"It's not a world takeover, it's a world makeover": Get Seen at Rock & Shock 2012

Everyone loves costume roundups, right? Our Día de los Muertos present to you: a visual post-mortem from this year's Rock & Shock con.

PHOTOS: Click here to see more ghoulish getups from Rock & Shock 2012.

#1. Christina Blamire [spotted with friend Fiona], spotted in the celebrity-autograph zone

So how long did it take to apply your Predator face?
It took about three to four hours to mold it all on and cut it down from the real mask. I cut the jaw to the real mask, and we just molded it to my face.

Can you describe what you guys sell here?
Everything horror-related. [Fiona, of Fiona's Fright Shoppe] started it because she couldn't find any horror stuff for kids so she started making her own clothing line, and binkies, and all kinds of stuff. They make their own soap and coffee called "Deadly Grounds" and all different kinds of stuff. And then we've always been horror fans, though. She has a bunch of collectables and hard-to-find stuff. Just cool fun stuff too, like little kids' books, all horror-related. [Laughs]

Have you been to Rock & Shock before?
Yup, we have a booth here every year.

So what brings you guys back every year?
Mostly the energy of the entire thing; concerts afterwards are always fun, lets loose after working all day. Of course, the awesome celebrities that are here...

Whose autograph are you looking to get today?
Oh, well, I just got Derek Mears, of course. And I wanna do Candyman. And I've gotten -- I mean, we're here every year, so we've gotten a few of the regulars already. Like Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, those are some of my favorites because I love House of 1000 Corpses, of course.


#2: Mary Courtney (aka Captain Cruncher), spotted checking out one of the merch booths

So what brings you here to Rock n' Shock today?
Just to promote the Worcester Roller Derby, just get out there, you know. We're all big fans of this kind of stuff. We figured that the two combined would be kind of cool.

Yeah, it's a pretty good combination. So when's your next match?
We're actually in the off-season right now. We'll probably start bouting again in about March. So we're skating, we're recruiting right now.

Are you a regular at Rock & Shock?
This is actually my first time being here. I've heard of it before, I just didn't have the time to come down here.

Are you enjoying it so far?
Oh, of course, yeah. Everyone's really nice, there's a ton of stuff to look at, and we can skate around on this awesome floor. We're actually trying to rent this out, maybe, in the future when we get a little bit more money for our league.

#3: Cazimir Bzdyra, spotted towering above the crowd

I have been trying to figure out what the deal is with this booth. What do you guys do?
We're the Toy Soldiers Unite. We're a community group that's global, and our sole purpose is to make fun our top priority.

That sounds sinister.
It's not a world takeover, it's a world makeover. The world's kind of humdrum. So if everyone's having fun, everything ends up getting better. It's actually been scientifically proven that if you smile your body thinks that you're feeling better and you'll start feeling better if you're depressed or something like that. It's that same mentality. We do these different invasions, these different recruitment groups all over the globe. We have another brother-group over in the UK right now, at the MCM Expo. Kind of a friendly competition between the two booths. We want to make ours bigger and better.

Where are you guys based out of?
It's a global community, so we're all over the place. It's a digital bunker. We've got people primarily on the East Coast and West Coast, sprinkled throughout the Midwest, heavy in the UK, we've got Soldiers in Germany, Japan, Israel -- all over the place.

Oh my god, the axis of fun.

How did this start?
We started off as a street team for a performing artist called Dr. Steel. ... He's from San Diego. He retired two years ago, and at that point, we could either just let the group dissolve, but we decided to take the mentality of making fun a top priority, and keep on with that message. So that's what we do.

[Other Toy Soldier] When he retired we had 35,000 members strong. People were upset when he quit, so we lost numbers, but we are regaining our strength.

So, what's your idea of fun?
My idea? I'm up here on stilts, walking around at the con, getting all sorts of weird looks. The best part for me about that most people's view is about what their head-height is. So they don't see me. I'm standing there and I'll move slightly and they'll get startled even though they're right next to me. That's lots of fun. ... I think Einstein said that a good fright is worth more to a man than good advice.

Let's talk about these stilts. Did you assemble these stilts?
No, these are store-bought. I put the lights in them just to kind of give it a little bit more visibility. I've got other pairs as well. I'm working toward getting some dynamic ones with the carbon fiber blades so I can spring around a little bit. ... Yeah, I walked three and a half miles in these last Sunday for a community walk down in Connecticut.

Have you guys been to Rock & Shock before?
I've been to every Rock & Shock.

If you had one message that you wanted to impart to people reading this?
Follow your imagination.


#4: Ophelia Hathaway, spotted manning the Frightful Acts photo booth

So tell me about your masks.
These masks are actually about 10 years old, which shows you how well some of our stuff holds up. They're made out of silicone. Latex tends to break down eventually, but these are 10-year-old masks. Sculptures, really. ... These are personal projects of our co-founder. These were actually his art-school senior thesis, the culmination of his art school talent. Then the company has been around for two years.

Where are you guys based out of?
Beverly, Massachusetts.

How did you start out with Frightful Acts?
I've only been with the company for about a year now. ... [Before joining Frightful Acts], I've been doing costumes on my own, like, for Halloween and different things here and there. Like I've done steampunk conventions and historical recreations and stuff.

What conventions have you done?
There was a small steampunk convention in Salem. ... Everyone there is super friendly. It's great. Everyone's a lot of fun to hang out with. You just kind of dress up and hang out for the day. So I've been doing costumes on my own for a long time. ... So [Frightful Acts] were looking for somebody to start helping out with costumes for the masks. ... I brought in what I had done, and he loved it, so I started working with the company.

These masks are covered with tufts of fur and stuff like that. What kinds of materials do you guys work with?
We have like one has porcupine quills in it and feathers and stuff, and they're actually punched into the silicone. ... The silicone grabs it, and they stick right in. We use a lot of different materials.

What are some of your greatest hits?
The Aztec one, definitely, I think is one of the best ones. That one was a huge collaboration between everyone. What else is there? I had made this huge [medieval dress], and it was supposed to be Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty as if she was a little more historically accurately done. I've done historical recreations before. ... It's fun to do something that's not quite horror with the masks; it's not all gore and stuff.

Did you study costuming at school?
I did not. I was actually an illustration major. They don't really offer costume-making at Montserrat, and I didn't really know -- I knew there were colleges that offered fashion courses, but I wasn't interested in fashion, not today's fashions. I was interested in historical fashions and costumes and elaborate things. I was also very interested in illustration, so I ended up going to school for illustration, and my costumes took a back burner for a little while.

Where do these masks usually end up going? Are they just bought by private collectors?
Yeah. Most of them go to private collectors, but I know last year, they sold a few masks to Canobie Lake Park to be in their demon house or something. And we were just recently contacted by somebody who is like a producer on Cirque du Soleil.

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