Shock Stock, Canada’s Horror and Exploitation Weekend Celebration
Shock Stock was held at Centennial Hall last weekend (May 27th-29th, 2016) in London, Ontario, Canada.
This was my first time attending the Horror Convention dubbed Canada’s Horror and Exploitation Weekend Celebration.
The Shock Stock horror convention had many great guests including horror movie actors, directors (ex. Lloyd Kaufman), visual artists and so much more. They even had an “escape room” put on by Sinister Laboratories.
Shock Stock incorporated a variety of film screenings such as SCRAWL, KILLER RACK, short films, FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS, NIGHT OF THE CUNTS 2 : VIOLENCE OF THE CLAMS, YETI: A LOVE STORY 2 : LIFE ON THE STREETS, Getting Schooled, Peelers, DICKSHARK, GLIMPSE AWESOME, Secret Santa and Terror Toons 3.
Shock Stock also included a 69 Hour Film Challenge where international filmmakers, both amateur and professional, were faced with the task of producing a short film in less than 3 days using the surprise elements assigned at the launch of the competition.
While attending, I got the chance to met horror icons, shop for unique horror items and collectables, listen to panel speakers and met some all around cool people. One of my favourite Shock Stock’s guests this year was Doyle Von Frankenstein, (Former? that is TBD was the Misfits set out on some reuion shows this summer) guitar player for horror punk legends the Misfits. Doyle also has his own band called Doyle and was selling merch, taking photographs and signing autographs.
Speaking of unique finds, check out this original (web) comic, Dissappointing Monsters created by Daniel Bradford and Owen Mackinder.
One thing that really stood out for me at Shock Stock was the sense of community. It defiantly had more of a welcoming vide than comparable events in larger cities such as Toronto. People in the south-western Ontario horror community booked time off work, booked hotel rooms, attended after parties and pulled together to create a one-of-a-kind weekend not common to this area.
Shock Stock Photo Reel
photos supplied by Louis Perzia