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Black Summer: Official Trailer Released—House Of Tortured Souls

Black Summer: Official Trailer Released—House Of Tortured Souls

The official trailer for the Netflix new series Black Summer has just been released and already has the ‘Walking Dead’ vibes. 

A quick synopsis: Rose (Jamie King) is torn away from her daughter during the early days of the zombie apocalypse. She sets out on a journey to go and find her only to encounter hurdles and strangers along her way.  

Check out the trailer below and also tune into Netflix on April 11th to start Rose’s adventure during the first season. ⬇️⬇️

 


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COMING SOON: TWD 100th Episode on Oct 22, 2017

COMING SOON: TWD 100th Episode on Oct 22, 2017

In seven days (“Seven days...”), The Walking Dead Season 8 will start out with their 100th episode.
It did take a long time for us to get here, us DeadHeads have to suffer a longer break than normal shows, then there's this mid-season break to go through. I mean SHIT.
In anticipation of the event, AMC released these videos:


Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, and Lauren Cohan from the cast of The Walking Dead photographed exclusively for Entertainment Weekly by Art Streiber on June 24, 2017, in Senoia Georgia. / Styling: Elaine Montalvo / Prop Styling: John Sanders / Costumers: Mia Nunnally, Derrick Vener

Season 8 will also be the beginning of war between Rick and ‘the good guys’ and Negan and ‘The Saviors’. Season 7 ended with Shiva, a tiger (YEAH, a TIGER!) jumping in and saving the day and ripping Saviors apart! I have waited so long to hear Negan’s response to Shiva! I can’t wait how he puts that in words. There was also that moment when we saw in Rick’s eyes that he got his balls back, wasn’t submissive at all and calmly told Negan he would kill him! OMG that quickly became my favorite scene of all time!!  I am so ready for the war to begin. The show was already suspenseful, not it will be pretty damn close to unbearable! So much to take in! So many emotions to go through, I personally am creating new cuss words to shout at the screen during the first episode of season 8!

Through the years, Entertainment Weekly has put out some incredible photos of the cast before the newest season. This coming season is my absolute favorite!


Image: Entertainment WeeklyAndrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, from the cast of The Walking Dead photographed exclusively for Entertainment Weekly by Art Streiber on June 24, 2017 in Senoia Georgia. / Styling: Elaine Montalvo / Prop Styling: John Sanders / Costumers: Mia Nunnally, Derrick Vener

Image: Entertainment WeeklyMelissa McBride from the cast of The Walking Dead photographed exclusively for Entertainment Weekly by Art Streiber on June 24, 2017, in Senoia Georgia. / Styling: Elaine Montalvo / Prop Styling: John Sanders / Costumers: Mia Nunnally, Derrick Vener










Image: Entertainment WeeklyNorman Reedus, from the cast of The Walking Dead photographed exclusively for Entertainment Weekly by Art Streiber on June 24, 2017, in Senoia Georgia. / Styling: Elaine Montalvo / Prop Styling: John Sanders / Costumers: Mia Nunnally, Derrick Vener

Image: Entertainment WeeklyDanai Gurira as Michonne from The Walking Dead / Image: Entertainment Weekly

Image: Entertainment WeeklyAndrew Lincoln from the cast of The Walking Dead photographed exclusively for Entertainment Weekly by Art Streiber on June 24, 2017, in Senoia Georgia. / Styling: Elaine Montalvo / Prop Styling: John Sanders / Costumers: Mia Nunnally, Derrick Vener




Photo Credit: Alan Clarke/AMC / Entertainment WeeklyAustin Amelio as Dwight – The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Gallery – Photo Credit: Alan Clarke/AMC

Image: Entertainment WeeklyAndrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, from the cast of The Walking Dead photographed exclusively for Entertainment Weekly by Art Streiber on June 24, 2017 in Senoia Georgia. / Styling: Elaine Montalvo / Prop Styling: John Sanders / Costumers: Mia Nunnally, Derrick Vener

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COMING SOON: AMC’s The Walking Dead 100th Episode Contest

COMING SOON: AMC’s The Walking Dead 100th Episode Contest

The Walking Dead's 100th episode will begin season 8 on October 22, 2017! It's hard to believe that after 7 years, October 22nd will only be the one hundredth episode. But as long as it takes for a new season to come on, and the mid-season break does take up a lot of time. On Sunday, September 10th, during the return of Fear the Walking Dead, there will be an exclusive sneak peak into this special occasion. Take a look at this video that the folks at AMC put together of the best scenes of the last 99 episodes.
Season 8 of The Walking Dead will be the beginning of the war between Negan and The Saviors and our man Rick and everyone else! The season premieres are in generally pretty thrilling, and since this is the 100th episode, I imagine they have some very special treats for their fans.
Come join our The Walking Dead Facebook group. As always, we will be having a group chat during the episode. Since you are already going to be screaming at your TV, crying, and laughing, so why not join the fun with like-minded fellow DeadHeads.
Just yesterday AMC announced that they are holding a contest where the winner (one extremely lucky fan) will be flown to see the special and sit in for a 2-hour filming of The Talking Dead. The winner will even get a photo with the entire cast! Oh MAN! Just think of it. You would be up close and personal with the crew of The Walking Dead! :O (I think I truly would become one of the walking dead as I’m fairly certain I would die a million times over if I won!)
Here is the link to enter this amazing and generous contest. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
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TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (2 of ?)

TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (2 of ?)

RIP - The Godfather of Zombies
George A. Romero

georgeromero-zombielove / Fair use doctrine.George Romero meant so much to me personally. He created my love, my obsession with zombies. I cannot tell you my exact age when I first watched Night of the Living Dead, but it sparked the fire that is my love for horror and, more importantly, zombie stories. George A. Romero opened the door for many to follow, pushed the limits of horror further than anyone dreamed, awakened future directors and storytellers, and educated the world on the zombies (how they move, groan, react, and how people would react in a zombie apocalypse).
I'm not sure if Romero went for black and white to blend in with the classic horrors or because makeup and prosthetics aren't what they are today. All I know that it was a genius move! Night of the Living Dead was meant to be b&w. When I first turned on the movie (in my foolish youth) I wanted to immediately change the channel, after all b&w movies are just boring (back in the 80s when everything was neon). I'm not even sure now what kept me watching, but I am ever so thankful! George Romero was such a creative intelligent fellow in his time.
Romero was one of my first articles for HoTS when a little over a year ago Mr. Romero finally received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. It blew my mind that only just now was he receiving a star! After all his movies and work?!?!? Night of the Living Dead had several sequels (almost all 10 years apart), and he made several other type of horror movies, directed much of Creepshow, and participated in many documentaries, and specials. Romero is so loved by so many that The Walking Dead has had many tribute Easter eggs to Romero.
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Romero even had a part in the zombie mode on Call of Duty: Black Ops.

George Romero left his mark and 'infected' so many of us. I, personally, will truly miss him.
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RECAP TWD: S07E15, Something They Need

RECAP TWD: S07E15, Something They Need

WELP, Tara's secret lasted like a week. LOL. Seriously, how long was she back in Alexandria? I have another question...with that many in the boat on their way to Oceanside, who is left guarding Alexandria? Who is watching Judith?
Speaking of watching, thank God Gregory was around to protect Maggie while she dug up the blueberry bush!! Right? ROFL!! Did anyone ever believe that Gregory could hold his own? That he ever killed a Walker? HA. Gregory went from having a complete Shane to complete Eugene! Hell at least Eugene has killed Walkers. He even managed to kill some in a completely bad-ass manner! Remember the firetruck hose? Gregory doesn't seemed to have taken the point of some of his residents pointing out they never believed he could handle a Walker. So he's going on a little trip huh? #ByeGregory
Okay, back to the Oceanside SeaWalkers!! Walkers covered in seaweed and barnacles, looking like they just step off the set of the new Pirates of the Caribbean!
HOLD UP! Check out Daryl speaking again! Well barking commands. And check out Enid with a gun. 😮
I'm now shipping LaTonya with Gregory!!! Where the hell is Heath? Why hasn't Tara explained the key card she picked up at where it appears Heath got in a vehicle – or was taken?
Sasha being held captive now. Who did not see this coming? This David guy sneaks into her cell and attempts to rape Sasha. Negan sneaks up and shut that shit down! Negan kills him because 'that shit ain't cool' Negan talks to Sasha about recruiting her, I mean come on, he just saved you from being raped right. Sasha calls Rick Negan's bitch DAYUM! (I saw that as her,protecting him, removing herself from that equation.)
Negan leaves the knife that he killed RapeyDavey with and mentions the choices she has: She can kill herself or she can kill the Walker. Sasha takes out David, in pitch darkness, because that's what badasses do! Sasha tells Negan she will join. (Again, I do not believe she has given up, and is plotting.) She asks Eugene to bring her a weapon so she can end herself. I believe she was hoping he would bring her something that he would have to open the door to hand her, and she would escape. Instead, he brings her the suicide pill. Is that even a real suicide pill? Remember when he made it, I said it probably just give you gas or something. But dammit it all to hell, Eugene!
Back at Alexandria the crew sees Rosita has made it back. And she brought a visitor. I KNEW IT WASN’T DARYL!!!
Daryl was ready to kick Dwight's ass.
I have known for a long ass time, probably the whole time, that Dwight would break away from Negan or plot against him to bring him down. I could tell in his body language and his story! Which makes it all the more interesting of a twist!! Can wait to see what he does first on this adventure.
Next week is the Season Finale folks! So, so sad!!
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RECAP TWD: S07E14: The Other Side

RECAP TWD: S07E14: The Other Side

Hey, did anyone miss Gregory? LOL And still another episode where he was not taken out! I'm starting to hope that it is Simon that does it! Also I'd like to note that it appears to me that Simon is just toying with him over this whole taste in booze. And I do hope this is some kind of trap: Simon giving Gregory a pass to the brothel?
I think what stood out to me the most in the episode was Jesus coming out. I was very interested that he chose to tell Maggie. He is working on a strong bond with her. I was wondering, though, if something is coming up where that information being told will be useful.
Sasha grabbed my feels more then once this episode. She was preparing to never see these guys again, as this mission would certainly seal her fate. The crew has became her family and she wanted to take in as much of them as possible before leaving out on the mission to kill Negan.
The Saviors come roaring up to The Hilltop. We have a lot of people hiding there. The Saviors have not come to look for Daryl, who does go hide but stays poised and ready to stab someone. The Saviours came to take their doctor, the brother of the one Negan just throw into the fire pit. And in return Simon gives Gregory a giant case of aspirin. Really?
Before Daryl and Maggie leave the storm cellar, Daryl breaks down and starts crying and apologizes to Maggie for getting Glenn killed. Maggie tells him it is not his fault and that she does not – did not – blame him. A huge weight is lifted from Daryl.
Sasha and Rosita get out of The Hilltop safely through a tunnel Sasha made.
On their journey, Rosita still has that chip on her shoulder. At one point while they are checking out a car to hotwire, the necklace Sasha now wears in dangling down, Rosita sees it and tells Sasha she made it for Abe. Finally, when they are set up in a building across from The Sanctuary, Rosita lets down her wall, and talks to Sasha about men (learning different lessons and from different men), and about loving Abe. Negan finally comes out of the compound but Eugene's big mullet keeps getting in the way, she cannot take the shot. When Negan goes back in, Eugene is heard over the walkie talkie that the girls have that Negan will be occupied for a while. Well, thanks for the heads up there, pal! Change of plans, they ARE going inside! But first let's save Eugene and get him out of here...maybe not! Now I am wondering about that! Is he, indeed, comfortable in his new role or is he intelling and working on his own plan, or is he still just doing what cowards do best? And then our girl Sasha prevents Rosita from coming with her. Interesting call!
Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter - The Walking Dead / Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Did you guys spy Eugene's pal hanging out of his pocket? 🙂 I pondered something else right there at the end of the episode. It shows the silhouette of a man with a bow, everyone is shouting Daryl came to help the girls, but what if that is Dwight?? AND that leds me to wonder if he will turn her in or conspire with her???? And while we are on the topic of "I SPY", did anyone else notice that Daryl has washed his greasy hair and has on a fresh outfit, WITH SLEEVES. 😮 😮 😮
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead / Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
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TWD: Thoughts on the Mid-Season Premiere

TWD: Thoughts on the Mid-Season Premiere


My biggest obsession returns to me next Sunday. The Walking Dead returns from their break for season 7's second half. This half will be about our team preparing for war with Negan and The Saviours and is rightly titled, "Rise Up". The first half of season 7 showcased our team broken. Negan's effect hit our leader (Rick Grimes) the hardest. It was a real struggle seeing Rick in such a position. He has been broken, quite a few times come to think about it, but never have we seen this type of defeat in his eyes. Or this amount of fear. I kept thinking he's being this submissive because he has a plan in action. He needed Negan to see him as a weakling that will hold your weapon as your plunder his village. The last episode of the first half of the season however taught me Rick was just playing by ear. He did not want to lose his family so he abided... until Aaron's beating (the straw that broke the camel's back) and the conviction Michonne's speech had. Then I figured out that Rick was frightened because he saw Negan had so many followers. He saw Negan’s pull and came to the realization that no matter how badass he (Rick) was, no matter who he had on his side, he and his team were nowhere near ready to take on The Saviours. Plans needed to be drawn out, rehearsed, thought through and through. Teaming up with others needed to be done. Weapons and ammo needed to be collected and made. The damaged ones (members) needed repair and needed to "Rise Up". They all need to adapt and overcome, so I'm thrilled that the second half is about them getting up, dusting off, and moving on. And I seriously am looking forward to finding out who the hell is in those boots?! Is that 'Leslie'? Dammit, they sure love to leave us hanging for flipping months! I bet there will be hundreds tune in just to find out who the hell that is!

I honestly do not believe we will have a big death (meaning one of the main characters) in the second half. It will be focused on the crew meeting other crews, proposing a merger (and that may takes a few meetings of begging, I'll come back to that), coming up with a plan of action, training, and rehearsing. I'm sure it will also focus on supplies, since they are extremely critical at this stage. Getting back to the begging. We know the stance of two of the other groups - *Oceanside and *The Kingdom - neither are interested! And we know the convection of two of our members, Carol and Morgan. It appears Morgan is more torn than Carol. Carol actually doesn't appear conflicted at all; Carol is simply done with it all. She did not like the person she became, and I personally would love to see her in a new light. Carol is my favorite character by far! She did rise up, and she certainly is a phoenix, but she took a wrong turn in Alexandria and it turned her into this numb killing machine that she was not happy with. I believe Sam had a big part in that! Carol has one hell of a mind, though, and can become our Queen when she gets through being in the dumps. And Morgan is slowly (like molasses in the winter) coming around. He's been through a lot. Morgan lost what Rick is afraid of losing. Morgan, like 98% of our crew, snapped. Then came around and did a 180 when he meet the cheesemaker. I am waiting to hear him say, “All life is precious, but some need to end”. I see glimpses of him taking in the fact that there is this giant grey side instead of black or white, and the Kingdom is a perfect place for both of them to comes to terms.

I sooooo look forward to Maggie stepping up and taking her position. I mentioned before about her being a phoenix (just like Carol) so "Rise Up" is very appropriate! I also look forward to Rick persuading Ezekiel to stand and fight Negan. Ezekiel's role in the Kingdom is unique, and I am looking forward to how he will approach telling his followers to take a stand and fight as well. Will the choir be singing on the battlefield? LOL Shiva alone could take out a slew of Saviours with the swat of one paw! OH I want to see that so bad, now! And will it be Tara busting out about the team of women she came across, or will someone else (Carl isn't in the house again) stumble upon the village and run back to tell Rick? Wouldn't it be completely badass if the ladies from Oceanside team up with our ladies at the Hilltop?! :O

Now I mention Eugene possibility doing intel while in the Sanctuary. Now with the title "Rise Up" I'm feeling that he will also find his courage once and for all and fill in his spot as a team member.

Rosita surely is thrilled to death that they will now stand. I am wondering if she will fall into another relationship or go solo for awhile. I want to see her solo, want to see her learn her worth!

And what about Tobin? Will he go to Carol once he finds out where she is? There are questions to be answered. Apparently Carol and Ezekiel did not hit it off; well, she did say she was a fan of chocolate not fruit and he brought that pomegranate. I'm thinking Carol teams up with Ezekiel but not in a romantic way, but yet it's still over between her and Tobin.

And for the love of all that is holy, please give Gabe more kill scenes! I was floored when he gave that Savior a blessing then shot him! Completely boondocks man! And completely badass!! DO IT AGAIN!!! And I love the fact that Father Gabriel freaked Negan out! GOOD!! We have that in our pocket, then!

This whole second half of the season promises to be awesome. Andrew Lincoln is quoted as saying, "I promise you, there is one beat in 16, I dropped my script and started punching the air and did a little jig" (16 meaning the last episode of this season).

We (DeadHeads) always have group chat while the show is on to vent with like minded people. You are going to be screaming at the television anyway you might as well join us. 🙂


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ARTIST OF THE MONTH – Sept 2016: Scott Spillman

ARTIST OF THE MONTH – Sept 2016: Scott Spillman

By Tammie Parker

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Click here to view all of his merchandise.

Scott Spillman has an incredible, amazingly unique touch that makes his work ONE OF A KIND. His work with color makes it easy for you to fall in love. The best part is that he does a collection of The Walking Dead characters! (Have I mentioned lately I'm OBSESSED with TWD?) This unique color pattern works phenomenally with the gloom of the dystopia that is The Walking Dead. Blending these bright, cheerful colors into the Zombie Apocalypse could not be pulled off by any other artist!! Then add in his talent in detail that make even his black and whites so realistic!!
Scott's first TWD painting was Michonne. He packed 20 prints with him to the convention he was going to hand his work over to Danai. He sold all 20 prints in about 30 minutes.

Since then he has done several of the main cast members. The next one in line is Jesus.
Scott Spillman twd-collection-teddybeargirl-print**My favorites (at the moment) are 'Summer' (most of us know her as 'Teddy Bear Girl') and Sgt. Abraham Ford in black and white!
Scott puts his artwork on several different types of items himself. Down right to putting the screenprints on the t-shirts! I have his link at the top of this piece, and all of his links are in our Q&A.

Scott Spillman twd-collection-abesketchSpeaking of which, here is our interview:

House of Tortured Souls: How old were you when you started to draw?

Scott Spillman: I started drawing at a very early age. I have a couple drawings from when I was four.

 

HoTS: Where did you learn to draw? Did you take classes?

SS: I'm self taught when it comes to the drawing and painting, but I do have a degree in Commercial Art, that was mainly logo design and computer programs though.

 

HoTS: When and why did you fall in love with drawing The Walking Dead?

SS: I've been a fan of the show since the pilot episode. The first five minutes of the show had me hooked when Rick had to kill "Summer" (Addy Miller). Which I'm good friends with her and her mom now.

 

HoTS: Do you draw in pencil on canvas or draw on the computer?

SS: I use the computer to find my reference and then adjust it to fit my composition. I then print it out at about six inches tall in black and white, mount it to my easel and start drawing on the canvas with pencil. After that I apply layers of acrylic paint over it.

Scott Spillman twd-scottspillman-abeontheeaselHoTS: Who is your favorite immortal creep, monster, or walker?

SS: Frankenstein is my favorite "monster" but I've always been a fan of Freddie Krueger too. There's also a lot of walkers on the show that I love.

 

Scott Spillman twd-scottspillman-abeselfieHoTS: Do you do comic cons, or art shows, or anything?

SS: I try to do at least one comic con a month. Mainly, I've been following the Walker Stalker cons around the country.

 

HoTS: Where can we find and purchase your work?

SS: I have two web sites: www.ScottSpillman.com to see some of my other work and www.bleedingart.com to purchase my merchandise.

 

HoTS: Do you have any fan pages or Twitter accounts so we can keep up with your work?

SS: Yes. My fan page is https://www.facebook.com/Scott.Spillman.Art/ . You can also "follow" me here: https://www.facebook.com/SCOTT.SPILLMAN.ARTIST (I already reached the 5,000 max limit).
Twitter- @spillman68
Instagram - Spillmanfineart

 

HoTS: You have a very unique, original talent with color play. What piece was your first? How did the concept come about?

SS: I've always worked in a lot of different styles. I was working on a series of portraits at the time where the look of the painting fit the subject matter. Marilyn Monroe was black and white with a little pop of color and James Dean was in sepia tones. I then came to Jim Morrison of the Doors and all the colors came out. When I was finished, I said to myself "THIS IS IT" it's hard to explain, but I just knew THIS was my style. Everything I've painted since then has been done in my signature style.

Scott Spillman twd-scottspillman-collage

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COMIC REVIEW: The Other Dead

COMIC REVIEW: The Other Dead

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By Nick Durham

Zombies are fucking everywhere. Movies, books, comics, video games, TV...they are literally everyfuckingwhere that you can think of. Saying that the zombie genre is super oversaturated is saying it lightly, but every now and then, we get a little something special within the genre that breathes just a little bit of life back into it. The Other Dead does just that. Published by IDW Publishing (responsible for numerous comic adaptations of Clive Barker works among others), The Other Dead is a unique and interesting take on the zombie apocalypse.

Based on an unused film treatment by Digger T. Mesch and scripted by Joshua Ortega (along with crediting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman as a consultant for some reason); The Other Dead revolves around a zombie outbreak...except these zombies are of the animal variety. That's right, dead animals are returning from the dead and wrecking havoc on the human race. In the midst of all this, a Katrina-sized hurricane is about to hit (the story takes place in Louisiana), just as President Obama is getting ready to make a visit (yes, you read that right).

It should be noted that among the many characters featured in The Other Dead, Barack Obama plays a prominent role alongside a dickhead redneck and some annoying teenagers. Hell, even Dick Cheney makes in appearance in the book's hilarious opening pages. Make of all that whatever you will.

Anyway, there's a lot going on within the pages of The Other Dead. Interesting premise aside, it's really easy to lose track of what's going on in terms of plot points, etc. In fact, most of the characters are so blankly-written that we care little about them. Add to that some inane dialogue, and we get what should be a relative snoozefest...yet somehow it isn't necessarily. This is mainly due to the fact that the artwork from Qing Ping Mui is simply amazing. The linework and detail are beautiful and wonderfully flowing and worth the price of admission here alone. No seriously, check this out just for the artwork if nothing else.

So yeah, while The Other Dead has an intriguing premise, it isn't anything too special in the least. That aside, the artwork provided by Qing Ping Mui is so damn good that it's worth tracking this down for alone. As for the rest of what this book has to offer...well, it isn't much, but for die hard zombie fans looking for something a little different, this might be worth a look.

Rating: 3/5

 

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