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October Has Come and Rock and Shock Looms in the Northeast

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Oh, baby, it’s that time of year again! October in the Northeast means changing foliage, Southern Tier Pumking beer, and the baddest horror/metal music convention this side of the Mississippi:  Rock and Shock!

Rock and Shock 2015 will be held October 16-18 in the DCU Center and Palladium in Worcester, MA. The line-up of horror celebrities is fantastic (George Romero, Adam Green, Bill Moseley, and Tobin Bell, just to name a few), and the scheduled bands are sure to provide some rocking nights of entertainment. The first films have been announced for the R&S Film Festival as well so read on for the full details.

In addition to the horror celebs and metal concerts, there are awesome vendors, fantastic panels, contests, and plenty to keep you enthralled for the entire weekend. And, as always, in a righteous show of appreciation for our servicemen and women, Rock and Shock offers free admittance on Sunday to all Police, Fire, EMT, and Military personnel.

For tickets and all the details, visit the official Rock and Shock website, “like” Rock and Shock on Facebook, and follow Rock and Shock on Twitter (@rockandshockusa).

From the Press Release:
As your local shops fill up with skeletons, vampires, and friendly ghouls to hang about your house, our thoughts turn to Halloween; and for folks dedicated to all things horror, that includes planning their annual trip to the biggest horror and music convention on the East Coast during the spookiest of seasons: Rock and Shock! October 16th through 18th, Rock and Shock will celebrate its 12th year of music and mayhem at Worcester, MA’s, DCU Center with a full schedule filled with panels, film screenings, activities, and contests running across a show floor jam-packed with excellent guests and awesome vendors. You’ll find all the holiday gifts you need for the creepiest kids in your life!

This year’s guest lineup includes George Romero, Godfather of Zombies everywhere (and director of Night of the Living Dead if we need to mention that), Tobin Bell (Saw Films), Naomi Grossman (“American Horror Story”), William Sanderson (Blade Runner, “True Blood”), Samantha Mathis (“The Strain,” American Psycho, Pump Up the Volume), Adam Green, Bill Moseley, William Forsythe, Doug Bradley, PJ Soles, and more!

Check out the full lineup HERE!

The first films announced for the 2015 Rock and Film Festival include William Hellfire’s Upsidedown Cross and Victor Bonacore’s documentary Diary of a Deadbeat, which chronicles the filmmaking exploits of director Jim Van Bebber, on Friday and Manson Family Vacation on Saturday.  In addition, the shortest short film included in the Shorts Block 2 on Sunday afternoon is Tuck Me In from director Ignacio F. Rodó, the most unnerving 60 seconds you’re likely to see anywhere!  Other offerings over the three days of films rolling out include Chainsaw Maidens, Old 37, Fury, Pieces of Talent, plenty of other shorts, and some surprise features!  Check out the R&S Film Fest’s Facebook page for updates.

As for the tunes, this year’s bands include Danzig, Hatebreed, Twiztid, Prong, Soulfly, Soil Work, Blaze, Witch Mountain, Sanctuary, Superjoint, and many more! Part of the “many more” is a special addition you’ll find only at Rock and Shock. Last year, primo photographer Jeremy Saffer presented to us The Rocking Dead, a band of music’s finest assembled from acts that were on the Rock and Shock bill as well as surprise special guests, and with a mere soundcheck as their only practice as a unit, they took the stage and belted out a set of classic Misfits songs. When they were done, the fans knew they had seen something truly special, and in many a mind there grew hopes that this rare assembly would return. Well, their voices were heard, and Jeremy Saffer will once again present The Rocking Dead to you this year! But this time, the monster has grown! Led by musical director, protector of animals, and rock and roll guitarist extraordinaire Ace Von Johnson (interview here), a band has been assembled that brings back many of last year’s gang. but like any good sequel, this one is even bigger!

The band and/or signings will include luminaries from rock and metal such as:
Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein–The Misfits/Doyle
Alex Story–Doyle/Cancerslug
Wednesday 13–Murderdolls/Wednesday 13
Kyle Castronovo–Wednesday 13
Ace Von Johnson–Faster Pussycat
Taime Downe–Faster Pussycat
Ash Costello–New Years Day
Nikki Misery–New Years Day
Mike D’Antonio–Killswitch Engage
Acey Slade–Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Bret Von Dehl–The Relapse Symphony

As icing on the cake, many of the players will be signing during the convention! (Note: Some will be signing all three days, but due to touring schedules some will only be able to sign on Saturday.) As for the performance, what bands and songs will they cover this year? Will there be surprise guests? Well, some secrets are better kept until the show, but with The Rocking Dead added to an already stacked Saturday concert lineup, this is an event not to be missed! Check out the full music lineup HERE!!

After cruising the show floor to shop with an incredible array of vendors, you can take in programming where amazing folks from the horror industry share their secrets with you; visit the Rock and Shock Creative Lair and learn drawing, writing, mask casting, creative activities, and more; wave hello to super talented cosplayers roaming the floor or join them in our Cosplay Contest (for little AND big kids!) sponsored by Halloween Outlet; and swing by the Idle Hands booth to test your horror knowledge or accept a challenge, all for killer prizes!

While every day at Rock and Shock provides a kid-friendly atmosphere families will love, Sunday is Kid’s Day with a schedule including face painting, pumpkin decorating, a coloring contest, and a cosplay contest just for your little monsters. We also show our appreciation for our servicemen on Sunday by offering FREE ADMISSION to all Police, Fire, EMT, and Military personnel. Just show your service ID at the doors and you can receive up to four free tickets to the convention!

Rock and Shock 2015

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

Synopsis:
An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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