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Rock and Shock celebrates its 10th anniversary on October 18th, 19th and 20th at the DCU Center and The Palladium in Worcester, MA. Rock and Shock is my favorite horror convention – not only because it’s local, but because it combines all the fun of a convention with nightly concerts. As a big fan of both horror films and metal music, it’s a dream come true.

Perhaps the most anticipated guest of this year’s con is none other than cult filmmaker Kevin Smith. He’ll be there with his old pal Jason Mewes on Friday night to screen their new animated film, Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. They’ll also be recording a podcast Q&A. The guest list also boasts Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th Parts 7-10), Alex Vincent (Child’s Play) and the first con appearance from Sharknado director Anthony C. Ferrante, among many others.

At last year’s Rock and Shock, the cast of Holliston delivered a script reading that turned out to be the most fun event I’ve ever witnessed at a con. This year, they’re back – with Dee Snider, no less! – to try and top it. They’ll be doing a “mock audition” for the show with fans. Locally-produced horror film Army of the Damned will be having its world premiere and many of its big-name stars – including Eric Roberts (The Expendables), Joey Fatone (Nsync) and Tony Todd (Candyman) – will be in attendance as well.

Rock and Shock Convention

The music will kick off at a pre-party on Thursday night headlined by progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me. On Saturday night, Danzig’s 25th anniversary tour takes the stage. The show sees Danzig reunite with former Misfits guitarist Doyle, and it features support from Otep, Butcher Babies and more. On Sunday, Psychopathic Records recording artists Twiztid will take over the joint for all the juggalos out there.

Believe it or not, that’s not all Rock and Shock has to offer! There will also be Q&A panels with the guests, film screenings, seminars and video and board game tournaments all weekend long. And don’t forget that there’s a huge vendor room filled with everything a genre fan could want, including shirts, movies, posters, memorabilia, indie filmmakers, tattoo artists and more. For more details on all the festivities, visit RockandShock.com.

If you’re in the New England area, attending Rock and Shock is a no-brainer. Even if you’re not local, it’s an event worth traveling to. I hope to see you there – and, if you spot me, be sure to say hello! But if you can’t make it, check back on iHorror after the event for our coverage.