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Early Rock and Shock Guests Include a Legend, Three Leatherfaces, and Members of the Freak Show

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One of the most beloved East Coast horror cons is, without a doubt, Worcester, MA’s, Rock and Shock. Scheduled for October 16-18, Rock and Shock 2015 promises to be the intimate horror/metal experience that fans have come to love. And the initial guest announcements are fantastic!

Highlighting the first revealed guests are a filmmaking legend, three Leatherfaces, and several “Freak Show” members. To be more specific, the legend is none other than the creator of the modern day zombie himself, the man who can tack of the Dead to anything and make it amazing, George A. Romero. One of the most influential names in horror, Romero is an absolute gift to Rock and Shock attendees.

In addition to Romero, Rock and Shock has also announced a gaggle of Leatherfaces who will be in attendance. Amongst them was the initial Rock and Shock 2015 guest announced, the incomparable Gunnar Hansen, the original Leatherface from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Other actors who played Leatherface who will also be in attendace include Bill Johnson (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) and Dan Yeager (Texas Chainsaw 3D). This is a great opportunity to meet all your favorite sawmen; whether you’re a fan of the classic or the later adaptations, Rock and Shock will be able to cover all your Leatherface needs.

The “Freak Show” members mentioned above are, of course, from “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” Naomi Grossman (Pepper, who also appeared in “AHS: Asylum”), Erika Ervin (Amazon Eve), and Rose Siggins (Legless Suzi) will all be in attendance. This trio is a truly unique addition to the Rock and Shock 2015 lineup.

Also amongst the early announced guests are Hellraiser icon Doug Bradley, Rachel True from The Craft, and hell, even wrestling legend Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka will be there to meet you this year. In the interest of keeping the peace, we will assume that “Rowdy” Roddy Piper will not be in attendance due to previous conflicts between himself and Mr. Snuka involving an unfortunate coconut smashing incident. But hey, you never know with Rock and Shock!

Ticket info is coming soon, and in the meantime be sure to visit the official Rock and Shock website, “like” Rock and Shock on Facebook, and follow Rock and Shock on Twitter (@rockandshockusa).

Official Rock and Shock George A. Romero Announcement
Rock and Shock is pleased to announce that after five years, the prolific and incredible godfather of modern horror, George A. Romero, will be returning to the Northeast’s largest horror and music convention on October 16-18, 2015, in Worcester, MA.

For 40 some odd years, George Romero has put his mark on the scene. From 1968’s Night of the Living Dead right up through his ongoing Marvel Comic series Empire of the Dead (which he is currently looking to write, direct, and produce as a feature film), George has worked endlessly to bring us tales that terrify, horrify, and nauseate. What sets him apart from many of his peers, though, and has kept him beloved in the hearts of horror fans for so many years is his ability to give each of his films social relevance and a deeper level of relatability.

It is the story as well as the blood and guts that gives his movies that something extra and lifts them to legendary status, and the list of classics of this prolific filmmaker’s career is long indeed. For starters, there’s the critically acclaimed “Of the Dead” series (Night, Dawn, Day, Land, Diary, and Survival). And then there’s Martin, Knightriders, The Crazies, and Creepshow. And don’t forget Monkey Shines, The Dark Half, Season of the Witch, Two Evil Eyes, There’s Always Vanilla, and Bruiser.

George Romero has earned his iconic status several times over; yet, he is humble enough to shrug off that crown and will tell you he’s just doing what he loves. For that, Rock and Shock is honored to have George Romero return as a guest, and we hope that all will attend to meet this iconic legend of film.

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IFC Midnight Picks Up SXSW Hit What Keeps You Alive

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Colin Minihan’s thriller What Keeps You Alive starring Hannah Emily Anderson and Brittany Allen premiered in the Midnighters section at SXSW last month and today we have word via Deadline that the film has been picked up by IFC Midnight.

I’m very excited to be working with IFC Midnight on releasing What Keeps You Alive,” Minihan said in a statement. “They are at the top of their game and consistently releasing the best the genre has to offer.”

An official release date for the film hasn’t been announced as of yet but we will make sure to pass along word once we hear it.

Are you excited to check out Colin Minihan’s What Keeps You Alive? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.

The film is written and directed by Colin Minihan and based on a story by Minihan and Brittany Allen, who also composed the film’s score. Minihan also produces with Kurtis David Harder, Chris Ball, and Ben Knechtel. The film stars Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha MacIsaac and Joey Klein.

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A same-sex couple against one another on their one-year anniversary.

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Blumhouse’s Stephanie Starring Frank Grillo Dumped to DVD

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Blumhouse’s new kid-horror flick Stephanie starring Frank Grillo and Anna Torv is getting dumped to DVD (yep, not even a Blu-ray) without a single special feature May 1.

And to make matters worse, today we have the film’s “trailer”… which is actually only a clip. Wow.

You can check out the clip below and the movie’s DVD cover art to the right and then make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is directed by Akiva Goldsman from a screenplay written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski (Siren, Super Dark Times) and stars Frank Grillo and Anna Torv. It hits DVD May 1.

BUY IT HERE

Synopsis:

A young girl, Stephanie is abandoned by her parents and forced to survive on her own. When her parents return, they are surprised to find her alive after they discover dark, supernatural forces are wreaking havoc, with Stephanie at the center of the turmoil.

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The Cast of Westworld Explains Why the Show Is a Must-Watch for Horror Fans

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“Westworld” Season 2 kicks off on Sunday, April 22nd at 9 PM on HBO, and fans of the high-concept sci-fi thriller are chomping at the bit; it’s understandable since Season 1 wrapped way back in late 2016.

While I have a wide definition of the term “horror”, believing it’s more of a sensation than a genre, many Dread Central readers may be wondering if a show about robot cowboys is worth their time and attention.

While I’d recommend “Westworld” to anyone who loves stylized violence, gore, and suspense, we challenged members of the cast to sell the series to potentially reluctant horror fans. How would they respond, for example, to a friend who dismisses the show because they watch horror almost exclusively?

Here are the responses we got from Luke Hemsworth (who plays Head of Security Ashley Stubbs), Angela Sarafyan (who plays host Clementine Pennyfeather), and Clifton Collins, Jr. (who plays both Lawrence and El Lazo).

Dread Central: Complete this sentence: “If you love horror movies, you should watch ‘Westworld’ because…”

Luke Hemsworth: If you love horror movies, you should watch “Westworld” because it’s really gory. It’s pretty dark and it’s also pretty smart.

Angela Sarafyan: You should definitely watch “Westworld” because it makes you face death. It’s a show that questions your mortality. The show not only projects these feelings, but makes you think about the boundlessness of human destruction and how far we can take our reality. Meaning: Will technology eventually be our destruction?

Clifton Collins, Jr: If you love horror movies, you should watch “Westworld” because the same rushes you get from scares in a horror movie, those thrilling and suspenseful events happen in the show. Just from reading it I can tell Season 2 is really cranked-up compared to Season 1. You’re going to have those moments where your heart palpitates or skips a beat and a lot of “Oh my gosh!” moments. There are some serious white-knuckle moments this season. It’s the same thrill you get from watching a horror film!


Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park — which is looked after by robotic “hosts” — allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park’s guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged. “Westworld” — which is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name — features an all-star cast that includes Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe winner Ed Harris.

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