It’s funny how horror actors who play characters that viciously murder people can be so nice in real life. You know who’s one of the nicest people, not only in horror but on the planet? Derek Mears. He listens to his fans and treats them as equals. He doesn’t even sit down at his table. If his fans are standing, so is he. But kindness alone doesn’t pay the bills, sadly, so Derek has made himself a memorable career as both an actor and stuntman. He broke into horror doing stunts on the television show Charmed and the film Signs, then continued as an actor in the Masters Of Horror episode Pro-Life, The Hills Have Eyes II, and of course, as Jason Voorhees in 2009’s Friday The 13th. From there his horror career took off, and Derek had roles in Predators, Hatchet III, Holliston, Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead, Compound Fracture, and the television series True Blood and Sleepy Hollow. He is constantly working, whether it’s on set or with his improv comedy troupe, The Resistance, and we’re very happy he had the opportunity to join us this year.

Kane Hodder appears at our show a lot. If you ever wonder why just go over to his table and watch as the line never goes away. People initially meet him because of the characters his name became synonymous with (Jason Voorhees, Victor Crowley), but they keep going back year after year because, behind the prosthetics and the hockey masks, apart from the killers he has portrayed, Kane Hodder is a good man. He cares about the people that come to see him. He jokes with them. He has serious talks with them. He genuinely apologizes if he has to leave the table for a Q&A. And on an even deeper level, Kane is one of the most charitable people you could meet, working on his own as well as with the Scares That Care organization to help those in need, especially those who, like Kane, survived severe, life threatening burns. His enduring popularity has given him the ability to positively impact a great deal of lives, and that, friends, is one of the most rewarding things about a horror convention.




Friends, we have two music juggernauts coming to Rock and Shock! First up is Phil Anselmo. Breathing new life into the metal scene in the 90s with Pantera, Phil and company became instant influences on countless up and coming heavy bands and young musicians looking for new inspiration. In that time they also gained one of the most loyal fanbases metal has ever seen. Since then Phil has been heavily involved with Down and Rock and Shock alumni Superjoint, as well as running his label, Housecore Records. He even has a musical collaboration going with fellow Rock and Shock guest Bill Moseley! Now, we know you guys and gals are rabid music fans, so we’re also going to announce the appearance of Alan Robert! Anyone who saw Life of Agony reunite to play our convention a couple years ago know that Alan and the band are still a vital part of music, leaving the crowd in awe on memory lane. Alan has also carved himself a much respected name in the comics world, putting out horror influenced titles like Wire Hangers, Crawl to Me and Killogy (which guest-starred one of our previous guests, Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein). Alan has even broken into the world of adult coloring books, creating the aptly titled Beauty Of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book. Both of these gents will be signing all weekend at the show, and we hope you can come by to meet them!

More bands added: Demolition Hammer, Flaw, Sworn In, In The Red, Crakerman, Kissing Candice and more!

Greetings humans! Once again, we are ready to shock you with more rock news! We have yet another band wave announcement for this year’s Rock And Shock! Please help us welcome Demolition Hammer, In The Red, Sworn In, My Enemies & I, and Flaw to the lineup for Friday, October 14th! In addition, we will also be adding Crakerman, Kissing Candice, and Dead By Wednesday to the lineup for Saturday, October 15th! We are super excited for Whitney Peyton to be returning to the Palladium for Sunday, October 16th of Rock And Shock!  Stay tuned, we have a ton of exciting announcements coming your way in the next few weeks!





JUST ANNOUNCED: Meg Foster, Judy Geeson, David Ury, & Pancho Moler of Rob Zombie’s ’31’ to appear at Rock and Shock!



JUST ANNOUNCED: Meg Foster, Judy Geeson, David Ury, & Pancho Moler of Rob Zombie’s ’31’ to appear at Rock and Shock!

Rob Zombie is a beloved part of New England horror history and you, our Rock and Shock family, always treat his actors well when they appear at the show. So, with Zombie’s new film, 31, arriving in September we thought it would be the perfect time to bring in some stars from the film for you! MEG FOSTER plays Venus Virgo in 31, and you no doubt also know her from a couple other roles, namely Margaret Morgan in Zombie’s last film, The Lords Of Salem, and Holly in John Carpenter’s classic They Live, and she had memorable roles in Stepfather II and Masters Of The Universe. Also, those who have met her can tell you she is humble, grateful and gracious to her fans, which always makes a day at the convention better. Speaking of Rob Zombie film alumni, JUDY GEESON was also in The Lords of Salem, playing Lacy Doyle. In 31 she plays alongside Malcolm McDowell as Sister Dragon. Prior to that she cut her horror teeth in episodes of genre shows Thriller, Monsters and Charmed. DAVID URY joins the Zombie team in 31, playing Schizo-Head, and you may also know him from his turns on Breaking Bad, Charmed, Bones, Grimm, American Horror Story and the upcoming Fear, Inc. And our final addition for this announcement is PANCHO MOLER, who plays Sick-Head. Pancho got a taste for horror playing an evil dwarf in American Horror Story: Freak Show, and gets a lot more evil in 31. Friends, you may want to find a 31 poster now, because it’s going to look damn good with all these signatures on it.

For full line up and ticketing options visit www.rockandshock.com







When you think of characters with an enduring legacy in the genre many come to mind, and for convention attendees, the actors that played them are forever associated with those icons of horror. That family of fear has grown large over the years, but there’s a much smaller group as well: actors that have played more than one memorable mayhem manipulator. Let’s go one step farther, shall we? Think about horror actors who have played more than one legendary character…and they were the only actor to play each role. Well, my friends, I am here to say that Bill Moseley stands atop that particular mountain, first having breathed life into Choptop for 1986’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and then Otis Driftwood for Rob Zombie’s first two films, House Of 1,000 Corpses (2003) and its sequel The Devil’s Rejects (2005). He even voiced Otis for 2009’s animated The Haunted World of El Superbeasto and took up the Choptop mantle again for his band Cornbugs. But beyond the movies and music, Bill can also be celebrated for being one of the most fun and fan friendly folks you could find at a convention, and we’re always happy to have him, especially this year as he joins Caroline Williams to celebrate the 30th anniversary of TCM2!

















Hi hi hi there, and look who’s coming to Rock and Shock: the one and only Malcolm McDowell! Here is a man whose career in movies, television and even commercials has brought him through every major genre, and along the way he placed himself firmly in our memories. Whether ruling the roost as the lead or stealing the show in a supporting role, whether his films were universally loved or wildly debated, Malcolm’s performances were always held in high regard. Starting with his first film role in 1968’s If…., McDowell built a long and legendary career on films such as O! Lucky Man, Britannia Hospital, Get Crazy, Time After Time, Caligula, Tank Girl, Star Trek: Generations, Gangster No. 1, and his most famous role as Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange. And of course, there was horror, most notably Cat People, Tales From The Crypt, Evilenko, Suck, Excision, Silent Night and Rob Zombie’s Halloween I and II. Currently, Malcolm has worked with Zombie again, playing Father Murder in the new film 31, and he is part of our big 31 reunion! Malcolm McDowell the actor is an icon. Malcolm McDowell the man is funny, engaging and intelligent, and is someone for whom you will hopefully set time aside to meet. And if he is on a Q&A panel, well, those are always gold! Right, right? Right, right.

Please visit www.rockandshock.com for current lineup and all ticketing options!


Second Announcement: More Bands and Guests Added


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Attention horror and rock fanatics, we present you with our second wave announcement for this year’s Rock and Shock coming to the Worcester Palladium and DCU Center FridaySunday, October 14th-16th! For our music lineup, we have added Dope, Malevolent Creation, Incantation, and Seeker to Friday’s lineup. For Saturday, please welcome All Hail The Yeti and Oni. Lastly,on Sunday we have added the following acts to the lineup: Outland Camp, Fury, Killer Intellect, Problemattik, Don Gaudy, Splitface, Kraeyzie PayN, and Lyricial Deathwish. We also have added 3 very talented actors to this year’s convention. Please welcome Danielle Harris from “Halloween 4 & 5″, Caroline Williams from “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2″, and Camille Keation from “I Spit On Your Grave.” 


Listed below is our updated music lineup and all of our ticket links. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more musical and celebrity announcements!



-Carach Angren

-Malevolent Creation


3:00 pm Doors
Combo Tickets: $30 Advance | $35 Day

-Max & Iggor Cavalera – Back To “ROOTS”
-The Rocking Dead

-All Hail The Yeti

11:00 am doors
Combo Tickets: $35 Advance | $40 Day

-Mac Lethal
-Zodiac Mprint
-Lex The Hex Master
-Menace 2 Sobriety
-Godz of Kaos

-Outland Camp
-Killer Intellect
-Don Gaudy
-Kraeyzie PayN
-Lyricial Deathwish

11:00 am doors
Combo Tickets: $30 Advance | $35 Day



Per Day: $20 Advance | $25 Day
Fri. 10/14http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/010050F4CE057CE1
Sat. 10/15http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/010050F4CE0B7CE8
Sun. 10/16http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/010050F4CE117CF6

3 Day: $50 Advance | $60 Day
**Convention and Concert Combination**

Friday, October 14th – Sunday, October 16th
3:00 pm doors
Combo Tickets: $75 Advance | $85 Day


The time you have all been waiting for has finally arrived. You can now start preparing for the biggest event of the fall. Tickets will be going on sale Friday, July 22nd for the 13th annual Rock & Shock coming to the DCU Center and the Worcester Palladium on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 14th-16th. Come check out three days of music with celebrity appearances by Matthew Lillard & Skeet Ulrich of “Scream”, and Courtney Gains & John Franklin of “Children Of The Corn.” There are many more musical acts and celebrity guests to be announced in the next few weeks, so make sure to stay tuned!


PER DAY: $20 ADV/ $25 DOOR
3 DAY: $50 ADV / $60 DOOR

Friday, October 14th – Sunday, October 16th
3:00 pm doors
Combo Tickets: $75 Advance | $85 Day


Friday, October 14th:

Carach Angren

3:00 pm Doors
Combo Tickets: $30 Advance | $35 Day



Saturday, October 15th

Max & Iggor Cavalera – Back To “ROOTS”
The Rocking Dead

Saturday, October 15th
11:00 am doors
Combo Tickets: $35 Advance | $40 Day


Sunday, October 16th

Mac Lethal
Zodiac Mprint
Lex The Hex Master
Menace 2 Sobriety
Godz of Kaos

11:00 am doors
Combo Tickets: $30 Advance | $35 Day