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!

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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!

SCREAMING AT IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! While shyin’ away from all the mama drama stalker flicks definin’ 2019 as late, we’ve been hard at work creatin’ more content while findin’ new ways to network our show to a wider audience. One of these attempts was answerin’ an open call for interviews bein’ requested for an in depth factoid flick claimin’ to be the definitive ’80s documentary of horror, In Search of Darkness.

When we first saw the trailer advertisin’ this project’s Kickstarter last year, sweet sugar pumpkins, we were hooked! If this sample is a genuine taste of what’s to come, we’d be stupid to pass up the chance at bein’ part of somethin’ the horror community’s so enthusiastic ’bout, they gave the filmmakers nearly four times the budget they asked for to finish it! Packin’ in as much material as they can from ’80-’89, the filmmakers are coverin’ all the bases with commentary on horror’s significance to the VHS boom, its unforgettable poster art, and nods to movies as obscure as Xtro to mainstream hits like Friday the 13th. Obviously, there’s goin’ to be interviews, and this ambitious crew’s been proudly updatin’ their followers with a slew of interviews they scored with horror hall-o-fame directors, actors, effects wizards, and even a handful of today’s influencers like us.

Yup, famous online commentators on yesteryear’s horror like the Angry Video Game Nerd and GoodBadFlicks have been officially announced as part of the documentary’s line-up of talkin’ heads, and fangs crossed, we’ll be joinin’ them! After hittin’ up the documentary’s production company, CreatorVC Studios, for what to do, they fired us a list of burnin’ questions we answered in our own animated way. For y’all’s entertainment (’cause even if it’s accepted, there’s no chance it’ll all be used), enjoy our insightful and uncut interview we submitted to the fine people behind In Search of Darkness.

Now, while In Search of Darkness ain’t due for a few months, there’s still a lot you can gain by visitin’ their IndieGoGo page. Ya get all the gritty details for release dates and which talents’ faces they crammed with a camera, and find plenty of deals and opportunities for perks that include early bird digital releases, posters, t-shirts, and even producer credits. Find it all here at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/in-search-of-darkness#/

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!

SCREAMING AT BRAINSTORMING!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Things have certainly calmed down ’round here since our visit to Mad Monster Party, and we’re back at the grindstone workin’ on new content for the show as we speak. New audio tracks have been laid for the next excitin’ episode, there’s new pin-ups of your favorite Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits hotties comin’, we’re ’bout to jump on editin’ our long overdue review of every Michael Myers comic, and currently wrappin’ up commercial spots we’ve been animatin’ for new Roku channels we’re contactin’ to play reruns of Screaming Soup!

Aside from all that, we’ve also been spendin’ a lot of time thinkin’ of ways to keep our YouTube channel more lively since our output significantly slowed down thanks to bein’ more ambitious with the animation which takes a little longer. Some ideas we’ve tossed ’round are more reviews of a specific theme without the animated bookends like Graphic Violence and Re-Animated Reviews to fill in the gaps between episodes. We’re brainstormin’ vids focused on horror trivia horror newbies should know, extreme horror movies for cinema sickos, black and white horror flicks that don’t suck . . . Another thought we had was to maybe turn our R-Rated Reviews blog into weekly 15-30 minute podcast kinda videos with us discussin’ the movies we recently checked out. The blog would still be updated like normal, but y’all would get a more lively unscripted review of these movies with back and forth chatter among your favorite characters. Let us know what you’d be most interested in seein’!

We’re also revisitin’ the idea of creatin’ a Patreon account. We always hesitated before, ’cause we couldn’t think of any good incentives we could offer and easily keep up with, but after a lot of research and talkin’ with fellow YouTubers, we think we might have somethin’ that can work. But no worries! An incentive will never be the ability to watch our show, ’cause that will ALWAYS be free to watch. The incentives we’re considerin’ have more to do with behind the scenes access and Screaming Soup! merch of some kind.

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!

SCREAMING AFTER THE MAD MONSTER PARTY ENDS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Well, Mad Monster Party came, we went, and we did our best to promote our show while learnin’ the ropes as first time vendors for three straight fun packed days. There were wacky shorts in the film festival, bodacious dancers in the burlesque show, an asylum’s worth of clowns, tons of unique horror merch, and ‘nough celebritites to keep two rooms of wanderin’ fanatics happy.

When all was said and done, we definitely feel like we grew Screaming Soup!’s fan base. We kept our fliers stocked on every table we could possibly find, proudly wore our logo wherever we went, and met a bunch of new fans who watched our show and skits playin’ in the film festival all weekend. Makin’ a name for ourselves in this outlet of the horror community did have its challenges, however.

After all, we’re an unknown entity in a sea of familiar movie memorabilia and horror hall of famers with instant recognition, so it’s hard to compete for folks’attention. The most surprisin’ thing were the unexpected reactions our booth yielded after months of careful plannin’. For instance, it was unbelievable how many folks completely missed our display’s TVs playin’ our show. Even when someone did see them, we still had to help them put two and two together the footage was from the show our entire booth was advertisin’.  One person even admitted how long it took for them to realize the 6’ tall Deadwest prop in front of it all was the star of what they were seein’ onscreen. Now, we’re not insulted by any of this, so this ain’t ventin’, but it’s wild how all of our careful plannin’ for a cool lookin’ booth display yielded such unexpected reactions.

But we didn’t go in with delusions of grandeur, mind ya. No sir, we knew folks wouldn’t be clamorin’ for products of a YouTube channel they just heard of, so we marked everythin’ a $1 from our stickers to our magnets. The very first person to walk over and survey our stuff, they picked up two items of interest . . . and then kept walkin’. A neighborin’ vendor saw the whole thin’ go down, and asked us why we didn’t stop ‘em. “Because,” we said, “They obviously think our stuff’s cool ‘nough to pick up and check-out. We don’t wanna ruin that first impression with us houndin’ ‘em for two dollars like that paperboy from Better Off Dead!”

Before long, we gave up on the idea of anyone purchasin’ Screaming Soup! art and got resourceful. Friends of ours had advised us how much cons love sketch artists, so we started advertisin’ $5 sketches of whatever folks wanted. This is when the tide turned, and we suddenly found ourselves swamped with people. We drew all kinds of things from Freddy and Pinhead to folks holdin’ Gizmo or havin’ their heads crushed by Jason. We drew comic book heroes, four year olds dressed as commandos from Aliens, and even drew a whole slew of clown art for one fella. The best part ‘bout this (besides folks returnin’ with our art signed by Kane Hodder and the newest actor to play Michael Myers), is it brought people to our table, so we could tell ‘em ‘bout Screaming Soup! while we drew and showered ‘em with promotional freebies. Even better, those in line for a sketch were watchin’ Screaming Soup! on our TVs while they waited!

Another highlight for us were Mad Monster Party’s celebrity guests. We sat directly ‘cross from the master of monster suit actin’ Doug Jones, who we learned literally explores the world through his fingertips and was surprised and flattered by our positive review of the Bye-Bye Man. Mandy was most excited to meet Adrienne Barbeau to discuss General Hospital and voice actin’ tips and kept bumpin’ into Kane Hodder at every turn, wishin’ she had somethin’ worth sayin’ to him each time. We flirted with the idea of approachin’ Bruce Campbell to show off our copy of his first funny book appearance in the comic adaptation of Moon Trap, but we were entertained ‘nough seein’ him have a whole stage to himself that towered over the other celebrities, refusin’ to see anyone who wasn’t ready to pony up ‘round $50 for the thrill of a speedy interaction with handlers barkin’ at ‘em.

But the smile from Hollywood we were most excited to meet was the amazingly talented Ray Wise who we parody as the owner of the Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits. We luckily caught him between waves of fans to shake his hand with high praise for his work, and mentioned Screaming Soup! and his animated double. He was tickled by the idea we had animated him which gave us enough courage to humbly ask if he’d mind havin’ his picture taken with the Deadwest prop. He was kind ‘nough to oblige and you can see the result below! Thank ya kindly, Ray. We’ll get ya that link to the episode like ya asked soon!

One of the best surprises, though, was getting’ to meet the personalities behind ‘nother HorrorTube channel, The Horror Show. We’ve been swimmin’ in the same online circles since the Horror Addicts’ Creepy Channel Crawl in 2018, and they’re the first gang of fellow horror reviewers we ever met in person which was excitin’. Flown in to serve as the con’s official coverage, they made a special point to stop by and say hello and even discuss an upcomin’ video we could be featured in. A talented gang of horror aficionados, we look forward to collaboratin’ with them and recommend checkin’ out their site HERE.

So, there ya have it, Scream Freaks. We learned a lot, found some cool stuff, met some great folks, and can’t wait to do it again.

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!

SCREAMING AT MAD MONSTER PARTY!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! After months of plannin’ and buildin’, we’re off to make our first official appearance at Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, NC. The next three days are sure to be a blast with us personally rubbin’ elbows with the horror community from its fans to the hall-o-famer celebs, but it’s gonna be a lot of work too. Just like an election campaign on the warpath, we’re gonna shake claws, kiss hellions, and promote the show every which way we can to make sure everyone we meet leaves that convention with excitement to watch Screaming Soup!

Fliers, $1 merch rangin’ from stickers to tradin’ cards and magnets, our videos playin’ throughout the film festival – we’re takin’ advantage of every opportunity to get the word out and grow our fan base. We definitely think we’ll be grabbin’ a lot of folks’ attention with our display you see below. It stands out, puts the star attraction front and center, says what we are in one glance, free standin’ with its own power supply, and versatile for differin’ convention spaces dependin’ on the patch of carpet we manage to swing. We can’t wait to see how newbies react to it!

As for you long-time Scream Freaks, we hope to see ya there and don’t be shy to say howdy. Also, don’t be surprised if we don’t recognize ya from your teenie tiny profile pictures at first if you regularly tweet us. We’ll have a better chance recognizin’ your online handle!

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!

See ya at Mad Monster Party Carolina Feb. 22-24!

SCREAMING AT HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks, and Happy Valentine’s from all of us here at your favorite waterin’ hole for animated horror hostin’! While normal folks packed out fancy restaurants and fell out in diabetic comas from an overdose of sweet gestures, we spent our romantic evenin’ over bags of popcorn and smuggled red champagne in a dark movie theater. Yup, with our seats reclined all the way back in the last cineplex without assigned seatin’ in our parts, we enjoyed each other’s company and our own private screenin’ of Happy Death Day 2U!

If ya been keepin’ up with our R-Rated Review Blog these past few years, then you know we love the first Happy Death Day which is basically the horror version of Groundhog Day with a time limit for how many times a sorority bitch turned loveable last girl Tree can reboot her day before solvin’ her own murder. In Happy Death Day 2U, Tree learns a student’s science project is to blame for her temporal problems, and the doo-hickey throws her back into the same repeatin’ day all over again, but the twist this time is it’s now happenin’ in an alternate dimension with a different killer and outcomes. For an unprecedented sequel to a typical one and done kind of movie, this is just as fun to watch as the original, but is apples to oranges in comparison.

Understandably the filmmakers are ridin’ a fine line to keep such a familiar story fresh given the repetitive theme and end up steerin’ Happy Death Day 2U away from horror and closer to a sci-fi comedy. We’ve got no problem with that, of course, and are reminded of the twist and turns movies like the Evil Dead trilogy took from its hardcore horror beginnin’s to the fantasy adventure Army of Darkness endin’ up bein’. In fact, the characters even reference their situation to Back to the Future 2 which explains this Robert Zemeckis kind-of tonal shift, and echoes of Back to the Future’s theme in Happy Death Day 2U’s score.

The biggest reason why this ain’t as much of a horror as the first movie, however, is mainly ‘cause Tree’s not even the baby face killer’s target in this thing which robs the movie of that whole who-dunnit mystery thrill that was so engagin’ before. And what little murder mystery is revealed by the end is so bafflin’, we were shoutin’ in the theater for the filmmakers to take their asses back to the drawin’ board! So, without Tree needin’ to fight to stay alive, she spends the majority of the flick figurin’ out ways to close the time loop and stressin’ over which dimension she prefers to stay in which offers its own kind of tension, but not as much as someone avoidin’ an inevitable death sentence.

And without the killer sendin’ her back in time with every murder, it’s up to Tree to reset her own days with a music video montage of laughable suicides which raises its own questions. With every fatal reset, Tree’s body undergoes a form of trauma that diminishes her chances for respawnin’. She had no choice but to accept this toll on her life force when the killer was always catchin’ her in the first movie, but now that she’s not a predestined victim, why doesn’t she simply ride the day out instead of puttin’ herself at risk with all these needless suicides? We get she’s impatient to end the never endin’ day and laugh at every outrageous expiration she comes up with, but it just doesn’t make any sense when you think it through.

Despite these couple of forgivable sours, this is still a sweet follow-up to the first Happy Death Day we highly recommend fans of the first one see. It ain’t as scary or thrillin’, but it makes up for it with laughs and suspense with a amazin’ tour de France performance by Jessica Rothe as Tree that made us fall in love with her for the first time again.

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!

SCREAMING AT IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Today’s the day you put all your impatient anxiety aside, ’cause it’s time for another excitin’ episode of Screaming Soup!

For y’all needin’ to play catch-up, the Iron Horsemen of Doom finally caught up with our apocalyptic goat sidekick Billy and snatched his furry ass back to the underworld where he’s expected to fulfill his purpose as a doomsday sacrifice to unleash the horsemen’s gang of evil gods who wanna lay waste to our world. Racin’ against the clock, we assemble a team of amigos crazy ‘nough to bum rush hell for Billy’s rescue, but after a run-in with a pissed off firebreathin’ bear, our numbers are cut in half before we even reach the gates! With so few of us left to complete the mission, we gotta play it smart if we’re gonna tango with the 12 kinds of crazy that roam just the entrance to this realm of nightmares.

To help us stay calm and collected, we review John Carpenter’s less celebrated masterpiece In The Mouth Of Madness, ’bout a writer whose horror novels are more than just best sellers . . . they’re literally changin’ the world! This is a flick we saw waaay after the fact, but been in love with it since our first viewin’. There’s been plenty of takes on writers whose imaginations come to life with a narrative stroke of a pen, but this is the only one we know of that takes the concept to such an epic end of days scope. In The Mouth Of Madness is such a great mash-up of references that’s hard to miss, it’s thought provokin’ at times, and Sam Neil does a great job givin’ us such a quirky cynic to experience it all through.

You still readin’ this? Skip down and watch the new episode already, Scream Freak!

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!

SCREAMING AT ESCAPE ROOM FLICKS!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! If you’re claustrophobic, hate riddles, or rather gargle glass than solve puzzles, then you probably ain’t a fan of escape room attractions. Seems to be one of the biggest fads of the 21st century so far, and their numbers continue to grow ‘cross the world as more and more yahoos get their kicks payin’ strangers to lock them in a room with clues that will supposedly release them before a set deadline. It doesn’t take a lot to imagine this scenario as a perfect set-up for a horror movie, and plenty of filmmakers have done just that with varyin’ degrees of success. Makes us wonder how this whole craze got started . . .

At first, we thought Saw might have inspired it all with its story ’bout two guys chained in a gloomy basement full of clues that could help them escape. That’s what we instantly thought of, at least, the first time someone explained what an escape room was to us years ago. To our surprise, however, the origin of escape rooms actually stems from video games.

Blindly throwin’ our trust into the fallible resources of wikipedia, seems the concept of an escape room was first conceived ’round the late ’80s with escape-the-room themed computer games. These point and click adventures then blew up in 1993 with the arrival of the CD-ROM Myst games which took the buddin’ sub-genre a major leap forward with fully interactive puzzle solvin’ environments players could immerse themselves in. From what little research we’re willin’ to do, we can’t find any evidence these games influenced Saw‘s story, which the filmmakers claim was actually inspired by their limited resources, but the similarities Saw shares with escape rooms is there. Regardless, we still think Saw had to have partly stirred some folks’ interests in escape rooms as a pastime, and help develop it from TV and computer screens to a live-action experience.

Escape rooms really started catchin’ on toward the late 2000s as small business and megachain corporations alike were exploitin’ this novel attraction. To compete and stand out from other escape room businesses, companies kept tryin’ to up the ante with more interactive puzzles and crazy themes gamers could pretend to escape; prisons, mummy’s tombs, locked down labs with actors playin’ hungry zombies on chains – you get the picture. It was without question escape rooms would eventually become their own sub-genre of horror, remindin’ audiences of booby trapped escape flicks like the Cube trilogy, the Saw series, and maybe even The Collector movies.

With the premier of the newest escape room flick, Escape Room (such an original title ain’t it?), we’d like to share what few escape room horrors we’ve seen up to this point to compare this newest movie to.

ESCAPE ROOM (2017)

If you take all the grit and twists out of SAW, you get this flick ’bout a rich bunch of yahoos celebratin’ a friend’s birthday in a hush hush escape room that turns out to be some sicko’s unfair game of elaborate booby traps. This film looks amazin’ and boasts some creative kills, but there’s a major lack of tension ’til the last half of the movie, and the endin’ falls flatter than street pizza with accusations and/or reveals that go over my skull. Blind trust birthdays, folks guillotined in the vents, complex puzzle solvin’, crushed wrists, acid shower make-out scenes, caged nudies, stabbin’s, and poisonin’s! 3/5!   

NO ESCAPE ROOM (2018)

A travelin’ daddy daughter duo check into a small town’s escape room with other tourists for fun but eventually figure out they’re all stuck in some haunted time travel experiment with a ghost or somethin’ after them that’s never really explained enough. This is one of them frustratin’ kind of Syfy movies that has a lot of promise but ultimately drops the ball with the escalation of danger draggin’ its feet, scenes spinnin’ its wheels with the same ol’ actions, and me not understandin’ the exact nature of who or whatever’s after the players. Not a bad movie, but you may as well watch folks escape those Cube movies for a more satisfyin’ story. Guts full of keys, severed toilet bowl hands, creepy corpses, offscreen creatures, shadow people, hidden clues, haunted houses, time loops, time travel, ventilation crawlin’, blood drippin’, ghosts I think, calls from the future, hangin’s, wet sirens that are really chain entanglin’ gears, A-Ha paintin’s, time trippin’ restrooms, yanked fingernails, and never drink the complimentary tea! 3/5!

ESCAPE ROOM (2019)

Like nearly every other escape room movie I’ve ever seen, a gang of strangers are mysteriously invited to escape six puzzle rooms for money, but learn soon enough the danger is real, and they gotta be smart or be dead before time runs out. The difference between this and all the other Saw inspired knock-offs, however, is this flick has an ass-load of money behind it and elevates the scope and tension of the rooms and their traps like I’ve never seen before, easily makin’ this the best escape room themed flick I’ve seen to date. That said, as wildly creative as the rooms are, the deaths aren’t anythin’ memorable, even with an all-star cast keepin’ you on the edge of your seat with their performances. Oven baked rooms, freezin’ wilderness simulations, explodin’ ice, upside down bars, musical floors, electric shock paddle deaths, gassed infirmaries, bullets to the head, crushin’ walls, ball trippin’ rooms, needle stickin’, fatal freefalls, and stabbin’s! 4/5!

Reads like the same story over and over again, don’t it? Guess somethin’ with this simplistic of a plot can only have so many outcomes, which burdens the actin’ and creativity behind the danger with how successful one of these flicks can be.

Now, as far as we know, of all the escape rooms reported ’round the world, there’s only been one recorded incident that resulted in a death, and that was just a few weeks ago. An escape room in Poland had a gas leak and five 15-year-old girls suffocated in a fire 1/4/2019. While it’s not the work of some psychopath, these deaths still created a shockwave through the escape room community (specifically Poland) regardin’ safety hazards, and several have been shut down after failin’ inspections.

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!

 

SCREAMING AT PREPARATION!

Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Boy, when we committed to finally makin’ our first official convention appearance at Mad Monster Party next month, who knew it’d be so much work?! But it’s all worth it, ’cause we ain’t simply slappin’ a bunch of photos on a table with an iPad playin’ our show for curious bystanders. No, sir! We’re aimin’ to make some big impressions with nothin’ less than a show stopper and help spread the word ’bout our show the ol’ fashion word-of-mouth kind of way for a change.

For y’all who’re curious or maybe even plannin’ to attend a con for the first time as a guest/vendor, it’s a little overwhelmin’ at first. You got the cost of the table, there’s hotel reservations, decisions on what kind of promotional materials you’ll use to advertise your booth like banners and such, and of course, figurin’ out how much you’re willin’ to spend on producin’ merch that’ll hopefully make back some of the money ya invested into the event. Luckily, we decided to do this convention months in advance and strategically pulled it all together bit by bit so our time and finances were never strained.

It’s excitin’ to watch our convention booth come together and finally see this longtime vision come true. The core of it is the saloon doors from the Howl-Inn Grub & Spirits, and it’s topped with two attached TVs playin’ Screaming Soup! with a 6′ Deadwest prop standin’ armed and ready in front of it all. We plan on attendin’ more cons in the future, so we made it versatile for differin’ event spaces with detachable banners featurin’ more promotional material that can be hung off the sides of the door. In an effort to really shoot for the sky, we even printed a light weight sign to fly as high as we need to with a balloon so folks can find us no matter where they are in the con.

As for the merch we decided to produce, this was a lot of painstakin’ research and preparation. T-shirts are just too much trouble, so we stuck with sellin’ artwork and tried slappin’ it on things we think y’all want. Namely stickers, magnets, tradin’ cards, and postcard size prints. We say “painstakin’ research,” ’cause we searched hell and high water for the most we could get for the cheapest price which got super frustratin’ at times. Especially when tryin’ to make our work meet all the different print specs so nothin’ comes out cropped off or with a bunch of white borders. For anyone interested in which services we found gives the most bang for your buck, we recommend PrintRunner for stickers, Primoprint for tradin’ cards, Staples for postcard size prints, and Zazzle for banners.

But as impressive as all this sounds, however, it’s still a stationary booth that depends on convention goers swingin’ by our corner of the room to hear ’bout the web’s #1 animated horror host show. To grab more folks’ attention beyond our designated 6’x6′ patch of carpet, we had to get creative. We first decided to go the most common route for advertisin’ at a convention and designed a stack of fliers we can dump on tables and post ’round the con. The next step we took for constant promotin’ is get a customized leather vest with Screaming Soup! printed all over it, so whether we’re walkin’ the floor or takin’ a piss, people are readin’ what we’re representin’. The best move we made, though, is makin’ contact with the coordinator of the con’s film festival and offer condensed versions of our vids for them to use as time fillers and buffers between the films that were submitted for competition. Now, filmmakers and movie buffs will get a surprise taste of our show, and hopefully follow up with us for seconds! We’re incredibly thankful for that arrangement and extend our sincerest “Yee-haw!” to the Mad Monster Party and Mutantville Productions!

That weekend is promisin’ to be a scary good time that can’t get here soon enough, and we’re especially thrilled to see the celebrities listed for appearances. This pool of talent includes horror hall of famers Kane Hodder, Doug Jones, Danielle Harris, James Jude Courtney (the newest Michael Myers), Adrienne Barbeau, Bruce Campbell, and freakin’ Ray Wise who we’re def gettin’ a picture with the booth if we can! Be there or else, 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!

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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