With great respect, we are happy to once again be able to bring Service Sunday to Rock and Shock! As a way of giving thanks to all active and retired first responders (police, EMTs, doctors, nurses, firefighters), military personnel and school teachers, we are offering up to four free convention tickets on Sunday, October 14th to anyone that brings valid identification from those fields of service to our box office tables in the DCU Center lobby. We thank you and hope you will enjoy the show!
William Forsythe can play any role, in any genre, at any time, and his resume backs that up. His almost 150 roles have been diverse to say the least (Dear Mr. Gacy, Dick Tracy, Raising Arizona, The Rock, and of course his two films for Rob Zombie, Halloween and The Devil’s Rejects), and with each performance he brought a dedication and intensity that few actors could match. In person, that intensity can appear intimidating, but if you talk to him you will find a warm and gracious man who has enough film knowledge and set stories to last for weeks. He has a genuine appreciation for his industry and his fans, and he will be at Rock,and Shock to meet you this October!
Twin Peaks fans, this one’s for you! Both James Marshall and Dana Ashbrook were in the 1990 and 2017 series as well as the feature film Fire Walk With Me. James played Laura Palmer’s biker boyfriend, James Hurley, while Dana played the angry and intense Bobby Briggs. Aside from their time in the strange little town with the mysterious murder, James played roles in films such as Cadence, A Few Good Men and Luck of the Draw, while Dana saw screen time in horror fare Return of the Living Dead II and Waxwork. It was, however, their roles in the offbeat and groundbreaking David Lynch drama that cemented their presence in Hollywood, and we are very happy to bring a slice of the Twin Peaks pie all the way to Worcester this October 12-14!
It wouldn’t be a Rock and Shock without a visit from two of our favorite, most fun and kindest guests, Joe Knetter and Sarah French! Known over the years for truly disgusting and disturbing books like Room, Twisted Loneliness, Vile Beauty and more, last month Joe saw the publication of his biggest title to date: I, Survivor. The book is the biography of Andrew Yong, who escaped the clutches of Victor Crowley in Hatchet III and was then accused of the murders of Crowley’s victims. Joe worked closely with Hatchet creator and fellow Rock and Shock favorite Adam Green to create a tale to serve as the perfect bridge between the third Hatchet film and Victor Crowley, which picks up soon after the book ends.
Not to be outdone, Sarah French’s film career has been exploding as of late! The last two years saw her appear in the buzzworthy independent films Land Shark, American Satan, Death House, Lake of Shadows and Ouija House, as well as a brief but memorable role in the Amazon series The Last Tycoon. She also has several upcoming films that are already grabbing the attention of genre fans, titles such as Rootwood, The Amityville Murders, Art of the Dead and My Uncle John is a Zombie, which sees John Russo return to the subgenre that made him famous.
It’s always good to see hard work pay off, and we’re thrilled to see good friends of the show like Sarah and Joe making careers for themselves in the world of horror. Be sure to stop by and share in some fun conversation with them at Rock and Shock!
Scott Reiniger is celebrating two important anniversaries in 2018. First and foremost was his 70th birthday, and we hope he had a great one! The second may not be quite as important as birth, but for horror fans it’s quite close, because this year marks 40 since the genius mind of George Romero brought us arguably the greatest zombie film ever made, Dawn of the Dead. Once again, Romero revolutionized the genre he had already turned on its head a decade earlier with Night of the Living Dead, and Scott joined in to play Roger, a SWAT team member on a personal mission to protect his friends as well as the mall in which they take residence. His performance was so strong and emotional that Romero brought him on for his next feature, Knightriders, in the role of Marhalt. While Scott hasn’t been in front of the camera much since then, he doesn’t need to be. With Dawn of the Dead he created a legacy in one magnificent role, and this October at Rock and Shock he’ll be joining costar Gaylen Ross to talk to you about it!
Malcolm McDowell is one of our most popular and favorite guests, and we are delighted to have him back with us at Rock and Shock! With his charisma, charm, humor and quick wit, Malcolm is a joy to meet and speak with, and his Q&A panels are not to be missed. He has a long and famous (or infamous depending on the project) film career, and he’s got stories for every role. Malcolm first made his mark in movies in 1968 playing Mick Travis in beloved English director Lindsay Anderson’s If. Fifty years later his work ethic has yet to diminish, and he’s built a true legacy in the process starring in films such as O Lucky Man! and Britannia Hospital (reteaming with Anderson for both, continuing to play versions of Mick Travis), as well as Figures in a Landscape, Royal Flash, Aces High, The Passage, Caligula, Time After Time, Get Crazy, Star Trek: Generations, Tank Girl, Gangster No. 1, Doomsday, Death Race 2050 and so many more. He’s done a great deal of television work, in series both live action (Lexx, Fantasy Island, War and Peace, Heroes, Entourage, The Mentalist, Franklin and Bash, Mozart in the Jungle) and animated (Spider-Man, Superman, Robot Chicken, Metalocalypse, Phineas and Ferb). As for horror, he has built quite a resume in film and television with standout performances in Cat People, The Caller, Tales From the Crypt, The Barber, Evilenko, Suck, Excision, Antiviral, Silent Night, American Satan, and his most famous genre work spanning his three films for Rob Zombie: Halloween, Halloween II and 31. Of course, no list of Malcolm’s credits would be complete without his most popular role as Alex Delarge in Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, A Clockwork Orange. If the expression is true that someone could be born to play a role, Malcolm gives life to Alex in a way that perhaps no one else could, and it carries the film to a greater level. Because of that, as well as his resume and career longevity, Malcolm received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012. He is a man whose work is worth celebrating, and we hope you’ll join us this October 12th through 14th to do just that!
Gaylen Ross was with us way back at our first show in 2004, and we are ecstatic to have her back for our fifteenth! Here’s how you know an actor is talented: they are in front of the camera for a total of three films in a four year stretch, and yet every film ranks between genre classic and cinematic gold. She began her career in the late, beloved George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and took the world of horror by storm with her portrayal of Francine. From there she took hold of the slasher subgenre in the early years with her starring part as Betsy in Madman. For her swan song, she reteamed with Romero for the role of Becky Vickers in the segment Something To Tide You Over from George and Stephen King’s masterpiece anthology, Creepshow. Now that is how to make a name in horror! Since then she has been a documentary filmmaker, directing eleven movies ranging in topics from mail order brides to aspects of World War II and many subjects in between. Gaylen’s talent is multifaceted and we are so excited for you to get to meet her this October at Rock and Shock!
Friends, it’s time for another round of guest announcements! We’re going to start with the exceptional R.A. Mihailoff! Known predominately for playing the iconic title character in Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, R.A. is also popular for his roles in the sequels Hatchet II and Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings as well as the all star horror cast films Smothered and Death House. We also have a first time guest, Kelli Maroney! Fans of 80s films will remember her from one of the most well known films of the decade, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, as well as genre classics like Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall and Not of This Earth. Kelli will also be starring alongside fellow Rock and Shock attendee Bill Moseley in the upcoming Exorcism at 60,000 Feet. Finally for today we have another first time guest, Brett Wagner! Brett started out predominately as a television actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Sons of Anarchy), and has since jumped to films with roles in horror fare The Crazies (2010), Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 and John Dies at the End. Currently, Brett can be seen on the big screen in the buzzworthy film The Happytime Murders. Please help us welcome R.A., Kelli and Brett as they will join Ted Raimi, Bill Moseley, Andrew Divoff and many more soon to be announced
guests October 12-14 for Rock and Shock 2018!
Back again for our 15th show, Rock and Shock once again invades downtown Worcester, MA on Friday, October 12th through Sunday the 14th. As we’ve become known for, the DCU Center will host New England’s largest and longest running horror convention, where we will showcase some of horror’s finest celebrities as well as vendors, artists, writers, tattoo artists, Q&A panels and much more. Then, one block away at the historic Palladium, Rock and Shock will host three days of concerts for those that like to mix a bit of heavy sound with their horror. But before all that happens, we need to launch the first round of announcements!
For guests, we’re going to start with someone who’s never done the show before, Ted Raimi! From horror (Ash vs Evil Dead, Midnight Meat Train, Army of Darkness, Candyman, Wishmaster, Drag Me To Hell) to other genres (Xena, Spider-Man 1-3, Twin Peaks), Ted has built a long and legendary resume. Speaking of legends, we’re very excited that Bill Moseley will be with us once again! We know him best as Chop Top in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Otis Driftwood from House of 1,000 Corpses and Devil’s Rejects, and soon he’ll be on our screens again to resurrect Mr. Driftwood for 3 From Hell. Hopefully he’ll have some information to share on that highly anticipated film. We also have Andrew Divoff joining us! The man behind Wishmaster’s iconic Djinn will be here to talk about that role and many others (Graveyard Shift, Air Force One, Lost).
Not to be outdone by the actors, how about some bands! Friday sees the return of Rock and Shock stalwarts, Twiztid! Saturday turns to metal with a huge lineup including Amorphis, Dark Tranquility, Wintersun, Ne Obliviscaris, Omnium Gatherum, Moonspell, Sarah Longfield, Virus of Ideals, Blind Revision, Age of Embers and Seven Spires. On Sunday, the upstairs stage will be invaded by Terror, Harms Way, Backtrack, Year of the Knife and Candy. In addition, the downstairs stage will see Trivium bring their The Sin and the Sentence World Tour to Worcester, and with them will be Avatar and Light the Torch! And despite all of these announcements, we’ve still got more to come! Tickets on sale Friday August 17th at 10am