Photo Op


Horror fans, this October at Rock and Shock our friends at Mad Monster are presenting you with the incredibly rare opportunity to have a professional photo taken with the legendary KANE HODDER! Even better, he will be donning the full makeup and costume designed by director and original FX creator from Friday the 13th part VIII: The New Blood, JOHN CARL BUECHLER! There will only be 100 tickets available, which will go on sale Tuesday, August 22nd at (website goes here). Tickets are $160 each, which includes admission to the convention that night (but not the concerts) and a maximum of two people can be in each photo op, which will take place on Friday, October 13th starting at 5pm.


Rock and Shock family, it’s time for more guest announcements! With Rock and Shock starting on a Friday the 13th, you know we had to celebrate by bringing in some fan favorite friends and fiends from the film franchise. First up is one of our most requested campers, someone who is coming to Rock and Shock for the very first time, AMY STEEL! As Ginny in Friday the 13th Part 2, Amy played the first character to survive the wrath of Jason Voorhees. She is exceptionally kind and welcoming to her fans, and we’re very excited to give you a chance to meet her. Speaking of fan friendly, we’re happy to welcome back DEREK MEARS! Memorable for his work with fellow Rock and Shock attendee Adam Green as well as his many characters played under heavy prosthetics in Sleepy Hollow, Mears first endeared himself to horror fans when he took up the hockey mask in a very well received performance as Jason in the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot. Of course, when we’re talking about Jason, KANE HODDER is the most popular man to ever play the Crystal Lake killer, and this year he is going to be participating in a very special professional photo op, brought to you by our friends at MAD MONSTER. Kane will be donning a replica of his Jason costume and makeup from Friday the 13th part VII: The New Blood! You will have the rare opportunity to have your picture taken with Kane in full costume, complete with a film accurate backdrop, printed out on 8×10 photo paper! What’s even better is that the replica has been crafted from the original specs by another Rock and Shock 2017 attendee and the director and special effects creator of part VII, the one and only JOHN CARL BUECHLER! The photo op will happen, appropriately enough, on Friday, October 13th, and tickets are limited to just 100 so you might want to get one quick when they go on sale Tuesday, August 22nd (Note: each ticket is $160, which includes admission to the convention–but not the concerts–on Friday, and you can have up to two people in the photo). This will be a Friday the 13th weekend for the history books, and we hope you’ll be here to share it with us!

First Announcement!

You have waited patiently while we have hand picked the guests and musical acts we want to include in this years Rock and Shock. With a great sense of honor, we are excited to present the 2017 Rock and Shock lineup.

Rock and Shock family, the first guest announcement is here! This year, we are coming out of the gate with a larger first wave than ever! On this list we have four first time guests as well as six returning favorites, with none of those six being here last year. And this is only the beginning, as we have many more celebrities to reveal in the coming weeks. As for this list, we begin with none other than JAMES REMAR! James, of course, is best known not only as Ajax in Walter Hill’s 70s gang classic The Warriors, but also as Harry Morgan, father of and spiritual conscience to the serial killing forensics expert himself, Dexter. Next up is one of Rock and Shock’s most popular and beloved guests, local boy ADAM GREEN! Aside from all the brilliance he’s brought us over the years (the Hatchet series, Digging Up the Marrow, the horror sitcom named after his hometown, Holliston, and so much more), Adam currently has a whole lot on his plate. Listeners of his podcast (The Movie Crypt, with Joe Lynch) have heard that he will soon unveil a new film as well as a novel, a comic, and he has also reunited with his bandmates to bring back Haddonfield! Better yet, they have an album coming out and on Saturday, October 14th the band will be taking the stage to play for you at Rock and Shock! Pretty great, right? But there’s more, because we’re very happy to welcome POLLYANNA MCINTOSH! Pollyanna, of course, was last seen making life or death deals as Jadis on The Walking Dead, and before that she had the career defining role of The Woman in the adaptation of the Jack Ketchum/Lucky McKee novel of the same name. TONY TODD is also familiar with bringing books to life. The horror legend’s portrayal of Clive Barker’s creation, Candyman, has kept people cautious for years about what they say in front of the mirror. Speaking of horror legends, there’s TOM SAVINI. The makeup and effects wizard is also an actor and director who has worked with nearly every major star the genre has produced since the 70s, and his work on franchises like Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and, of course, his many collaborations with the beloved George Romero, have earned him a top spot in the horror hall of fame. TIFFANY SHEPIS is also returning to the show. Beginning her career in the Troma world, Tiffany took fast to her trade and soon became a queen of independent horror, shattering any boundaries put on her and gaining the respect of genre luminaries along the way. ALEX VINCENT and CHRISTINE ELISE have both battled the maniacal doll Chucky, Mr. Vincent kicking off the proceedings in the original Child’s Play film and Ms. Elise in the sequel. BARBARA MAGNOLFI has worked with Italian horror legends Sergio Martino, Ruggero Deodato, Luigi Cozzi and, most famously, the inimitable Dario Argento on Suspiria, making her name unforgettable in the genre along the way. Finally, we have first time guest MARK L. LESTER, a man responsible, be it as director, writer or producer, for such famous fright films as The Funhouse, Firestarter and Class of 1984. As you can see, we have a lot to offer you for the 2017 Rock and Shock already, and we’re just getting started!

Last week, we gave you a sneak peak of Ministry and Death Grips appearance on The Palladium stage on Friday, October 13th. However, that’s not all we have in store for you. On Saturday, October 14th, please welcome Superjoint to The Palladium stage with Motionless in White, our favorite punk rock cover band featuring Ace Von Johnson: The Rocking Dead (who has a new and exciting lineup), The Amity Affliction, Devildriver, Miss May I, King Parrot, Cane Hill, Child Bite, and Adam Green’s Haddonfield. On Sunday, we welcome back Twiztid’s “Mostasteless Tour”, featuring Moonshine Bandits, Blaze Yah Dead Homie, Whitney Peyton, and Andrew W Peyton. Don’t miss the Sunday After Party featuring Blaze Yah Dead Homie and Whitney Peyton. We still have many exciting announcements coming your way. Stay tuned to our website ( as well as our social media pages for all the updates as they are unveiled, and we hope to see you this October 13-15!



SNEAK PEAK! Although we will not fully reveal the secrets of the 2017 Rock And Shock lineup until July 24th, we wanted to give you something to look forward to…

Please welcome Ministry and Death Grips to The Palladium stage on Friday, October 13th to headline the first day of Rock And Shock. You don’t have to wait until July 24th to get tickets. We will start selling tickets to the first day and three-day passes on Friday, July 21st. We assure you the lineup will be well worth it. We can’t wait to share the full announcement with you on Monday, July 24th!

Remembering a Master

One of the greatest things about meeting people you admire is getting that bit of personal time with them that creates happiness for you and memories that will never fade. The other side of that, sadly, is the grief caused when they pass away. Today we are in deep mourning for the inimitable George A. Romero. He was beloved in life, and those feelings continue now that he’s gone. And that’s why, even though it hurts, it was worth it to meet him, because to talk to him was to love him all the more. He was so easy going and the most humble person you could ever meet. He enjoyed himself at shows, and he had so much fun mingling with his fans, because as much as we loved him, he loved us right back. He had no ego, and was always grateful that so many people gave their time to come and meet him. He never expected it, and never took his fans for granted. That is a sign of a good man in a business that is often cold and unfeeling. He loved you, and I hope you know that.
It is a very hard day, and there will be more hard days ahead as we adjust to a world without the glorious spark of light that George was. But here’s something. As I sat and thought about him after learning about his passing, through the sadness and grief and numbness, two words kept digging through all that, words that needed to rise above everything and be known, and those words were THANK YOU. Thank you for the brilliant films you left the world to enjoy for the rest of time. Thank you for creating the zombie genre as we know it today. Thank you for the enjoyment your work gave us as well as the lessons they taught us about life and how to treat one another. Thank you for the variety in your work, because the films without zombies were as fabulous as their flesh eating siblings. Thank you for appearing at Rock and Shock when we were a new show and finding our footing, and for continuing to support us with appearances throughout the years, even going so far as sending autographed items for the fans when you were ill and had to cancel in 2006. Thank you for your kindness, for being so easy going, for caring so much about not only your work but your fans, and for being one of the finest human beings this world has ever known. You will be missed, you will always be in our hearts, and you will always be loved.



We have had a few days to get out from under our feet and want to take a moment to thank everyone for an amazing event this year! We are a small team of people that do this for the fans and we hope you all had amazing time. We look forward to seeing you all again next year! THANK YOU!