Rock and Shock 2010

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I love October. My birthday is this month as well as Halloween and, of course, the Rock and Shock horror convention at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Rock and Shock is a three-day event from October 15-17th when horror fans from miles around can meet and greet some of their favorite horror stars. The cost is a reasonable $15.00 per person in advance and $20.00 at the door. This is a small price to pay to brush shoulders with famous actors and occasionally directors.

Rock and Shock takes place at a perfect location for die-hard horror fans that are willing to travel from great distances. It is right in the heart of downtown Worcester, MA at the DCU Center where there is plenty of access to hotels and great restaurants. People coming from far would enjoy spending the night and the next day here to take in some of the sites that Worcester has to offer such as the Worcester Art Museum or Higgins Armory.
The starring lineup changes slightly each year and usually includes at least one or two major actors that are well known to the general public as well as actors familiar mostly to those of us who are obsessed with the horror genre. Some of the stars like Eileen Dietz from The Exorcist make repeat visits each year. If you are really into horror, youíll want to carry some cash and a camera to take pictures with your favorite stars. This way you'll have plenty of souvenirs to hang on your wall or place in your favorite photo album when you get home.


The horror stars taking part in Rock and Shock are scheduled to appear all three days unless something comes up for them at the last minute. It is better to get a weekend pass if you are determined to see your favorite actors in case they do need to cancel one of their appearances. The lineup is long and includes George A. Romero (director, writer and cinematographer), Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn), Bill Moseley (The Devilís Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombieís Halloween 1 and 2), Julian Sands (Boxing Helena), Steve Gonzalves from Ghost Hunters, and much more.

Each of the stars at the convention has their own table with an array of merchandise for sale. The merchandise can be anything from books or posters to DVDs and they usually throw in a signature when you buy one of the products. I would never have the ability to do this, but some are willing to bargain on their prices. The last time I went, it was free to take pictures with your favorite stars, though itís a good idea to ask first. Remember that the stars are there to sell themselves and their products though they are also willing to chit chat with you when there are not too many people browsing at their tables.


Itís a good idea to look through the lineup to know who will be there before you go. This way you can get yourself mentally prepared with the questions you would like to ask. You'll be able to make the best of each opportunity you have to learn more about each person and their experiences in film when you've done your homework. If you are a shy person, it might be a good idea to take someone along to break the ice, otherwise, there is not too much pressure if you just want to go and wander around simply to have a little brush with fame.

Seeing film stars in person is not the only great thing about Rock and Shock. You can make a day and a night of it, so once youíve had the chance to visit all the tables and spend a little money, you donít need to rush home. Your day pass is also good for admission to movies that are playing in the next room. The movie room is a great venue for new directors and producers to test out their films. Some of the amateur films that are scheduled to show this year are Wick (Micah Gallo), Lizbeth: A Victorian Nightmare (Cast), Zombie Allegiance (Tony Nunez) Alice Jacobs is Dead (by Adrienne Barbeau, actress from The Fog) and much more. Check out these movies for the first time and when some of them become big hits you can tell your friends you saw it first!
The day is not over yet! End it with a bang by taking a very short walk over to The Palladium where a whole new lineup of stars is waiting to entertain you. You will have access to the following concerts: Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper, Nevermore, Twiztid and many other bands. Find out when your favorite group will be playing if you plan to go for just one day so you don't miss them. Though I'm probably a little too old and out of it to know most of the concert line up, I do recall loving White Zombie so I think I might have to grab a weekend pass to see Rob Zombie Friday night and check out the stars at the convention when I have more time on Saturday.

After all of the events are done for the day, have some money set aside if you are 21 or older because you'll want to hit the Worcester night clubs or hang out at one of the new wine bars we have to offer and have a few appetizers. If you leave early enough you must hit the Halloween Costume Outlet on West Boylston St. which is about 7 minutes away from downtown and well worth the short drive or cab ride. Here you can prepare to create your Halloween costume after an entire day of horror, while your imagination is still fresh. I hope this advice will help you have a wonderful weekend of horrific entertainment and festivities. Have fun, be safe and try not to get too scared!



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