaming Soup! never watched the original flick from ’89. We’ve had a copy of it collectin’ dust on the shelf for years now but never made the effort to check it out. Mainly ’cause we always compared its ankle bitin’ killer to Chucky which is a stupid reason not to watch what so many people told us is the scariest movie they’ve ever seen, but that’s how our fucked up noodles work. Plus, we saw the sequel with the kid from Terminator 2 which we’re big fans of, and didn’t think a possessed little boy story could compete. But with the arrival of the newest take on the film in the wake of Stephen King redux, we finally tried to make a movie night out of it, but Mandy’s got her hang ups ’bout animal deaths, and those of us who already saw it were too scared to watch it again. No shit!

So, we went into the newest Pet Sematary as novice without any thoughts or feelin’s for the original distractin’ us from judgin’ how good or bad it is.

When a doctor’s daughter is taken from him by high speed textin’ and drivin’, he refuses to say good-bye and uses cursed Indian grounds behind his house to resurrect her with violent consequences. This remake essentially follows the same beats as the ’89 Pet Sematary but is a bizarro version with most situations and actions flipped to keep it “unexpected.” We think the film looks great and has a compellin’ cast of actors that includes a talented pussy cat who proves practical pets are scarier than any CGI critter, but the whole thin’ of characters bein’ haunted by ghosts from their pasts feels too disconnected from the plot, and the pacin’ of the family’s reunion with their daughter seems rushed ‘stead of impactful. A decent 3/5 watch overall, but not good ‘nought to wanna see it again anytime soon.

While we still haven’t seen the original Pet Sematary (which will change sooner than later), we are familiar with its theme song by the Ramones we included in our Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits Jukebox Playlist. It’s different, catchy, and makes for a hell of a karaoke song if ya ever get the chance to sing it at the bar the next time ya go out for drinks. We’re bringin’ this ol’ diddy up, ’cause even this got a remake by a band called Starcrawler which has been gettin’ mixed reviews. It’s not radically different and is okay at best, but what do y’all think?

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

SCREAMING AT THE NEWEST TWILIGHT ZONE SERIES!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! It’s been 60 years since Rod Serling helped home audience unlock a door into another dimension with the key of imagination, but since Hollywood can never retire a good idea, The Twilight Zone has been revived once again, promisin’ all the ironic twists and high brow suspense that made the original broadcast a classic. Hosted by Get Out and Us director Jordan Peele, the horror guru of the hour pulls double duty as an executive producer on Twilight Zone’s fourth iteration since the days of black and white idiot boxes and aims to recreate Serling’s world of shadows and substance while re-imaginin’ classic episodes. So, far . . . we ain’t too impressed.

Now, we like The Twilight Zone, but we’re the furthest thin’ from claimin’ to be its biggest fans ’round here. We watched the TV marathons on SyFy, recognize the iconic characters, read some of the comics, enjoy the movie from the ’80s, and remember Forest Whitaker bein’ the host at one point, but we’re just average fans who catch it every now and again on TV. That said, we kicked our boots up to watch the first two episodes of its latest comeback, “The Comedian” and “Nightmare at 30,000 Ft,” and were left pretty frustrated and mildly entertained at best.

The premier episode, “The Comedian,” is ’bout Tracy Morgan playin’ a magical negro who tells a failin’ comic to put more of his personal life in his act so the audience will connect with him better. The advice works, turnin’ the stand-up wannabe into an overnight success, but he soon realizes anyone he mentions in his jokes disappear from existence, because he’s surrendin’ these people in his life to the audience in an almost literal sense. Eventually, it becomes too much for the fella to keep erasin’ folks from history for instant fame which screws up his timeline, and he makes a joke at his own expense to fix everythin’ with him never bein’ born. This is a top shelf production from top to bottom, but what kills us ’bout this episode is its story. We get there’s a lot of subtext here with this bein’ some big metaphor for how comics alienate themselves exploitin’ their closest amigos on stage for a laugh, but the correlation between the jokes and the disappearances are all off. Is Tracy makin’ this stuff happen or pass some curse to the fame hungry comic? The comedian wants to be genuinely entertainin’, but once he knows he only needs to say one person’s name to be a hit for the night, why even bother with jokes? For an episode featurin’ stand-up comedy, couldn’t anyone tell any actual jokes? And what’s with the competin’ comic he accuses of runnin’ over folks at a bus stop? Is that a joke in poor taste or are we to believe that guy’s just happily walkin’ ’round without anyone givin’ him shit for killin’ families?

The next episode is a re-imaginin’ of the original series’s classic “Nightmare at 20,000 Ft,” “Nightmare at 30,000 Ft.” ‘stead of Billy Shatner losin’ his shit watchin’ a carpet monster tear his flight apart in the air, this sky high scare follows a passenger who discovers an audio device that provides a blow by blow description of how his plan crashes as if it’s an unsolved mystery from the past. Scared the recordin’s not a hoax, the journalist investigates the events before the plane’s predetermined expiration but ends up doin’ more harm than good. Now, this is The Twilight Zone we were expectin’. Dull tension with bits of paranoia, lotta dialogue, and an ironic twist endin’ we see comin’ a mile away. Plays like a formulaic EC comic book a high schooler can see through, but waaay better than “The Comedian”So, kind of a rocky start for the latest swing at The Twilight Zone, but that’s the forgivin’ beauty of an anthology series. Every new episode is a fresh start with a new creative team that’ll hopefully raise the bar for audiences’ expectations. And oh yeah . . . Peele does a pretty good job as the latest host to bookend these tales. Doesn’t have quite the same charisma as Serling, but ya can’t really compare anyone to that one of a kind personality!

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

SCREAMING AT IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS PROMOS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! We’ve been busier than Crystal Lake undertakers ’round here and for good reason! After we spent last week remindin’ ya’ll ’bout In Search of Darkness, the definitive documentary on ’80s horror, the fine folks behind this highly anticipated factoid flick hit us up with a butt load of sneak peeks and promoted us from sideline cheerleaders to official promoters! Yessir, armed with a bunch of stills and video snippets of interviews with some of horror’s hottest talents, we eagerly got to work preppin’ it for public consumption like only the web’s #1 animated horror hosts can.

Obviously, we aren’t the only online talent contacted for generatin’ buzz ’round this project, so we knew we needed to stand out from the other promoters throwin’ this stuff up on their YouTube channels. Most uploaded the videos the exact same way they were delivered to them, some added an openin’ message explainin’ the documentary to their fans, and others mix different promos together in the same post to hook viewers with a one-stop vid that saves them the trouble of huntin’ for everythin’. We decided to be more interactive than that, and with the filmmakers’ blessin’, hacked the promos up for our own animated presentation that’s in a league of its own.

With the final push for the documentary’s IndieGoGo campaign endin’ next week, we had to be quick on our feet and think of a comedic formula that merged the interview clips with our show in a way we could promote the documentary while havin’ good hearted fun at the interviewee’s expense. After hurlin’ heaps of spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks, our first animated promos can be found below with us kickin’ our boots up to Jeffrey Combs and flippin hat over spurs for the beautiful Barbara Crampton. These will be followed by us hecklin’ more insightful conversations in the next day or so with Keith David, Joe Bob Briggs, and the Angry Video Game Nerd. Thanks again to the In Search of Darkness crew for allowin’ us to do this. Enjoy!

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

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