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 RockandShock.com or in-person at the DCU Center.