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Rock & Shock Gives Early Preview of 2014 Line-upYes, Rock & Shock, the legendary Worcester, Mass., horror and metal festival, is still four months away, but organizers have released a tiny taste of what festival-goers can expect this October 17-19. Read on to learn what celebrity guests and musical acts are already lined up for the show.

Rock and Shock is not only Doctor Gash’s favorite weekend of the year, but it’s one of the coolest and most intimate festivals one can attend. And the first wave of celebrities should have everyone marking their calendars and making plans to head to Worcester this October.

Brad Dourif, who’s done everything from voicing Chucky in the Child’s Play series to Lord of the Rings, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and “Deadwood” just to name a few, will be making a rare festival appearance. Additionally , Dourif’s daughter, Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky, “True Blood”) will be appearing as well.

Also on the docket is the voice of Pixar and veteran of such films as Motel Hell and House 2, not to mention regular “Cheers” barstool percher, John Ratzenberger. Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, From Beyond, “Star Trek Enterprise” and “Deep Space Nine”) and Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy (Repo: The Genetic Opera) round out the list of early announced guests.

If that isn’t enough to move you, Rock & Shock has also announced that there will be a Thursday pre-party on October 16th featuring King Diamond. On Friday the 17th The Revolution Society Tour rolls into The Palladium featuring Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross. Twiztid will be closing out the event with a performance on Sunday, October 18th.

And this is just the beginning! For more visit the official Rock & Shock website, “like” Rock & Shock on Facebook and follow Rock & Shock on Twitter (@rockandshockusa).

Tickets are available beginning June 27th from the Rock & Shock website.

From the Press Release
Rock & Shock is getting ready to turn it up to 11! In anticipation of the 11th anniversary of the horror and music convention that brings three days of monsters, music, and mayhem to downtown Worcester, MA, Rock & Shock is giving the public an extra early sneak peak at this year’s attendees. While there are still plenty of big name acts yet to be divulged, Rock & Shock is pleased to announce that among this year’s guests will be Brad Dourif, John Ratzenberger, Jeffrey Combs, Nivek Ogre, and Fiona Dourif. Meanwhile, King Diamond, Machine Head, and Twiztid are among some of the convention’s scheduled performers.

Brad Dourif, the voice of everyone’s favorite flame-haired doll turned serial killer, Chucky, will be making a rare convention appearance at Rock & Shock 2014. Dourif is a legendary character actor who is best known for his appearances in Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1 & 2, The Exorcist III, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Return of the King, Dune, TV’s “Deadwood,” and his breakthrough role as Billy Bibbit in Milos Forman’s 1975 classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. To make the event a true family affair, Dourif will be joined by his real life daughter and “True Blood” star Fiona Dourif. Fiona’s other screen credits include Curse of Chucky, “Deadwood,” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Academy Award nominated film The Master.

He has danced with the stars, voiced some of your favorite cartoon characters, and even fought for the Rebel Alliance, and this October “Cheers'” very own John Ratzenberger will be returning to the place where everybody knows his name. In addition to portraying Cliff Clavin, postal worker extraordinaire, on the seminal Boston-based TV series “Cheers,” Ratzenberger has appeared in films such as Motel Hell and House 2: The Second Story, competed on “Dancing With the Stars,” and has become the voice of Pixar. Ratzenberger is, in fact, the only actor to voice for a character in every Pixar film, most notably Hamm the Piggy Bank in the Toy Story series, The Abominable Snowman in Monsters, Inc., and Mack the Truck in Cars.

A legend in both the horror and sci-fi communities, Jeffrey Combs will be making his triumphant return to Rock & Shock this year. Combs first made his name as Herbert West, the main character in Re-Animator and its two subsequent sequels. He followed that up with appearances in several classic horror films including The Frighteners, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, House on Haunted Hill, FeardotCom, and most recently, Would You Rather. However, science-fiction fans will best know Combs for his portrayals of several characters within the “Star Trek” universe, most notably the Vorta clone Weyoun on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”.

Rounding out the early announcements is Skinny Puppy and ohGr frontman, Nivek Ogre. Since forming Skinny Puppy in 1982, Ogre has wowed audiences as both a musician and an actor, appearing in films such as Repo! The Genetic Opera, 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams, and The Devil’s Carnival.

Speaking of world renowned musicians, this year’s performers are set to include: King Diamond, who will kick off the event’s pre-party on Thursday, October 16th, Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Epica, and Battlecross, who will be rocking the Palladium stage on Friday, October 17th, and Twiztid, back by popular demand with their Fright Fest festivities and scheduled to close out the event on Sunday, October 18th. A very special guest headliner for Saturday is set to be announced in August so let the speculation begin!

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The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

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Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

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What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

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