Rock and Shock in Review

Posted on November 1, 2011 by

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By Susan Rahall

I am an avid horror movie fan. I have seen every Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Saw – you name it, and I’ve seen it. As a matter of fact, when I was about 8 or 9 years old, I can remember having a sleepover, and forcing my best friend to stay up all night watching Nightmare on Elm Street. She was never allowed to sleep over again. My point is when I first heard about Rock and Shock, I was super excited, and every year, I missed it. So when I found out that it was that time of the year again I immediately purchased tickets and was fortunate enough to attend and I want to let you in on some of the awesome things you may missed out on, so that when October comes around next year you might be interested in attending.

Here is a little history on the Rock and Shock Convention,WAAF’s Kevin Barbare and Mass Concert’s General Manager Gina Migliozzi came up with the brilliant idea of a Horror Convention with a bit of Rock flair. This brainchild was dubbed Rock and Shock, and for the last eight years, has been New England’s only Horror Convention.

Each year the DCU Center and Palladium has hosted some of Horror movies’ biggest names such as George A. Romero, Danny Trejo, and Sid Haig, to name a few. In addition to the plethora of horror film stars, they combined some of the biggest names in rock, such as Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, GWAR, and Insane Clown Posse to turn downtown Worcester the Mecca of Mayhem. This year the convention was held on October 14-16, with a pre-party concert that, as long as someone was a ticket holder, could attend on Thursday night.
As I walked toward the DCU Convention Center, I could see the sidewalk had begun to fill up with a blend of monsters, ghouls, and Juggalos aka fans of Insane Clown Posse (the Insane Clown Posse was performing that night). I dashed past a horde of Juggalettes as they covered themselves with Faygo (a popular soda pop amongst ICP fans). Entering the DCU, visitors could see that the arena had been split into three sections: vendors, celebrities, and an area for paneled discussions.

This year’s Rock and Shock featured some of the biggest names in Horror. The main attraction was Robert Englund who is better known as the one and only Freddy Kruger. Also in attendance were Derek Mears, Kane Hodder, Lance Henrickson, William Forsythe, Bill Mosely, Gary Busey and Rowdy Roddy Piper, just to name a few. They were tucked away in an area sectioned off by red curtains, and attendees were able to take pictures and get autographed photos for a fee ranging from $10-$30. Right outside of the line of fans waiting to meet Robert Englund, were cast members from his movie Inkubus, and if people were lucky enough, they could get a free movie poster autographed by the cast, for free.

The second are is where the vendors were, here you could find directors, writers, costume contests, CD/DVD distributors, toy and model makers, comic book writers and artists, and tattoo artists galore! Vendors from all over New England sold a variety of wares from custom fitted fangs to horror masks molded to fit one’s own face, to Zombie caricatures. The local tattoo artists, who specialized in “Horror” inspired tattoos, and had a line of eager fans waiting for their chance to get some new ink. There was something for everyone!

The third and final area was where Fangoria (America’s Horror magazine) sponsored paneled discussions. This was a more intimate way for horror fans to listen to stories and the experiences of some of their favorite actors. There was even a chance to take a few pictures with them before they had to head back to their assigned area where they would continue to meet with fans until the convention came to an end each evening.

Saturday night the red carpet was rolled out, and fans that were lucky enough to attend the world premiere of the movie Inkubus were treated to a Q&A with the cast which is a new addition to the Rock and Shock schedule.

Since Rock and Shock does not solely focus on just the “Shock” part of the convention, in the evening attendees headed over to the palladium where the “Rock” half was taking place. This year, Rock and Shock was the host of many well-known bands including Mushroomhead, and as previously mentioned, the Insane Clown Posse. Fans of Mushroomhead were excited and surprised when the band made a stop at the DCU Center before their performance, and took time to give hugs, take photos and sign autographs before they were scheduled to perform. Other bands that were featured were Devin Townsend and Alsena and the Rolling Bones, to name a few.

By now, you must be thinking, “This is great, but how can I afford this? I am a college student – I don’t have this kind of money to spend…” Well that my friends, is where you are wrong. Rock and Shock is super affordable, tickets this year ranged from $15-$25 and if attendants were interested in going all three days, then they could purchase a three day pass at a pretty reasonable price. If you are a horror fan, than I suggest you start saving now, so when Rock and Shock returns next year, you will be able to kick off the Halloween season with a unique experience that will leave you feeling ROCKED AND SHOCKED!!

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