Edwin Neal achieved legendary status in the horror genre with his very first role. That is not an easy feat, but one viewing of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is all that’s needed for evidence. Ed’s portrayal of The Hitchhiker makes the audience uneasy from the start, setting the tone for a film that is all about tension and dread. Each time we see him as the film continues his actions grow more disturbed, creating imagery that becomes burned into the memories of each viewer. Ed has had parts in other horror films such as Future-Kill, My Boyfriend’s Back, Murder-Set-Pieces and Satan’s Playground, but he is also an accomplished voice actor, particularly in anime. He has provided vocals for characters in series such as Gatchaman, Ninja Resurrection, Devilman Lady, Soul Hunter, King of Bandit Jing, and many more. Ed is one of the most fun and expressive guests you could meet, and you can do just that this October 11-13 at Rock and Shock!
For over 30 years after its release, John Dugan’s only screen credits were in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, playing the disturbing, beyond elderly grandfather of the Sawyer family, and a cameo in the fourth film in the series, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. But, despite playing a character that did not have dialogue and barely moved without assistance, Grandpa’s creep factor was so high that no horror fan could ever forget him. John returned to screen acting in 2007 with roles in horror features such as Monstrosity, Butcher Boys, The Hospital, The Boogeyman, and Rock, Paper, Scissors, and in 2013 he brought Grandpa back to the big screen in Texas Chainsaw 3D. John will be with us this October at the DCU Center, and we hope you’ll be with us as well!
Ken Foree’s horror resume is absolutely stellar, so let’s take a moment and reflect on these classics: Dawn of the Dead (1978 and 2004), Knightriders, From Beyond, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween (2007), The Lords of Salem, and the recent Shudder documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. Even his non-horror roles have been historic: The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, Jo Jo Dancer Your Life is Calling, Kenan & Kel, and Black Santa’s Revenge. In over fifty years of acting Ken has brought intelligence, humor, anger and more to his hundred-plus roles, and he has earned the acclaim of peers and fans alike. And now, after several years, he will be back with us at Rock and Shock!
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has a legacy worthy of the horror hall of fame. The series has had at least one movie released each decade since its inception in 1974, and each of the films, while they may share characters, actors and even directors, has its own feel and is a unique experience. There have been sequels, prequels and reimaginings, but at the end of the day the words Texas Chainsaw Massacre still bring chills to the spine of horror fans. One of the biggest reasons for those shivers is the absolutely iconic lead character, Leatherface, and those that have played the flesh mask wearing killer have gone the extra mile to bring honor to the role while bringing a unique performance as well. That is certainly true of our next guest, Dan Yeager, who brought respect to the character while also bringing savagery, madness, and even humanity to his portrayal for the 2013 sequel to the original, Texas Chainsaw 3D. Dan’s passion for the character earned him a place in horror history, and we welcome him to Rock and Shock!
The character of Leatherface was made iconic as soon as the late Gunnar Hansen’s first take was committed to film. With every screening the legend of Texas Chainsaw Massacre grew, and its characters became unforgettable. When the sequel was announced and Bill Johnson was cast as the already immortal saw slinger, he was faced with the pressure of putting his stamp on the character while respecting his predecessor. And now, over thirty years later, Bill Johnson is still hitting the road, attending conventions and meeting fans for one reason: he succeeded. Bill expanded on the emotion of Leatherface and gave a sympathetic angle to the character that stood out among the violence and humor of the sequel. In doing so, Bill Johnson made a name for himself in the franchise, one that still stands tall today, and October 11-13 he will be at Rock and Shock to meet you!
Joe Knetter and Sarah French are proof that if you put the work in you will make things happen. Their passion for the horror genre has seen opportunities growing year after year, and there really is no end in sight. Joe’s writing path has taken him from his individual books (Twisted Loneliness, Vile Beauty, Room) to working with Adam Green for last year’s Victor Crowley series tie-in novel I, Survivor, and his recent screenwriting has come in the form of the recent acclaimed independent feature Blind as well as the upcoming Desert Moon. Sarah has found success in front of the camera, with starring roles in Ouija House, Bryan the RomCom, Rootwood, a performance in Blind that many are calling her breakout role, as well as the upcoming Hanukkah, Desert Moon and Automation. They are two of our favorite and most fun guests, and they’ll be here October 11-13 at the DCU Center!
In 1983 Felissa Rose, barely a teenager, gave the world of horror a performance that made the genre stand up and take notice, and before she could even get a drivers license her spot in horror history was made. Without conventions or the internet, though, horror remained a very underground film category, and it took a long time before Felissa got her due. Once she did, though, she made up for lost time, attending shows and meeting fans with open arms and warm, energetic conversation and enthusiasm. She quickly gained a reputation as one of the kindest and most fun people to meet, and she has given back to her fans by starring in films such as Victor Crowley, Tales of Halloween, Rootwood, My Uncle John Is A Zombie! and Death House. Felissa will be with us at Rock and Shock this October, and as a bonus she’ll be donning her Camp Arawak uniform once again for a very special Sleepaway Camp photo op!
While known mostly for her television work in series like Bones, Castle, NCIS: Los Angeles, Ghost Whisperer and Dragnet (2003), Katherine Kamhi is no stranger to the world of horror. She has had roles in genre fare such as Silent Madness and The Occupants, but fans know her best as Meg, the cruel counselor at Camp Arawak who runs afoul of Felissa Rose’s character Angela in the 1983 classic Sleepaway Camp. If you want to know set stories, how filming for television differs from movies, or anything else about the craft, Katherine will be here to provide the answers. And as a special treat for the fans, she will be joining fellow Rock and Shock guest Felissa Rose for a special Camp Arawak costumed Sleepaway Camp photo op!
Whether shining light on characters that skirt the edges of the law or those that follow the straight and narrow, Kenny Johnson is best known for bringing depth and sincerity to any role he takes. From brief parts in Blade, Dexter and Burn Notice, to larger roles in The Shield, Prime Suspect, Secrets and Lies, and his most recent series, S.W.A.T., to his fan favorite turns as Herman Kozik, a member of the Tacoma and Charming chapters of Sons of Anarchy, and Caleb Calhoun, uncle of the infamous Norman Bates in Bates Motel, Kenny has shown his ability to show shades of gray in any dark or light character he portrays. He’s been a part of some of the most revered series in television history, and this October 11-13 Kenny will be with us at the DCU Center to talk with you about them all!
Kane Hodder is instantly thought of when the Friday the 13th franchise is mentioned, and his portrayal of Jason Voorhees in four of the films as well as the 2017 video game set a record for most appearances as the character. Speaking of legacies, Hodder also created a new franchise maniac by playing Victor Crowley in all four of Adam Green’s Hatchet movies, and also worked with Adam, whether acting or doing stunt coordination, on Holliston, Chillerama, Frozen and Digging Up the Marrow. Kane has starred in films such as Death House, Smothered, Old 37, House II, Prison, and many, many more, and his biography (Unmasked: The True Story of the World’s Most Prolific Cinematic Killer) has also been made into a documentary titled To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story. He is one of our most popular guests, and we hope you will give Kane a warm welcome this October 11-13!