In the 80s and 90s, a lot of films gave the horror world candidates for iconic monster characters. Only a handful were deemed by the devout genre fans to be worthy, though. One embraced character, of course, was The Djinn from Wishmaster, played by the inimitable Andrew Divoff. While he’s carved quite a memorable career for himself in a variety of roles (Lost, Air Force One, Graveyard Shift, Alias The Blacklist, Demons 2017), his part as Nathaniel Emerest/The Djinn has stuck in the minds of the hearty horror faithful for twenty-one years, and is a role that will live on forever.
Beyond the “heavies” that he often played on screen, Andrew is quite the opposite in real life. He is a soft spoken, kind and thoughtful gentleman who is happy to have a good conversation with his fans. He is a very popular guest and we are excited for his return this October 12-14 to Rock and Shock!
If you’re playing the Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon game, Ted Raimi’s resume can practically guarantee you a quick victory no matter who you choose. His non-horror credits alone have given him a memorable career, with roles in Postcards From the Edge, Clear and Present Danger, Seaquest 2032, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Code Monkeys, and the Spider-Man series directed by his brother Sam.
For us, though, it is horror and its many subgenres that made him a legend. He has teamed with his brother for the Evil Dead series along with Darkman, Crimewave, and Drag Me To Hell. Beyond that, he has appeared in (deep breath) Thou Shalt Not Kill…Except, Blood Rage, Intruder, Shocker, Twin Peaks, Candyman, Maniac Cop III, Wishmaster, The Grudge, Man with the Screaming Brain, Masters of Horror, My Name is Bruce, The Midnight Meat Train, Supernatural, and so many more. He is as versatile as he is talented, and he will be with us this October 12-14 at Rock and Shock!
Jeremy Davies has made a name for himself in many big films and television shows (Twister, Saving Private Ryan, Solaris, Justified, Supergirl), but for us, it’s his quirky, cult favorite projects that make us excited to have him at Rock and Shock. Whether it’s Spanking the Monkey, Ravenous, Secretary, Hannibal, Twin Peaks (2017) or American Gods, Jeremy always stood out amid even the most bizarre scenarios.
His largest roles were often ones that brought together the best of two worlds, with turns in odd and monstrous projects that appealed to a large audience. He took on the role of cult leader Charles Manson in Helter Skelter, appeared in thirteen episodes of Sleepy Hollow as Malcolm Dreyfus, and of course, there is his most famous role, playing Dr. Daniel Faraday on the vastly popular series Lost.
Jeremy is going to be with us in just a couple weeks, so bring your Lost theories and come say hello!
Could Derek Mears be the nicest man in Hollywood? It’s entirely possible, and those that have met him in his previous Rock and Shock appearances can testify to his positivity. He is genuine, hilarious, honest and cares for each of his fans. To say he appreciates your appreciation of his career would be an understatement.
And how about that career? Whether playing a human character or covered in monster makeup, Derek’s resume has gotten exponentially larger over the years. Many horror fans, of course, got to know him in 2009 with his role as Jason Voorhees in the last Friday the 13th film, but he’s done so much more, with parts in The Hills Have Eyes II (2007), Hatchet III, Holliston, Sons of Anarchy, Grimm, Dead Snow 2, True Blood, Sleepy Hollow, Twin Peaks (2017), RWBY, The Flash and so many more. Make sure to stop at his booth and say hello!
In the hallowed halls of horror and exploitation films, Linda Blair is royalty, and she gained that crown at a mere fourteen years old when The Exorcist was unleashed upon the world. For a great deal of people the film is the most terrifying they have seen, and it is led by Linda’s performance, winning you over as the smart and sweet Regan MacNeill and then scaring you to your very core after her possession by the demon Pazuzu. In the ensuing years she continued to endear herself to genre fans with starring roles in Hell Night, Savage Streets, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Chained Heat, Savage Island, Red Heat, and even spoofed The Exorcist alongside comedy genius Leslie Nielsen in the classic Repossessed. She also did a cameo for Wes Craven, playing a reporter in his game changing film Scream.
In 2003, Linda’s lifelong love for animals caused her to establish the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation (www.lindablairworldheart.org). From the website:
“LBWF is an animal and human welfare organization. Our mission is to alleviate suffering, while rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming abused, neglected and abandoned animals. We aid in crisis situations, while educating, encouraging and empowering the public to make a difference in the lives of those whom have no voice.” Linda is not merely a figurehead of this organization, but a hands on participant in the day to day operation. The proceeds she receives from appearances goes directly to running the foundation, so if you get an autograph or take a photo with her, you are helping to save lives!
Whether you are a fan of her films, a fan of animals, or both, Linda has a great deal of work on her resume, and you’ll be able to talk to her about it this October 12-14! Tickets, the full line up (so far), vendor registration forms and more are all available at www.rockandshock.com!
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!