One of the fundamental delights of attending as many conventions as regularly as I do is meeting the many talented people who frequent these haunts religiously. It never fails – at each convention I know there will be friends, vendors and familiar faces I’m going to see, and Sick Soaps is among my favorite booths to visit.
I noticed this striking display a couple of years back in San Jose. I was entirely spell-bound by the depth of detail captured skillfully inside each bar or soap. So much passion was crafted into each one. These are bars of soap we’re talking about! But they’re so amazing! Now you may (rightfully) be asking “How in the Hell can soap be in the least bit interesting?” Simply put, it can’t be unless we’re talking about Sick Soaps.
So hello and welcome back, dear readers. I’m Manic Exorcism and today your ol’ pal has quite the delightful treat for you. A little Halloween treat just in time for our most beloved night of the year. Today we are going to make soap metal AF!
But I digress. It’s the wonderful talent behind the creations of Sick Soaps who makes washing our hands METAL! Her name is Cheynne and I had the pleasure of getting to know the mind behind the macabre.
iHorror: “So how did you get into making soaps?”
Cheynne: “I started making soaps some years back, after I found these tiny zombie finger puppets. I’d embed them in soap, and add some “blood” around them. I made them for friends as gifts, and I’d send them to church’s white elephant gift exchanges, just to stir things up a bit.”
IH: “I’ve noticed a heavy horror influence over your work.”
Cheynne: “I do predominantly horror themes because that’s what I enjoy personally. When I started, I’d never seen anything like this before! The original little zombie soaps were a hit, and I developed new techniques and my signature style from there. As gross/ disturbing as some of my soaps might seem, they always make people smile and laugh- and that’s why I continue. I love selling at conventions, because I get to watch people explore my products, and giggle nervously, smelling bloody tampons, decapitated babies, etc.”
Manic chuckles! How can you not love that, friends?
IH: “What inspires you?”
Cheynne: “My inspiration comes largely from a lifestyle where, really, every day is Halloween. It’s easy to be inspired when you’re surrounded by what you love. Between a year round love of horror, and a concentrated dose in October, including my passion for haunting, I’m never short on new ideas!”
IH: “Seeing how horror has inspired your career, what are some of your favorite horror movies?”
Cheynne: “It’s really hard to choose favorites without narrowing down sub-genres. I love The Cat and the Canary (1927) because to me, it’s the earliest horror comedy. Horror Express was my gateway to 70’s horror, so it’s special to me. Evil Dead I/II, Dead Alive, and Return of the Living Dead rank pretty high. But my bedtime relaxing movies include The Mummy (Karloff), House on Haunted Hill (Price), The Bat, Dracula (Lugosi) and Wolfman.”
I want to thank Cheynne for taking the time to talk with me and share some insight into her dark and wonderful world. Sick Soaps truly is an art that deserves a lot of respect among the horror community. You can check her masterpieces out @sicksoaps on Instagram and/or Sick Soaps on Face Book.
But come on! We all know we can’t live without this product. Each bar of soap is a gruesome but beautiful horror treasure. They look cool, keep you clean, and they smell wonderful! So be sure to make your orders right here at Sicksoaps.etsy.com
This has been Manic Exorcism. I hope all our lovelies out there are having a great Halloween!
The Boulet Brothers Are Back With Dragula: Titans
Shudder just announced that we will be getting The Boulet Brothers Dragula: Titans starting Tuesday, October 25th.
According to Deadline subsequent episodes will be rolling out weekly on both Shudder and AMC+. The series is hosted and created by the popular Boulet Brothers duo and will be ten episodes featuring drag icons from the show’s previous season. They will compete in a grand championship of drag artistry and physical challenges for a $100,000 grand prize, along with the headlining spot on the upcoming world tour and the first ever Dragula Titans crown and title.”
The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titans will take place in a haunted mansion dubbed the “underworld.”
“We wanted the show to feel familiar to fans, but we also wanted the set and format to feel elevated from a regular season in order to match the incredible talent of the artists we’ve brought together,” says the Boulet Brothers. “There are so many shocking twists and turns this year that the competitors affectionately renamed the show Gagula during filming, and we really can’t wait for audiences to see it – this show is truly the most compelling content we’ve created to date.”
“The Boulet Brothers and our previous ‘Dragula’ series have attracted a wonderfully passionate, engaged and diverse fanbase and we’re delighted to bring them even more of the content they crave with this next competition series, especially during our biggest, most celebrated month of the year,” added Craig Engler, GM of Shudder.
Along with returning fan-favorite competitors (to be announced at a later date), there will also be a rotating cast of guest judges from the show’s past and present, including Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Harvey Guillen (What We Do In The Shadows), Justin Simien (director of Disney’s upcoming Haunted Mansion film), David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad), pop metal princess Poppy, drag superstars Alaska and Katya, and horror royalty Joe Bob Briggs (Last Drive In), Bonnie Aarons (The Nun) and Barbara Crampton (Reanimator, Jakob’s Wife), among them.
The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titans is the first project to be rolled out as part of the duo’s multi-project deal with Shudder.
Marvel Studios’ Special Presentation: Werewolf By Night
Marvel’s Werewolf By Night has just released its official trailer and release date of October 7th. It looks like a fun/creepy retro horror special that will be streaming directly to Disney +.
A page for the special on Disney+ also reveals it’s been rated TV-14 and has been filed under comedy as its genre. Furthermore, the synopsis on the page teases the death of one Ulysses Bloodstone.
“On a dark and somber night, a secret cabal of monster hunters emerge from the shadows and gather at the foreboding Bloodstone Temple following the death of their leader,” the synopsis reads. “In a strange and macabre memorial to the leader’s life, the attendees are thrust into a mysterious and deadly competition for a powerful relic—a hunt that will ultimately bring them face to face with a dangerous monster.”
With confirmation the special is involving the Bloodstone Temple, that stands to reason the reports of Donnelly playing Elsa Bloodstone would be accurate. In addition to the eponymous werewolf and Bloodstone, the trailer also confirmed the involvement of Man-Thing.
‘Scream’ Vibes Prevail In Kevin Willamson Co-Penned Story ‘Sick’ Movie Clip
Kevin Williamson hasn’t been too busy over the last few years. But it appears his ideas have. The new movie Sick which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was inspired by one of the stories he wrote.
Of course we know the Williamson brand. It was everywhere in 90’s horror. That slick storytelling mostly featured cat-and-mouse situations around final girls and unyielding slashers.
It looks like that sensation is back if we take anything away from the exclusive clip Collider proved today. According to the logline we are two getting young women holed up in a lake house during the pandemic. They think they’re alone, but it’s clear someone is out to get them.
Director John Hyams is behind the camera, and it seems he is sticking to that Craven/Williamson aesthetic where the camera moves seamlessly through the scene to focus on an object, dark colors are glossy and landscapes are uplit.
Sick is scheduled to release in Canada on Sept. 11, but that’s according to IMDb. As for the rest of the world, we’ll have to wait and see when it hits theaters.