April 17, 2012

Killers, Pornstars, Musicians, and Monsters: A Shock Stock Celebrity Photo Gallery

The great draw of Shock Stock is its diverse roster of guests and celebrities from across the genres of indie and mainstream horror and exploitation.

So, who did we see at this year's show?


The highlight of the show for me was getting to meet and talk at length with Joe Pilato, better known as Captain Rhodes from Day of the Dead. Since Pilato is one of my favorite actors from my favorite zombie movie of all time, I was nervous about meeting him, but I found Pilato to be a very gregarious and open man, putting the fans first and bending over backwards to make sure his fanbase got their money's worth. As he said, "the fan makes the plan." When I went to get an autograph for my good friend Jay Winger -- Horror in the Hammer's film programmer for Fright Night Theatre -- Pilato offered to call up Winger on my cellphone and give him a tongue lashing in character as Captain Rhodes. Simply amazing! Here you see Pilato signing a photo for Winger after the call. Listen for my interview with Joe Pilato coming soon to a Day of the Dead retrospective episode of my podcast SCREAMWAVE


Talk about fan-friendly, here's Geretta Geretta and Bobby Rhodes from Lamberto Bava's  DEMONS. Geretta, who played the prostitute Rosemary, and Bobby Rhodes, who played Tony the Prostitute as well as Hank in Demons 2, were both on hand to tell stories about the making of Demons and meet-and-greet fans new and old. I had a great time interviewing both Geretta and Rhodes. Enthusiastic and honestly enthusiastic about their genre popularity. Hell, even their manager was nice. How often does that happen?


Claudio Simonetti (R) at the Shock Stock screening of Demons
The band GOBLIN is a legendary institution in horror music history. Responsible for the the iconic original music in George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead as well as Dario Argento's Suspiria, Deep Red, Tenebra, and more, GOBLIN band members Claudio Simonetti and Maurizio Guarini were at Shock Stock to meet fans and then melt their faces on Saturday night during a once-in-a-lifetime concert event. Simonetti and Guarini took to the stage of Rum Runners in London, ON and unleashed an electronic tour de force of classic Goblin hits and riffs on classic horror compositions. Like most guests at Shock Stock, Simonetti and Guarini were warm, welcoming, and clearly grooving on Shock Stock's unique fan-driven enthusiasm.

Maurizio Guarini Live in Concert


Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th VII-X and Victor Crowley in Hatchet and Hatchet 2) might not have been the most warm and welcoming when I spoke with him and took this photo, but I observed him be very nice to the rest of the guests -- and by nice I mean posting in pictures by choking his fans. Hodder's a convention veteran by this point, but his table was curiously bare. Too bad Michael Aloisi, the co-writer of his biography, couldn't make it to the show as planned. Then maybe Hodder could have had some company.


Simply sizzling between Joe Pilato and Kane Hodder's both was Joanna Angel, creator of Burning Angel, a hardcore porn brand featuring girls with an alt style: tattoos, piercings, dyed hair, shaved heads, etc. Sweet and cheeky, Joanna was on hand to screen a legally-truncated version of her horror spoof Fuckenstein, in which he stars and directs. Joanna was hands-down a fan favorite at the show, but I suspect that even though eyes were on her, some people were too shy to go up and say, "Hi" at her table. Those of us who did, however, got the chance to share a few words with an intelligent woman and learn what creative drives motivate this punk princess of porn.


Representing the indie side of things, Olivia LaCroix and Madeline Brumby were present to promote the biker and Bigfoot exploitation epic DEAR GOD, NO! in which they star. In January, Horror in the Hammer screened Dear God, No! and it brought the house down. Offensive on every level as well as outrageously funny and disturbing, Dear God, No! is not the kind of movie you'd expect to attract such lovely and talented actors as LaCroix and Brumby. It was a real treat to pick their brains about the making of the movie.

Although Shock Stock is over for another year, I'll always remember 2012 as the Shock Stock where I got to meet some of the most legendary in horror and the most exciting and new in envelope-pushing, indie exploitation under one roof.