View Full Version : Anyone go to the Rock N' Shock Horror Convention in Worcester MA this weekend?
10-19-2009, 01:07 AM
Did anyone from the Horror Board make it to the Rock N' Shock Horror Convention in Worcester MA? I went last year and I had a Great time but I was out of town this year helping my family out with some stuff and I missed it this weekend.:(
I was wondering if anyone went and how was it? I know that they had some Great Guests this year like Kane Hodder, John Landis, and many more. I will be there next year!! I'm so glad that I made it to the Monster Mania Convention in Hartford CT in June this year or I would have really been sad!!
Any Good or Bad stories to share from the Con this year? I would love to hear them!! I would love to hear what some of the Guests were like or what the Dealer Room looked like!! Any stories from the Convention to share?
10-19-2009, 01:27 AM
I had to pass, I wanted to go and meet Landis and say hi to Tiffany Shepis, but had no one to go with, plus it was so cold and crappy out today I did not feel like making the trip to Worcester. One of the guys I work with went yesterday.
10-19-2009, 02:47 AM
Ah, I didn't even know that was this weekend. I went a few years ago and had a great time. Maybe again one of these days...
10-19-2009, 06:59 AM
I wish I could've made the trek out there just to see the mighty Vitus!
10-19-2009, 08:41 AM
I went Saturday. It was OK. I didn't stay long. Really only went to meet Malcolm McDowell and Adrienne King, who were both really great. I expected Malcolm to be aloof and a little intimidating but he was such a down to earth nice guy. And while I think Adrienne's performance is terrible, she certainly is not. What a sweetie she was. The line to meet her was pretty long so my friend with a camera wandered off. She asked me if I wanted a picture and when I looked around to find him missing and said I didn't have one, she asked, "Well, how about a hug, then?" I've really got to give her credit. I mean, for someone who's been through what she has to come out to these things and meet the fans who may or may not be stable, and to sit at that table all by herself with no security by her side takes real guts. I really think the people who organize Rock & Shock should do a better job with security. There seemed to be more this year, but I just can't understand why they don't assign someone to be right by people who've had problems in the past. I remember a few years ago Danielle Harris was there sitting all by herself just looking so vulnerable. I don't get it.
Anyway, yeah, I stopped to chat with Margot Kidder a little. I met her a couple of years ago and she actually told me about De Palma's REDACTED, which I knew nothing about at the time, so I wanted to get her impression of it but she hadn't seen it yet. Really nice lady, but Jesus Christ. She just does not look well. It made me sad.
Right before I left I figured I'd stop and meet Tom Savini. Wow. I'd heard what a jerk he can be and while he wasn't actually a jerk to me, he sure as hell didn't seem like he wanted to be there and it made for a very awkward meeting. What's amazing to me is that people as iconic as Malcolm McDowell or George Romero who you might expect to be jerks turn out to be so gracious and then you run into someone like Savini who gives you the attitude that he's doing you a favor for taking your 20 bucks. Yep. Real nice.
10-19-2009, 01:31 PM
After skipping last year's, we went yesterday and had a blast. Not because there were a lot of exciting things scheduled (true to form, there wasn't.) but because we were pleasantly surprised with how many of the vendors on hand our show has had wheelings and dealings with in the past. The cast of our friendly competition, Penny Dreadful's Shilling Shockers were a lot of fun to talk to and meet for the first time. Kevin from "The House of Mysterious Secrets" (who was among the first companies to contribute to prize giveaways on our program) was an extremely nice guy who I could've easily have spent the entire day talking to. I bought Wizard Video and Salem's Lot T-shirts as well as a back issue of Horrorhound from him. Also, Synapse and Severin were on hand, neither of which I got around to talking to but other members of my crew did. So many people, so little time, as I had to be sure to leave by 3:30 so as to get back for work later that night.
Catriona MacColl was super cool and extremely friendly. So much so, that when I tried to politely excuse myself, she STILL wanted to talk. John Landis was also an extremely funny guy, and we both kind of snickered together about the person in line in front of me who was perhaps just a little unhinged about some documentary he was making about the "real" Blues Brothers. As I said, Landis was a nice guy... which is why I let it slide when that bastard misspelled my first name! At first I was disappointed in that, but now I kind of like it, because I can now refer to him as "That bastard Landis"! I don't know why that amuses me, but it does. :lol:
It was also great to see less bootleggers this year than the last time I went. There were still two of them, but at least they were kind of shoved in the back out of view. IMO, The DCU should have set up their table in even farther back, in the back alley out in the rain and sleet, where they really belonged.
10-19-2009, 01:56 PM
I went, it was pretty typical. I think I've been every year since the first one. Nobody I was really excited to meet except for Landis who was incredibly nice, signed my Amazon Women on the Moon poster.
Some cool T shirts on display, but I didn't buy anything. I was probably on there for about 45 minutes.
10-19-2009, 04:30 PM
I went on Sat, I didn't really get to meet anyone unfortunately because I was passing out fliers for THE VIDEO DEAD page and talking to people about the site and the film itself.
It was funny, there were two people selling the movie on DVD - boots of course - and both of them saw me passing out the fliers and immediately put their copies away! When I went back around, I gave them both a flier and explained the situation to them and once I left, they put it back out! lol. Guess they thought I worked for MGM.
I spent most of my money at the Synapse table though, bought about eight DVDs from them and two others from other vendors.
I was going to buy a RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD t-shirt I saw, but the guy only had a triple X and a standard XL is loose on me so I passed.
I did pick up;
BLUE SUNSHINE - 2 DISC EDITION
NIGHT OF DEATH!
THE GRAPES OF DEATH
ROCK 'N' ROLL NIGHTMARE
TRILOGY OF TERROR
PLAGUE TOWN (Blu Ray)
PLAGUE TOWN really was a total impulse buy, I was getting ready to leave at the end of the night when I was passing the Dark Sky table and spotted the DVD out of the corner of my eye. I asked them if they had it on Blu Ray and they said yes, the guy starts digging for it and I start swearing to myself because if he finds it I HAVE to buy it now and of course he does and tells me it's the last copy so I grabbed it. I was trying to hold on to that last $20 for this week but what are you going to do? Thank God I get paid on Thurs!
Also, did anyone see the GHOULIES II statue someone made? With the funky painted Mohawk from GREMLINS 2 at the same booth? They were all really cool but the guy was asking $775 for the Fish Ghoulie statue and I'm sorry, but last year Greg Nicotero was selling his hand made busts of Bub, Big Daddy, Pluto and a few others for a quarter of that price and these were made by the guy who worked on those films. The headcasts were from that of the original actors. And while the GHOULIES statue looked really cool, justifying the cost of $775 for it wasn't in the cards for me.
Regardless though, it was a great statue.
10-19-2009, 05:37 PM
maybrick, please post a pic of that Wizard Vid shirt! I'm jealous, man.
Great recaps, everyone.
10-19-2009, 05:57 PM
maybrick, please post a pic of that Wizard Vid shirt! I'm jealous, man.
Great recaps, everyone.
I don't have any pics of myself wearing the shirt, but here's the one Kevin sold me (although the red is much brighter in reality):
If you want it, I totally recommend buying it online because as I said Kevin is a totally nice guy and could really use the money at the moment because he's currently out of work and his only source of income is what he makes from conventions and online orders. Help him out. He's one of us! :)
10-19-2009, 09:12 PM
It sounds like I missed a Fun Show!! Thanks for sharing all of your stories!! Keep 'em coming if you have more!! I'll be there next year!! Does anyone have pictures to post with the Guests? I would love to see some!!
Chris--I saw that GHOULIES II Statue at the Monster Mania Horror Convention in Hartford CT when I went in June and it was Very Cool!! I would love to have one but I can't justify spending over $700 for one!!
I really wanted to meet John Landis and have him sign my HorrorHound Magazine with Michael Jackson's Thriller on the Cover!! I also wanted to meet Kane Hodder and Adrienne King!! I had some Fangoria Magazines for them to sign as well!! How was the pricing for signing autographs and pictures this year? Were the pictures free with an autograph or were some people charging for the pictures by themselves?
Also, did anyone get to meet Kane Hodder or Corbin Bernsen? I would love to hear some stories!! How were the Panels this year? Any Good Q & A Sessisons at the Horror Con?
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