Rock And Shock may still be the “young kid on the block” but it has already become one of the top horror conventions that people from not only around the country but around the world gather for this ever growing and expanding convention; Jeff Hughes sat down with Gina Migilozzi about how Rock And Shock began and what is in store for horror and film fans this year at Rock And Shock October 14th-October 16th 2011.
Q: How did Rock And Shock come to creation, and did you think it would grow to such a large convention?
A: Kevin Barbare from WAAF came to the company that I work for with the idea to do a Horror Convention in the area, and we, being music promoters, thought it would be a great idea for a Fall festival so we combined the two – Metal and Horror.
I was given the project, as I’m such a fan of horror movies. We are so pleased by how popular it has become and how far people travel, it blows my mind. This year we have not only people flying in from England and Germany, but from as far away as Japan.
Q: Who are some of the most notable guests and what are some of the best moments of the convention thus far?
A: Last year Having Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper play was pretty special. And really all the guests have been great, but stand outs over the last few years I would have to say are the John Landis Q&A and meeting and hanging with Danny Trejo, George Romero, Malcolm McDowell, Julian Sands and Corey Haim.
A: I think the response has been great from the Horror fans. Robert Englund is probably one of the most requested, so we were very happy we could finally make that happen this year.
Q: Are their guests that you would like to have appear, but just haven’t been able to nail down yet or because of scheduling?
A: Robert was one that it took awhile to make happen. Bruce Campbell is another who is so busy in October he is near impossible to get during that time, but we haven’t given up!!
Q: As a promoter in such a competitive market that the horror convention media is how do you and the others try to keep Rock And Shock fresh and exciting; and what events do you have lined up for this year?
A: Well with our show we stand out by having national touring bands play in facilities made for concerts (The Palladium, which I manage, and the DCU Center) like Rob Zombie, Type O (R.I.P. Pete), ICP, Mushroomhead, Alice Cooper, etc. This year, along with our bands, we have added two World Premiere film screenings: Robert Englund’s new movie INKUBUS, and IWABO’s film A BEARY SCARY MOVIE.
Q: As a convention promoter do you still get excited walking around the convention and meeting the guests?
Q: What can you tell people about some of the specials and some of the comic book variants that are going to hit the convention this year?
A: We have some great special variant covers an debut of some comics including the debut convention appearance of “Ginger Stein: Rise Of The Undead” #1, a “Goldilocks In Zombie Land” #1 Sarah French Photo Cover Rock And Shock Variant Cover, and a “Penny Dreadful’s Cauldron of Terror” #1 six page Preview Comic with a Penny Dreadful Photo Rock And Shock Variant Cover . We also have the premier of Hellvis: the Comic Book Series.
Q: Freddy Kruger himself Robert Englund will be just one of the main guests of this year’s Rock And Shock, is this his first year at the convention, and is he one of those guests that you want o meet?
A: This is his first year with us. I have been lucky enough to meet him in the past at other shows that I attend as a fan.
Q: What are some of the other guests that can horror fans expect to meet?
A: Lance Henriksen, Jenny Wright and Tim Thomerson from Near Dark, Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery from the Boondock Saints. Also, from the NOES films – Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Mark Patton, Ken Sagoes, and Miko Hughes, also from Pet Sematary. Along with Ace Frehley, Roddy Piper, Gary and Jake Busey, Derek Mears, Camille Keaton, Kip Weeks, Ian McCulloch, Nick Principe, Nathan Baesel, Jon Bernthal, Bill Moseley, Kane Hodder and so many more.
Thank you to Gina for taking the time out of busy schedule to sit down and talk about Rock And Shock; this is one of those conventions that is a must to attend and if you can’t make it this year mark it on your calendar for next year because Rock And Shock is Shock and Awesome!