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[Preview] 14th Annual Rock and Shock Convention This Weekend In Worcester, Mass with Kane Hodder, Derek Mears and More

For the fourteenth consecutive year, the Rock and Shock horror convention and music festival is set to descend upon Worcester, Mass this weekend. Taking over both the DCU Center and Palladium in downtown Worcester, the three-day event will kick off on Friday.

This year’s celebrity guest list includes the likes of Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th, Hatchet), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th, Predators), Tom Payne (The Walking Dead), Pollyanna McIntosh (The Walking Dead), Adam Green (Hatchet, Holliston), Mercedes McNab (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hatchet), Kirk Acevedo (12 Monkeys, Oz), Tom Savini (From Dusk Til Dawn, Django Unchained), Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead) and more.

Industrial metal pioneers Ministry will headline three days of music at the Palladium that will also include Motionless In White, Phil Anselmo’s Superjoint, Devil Driver, Twiztid, Miss May I, Death Grips, Adam Green’s Haddonfield and the ever-evolving supergroup known as The Rocking Dead. This year, The Rocking Dead will be comprised of Ace Von Johnson (Faster Pussycat), Ashes (Devil Driver), Acey Slade (Joan Jett), Kriz DK (Genitorturers), Bret Von Dehl (Heathens), Riki Rachtman (MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball), and Tim Cappello — you know… the saxophone guy in The Lost Boys.

Some of the panel highlights this year include:

“Legendary Ladies” with Linnea Quigley, Tiffany Shepis, Amy Steel and Sara French, along with a Child’s Play retrospective with Alex Vincent and Christine Elise on Friday.

“Ten Years of Victor Crowley” with Adam Green and cast members from the Hatchet films, “Makeup Maestros” with Tom Savini and Carl Buechler, and a Walking Dead panel with Pollyanna McIntosh on Saturday.

Adam Green and Derek Mears will reunite on Sunday for a two-man show that was a highlight of Rock and Shock a few years ago.

Rock and Shock kicks off Friday, October 13 and runs through Sunday at the DCU Center and Palladium in Worcester, Mass.

Tickets can be purchased at or in-person at the DCU Center.



  • Creepshow

    This is the weakest guest list in years. It would also help if they got some fresh faces. And normally they have a big name “headliner” guest (if you want to call it that). Someone like George Romero(RIP), Malcolm McDowell etc, but this year they don’t. I will of course attend again, but they have to shake it up a bit, and keep things fresh. I mean, fans aren’t gonna get Derek Mears autograph every year for 5 years straight. Or want to see the dude from Gremlins for like the 3rd year. Just saying.
    And as far as the Palladium goes…It’s a fucking dump, and the employees are dicks.
    Ok, I’m done.

    • ShadowInc

      It would be great if they could get better headliners guests for the horror movie portion. R& S sometimes suffers from having a few of the usual suspects too much. But perhaps it’s tough getting certain celebs because of the location, or because it’s not financially feasible. I don’t know.

      • Creepshow

        It’s tough to say. R&S used to run on the same weekend as NY Comic-con the last few years. I remember a few years back, members of The Walking Dead were scheduled to appear but had to cancel because of NYCC. Last year Pablo and Kelly from Ash vs Evil Dead could only commit to Saturday because they had to bolt to NYCC. That wasn’t the case this year, so I wonder why the poor guest list for R&S. They always had a “head table” for a big guest, and there would be a huge line for that person. I highly doubt Tony Todd (who cancelled) was that person this year. Oh well, I’ll have fun anyhow. I haven’t got an autograph since George Romero about 6 years ago.

  • Creepshow

    The place is disgusting. They don’t put a dime into it’s upkeep. The last time I was there, chunks of the ceiling were peeled and hanging down. In the balcony there were sections of seats just GONE, with caution tape around the areas. It was like fucking grenades went off up there. And last but not least, some wasted ass-hat puked at the show I was at, and they just simply threw cardboard over it. We pay good money to go see shows, and shouldn’t have to deal with shit-hole venues. And don’t get me going about the meat-wads that work there.

    • Necro

      Surprised it hasn’t been reported and/or condemned by now. I’ve heard of it but never been there. And I’m definitely not interested in going there now.

      • Creepshow

        Honestly, the whole city of Worcester should be reported and/or condemned. I show my face there once a year for this, and that’s IT.

        • Necro


  • ShadowInc

    I always enjoy ROCK & SHOCK, and hope they have continued success.

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