Pictures from Rhode Island Comic Con 2015

By Jason Harris

Actor Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files).

Actor Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files).


Baymax.

Baymax.


Ted "The Millionaire Dollar Man' DiBiase.

Ted “The Millionaire Dollar Man” DiBiase.

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Actress Terry Farrell (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hellraiser III).

Actress Terry Farrell (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hellraiser III).


Achmed the Dead Terrorist.

Achmed the Dead Terrorist.


Author Stacey Longo.

Author Stacey Longo.


Immortan Joe.

Immortan Joe.


The Faces of Star Trek panel (from Left to right): Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Terry Farrell, and moderator Clare Kramer.

The Faces of Star Trek panel (from Left to right): Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Terry Farrell, and moderator Clare Kramer.


Bill and Ted.

Bill and Ted.


Actor Ron Perlman (Hellboy)

Actor Ron Perlman (Hellboy).


Mario and Tonto and a Rhode Island Comic Con volunteer photo-bombing in the background.

Mario and Tonto with a Rhode Island Comic Con volunteer photo-bombing in the background.


Actor Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead).

Actor Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead).


The Walking Dead.

The Wolves.


Actress Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (Prison Break).

Actress Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (Prison Break).


The Wolf and Red Riding Hood.

The Wolf and Red Riding Hood.


Actress Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie).

Actress Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie).


Spock.

Spock.


Actor Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy).

Actor Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy).


Ash.

Ash.


Actor Michael Wright (V).

Actor Michael Wright (V).


The Connecticut Visitors.

The Connecticut Visitors.


Actor Lorenzo Lamas (Sharknado 3, Renegade)

Actor Lorenzo Lamas (Sharknado 3, Renegade)


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Johnny 5 and Ben Jahveri.


Actor a.J. Buckley (CSi: NY).

Actor A.J. Buckley (CSI: NY).

Another entry of pictures from Rhode Island Comic Con 2015 will be coming in the next couple of days.

Pictures from ConnectiCon 2015

By Jason Harris

This year marks the 12th ConnectiCon, which was founded in 2002 and the first one was held in 2003. You can find out about it’s history here.

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W.B. Mason.

W.B. Mason.

Baymax.

Baymax.

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The Lone Gunmen from The X-Files were in attendance.

Bruce Harwood ( John Fitzgerald Byers of The Lone Gunmen)

Bruce Harwood ( John Fitzgerald Byers on The Lone Gunmen)

Tom Braidwood (Melvin Frohike on The Lone Gunmen).

Tom Braidwood (Melvin Frohike on The Lone Gunmen).

Dean Haglund (Richard 'Ringo' Langly on The Lone Gunmen).

Dean Haglund (Richard ‘Ringo’ Langly on The Lone Gunmen).

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Green Lantern.

Green Lantern.

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Prince Charming and Cinderella.

Prince Charming and Cinderella.

George Takei.

George Takei.

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Actress and author Amber Benson.

Actress and author Amber Benson.

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Queen Amidala and friend.

Queen Amidala and friend.

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Thor and Thor.

Thor and Thor.

A Jedi.

A Jedi.

The Power Rangers.

The Power Rangers.

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Supergirl and friend.

Supergirl and friend.

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Voice actor Bill Farmer.

Voice actor Bill Farmer.

Characters from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

Characters from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

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The Voice Acting in Television panel with Kari Wahlgren, Chris Bevins, Maurice LeMarche, Phil Lanarr, Bill Farmer, and Dameon Clarke.

The Voice Acting in Television panel with Kari Wahlgren, Chris Bevins, Maurice LeMarche, Phil Lanarr, Bill Farmer, and Dameon Clarke.

Harley Quinn punching Batgirl.

Harley Quinn punching Batgirl.

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Dr. Who.

Dr. Who.

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Dr. Who.

Dr. Who.

Peter

Peter “Starlord” Quill.

Loki.

Loki.

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Bluntman and Chronic.

Bluntman and Chronic.

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Harley Quinn, The Riddler, and Robin.

Harley Quinn, The Riddler, and Robin.

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Yoko Littner.

Pictures from Rhode Island Comic Con 2014

 

By Jason Harris

 

Actor Walter Koenig (Star Trek: The Original Series).

Actor Walter Koenig (Star Trek: The Original Series).

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Captain America and Casey Jones.

Captain America and Casey Jones.

Actor John Wesley Shipp. (Flash, Dawson's Creek, The Flash).

Actor John Wesley Shipp (Dawson’s Creek, The Flash (1990 and 2014).

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An Andorian Starfleet officer holding a tridimensional chessboard.

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Actor James Hampton (Teen Wolf).

Actor James Hampton (Teen Wolf).

Mary Poppins.

Mary Poppins.

WWE star and author Mick Foley.

WWE star and author Mick Foley.

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Actress Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek: The Original Series).

Actress Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek: The Original Series).

Cobra Commander.

Cobra Commander.

Groot and Rocket.

Groot and Rocket.

Actor Seth Gilliam (The Walking Dead).

Actor Seth Gilliam (The Walking Dead).

Quint being eaten by Jaws.

Quint being eaten by Jaws.

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Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi and Dr. Strange.

Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi and Dr. Strange.

Captain America.

Captain America.

Actor Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Leverage).

Actor Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Leverage).

Frozen's Elsa.

Frozen’s Elsa.

Actor J. August Richards (Marvel's Agents of Shield, Angel).

Actor J. August Richards (Marvel’s Agents of Shield, Angel).

Actor Vic Mignogna (Star Trek Continues).

Actor Vic Mignogna (Star Trek Continues).

Mirror Universe Spock.

Mirror Universe Spock.

Actress Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman).

Actress Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman). Photo by Stacey Longo.

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Actor William Forsythe (The Devil's Rejects, Dick Tracy).

Actor William Forsythe (The Devil’s Rejects, Dick Tracy).

Dick Tracy.

Dick Tracy.

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Actor Saul Rubinek (Warehouse 13, True Romance).

Actor Saul Rubinek (Warehouse 13, True Romance).

Kevin Smith.

Kevin Smith.

The Blues Brothers.

The Blues Brothers.

Actor Anthony Michael Hall (Weird Science, televison's The Dead Zone).

Actor Anthony Michael Hall (Weird Science, televison’s The Dead Zone). Photo by Stacey Longo.

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Steven Williams (Supernatural, The X-Files, Jason Goes to Hell).

Steven Williams (Supernatural, The X-Files, Jason Goes to Hell).

Actor Bobby Clark (Star Trek: The Original Series).

Actor Bobby Clark (Star Trek: The Original Series).

Batman.

Batman.

Actor John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and author Stacey Longo.

Actor John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and author Stacey Longo.

Spider-woman and Captain America.

Spider-woman and Captain America.

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The Dome of the Sci-fi Saturday Night podcast.

The Dome of the Sci-fi Saturday Night podcast.

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Princess Leia (Cosplayer Sarah Ann McGinnis)

Princess Leia (Cosplayer Sarah Ann McGinnis)

The alien marching band.

The alien marching band.

J. August Richards dancing with the alien band.

J. August Richards dancing with the alien band.

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Actor George Takei  (Star Trek: The Original Series).

Actor George Takei (Star Trek: The Original Series).

New Hampshire Director in Search of Donations for Vampire Film

 

By Jason Harris

 

Writer and director Tim Morgan (author of The Trip), who lives in New Hampshire, has started a Kickstarter campaign to get his short film, My DreamGirl Was A Vampire, made. If he meets his goal, every backer who donates a $1 or more will receive a MP4 file of the movie.

Morgan’s impetus for My DreamGirl was a Vampire first developed in 1995 when he was working on a vampire movie that he wanted to direct as a feature, but didn’t have access to actors or the equipment.

“I wound up putting it down because the short was beyond what I could do with what I had access to at the time,” Morgan said.

In 1996, Morgan wrote a feature with a vampire named Stefanie as a “directed study in college,” he said.

“I had fun with it and it was the best I could do at the time, but it was a bad rip-off of The X-Files. There was something about Stefanie’s character that would stick with me, though, and I tried a couple times over the years to reboot her, but it never seemed to work.”

This past fall, Morgan wrote a new vampire short after meeting a couple of new actors who he had never worked with before.

“The early draft was darker and edgier but it just didn’t feel right. So I put that aside, thought about bringing Stefanie back, and wrote the script that became My DreamGirl Was A Vampire.”

The vampire, Stefanie, will be portrayed by New Hampshire actor Kimberley Miller. Miller considers Stefanie to be a “complex character.” It’s the real emotional challenge of the character that intrigued her, she said.

“She is a vampire, but with some very human characteristics. She wants a way out and is very vulnerable/desperate. She doesn’t want to be a vampire. A majority of vampire stories are about the turning and the power and blood lust,” Miller said.

Morgan said that he’s trying to put an original spin on the genre, but knows he has to adhere to certain things that the “rabid fans of the genre” would want.

“I love this story because it’s a simple/sweet story about a girl (who happens to be a vampire) who wants a second shot at life and the quirky cute guy who can help her. It is more about making Stefanie real and sympathetic to the audiences than focusing on the vampire piece,” Miller said.

The other character in My DreamGirl Was A Vampire is museum employee Grant portrayed by another New Hampshire actor, Billy Pomerleau, who is looking forward to bringing this role to life.

“[Grant] has a personality that, in my opinion makes him very likable. He’s a bit of an ‘everyman’ and I’ve always rooted for the reluctant hero types. Not to mention the opportunity to work opposite the devilishly beautiful Kimberley Miller. I mean, who could say no to that,” Pomerleau said.

There are 18 days left in Morgan’s campaign to raise $2,500. So far, the campaign has raised $97.

“If you’re looking for a fresh voice in the vampire genre, with a new approach, this is for you,” Morgan said.

Morgan hopes the campaign is successful so he can film, My DreamGirl Was A Vampire, and bring it to film festivals. The biggest festival is Shriekfest, which he was at in 2003 with one of his scripts, Morgan said.

Along with every donator receiving a MP4 file, there are other giveaways including PDF files of the script, DVDs of the finished film, links to a person’s website, t-shirts, mentions on the short film’s official page, and producer credits.

You can find and donate to his campaign on Kickstarter here.

Rock and Shock Happens this Weekend

Massachusetts prepares for the 10th anniversary of the Rock and Shock Horror and Music convention series this weekend (October 18th – 20th) with a lineup of sinister guests, musical acts and events that cannot be missed!

This year’s celebrity guests include Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger of Nightmare on Elm Street), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, The X-Files), Gunnar Hansen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Michael Rooker, Scott Wilson, Lew Temple and IronE Singleton (of The Walking Dead), cast and crew from Sharknado, the cast of Holliston and many more!

Nightly entertainment kicks off with a pre-show Thursday performance from Between the Buried and Me with The Faceless, The Contortionist and The Safety Fire. Friday brings a double feature of Kevin Smith’s Red State and Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. Saturday we welcome Danzig’s 25th Anniversary Tour with special guest Doyle, Otep, Butcher Babies, Texas Hippie Coalition, A Pale Horse Named Death, New Years Day and more. Sunday rounds out the weekend with Twiztid’s Fright Fest including Blaze, The Roc, Aqualeo, Funny People Makin’ Funna People, Fury, Masstapeace, Outland Camp, Wayne Da Payne and more!

 Rock and Shock’s show floor offers so much more than awesome celebrity guests and isle after isle of incredible vendors.

  • Attend panels every hour with Q&A’s with your favorite horror film celebrities
  • Check out the best independent films from local visionaries
  • Learn about the paranormal, Halloween crafts, special effects makeup and more
  • Face off against other gamers in our Video Game Tournament Extravaganza
  • Catch a table top board game demo and enter the tournament
  • Get a professional photo taken with your favorite celebrities or get a freestyle photo taken with killer props and backgrounds
  • Grab FREE posters, books and more, and enter hourly contests to win DVD’s, Blu-Rays and other excellent promo swag from Old Boy, Thor: The Dark World, Resolution, Ender’s Game, Odd Tales, Quirk, Magnet, Dark Horse, Funko, Image Entertainment and Xlrator Media, courtesy of Dread Central
  • Rock and Shock offers a family friendly environment with lots for kids to do!

Tickets are available now at http://rockandshock.com/tickets/ with options from VIP to show attendee.

‘Sharknado’ Scheduled to Hit the East Coast during Rock & Shock 2013

The national weather service is predicting that a category 4 Sharknado will hit
Worcester, Massachusetts on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19. Meteorologists can confirm that Sharknado‘s director Anthony C. Ferrante (Sharknado, Boo, Hansel & Gretel, Headless Horseman) and star Jason Simmons – (Sharknado, Bloody Mary, Nowhere, Baywatch) will be making landfall directly inside the DCU Center as part of Rock & Shock 2013. All residents are advised to take proper precautions by purchasing their tickets at rockandshock.com.
It’s the movie that caused a social media sensation like no other, and now you have the chance to meet the men behind this contemporary classic; director Anthony C. Ferrante and actor Jason Simmons. Making their first convention appearance ever and hot off the tails of the Sharknado sequel announcement, Ferrante and Simmons will be signing autographs and meeting with fans as part of the 10th annual convention.

Also joining Ferrante and Simmons will be Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street, Hatchet), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files), The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker and Scott Wilson and many more. Live performances include, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie and Podcast Q&A), Danzig with special guest Doyle and Twiztid.

For a complete list of attendees and up-to-the-minute announcements, please visit http://www.rockandshock.com.

‘Army of the Damned’ Cast Set to Invade this Year’s Rock & Shock

The filmmakers behind Inkubus, Infested and Self Storage will be showcasing their latest production Army of the Damned at Rock & Shock 2013. Along with a special invite-only premiere on Saturday, October 19, the film’s producer, director and cast will be meeting with fans all weekend long.

Some say that New England is quickly becoming the Hollywood of the East and thanks to Rhode Island based producer Chad A. Verdi and writer/director Tom DeNucci, they may just be right. The duo have cranked out hometown horror with Hollywood legends and their latest endeavor is no different. Boasting an all-star cast including Tony Todd (Candyman), Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (The Expendables), *NSYNC ‘s Joey Fatone (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Sully Erna (lead singer, Godsmack) and professional wrestlers Tommy Dreamer, Maria Kanellis and Thea Trinidad, Army of the Damned is poised to once and for all put the East Coast on the movie making map.

To celebrate the release of the Rhode Island helmed horror flick, Verdi, DeNucci and the film’s cast will be heading up to Worcester, MA to premiere the film at Rock & Shock 2013. Joining the film’s aforementioned stars will be David Chokachi (Baywatch), Nick Principe (Laid to Rest), Jackie Moore (Atlantic Rim), Tom Paolino (Inkubus), David Gere (Remains) and Billy Vigeant (The Fighter).

Army of the Damned follows the crew of a hit reality TV show as they chronicle the lives of local cops in a sleepy town. When things go horribly awry after a call that brings new meaning to the term “domestic disturbance,” these small town cops must put their lives – and their training – on the line if they want to make it out alive and avoid joining the Army of the Damned.

Rock & Shock, now in its 10th year is an annual convention that brings together monsters, music and mayhem for three days of frightening fun! This year’s event will see the likes of Robert Englund(Nightmare on Elm StreetHatchet), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead), Gunnar Hansen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, American Mary) and many more signing autographs, taking pictures and meeting fans from all over the world. In addition to Twiztid, this year’s live performers include Danzig with special guest Doyle and Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes; who will be screening their new film Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie and answering fan questions with a live podcast.

For a complete list of attendees and up-to-the-minute announcements, please visithttp://www.rockandshock.com.

Twiztid To Kick Off Fright Fest Tour at Rock & Shock 2013

Twiztid To Kick Off Fright Fest Tour at Rock & Shock 2013 With Special Guests Sid Haig & Hanna Hall

Twiztid will be kicking of their annual Fright Fest Tour as well as closing out Rock & Shock 2013 when they hit the Worcester Palladium stage on Sunday, October 20, 2013. As part of the three day convention, Twiztid will be performing live alongside special guests The R.O.C., Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Mad Child and Aqualeo. In addition to their performance, Twiztid will also be hosting a panel and special Sunday only autograph session with their tour mates, as well actors Sid Haig and Hanna Hall.

Sid Haig is best known to audiences as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s contemporary horror classics House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. He will be joined by his Halloween co-star Hanna Hall who most recently appeared in Twiztid’s music video for their single The Deep End. Hall has also appeared in Text, Visible Scars, and Sophia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides but will forever be known to movie audiences as Young Jenny in the seminal classic Forrest Gump, coining the phrase “Run Forrest, run!”

Rock & Shock, now in its 10th year is an annual convention that brings together monsters, music and mayhem for three days of frightening fun! This year’s event will see the likes of Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street, Hatchet), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead), Gunnar Hansen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, American Mary) and many more signing autographs, taking pictures and meeting fans from all over the world. In addition to Twiztid, this year’s live performers include Danzig with special guest Doyle and Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes; who will be screening their new film Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie and answering fan questions with a live podcast.

For a complete list of attendees and up-to-the-minute announcements, please visit http://www.rockandshock.com.

‘Cheers’ Star and the Voice of Pixar Coming to Rock & Shock 2013

 

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name and sometimes you want to go to where horror and music reign supreme. Luckily at Rock & Shock 2013 you’ll get a little bit of both! We are proud to announce that Cheers star John Ratzenberger will be among our many celebrity guests at this year’s event!

TV audiences will remember Ratzenberger’s face from the seminal television classic Cheers, while movie fans will recognize his voice from all of the Pixar movies. As the only actor to appear in all of Pixar’s film, Ratzenberger was most notably heard as the voice of Hamm the Piggy Bank in the Toy Story films, The Abominable Snowman in Monsters Inc. and most recently as Gordon the Guard in Brave. Ratzenberger has also appeared on screen in such films as Motel Hell, House 2: The Second Story, The Empire Strikes Back and Superman 1 & 2.

Ratzenberger will be joining previously announced Rock & Shock guests Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files), Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street, Hatchet), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer), Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, American Mary), Jordan Ladd (Cabin Fever, Death Proof), Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects, The Walking Dead) and IronE Singleton (The Walking Dead) . For a complete list of attendees and up-to-the-minute announcements, visit http://www.rockandshock.com.

Rock and Shock is a three-day horror and music convention featuring celebrity signings, movie screenings, concerts, panels and more. Now in its tenth year, Rock & Shock has played host some of the biggest names in horror and rock. This year’s event will be taking place October 18-20, 2013 in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts at the DCU Center (http://www.dcucenter.com) and the Worcester Palladium (http://thepalladium.net). Tickets are available online at rockandshock.com.

 

Freddy Krueger Himself, Robert Englund, Slashing His Way Back to Worcester for Rock & Shock 2013

Rock & Shock may be a dream come true for horror and music lovers alike but this year, the nightmare returns. We are pleased to officially announce that Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund, will be slashing his way back to Worcester, Massachusetts as part of Rock & Shock’s 10th annual event.

Englund is bestknown for the groundbreaking horror role of Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series; having brought the role to life nine times on the big screen as well as in countless TV, video game and even musical performances. In addition to his iconic role, he has most notably appeared in the films Eaten Alive (1977), Strangeland (1998), Urban Legend (1998), Hatchet (2006), Behind the Mask: the Rise and Fall of Leslie Vernon (2006), Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007) and Inkubus (2011), which held it’s premiere at Rock & Shock two years ago. His latest work,Sanitarium, recently won the Audience Award at the San Antonio Film Festival.

Englund will be joining previously announced Rock & Shock guests Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer), Jordan Ladd (Cabin Fever, Death Proof), Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, American Mary), Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects, The Walking Dead) and IronE Singleton (The Walking Dead) . For a complete list of attendees or for more information about this event, visit http://www.rockandshock.com.

Rock and Shock will be taking place October 18-20, 2013at the DCU Center (http://www.dcucenter.com) and The Worcester Palladium (http://thepalladium.net) in Worcester, Massachusetts.