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



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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Go Christmas Caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer



Given that I personally have gone Christmas caroling with various lunatics hopped up on eggnog, what the hell… why not go Christmas caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer? Dig on this latest clip!

Look for the flick starring Colin Farrell (Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, In Bruges, 2009) and co-starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (Best Actress, The Hours, 2003) to hit Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on January 23rd. Yorgos Lanthimos directs.

Special features include “An Impossible Conundrum” featurette, and the package will be priced at $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing.

As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

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Which Monsters May Be Making Their TV Debut in Junji Ito Collection?



Studio Deen’s highly-anticipated anime anthology Junji Ito Collection has been building buzz, especially since its new teaser dropped weeks ago. Eagle-eyed fans who are well-acquainted with horror mangaka Junji Ito’s body of work will spot some familiar faces in the new trailer, brought to the small screen by showrunner Shinobu Tagashira.

So, who among Ito’s famous menagerie of monsters may be making an appearance in the show when it airs next year?

Oshikiri Toru

Oshikiri is the morally-questionable highschooler who begins to question his perception of reality in Hallucinations, a series of some loosely connected one-shots. Oshikiri’s a little on the short side, with an even shorter fuse. One thing he’s not short on is moneyas evidenced by his impressive, albeit creepy, mansion. We’ve yet to see which of his adventureswhich range from murder to parallel dimensionswill be his television debut.


The once-chatty Yuuko falls ill and sees her worst fears come to pass in Slug Girl, the famous one-shot whose brand of body horror is sure to feel like a distant cousin (or maybe a predecessor?) to Uzumaki‘s “The Snail” chapter. It offers little in the way of answers but is best enjoyed in all its bizarre glory.

The Intersection Bishounen

In Lovesick Dead, one of Ito’s longer standalone stories, an urban legend causes a rash of suicides when young girls begin to call upon a mysterious, black-clad spirit called the Intersection Bishounen. The custom catches on quickly among teenagers, out late and eager for him to tell them their fortune in life and love, since his advice is to die for. Literally.

Souichi Tsujii

A long-running recurring character in Ito’s manga (probably second only to Tomie herself), you’ll know Souichi by the nails he sucks on or sticks out of his moutha strange habit borne out of an iron deficiency. He’s an impish kid whose fascination with the supernatural makes him the odd man out in an otherwise normal family. The morbid pranks he likes to playfunny only to him—don’t do much to endear him to his peers or relatives, either.


The titular character in Fashion Model, Fuchi works as a professional model for her, shall we say, unique look and Amazonian stature. When she and another actress are hired by a crew of indie filmmakers, Fuchi shows them that she doesn’t like sharing the limelight. She also makes a cameo in a couple of Souichi’s stories, and in them he finds her genuinely attractive. Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Nemo Rising Signing Happening at Dark Delicacies on December 23



Author C. Courtney Joyner will be signing copies of his new book Nemo Rising at Burkank’s Dark Delicacies horror store on Saturday, December 23 at 4pm. You can get the full details of the event and directions on Dark Delicacies’ website.

Nemo Rising will be a sequel to Jules Verne’s 1870 masterpiece Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and will see President Ulysses S. Grant recruiting the notorious Captain Nemo to destroy a gigantic sea monster which has been responsible for sinking ships. The gigantic eight-tentacled mollusc can be seen on the book’s cover below, and it looks like Nemo will have his work cut out for him.

Joyner also worked on the screenplays for the Full Moon films Doctor Mordrid and Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, whilst his previous books include Hell Comes To Hollywood and the Shotgun series. If you can’t make it to the signing, Nemo Rising will be released in the US on December 26, and in the UK on January 13.

Nemo Rising Dark Delicacies Signing Details:
​Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

JUST ANNOUNCED: On December 23rd at 4:00 PM, C. Courtney Joyner will sign copies of NEMO RISING at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California!

C. COURTNEY JOYNER is an award-winning writer of fiction, comics, and screenplays. He has more than 25 movies to his credit, including the cult films Prison, starring Viggo Mortensen; From a Whisper to a Scream, starring Vincent Price; and Class of 1999, directed by Mark Lester. A graduate of USC, Joyner’s first produced screenplay was The Offspring, which also starred Vincent Price. Joyner’s other scripts have included TV movies for CBS, USA, and Showtime. He is the author of The Shotgun western series and Nemo Rising.

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