For the uninitiated, Shock Stock is a subculture weekend celebrating horror, exploitation movies, obscure and cult films, VHS movies, 35mm and 16mm film, and everything else that's greasy, cheesy, and sleazy. Shock Stock launched to great fan reaction last year, and not it's back for a bigger and badder sequel.
The Zed Word - Zombie Blog recently interviewed Jake W. Grimbro, one of the organizers of SHOCK STOCK 2012, to talk about the origins of the show and what fans can expect this year. Here are excerpts from The Zed Word interview
Read the full interview at ZEDWORDBLOG.COM and come meet the Horror in the Hammer gang this weekend as we prowl the Shock Stock floor. Purchase your tickets from WWW.SHOCK-STOCK.COMZED WORD: What is your inspiration for starting Shock Stock and bringing it back for a second year?
JAKE W. GRIMBRO: Shock Stock was not so much "inspired" as it was "demanded"... James [Bialkowski] and I used to work at another Canadian 'fan show' and we'd bring our Vagrant sensibilities with us ( at Vagrancy Films screenings here in London we encourage sociability and fun in a movie theatre... no strangers, no holds barred, no refunds!). We firmly believe that a convention, no matter what the size or scope, should be fan-driven. No corporate step ins, no douchebaggery, and no compromises.
We'd get flack from the management of the other shows for our abrasive nature and carnival barking ( kick the burger started at Vagrancy Films' booth at Fanexpo ) but the attendees ( and a majority of the vendors ) seemed to like being treated as equals.
It was a spark that ignited into a bonfire thanks to Ultimate Bob who helped us fund last years Shock Stock. Last year was exactly what we wanted aesthetically: a fan-oriented show that created a community within its four walls. It wasn't about lineups, headaches ( I had my share actually), or overpriced photo ops. People got to meet the celebrities, some even got to shoot darts with Linnea Quigley or have drinks with Molly Dunsworth from Hobo With a Shotgun. It's great!
After it was all over, we rethought the whole thing. We all took a loss... but the response was INSANE!! People had the time of their lives! So we had to pony up more cake and lace up for round two.
ZW: Any big changes or surprises in store for this year's show?
JWG: Well we're pleased to have Toronto's TRASH PALACE bringing more 16mm content than you can shake a stick at... so much that we've added a second screening room on site!
Also there's a mega upgrade to the guest list... which is a bonus for Euro fans as we've got DEMONS alumni Geretta Geretta and Bobby Rhodes coming across the big drink, as well as LEGENDARY Goblin frontman Claudio Simonetti who was responsible for some of the greatest horror soundtracks of all time ( including Romero's DAWN )
And as for surprises... if I told you, they wouldn't be surprises anymore.
ZW: Bottom-line: There are many horror cons out there. Why should people drop everything and run - not walk - to Shock Stock in April.
JWG: Weekend pass holders get in to the show all 3 days, but they also have access to all the off site events - including an uncut 35mm screening of DEMONS on Friday and our Saturday night concert - absolutely free!
The Concert on Saturday will have Claudio and fellow Goblin bandmate Maurizio Guarini performing all your favorite horror themes live in a concert event that may never be seen again on North American soil, and our sexy guest, porn star Joanna Angel, will be doing a special "Zombi Strip Tease" on the stage as well... its going to be the show they all talk about, that's for sure..
Speaking of Joanna Angel ... the Burning Angel founder and punk porn queen will stand at the top of a veritable mountain of pie. That's right, all you horny guys out there, the place is gonna be packed with chicks. Jager girls, sin girls, Rocco's girls... they're all there to party in style. Woe! I'm gettin' excited already!