SCREAMING AT GHOULS’ NIGHT OUT!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! We’ve got quite a treat planned for you this week as the dark cosmos aligns and brings together 3 of horror entertainment’s favorite gals. Streamin’ LIVE this Saturday night (7/15/17) at 8pm PST on the Horror Addicts’ YouTube channel (click HERE to book mark it), hostess Gory B. Movie invites the Homicidal Homemaker and our very own ghost girlfriend Mandy to cook up trouble and discuss our shows while drinkin’ some deadly concoctions.

For those unfamiliar with these gore gore girls, Horror Addicts is a family themed show created by Gory and her husband Danny Knightmare. No strangers to the horror community, they network with a lot of today’s online talents, includin’ yours truly with a guest appearance in our episode Deadwest Screams at Frankenhooker! and even guest hosted a review on Bloodbath & Beyond’s YouTube channel. Their vids normally range from movie reviews to unboxin’s, and of course, Ghouls’ Night Out which features an impressive roster of women who know their Frankensteins from their Frankenstein’s monsters. With past guests on Ghouls’ Night Out includin’ Spooky Astronaut, Lady Hellbat of The Batcave, and Horrorgal, we’re proud to be counted among such frightful fun.

Sharin’ the night with Mandy will be Kaci Hansen, another horror hostess better known as the Homicidal Homemaker. But rather than review trashy movies, she serves up appetizin’ dishes inspired by them in a horror themed cookin’ show! Whether it’s Halloween or a poltergeist party, the Homicidal Homemaker offers several easy to follow recipes that make for some screamin’ displays of culinary goodness. She’ll teach you to mix a Twin Peaks cocktail, make bloody custard ears from Dead Alive, or whip up some macaroni brain salad to satisfy your horrendous hunger.  Even if your not a cook lookin’ for new ideas in the kitchen, Homemaker kicks up her show’s entertainment value with impressive parody skits (our favorite is the pool party) along with additional unboxin’ vids and food reviews. You can check out her YouTube channel HERE. Rumor has it the girls are askin’ Homemaker to think up some new poison for them to drink Saturday night, and it’s sure to be sinfully sweet.

As for our favorite ghostly girlfriend, Mandy will be takin’ a break from the disastrous war that’s been upsettin’ things around here and kickin’ back at the Howl-Inn for this shin-dig. She’ll be talkin’ about Screaming Soup! teamin’ up with Full Moon, tease at things to come in our next episode on 7/20/17, and may even share a picture that helps you freaks see who’s fillin’ that dress! You should also know this live stream will have a chat room for fans to talk to each other and the girls. So, any burnin’ questions you have can be answered on air or in the chat room by Mandy. Other members of Screaming Soup! will be in the chat room on and off durin’ the stream if you wanna ask them any questions.

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

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

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT MANDY’S EASTER CONTEST!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! It ain’t quite here yet, but Easter’s hoppin’ up on us, and our favorite ghostly girlfriend Mandy’s got some prizes to give away. We’re askin’ all you Scream Freaks out there to dig into that humorously dark part of your brain and tweet us the scariest thing about the Easter Bunny with the hashtag #BillyBunny. The tweets will be reviewed by your favorite animated horror hosts here at Screaming Soup!, and our favorite tweet will win a copy of Easter Sunday starrin’ Robert “Maniac Cop” Z’Dar along with other random Easter swag.

What is it with holiday characters anyway? Why is part of their celebrated charm breakin’ into your home and doin’ stuff when you’re sleepin’? Santa expects milk and cookies, Tooth Fairy steals your teeth, leprechauns wreck your shit, ghosts and goblins want candy, and the Easter Bunny either leaves you a basket of chocolate or 2nd Christmas goodies dependin’ on how rich your parents are. It’s no wonder these fantasy creatures are so easily imagined as horror villains, ’cause it ain’t that big a stretch for the imagination to think of these invasive boogey men as Medusa monsters you’re not suppose to see creepin’ around you.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen Easter Sunday yet, it’s a cheap holiday horror that definitely belongs with other like-minded classics like Thankskilling. A bunny mask wearin’ psycho’s Easter massacre is stopped by Sheriff Z’Dar, but it’s rabbit season all over again when some yahoos accidentally resurrect the slasher’s soul years later for some Easter fun. Mandy’s plannin’ a full review for this one later on, so all we’ll say for now is if you like grindhouse inspired flicks, chatty slashers, and gory eye gags, then this is right up your alley!

Contest ends Saturday 4/8/17 and the winner will be announced 4/10/17! Be dark, be funny, be creative, and don’t forget to add #BillyBunny so we can find it!

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

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

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

SCREAMING AT RIVERDALE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                    -Veronica Lodge

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

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

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

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

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

-Mandy

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

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

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

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

 

SCREAMING AT THE BYE BYE MAN!

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

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“Let’s start with the name.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Mandy

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

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

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

See ya later, Scream Freaks!

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SCREAMING AT BRUCE CAMPBELL WITH A TRIBUTE VIDEO!

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

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

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

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

Other than that, keep checking back here every day for more “Bruce Campbell VS” and “Mandy’s I Can’t Believe They Have Pumpkin,” and be sure to catch up on all the latest Screaming Soup! episodes so far for season 2 before seeing the season finale 10/20/15 with special guests, the Ghouligans (www.theghouligans.com)! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our Youtube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.

Bruce Campbell filmography included in this tribute:

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