SCREAMING AT HALLOWEEN 2018

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Yee-ow! Our ears are burnin’, and we think it’s ’cause y’all wanna know if we saw the new Halloween do-over yet and what we thought of it. Well, we sure as shootin’ saw that sucker the second it hit the silver screams in our parts, and let us tell ya . . . it ain’t bad! 

We had our hang-ups goin’ into this shake-up of such a beloved horror series, but we survived Halloween: H20 and Rob Zombie’s attempts at resettin’ the Halloween timeline, so how much worse could this be? Honestly, we think the trailers come off kind of silly lookin’ like Laurie’s been sittin’ on her porch with a shotgun for 40 years, waitin’ for Michael to come after her like he’s set to go off on significant anniversaries of that infamous night from ’78. Makes sense if Michael and Laurie still had that siblin’ rivalry revealed in the original part two from ’81, but we knew goin’ into this flick the filmmakers nixed all that, leavin’ Michael without any motivation for bein’ obsessed with a random girl he tried to kill one night.

Havin’ seen the movie now, the characters and their motivations make sense and the story’s not quite as ludicrous as the trailers hint. For starters, all the waitin’ and paranoia bullshit completely stems from Laurie who suffers from some serious post traumatic stress the last 40 years. She’s a damaged character who is just mentally ruined by that night in ’78 and copes by bein’ a survivalist nut while buildin’ up Michael’s bogeyman lore the same way Dr. Loomis did in past movies. In reality, or at least the way we see it, Michael’s just been chillin’ at Smith’s Grove Sanitarium these last 40 years, probably never even thinkin’ ’bout that one girl that got away. In fact, nothin’ he does is motivated or even aimed at Laurie or her family. Without seein’ or hearin’ from Laurie since ’78, Michael simply escapes a bus transportin’ him to a maximum security prison and then kills folks left and right without rhyme or reason like a shark attackin’ anythin’ that moves. He coincidentally runs into a lot of folks associated with Laurie’s family which makes sense for a small town, but the only reason he reunites with Laurie is due to outside forces literally puttin’ her in his homicidal path. Michael was never huntin’ her ’til he was practically dumped at her doorstep.

The film’s good overall. Mandy loved it, givin’ it her own 5/5, but we agree there’s some questionable castin’ and were a little frustrated at first when it seems Laurie’s 40 year master plan is to shoot Michael in the face which goes south pretty quick. We don’t like how much of old man Michael we see without his mask, but was impressed with the filmmakers keepin’ with the continuity of his eye bein’ fucked up from Laurie stabbin’ him with the coat hanger in the original film. And while they do away with all the supernatural thorn cult stuff that supposedly explained why Michael was such an invincible super slasher, he’s still a killer with juggernaut strength like in Halloween 4, crushin’ skulls and bustin’ through barriers.

What’s a little disappointin’ is the level of involvement from the original talents and filmmakers from Halloween ’78 that initially got fans like us excited for this reinvention of the franchise. Namely director John Carpenter, and Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprisin’ their iconic roles as Laurie and the shape. Carpenter’s only back in the game as an executive producer, leavin’ the directin’ and writin’ to newer blood, but makes his presence felt as one of the three composers providin’ a synth score that reinvigorates the original theme he created decades ago. It’s always fun to watch Jamie fight Michael again, but we already blew our comeback load with H20, so this repeat performance is already tainted by that, even with her new approach to playin’ Laurie as an agoraphobic survivalist. Her co-star Nick Castle jumps back in the coveralls to resume his gig as one of the many folks to play Michael in ’78, but just like then, he shares the role with another actor in the 2018 version, makin’ it almost impossible to know when it’s him for nostalgic enjoyment.

The pros greatly outweigh the cons, however, and we promise ya the movie is worth the ticket of admission and a great way to celebrate this Halloween season. It’ll definitely be some time before we can process how it compares to the past movies and where it fits on our list of best to worst Myers films though. But in the meantime, Mandy’s already wantin’ to see it a second time, and we’re not far behind her!

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!

For all you fearmakers out there workin’ on your next scary feature, remember to shoot it our way as an entry in our Scream Freak Film Contest! Three winners will be reviewed in our 50th episode and promoted to all the Scream Freaks lookin’ for the next big thing Hollywood’s too scared to capitalize on. The deadline is open ’til we publish our 49th episode!

And remember to deface your calendars for Screaming Soup!’s first official convention appearance at Mad Monster Party Carolina Feb. 22-24 2019 where you can meet and greet the talents behind your favorite animated horror host show for free autographs!

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

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SCREAMING AT UPCOMING APPEARANCES

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Hope you’re havin’ a scary fun October so far as ghosts and ghouls invade the yards of your neighborhood and the aisles of your local stores overflow with truckloads of eerily themed treats and cool new scares to decorate your abode with. Some of the best finds we’ve seen this year include a werewolf skin rug from Big Lots, a life-like animated owl from Halloween Express, prop replicas of Slimer at Spirit Halloween, and Target has a nice load of sensor activated doo-dads that brought goofy grins to our mugs.

So, there’s been a lot goin’ on since our review of Prophecy. In case you haven’t heard yet, there’s a fan made documentary bein’ produced, In Search of Darkness, and it focuses on nothin’ but ’80s horror movies and why the horror community is obsessed with it. We heard some buzz ’bout this thing on social media for a while but didn’t get excited ’til we saw the trailer below which got us pumped and runnin’ to show it off to like-minded freaks and creeps. We read up on the filmmakers involved and our contemporary web show personalities whose commentaries would be featured in it, and expressed our disappointment on Twitter we missed out on the chance to be included. Well, the producers saw our tweet and fired us an invite right away! The deadline to turn this in is comin’ fast , so we’re hurryin’ to animate material of us sharin’ our favorite things ’bout ’80s horror you may very well be seein’ next year in the documentary. Fangs crossed, right?!

A more definite appearance you can bank on, however, will be February 22-24, ’cause we’re finally gettin’ off our asses and makin’ our first convention appearance. Yessir, you heard right. Next year, we’ll be at Mad Monster Party Carolina in Charlotte, NC and we aim to make one hell of an impression screamin’ the word of our show to every bystander who even looks our way. This has been a long time dream of ours to do, but we kept draggin’ our boots and never went for it ’til now ’cause we finally squared away enough greenbacks to build the booth presence we always wanted. We’ll have a life-size character from the show, TVs playin’ our greatest scenes, free autographs from the voice actors, and some promotional freebies for folks to take home and look us up. If everything goes well enough, this will be the start of regular appearances and next year we’ll be able to afford some merch for y’all to buy. We can’t wait!

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’.

For all you fearmakers out there workin’ on your next scary feature, remember to shoot it our way as an entry in our Scream Freak Film Contest! Three winners will be reviewed in our 50th episode and promoted to all the Scream Freaks lookin’ for the next big thing Hollywood’s too scared to capitalize on. The deadline is open ’til we publish our 49th episode!

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 PROPHECY!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Strap in for a haunted trail ride, ’cause we’re hitchin’ up to save Billy from hell where the Iron Horsemen of Doom wanna sacrifice our favorite mascot for end of days kinda trouble. Tarnations, this is gonna be tougher than our third and fourth seasons combined! Especially since we gotta get past one particular cursed obstacle who’s none to happy we’re cuttin’ through his yard to get to where we’re goin’. But we’ll get to that trouble in the episode below . . .

This time ’round, we review one of our personal favorite horror flicks we’ve waited years to share with ya – Prophecy! Yessir, not to be confused with those Christopher Walken flicks ’bout feudin’ angels, this is a late ’70s environmental terror that’ll leave ya too scared to ever picnic in the woods again for fear inside out jelly sausage bears will tear ya limb from limb and wipe its asses with ya like a Charmin commercial. It’s been years since we first saw it, but this movie’s tension never loosened its grip on us with its spine tinglin’ sequences of an unforgettable monster huntin’ likable heroes against an epically desolate backdrop. While it’s true Prophecy has been a target of ridicule over the decades and was even the winner of the Son of Golden Turkey Awards for worst killer bear movie, we defiantly scoff at the popular vote and stand by this monster romp for reasons you just gotta see for yourself in the vid below!

But before you jump headfirst into our newest review, here’s some quick updates. We’re still workin’ on the scripts for our review of the Halloween comics, and aimi’ to throw that Graphic Violence review up next. The Screaming Soup! comic is ready to be drawn when we can find the time, and be sure to ask your comic shop for the third issue of Dollman comin’ out this week, ’cause one of the alternate covers is ours! Not to mention, we got an even more bad-ass lookin’ parody ad inside for an 8 bit Puppet Master game you’re gonna wish was real!

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’.

For all you fearmakers out there workin’ on your next scary feature, remember to shoot it our way as an entry in our Scream Freak Film Contest! Three winners will be reviewed in our 50th episode and promoted to all the Scream Freaks lookin’ for the next big thing Hollywood’s too scared to capitalize on. Deadline’s 8/20/18, so hurry!

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 HALLOWEEN DISTRACTIONS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Took us awhile to get back here to ya, but we’ve been stupidly distracted by the newest tricks and treats hittin’ stores in time for Halloween. While we haven’t made the rounds to all of our familiar terror-marts just yet, the handful we have visited had enough new merch to make us scream with joy! Lifesize animatronic props of Jack Skeleton and Sally, Ouija themed dinnerware, tons more Ghostbuster movie props includin’ big-ass Slimer decorations, werewolf throw rugs . . . it’s almost too much for our twisted minds to handle!

In case you missed our R-Rated Reviews Blog or tweets, we did see The Nun on its openin’ night last week, and that was pretty disappointin’ we’re sad to say . . .

THE NUN (2018)

A loose prequel to The Conjuring, nuns are droppin’ like Amityville flies when a demon pulls a sister act tryin’ to escape its confinement beneath a Romanian monastery, earnin’ it the attention of the Vatican who sends a priest and a psychic nun in trainin’ to investigate. I can’t tell much what happens after that, ’cause this movie is filmed so dark, the scariest part is me thinkin’ I’m goin’ blind! I guess it’s supposed to immerse us in the dark age settin’ with candles as folks’ primary weapon against the dark, but I gotta see what’s goin’ on to be scared, ’cause the sounds sure weren’t doin’ it. I also think the filmmakers banked too much on audiences bein’ spooked by the image of the nun alone and didn’t do enough to make me fear the character versus her uniform. I was also confused by Taissa Farmiga starrin’ in this, ’cause I don’t pay attention to names and thought she was a young Lorraine Warren given she’s Vera Farmiga’s younger sister and all. Hangin’ nuns, possessions, romantic goat farmers, spittin’ locals, army of cloaks, watery graves, unholy seals, prayer circle bowlin’, ghost nuns, yappin’ nun corpses, folks buried alive, dead ringers symphony, supernatural visions, exorcism flashbacks, prayer galore, and a flock of dead birds! 3/5!

Of course, The Nun still packs the theaters as a loose Conjuring spin-off, makin’ it the #1 movie at the box office for now, but only time will tell if this lame Romanian excursion was really worth addin’ to James Wan’s filmography of booga boos. Hopefully we’ll have a better time watchin’ the upcomin’ Predator flick which looks more fun and better lit.

Regardin’ updates with our show, keep your peepers peeled for our next Screaming Soup! episode sometime in the next two weeks. We’re close to finishin’ the animation and should breeze right through the editin’ stage after that. As mentioned last time, we’re thinkin’ ’bout crankin’ out a new Graphic Violence inspired by the new Halloween movie and are currently writin’ the script for our review of every Michael Myers comic from Chaos’s run to even the special edition shorts released with DVDS and at conventions. We’ll be jumpin’ on that as soon as we wrap up the new episode, and somewhere in the mix of all that is us still findin’ spare time to work on drawin’ up that Screaming Soup! comic we told you we finished writin’ drafts for. Phew! Lot of work, but woowee, the end result will be incredibly rewardin’!

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’.

For all you fearmakers out there workin’ on your next scary feature, remember to shoot it our way as an entry in our Scream Freak Film Contest! Three winners will be reviewed in our 50th episode and promoted to all the Scream Freaks lookin’ for the next big thing Hollywood’s too scared to capitalize on. Deadline’s 8/20/18, so hurry!

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

Scream Freak Sparky 357’s fan art of his original monster hero hangin’ at the Howl-Inn Grub and Spirits with his favorite animated horror host. See the rest of Sparky 357’s fan art in the gallery!

 

SCREAMING AT TIME WARP HANGOVERS AND HALLOWEEN COMIC REVIEWS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Gonna keep this one short, ’cause we’re still recoverin’ from a mighty impressive production of “Rocky Horror Show” last night that had more dry humpin’ action than a lover’s lane packed with high school virgins on a Friday night! Now, we’ve been to numerous midnight movie rodeos to see this kooky celebration before, but this was pretty excitin’ stuff, ’cause it was our first time watchin’ it performed as a stage play versus a shadow cast mimickin’ a movie screen behind them. Luckily, the audience was still allowed to shout all the classic profanities when cued with hands full of props and alcohol, makin’ this an experience we won’t soon forget. Lots of impressive singin’, ingenious use of space, and it definitely had the most attractive and talented cast of yahoos we’ve ever seen parade around in sci-fi drag for this tireless cult phenomenon!

Anyway, for those on the edge of their bar stool waitin’ for the next excitin’ episode of Screaming Soup!, rest easy, ’cause it’s comin’. We’re tryin’ to wrap it up before we start on the next parody ad for Full Moon’s Dollman Kills the Full Moon Universe comic, and we’re already 2/3 through the animation. Woo doggy, we can’t wait for y’all to see what’s comin’! We’ve been experimentin’ with some new special effects that’re makin’ the animation look so good, we’re committin’ to this bein’ the best episode we’ve produced yet! There’s new villains, more danger, and a sneak peek at the literal hell to come for our gang.

On a side note, once we’re done with this episode, we’re strongly considerin’ doin’ a Graphic Violence video for Michael Myers’s run of comics in time for the new Halloween flick. Don’t hold us to it just yet, but we do have everyone of his comics and just finished rereadin’ them for all the notes so we can start writin’ a script. From Myers’s original foray into the funny books to his last sequential killin’ spree, we’ll discuss each series’ stories and their significance to the Halloween movies and their different timelines.

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’.

For all you fearmakers out there workin’ on your next scary feature, remember to shoot it our way as an entry in our Scream Freak Film Contest! Three winners will be reviewed in our 50th episode and promoted to all the Scream Freaks lookin’ for the next big thing Hollywood’s too scared to capitalize on. Deadline’s 8/20/18, so hurry!

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMIN’ AT PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Wanted to give y’all a shout out ’cause another week’s ’bout to slip by, and we don’t want ya thinkin’ we’ve forgotten ’bout ya with the recent boom of killer shark movies, Full Moon comic releases, and Puppet Master reboots bombardin’ us lately.

Speakin’ of which, many of ya have been askin’ for us to do a review of the newest Puppet Master flick since we reviewed every movie and comic of theirs so far, and we did just that. We didn’t have enough time to stop everythin’ and produce a full fledge video review, but we did publish the followin’ snack size review in our weekly R-Rated Review blog:

PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH (2018)

Decades after a Nazi toymaker named Toulon is gunned down by police for dealin’ in killer puppets and torture, fans of the macabre meet at a hotel convention to buy and sell the remainin’ puppets from his infamous collection. Before anyone can put in the first bid, however, Toulon speaks to his creations from the grave and commands them to kill anyone offendin’ the Third Reich’s sensibilities. Since the Puppet Master series has been stuck in World War II their last three movies, I can only guess this rowdy gang of Texan filmmakers got fed up and took it upon themselves to throw cash at Full Moon Empire for the right to reboot their favorite mascots for more modern mayhem. That said, I don’t mind the changes made to shake things up. Toulon’s and the puppets are just straight up evil with Toulon lookin’ like a cooked weenie, there’s no elixir, the puppets are mass produced with several versions of familiar faces in addition to a small army of new characters, and the gore is as over the top as the promos promise (though roughly executed at times). The biggest sour I have with this flick is its performances and editin’ which only musters as much energy as a Zoloft commercial, robbin’ this thing of any fun. And don’t expect the puppets to display any individual characteristics in this, ’cause they’re strictly home built weapons instead of reincarnated spirits of folks Toulon knew. Decapitations, impalements, stabbin’s, magic Nazi zombies, fatal freefalls, throats slittin’, disembowelment, inside out abortions through the vagina, fatties pissin’ on their own heads in the toilet, handful of boobs, folks drilled, arm rippin’, puppet smashin’, shoot outs, head crushin’, flyin’ puppets, murder house tours, human matchsticks, wall smashin’, baby doll Hitlers, human meat puppets, bloodbaths, rub-a-dub deaths, fast romances, truck rammin’, and Barbara Crampton sticks ’round most the movie as a bad ass cop! 3/5! 

In other news, we got our claws on the first issue of Dollman Kills the Full Moon Universe featurin’ artwork by yours ghoully, and looks damn good if we say so ourselves. It feels wild to see our work in mass print from such a famous movie studio as Full Moon Empire and can’t wait to pick up the followin’ issues with more of our parody ad work, and issue three will even have an alternate cover by us! And speakin’ of comics, we mentioned a while back we had interest in producin’ a four part prequel comic to Screaming Soup! and that’s still in the works. We just finished roughin’ the blueprints for all four issues and ready to start the next step of actually drawin’ these crazy packed funny books of your favorite animated horror host. It may take a while given our team’s animatin’ the show at the same time, but we’re makin’ sure it’ll be worth the wait.

Right now, we’ve got our undivided attention back on completin’ our apocalyptic goat opera that’s currently season five. This next excitin’ episode will bring you more characters, bad guys, monsters, and we may even lose some of the cast as the Howl-Inn gang sets out to rescue Billy from becomin’ doomsday shish kabob. It’s sure to be one to remember and a real turnin’ point for what to expect the rest of this season as the show literally goes to hell.

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’.

For all you fearmakers out there workin’ on your next scary feature, remember to shoot it our way as an entry in our Scream Freak Film Contest! Three winners will be reviewed in our 50th episode and promoted to all the Scream Freaks lookin’ for the next big thing Hollywood’s too scared to capitalize on. Deadline’s 8/20/18, so hurry!

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 PUPPET MASTER COMICS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! If you’ve been ’round since our fourth season, then you know this latest Graphic Violence is looong overdue. That’s right, before we work anymore on the next excitin’ chapter of our apocalyptic themed season, we finally take the time to check a major comic review off our to-do list–Puppet Master!

From their first funny book appearance in the Eternity comics from the ’90s to their recent 3 year stint at Action Lab, we cover the puppets’ entire sequential history in this video. We discuss the different series’ relations to the movies, explain how writers tried pluggin’ glarin’ plot holes created by the sequels, and finally get some answers to just how Toulon’s damn elixir works! And most importantly, we tell ya just what Toulon and his fightin’ splinters have been up to since their last modern adventure in part 5 . . . wait. Part 6 is modern, but is that a prequel or sequel? Oh, and I forget where Pupper Master Legacy fits into the timeline. Damn. See how confusin’ this all gets?!!

Anyway, get a crash course in the Puppet Master books below, find ya some trades afterward for maximum enjoyment, and stick ’round for a special message at the end that schools ya in how to find a lot of these older comics we like talkin’ ’bout.

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’.

For all you fearmakers out there workin’ on your next scary feature, remember to shoot it our way as an entry in our Scream Freak Film Contest! Three winners will be reviewed in our 50th episode and promoted to all the Scream Freaks lookin’ for the next big thing Hollywood’s too scared to capitalize on. Deadline’s 8/20/18, so hurry!

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 COMIC REVIEWS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! The art is prepped, the next review is cut together, and we’re jumpin’ face first into the initial stages for animatin’ the next excitin’ episode of Screaming Soup! with the gang goin’ on a rescue mission to save Billy from the clutches of the Iron Horsemen of Doom. Jumpin’ jack-o-lanterns, these are some excitin’ times to tune into our show!

In the meantime, we’re pretty pumped for Full Moon Empire’s new comic scheduled for release next month, Dollman Kills the Full Moon Universe. The first comic series featurin’ Charlie Bands’ characters to be published in-house, this mini-series guarantees to be a tour de slaughter of glorious mayhem as Dollman, a 13″ alien cop with an attitude, makes it his mission to obliterate all evil off the face of the Earth includin’ the Demonic Toys, Killjoy, Castle Freak, and even the Puppet Master characters! With out own artwork makin’ it into the comics, we’ve just been burstin’ with excitement ’bout all this and decided it was time to revisit a review that’s long past due.

As of right now, we’re workin’ on an all new Graphic Violence video that will review the entire run of Puppet Master comics from the ’90s Eternity issues through Action Lab’s stint that just recently ended. We had plans for this durin’ our fourth season while we were still in the middle of our crossover with Full Moon, but the animation got to be so epic, we had to put this particular review on the backburner ’til now. Actually works out better this way, ’cause with Action Lab’s licensin’ contract ended, we can now give y’all a complete review of that particular series with foreshadowin’ at the puppet’s return in these Dollman comics. Visit FullMoonComix.com to stay up to date on their shenanigans, be on the look out for our review sometime next week, and keep your eyes open at your local comic shop for Full Moon’s next excitin’ chapter in entertainment hittin’ the racks in August ’18!

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’.

For all you fearmakers out there workin’ on your next scary feature, remember to shoot it our way as an entry in our Scream Freak Film Contest! Three winners will be reviewed in our 50th episode and promoted to all the Scream Freaks lookin’ for the next big thing Hollywood’s too scared to capitalize on. Deadline’s 8/20/18, so hurry!

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 THE LAST DRIVE-IN WITH JOE BOB BRIGGS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Woowee, that was one doozy of a Friday the 13th if ya know what we mean, and we think ya do. Yup, horror host hall of famer Joe Bob Briggs was back in the national slimelight for one last hoorah with a live streamin’ marathon on Shudder called The Last Drive-In, featurin’ his long missed wisecracks and commentary the public’s been denied since MonsterVision‘s unfortunate cancellation on the TNT network back in 2000. As soon as news broke ’bout his comeback, die-hard Joe Bob fans’ heads exploded with joy and did all they could to prepare. Fans answered Joe Bob’s call for video testimonials to help seal Shudder’s commitment to the event, workin’ stiffs rearranged their lives to watch most if not all the marathon, online merchants raised the prices of Joe Bob’s inexpensive books, and overexcited parents and spouses corralled their loved ones ’round the TV to expose them to their own sick brand of nostalgic joy. Our gang was no different.

We made a testimonial video, blocked off time for the marathon, and brought our gang together to party and witness the return of one of our show’s biggest idols of horror host entertainment. The build-up to the event was especially surreal when Joe Bob responded to our video with a complimentary email, started respondin’ to our tweets here and there, and even hit us up after mentionin’ we had a script for a potential cameo/crossover with him on our show. Anticipation only grew more as Joe Bob gained momentum toward the marathon with online interviews, answerin’ fans ‘ questions on Reddit, and makin’ public appearances celebratin’ movies that were unknowingly part of the marathon at the time. Add all that with the hype this event was goin’ down the night of Friday the 13th, it was a perfect storm of expectations.

Scheduled to start at 9pm EST, Joe Bob would dominate Shudder TV’s livestream for roughly 26 hours, playin’ 13 horror flicks back to back. Followin’ the same format he had hostin’ Drive-In Theater and MonsterVision, Joe Bob returned on a set built to resemble his ol’ trailer home and effortlessly fell back into his familiar groove with openin’ rants ’bout today’s society, drive-in totals, intermittent movie trivia, answerin’ fan mail, and closin’ the whole shebang out with charmin’ jokes most PC millennials probably can’t stomach today. Kept under wraps ’til the marathon aired them one by one, here’s the roster of Joe Bob’s flicks in the order they were presented:

Now, this return to glory was advertised as a one time deal. Even Joe Bob himself warned fans in the promo this wasn’t planned to be published as a video on demand series anyone can watch at anytime anywhere. No sir, he practically double dog dared folks to a gruelin’ iron butt challenge if they wanted to witness his self proclaimed cicada song. Most scoffed at the idea of bein’ forced to watch somethin’ live given all the advancements in idiot box technology, but Joe Bob explains this madness in one of his weekly online articles he writes for Taki’s Magazine. In a nutshell, Joe Bob believes movies are somethin’ to be shared and experienced with others as a community and sees this feelin’ of cinematic communion fadin’ away with every yahoo spotted watchin’ movies on their handheld device by their lonesome in a bubble of solitude. That’s why he wanted to do this marathon via livestream so Joe Bob fans old and new could come together at the same time and place to celebrate the infamous three Bs: blood, breasts, and beasts. To paraphrase Joe Bob’s motivation any further would only do harm to his poetic wisdom, so we’ll stop while we’re ahead. If ya can spare a second from watchin’ Screaming Soup! on your iPhone from the toilet, we encourage you to give this incredibly insightful article a read. It serves as a prefect warm-up to the marathon.  Check it out HERE.

That said, whether folks read that inspirin’ article or not, Joe Bob’s dream of a united experience came true as homes ‘cross the nation shut out the rest of the world, saddled up in front of their boob tubes, and prepared for the return of their favorite drive-in critic. Super markets were sellin’ Lone Star beers by the case load, families were zappin’ the bejabbers out of bacon curls, and countless social media junkies hopped on Twitter to interact with Joe Bob who promised to be available durin’ the movie segments. As 9:00 rolled around, our gang joined a small army of horror fans tunin’ into Shudder’s livestream and  . . . nothin’. Blank screen, error messages, and endless loops of spinnin’ graphics.

What the ever lovin’ fuck?!!

By this point, we’re cursin’ our Roku, racin’ to log into Shudder on more than one computer, and strugglin’ to keep our cool as we desperately fumbled over every electronic device we own to be there for Joe Bob’s entrance which we think is the most important part of the marathon next to his exit. Believin’ everythin’ was failin’ us from bad internet connection to defective devices, we were smart enough to keep tabs on Joe Bob and Shudder’s Twitter accounts and felt easier after fans started postin’ the same problems with blank screens and error messages. Turns out so many people tuned in to watch Joe Bob, it crashed Shudder, and the hang-up was on their end. The Neilsen ratin’s just shit its pants! What’s that say ’bout someone’s popularity?

At this point, fans on Twitter held out hope for a quick fix to this technical hiccup. Joe Bob had full run of Shudder’s Twitter account for the first movie and maintained a lighthearted atmosphere with reposts of fan’s funnier reactions to the disruption while Shudder officials kept viewers up to date they were hurryin’ to fix the problem. After ’bout three hours and still no sign of Joe Bob, patience was wearin’ thin. While we were comically on the edge of our bar stools like gargoyles when we weren’t spot checkin’ different devices like decapitated chickens, other fans were a mixed bag of reactions durin’ the blackout. Most were obviously annoyed but kept a cool head waitin’ this disaster out. Others expressed their embarrassment at holdin’ guests and family TVs hostage ’til the show came on. For once, the suspense was killin’ us waitin’ for Shudder to load!

Then there were the groups of more irate fans thinkin’ this was all a plan for the man to stick it to them. See, there’s a number of fans who weren’t already Shudder subscribers, so these folks took advantage of Shudder’s free 7 day trial for the sole purpose of watchin’ Joe Bob this one and only night. No biggie. We did that to binge Cobra Kai on YouTube Red. Anyway, after three to four hours of zilch, Shudder started tweetin’ apologies and how they’d make up for the inconvenience by re-airin’ the marathon next weekend. Well, next weekend ain’t Friday the 13th or enough time for some folks to rearrange their lives again, and most importantly, would be past the trial period meanin’ those particular fans would now have to pay a small subscription fee to watch the marathon. Understandably, this made them more upset than they already were. As soon as cynics’ blew up Shudder’s twitter with crooked conspiracies posts, the high sheriffs at Shudder went back on their promos and announced the first movie most everyone missed would be available on demand as soon as possible.

Well after midnight, our gang finally figured out the Shudder apps on our cellphones and iPads were workin’ and managed to tune into the marathon halfway through the second movie. The livestream issue for watchin’ the marathon on a TV was finally resolved sometime in the middle of the night, but there were still issues with it crappin’ out whenever a new movie started and not workin’ again ’til ’bout a quarter into the movie. Recognizin’ what was owed to the viewers when the marathon was all said and done, Shudder quickly made it a point to announce all the movies with Joe Bob’s segments would be posted as videos on demand through their various services and those are up as of now.

Ironic. Joe Bob’s wish was to bring all his fans together for this one of a kind experience, but it worked so well, it ultimately prevented them from enjoyin’ it to its fullest splendor. Despite this frustratin’ fail of technology, however, the loyalty of Joe Bob’s fan base and the underestimated kindness of the horror community powered through and endured all the glitches and crashes to Joe Bob’s final sign off late Saturday night. Talk ’bout sharin’ an experience, especially over social media. Fans tweeted supportive jokes to Joe Bob, acted as each other’s IT desk, and one fella with access to the marathon durin’ the blackout was sharin’ it with the rest of us through Twitch ’til they canned his ass, and now he’s gettin’ a t-shirt from Joe Bob for his efforts.

When everythin’ was workin’ for the most part, and we could get back to simply enjoyin’ a trip down memory lane with one of the hosts responsible for our humorous perspective on the horror genre, we’re here to tell ya Joe Bob Briggs was back and never missed a beat! Not that the man’s been out of practice whatsoever. If you’ve been keepin’ up with his career since his MonsterVision days, then you know he still books public discussions on film topics, tours the convention circuits, regularly works as a journalist, and continues to make appearances championin’ cult films and drive-ins. The man’s never stopped doin’ what he does best, it just hasn’t been on TV.

For the most part, the sweets of The Last Drive-In is Joe Bob stickin’ to his tried and true format he perfected while on the Movie Channel’s Drive-In Theater and TNT’s MonsterVision. What made it more interestin’ and fun was we got to see it unfiltered this time! Without any “high sheriffs” from the network tellin’ Joe Bob what he can and can’t say on screen or show in a movie, we finally got to see him in his prime. Joe Bob was droppin’ F bombs every so often, played uncensored flicks with all the boobs we could handle, and even went off on tangents ’bout penises more than once. You got to see it to disbelieve it!

Another sweet return many ’bout bulldozed Joe Bob to know beforehand was the mail girl. Numerous talents have toted Joe Bob’s mailsack full of letters from drive-in mutants and jailbirds over the years, and the honor this time out went to the beautiful Diana Prince, a cosplayer with an affinity for horror movies. Each mail segment, she’d walk on set dressed in an inventive costume inspired by the movie currently playin’ and always brought this energy we don’t think the show exploited enough. Joe Bob always had this comedic rapport with his mail girls that normally lead to tongue in cheek sexist remarks, but we didn’t feel that chemistry here. Be it how well Joe Bob and Diana did or didn’t know each other, or maybe some exec on the show thought folks would find it creepy if Joe Bob hit on her, we still think this was a missed opportunity to humorously have them play off each other as a 20th century horror fan tryin’ to understand or even tolerate a millennial horror fan. Untapped potential there, we tell ya what. The letters Joe Bob read were a little hit and miss as well, given (we believe) everythin’ was pre-recorded and he was readin’ emails and whatever from before the marathon ever started. That fan mail would have been waaay more interestin’ if they were read durin’ a literal live feed with all the technical difficulties goin’ on. For those wantin’ to see more of the dynamite Diana, you can look up her Twitter account, @kinky_horror, and let us know if ya find any photo collections of her outfits from the Last Drive-In, ya hear?

As far as the movies are concerned, that’s a sweet and sour combo for us. All of them were excellent picks that completely jive with Joe Bob’s style of hostin’ and the drive-in atmosphere he was aimin’ to give us, but we think they were a little stuck in the ’80s. A handful of the movies were pre-’80s with the oldest one bein’ Blood Feast from ’63, but the rest were from the ’80s with Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama as the most recent flick from ’88. As you can tell from our own reviews, we love horror movies from the ’80s and always get a kick from Joe Bob scrutinizin’ them. We just wanted to see him tackle at least one film from each decade after the ’80s, so we can get his two cents on horror’s progression into the 21st century, you know? We wanna hear all ’bout his feelin’s on the torture porn movement, the found footage boom, and maybe why Universal seems incapable of bringin’ their classic monsters back in a satisfyin’ movie. Shudder’s got plenty of these kind of movies, so why can’t we get just one recent flick to at least spark a conversation ’bout what to watch or who to watch for among today’s horror films?

We felt that way again when Joe Bob started talkin’ ’bout the history of horror hostin’ in the final stretch of the marathon which perked our ears right up. After instigatin’ a controversial debate with a valid argument John Zacherle, not Vampira, is history’s first true horror host with his act bein’ the format every horror host copycats to this day, he lectures on TV stations’ original need for horror hosts, highlights a few graveyard shift personalities, and wraps it all up with stories of his own run-ins with the late Zacherle who he feels deserved more recognition than he got. Again, we found ourselves frustrated at how the ’80s seem to be the stoppin’ point, and so badly wanted to know what Joe Bob thought ’bout horror hosting’s evolution into the digital age and how modern hosts’ platforms and audiences changes the game for better or worse. It’s like watchin’ one of them annoyin’ bio-pics of a musician’s life when the filmmaker’s end their story at the halfway point of their existence when they kick a drug habit or get married like in Ray or Walk the Line.

Regardless of all that, it was clear Joe Bob’s point was recognizin’ Zacherle as the true granddaddy of horror hostin’, and most importantly, a friend he could look up to. This was one of the most electric and vulnerable moments of the marathon when Joe Bob connected with us on a level we’ve never had before. While talkin’ ’bout Zacherle’s passin’ and what it was like to work with the original horror host legend a few times, Joe Bob shared words of wisdom the Cool Ghoul imparted to him with a near crackin’ voice. “He knew the journey was not about the stage, it was about the life and the joy you create while you’re standing on it.” After that, he dedicated his final movie of the night to Zacherle with an almost teary eyed stare that was an unexpected but touchin’ moment we don’t think any fan could have anticipated.

In our opinion, Scream Freaks, the marathon was a success, technical difficulties and all. Whether you watched it durin’ the livestream or after the fact on demand, Joe Bob gave this program his all, and we relished every second of it. From his disgusted explanation of the schizo titlin’ and marketin’ of the Demons sequels, to singin’ Big Foot songs with a ‘squatch hunter, makin’ us look-up what the Kuleshov effect is, and talkin’ deformed penises with Sleepaway Camp star, Felissa Rose, we were lucky enough to finally be allowed a glimpse at Joe Bob Briggs at his best without any interference. It was so fun, 26sh hours passed like nothin’, and we sadly watched our long awaited drive-in critic exit the stage once more. That is, ’til he strolled back seconds later and burned a hauntin’ image in our brains of him sittin’ quietly in the dark as the credits rolled, leavin’ us to wonder where cicadas disappear to?

For those of ya needin’ a little pick me up after such a surprisingly movin’ finale, we want to share this vid with ya that was Joe Bob’s last broadcast from his time hostin’ Drive-In Theater on the Movie Channel. He never got the chance to say good-bye to his fans when MonsterVision was suddenly canceled, but he was given enough of a heads up before Drive-In’s demise. You’ll notice a lot of similarities to his sign-off from the marathon, and even get to hear a lot of behind the scenes secrets you may have never known before. This just serves to remind y’all you never know what’s comin’ next, so like his jump from the Movie Channel to TNT, who knows where Joe Bob will turn up!

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’.

For all you fearmakers out there workin’ on your next scary feature, remember to shoot it our way as an entry in our Scream Freak Film Contest! Three winners will be reviewed in our 50th episode and promoted to all the Scream Freaks lookin’ for the next big thing Hollywood’s too scared to capitalize on. Deadline’s 8/20/18, so hurry!

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

PS

We know everyone’s been watchin’ that interview Joe Bob had with James Rolfe the week before the marathon, but we’re much bigger fans of this interview where Joe Bob goes way more in depth with his time hostin’ MonsterVision to its unfortunate end. Enjoy!

SCREAMING AT HARDWARE AND DEATH MACHINE!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Throw your claws in the air and scream, ’cause it’s time for an ALL NEW episode of Screaming Soup! Durin’ your last visit to the Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits, things were gettin’ pretty damned hectic with the arrival of the Iron Horsemen of Doom. These mean hombres wanna send the Crosslands back into the dark ages to return their fallen masters to power, and they need our Billy to do it! Tarnations! Big top bar brawls, nuclear crossovers, and now this?!

Good thin’ we got plenty of movies to help us cope with all the stress, and this time ’round, we take a look at two rock ’em sock ’em battle bot flicks from the ’90s called Hardware and Death Machine. Late to the party, we neglected these techno nightmares for far too long and are more than happy to finally check them off our bucket list. We were completely in the dark regardin’ Hardware for the longest time but hunted this sucker down after readin’ a pretty enamored review in Fangoria’s book, 101 Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen. Death Machine, on the other claw, is somethin’ we regretfully passed up in the video aisles for years, never suspectin’ that ambiguous box art was giftwrappin’ a unique mish mash of movie mayhem we’ve come to love and always on the lookout for. Thank Craven for Netflix offerin’ this at one point and helpin’ correct the errors of our ignorant ways.

But enough ’bout that. You’re eager to watch the new episode, we’re anxious to show it, so skip on down and get on with it for both our sakes. Let’s rewatch this sucker ’til our eyes bleed and then catch back up with the new Joe Bob Briggs marathon on Shudder this comin’ weekend, what do ya say?

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’.

For all you fearmakers out there workin’ on your next scary feature, remember to shoot it our way as an entry in our Scream Freak Film Contest! Three winners will be reviewed in our 50th episode and promoted to all the Scream Freaks lookin’ for the next big thing Hollywood’s too scared to capitalize on. Deadline’s 8/20/18, so hurry!

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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