April 8, 2013

5 Guests I'm Most Excited to Meet at SHOCK STOCK (April 12-14)

April is quickly becoming one of my favorite months of the year as it means SHOCK STOCK, Canada's Filthiest Horror Convention, will be right around the corner.

If you're not familiar with Shock Stock, it's the feverish brain child of Jake Grimbro and James Bialkowski of Vagrancy Films. Unlike other mainstream horror conventions in Canada, Shock Stock is a fan-driven show with an emphasis on exploitation and sexploitation horror as well as VHS collectors, earning the show its title as Canada's Filthiest Horror Convention. Debuting in 2011 with Dyanne Thorne (aka. Ilsa She-Wolf of the SS) as the headlining guest, Shock Stock returned in 2012 with an even more explosive roster of horror and exploitation icons including Joe Pilato (Day of the Dead), Geretta Geretta and Bobby Rhodes (Demons), Claudio Simonetti and Maurizio Guarini (GOBLIN), and controversial porn star Johanna Angel.

This year, Shock Stock may have just topped itself this with these

5 Guests I'm Most Excited to Meet 
@ Shock Stock 2013

1.) CHRISTINA LINDBERG (They Call Her One-Eye)

Without question, the most exciting guest at Shock Stock 2013 is Swedish sexploitation goddess Christina Lindberg, star of the rape/revenge film They Call Her One Eye (aka. Thriller) as well as the dark sex comedy Rötmånad and the film Exponerad, a sexploitation gem that made her an international celebrity. SHOCK STOCK will be Lindberg's first ever Canadian appearance, and I hear there's even a Swedish film crew coming down to film this momentous historical occasion. Not only that, but Shock Stock has arranged for a special screening for a theatrical retrospective on her career.

2.) GERRIT GRAHAM (Phantom of the Paradise)

As a kid interested in horror and genre films, I couldn't escape veteran actor Gerrit Graham even if I wanted to. He was everywhere I turned, it seemed. With a breakout role as the satirical glam rocker Beef in Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise, I'd later encounter Gerrit Graham in films like Demon Seed, TerrorVision, Chopping Mall, It's Alive III, HBO's Tales from the Crypt, C.H.U.D II, and Child's Play 2. I can't wait to pick his brain about his eclectic genre career.

3.) PATRICIA QUINN (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)

Live and in the flesh, Patrica Quinn (aka. Magenta) will be in the house for the Shock Stock weekend as well as a very special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Rainbow Cinemas. Frankly, I'm a little intimidated to be meeting Quinn, who also has a role in the upcoming Rob Zombie film Lords of Salem. It doesn't get much more iconic than this!

4.) NAOMI GROSSMAN (American Horror Story: Asylum)

Hands down, one of the most entertaining characters in American Horror Story: Asylum was Pepper the pinhead. Actress Naomi Grossman disappears into her role as Pepper, with the help of a lot of makeup, so it'll be exciting to talk with the woman behind the character.

5.) ROBERT Z'DAR (Maniac Cop)

The Chin omes to SHOCK STOCK! Known to horror fans as Maniac Cop, Z'dar made a name for himself in action films playing heavies and tough guys throughout the 80s and 90s, even appearing alongside Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell in Tango & Cash. As far as I can tell, Z'dar doesn't make many Canadian appearances, so the trip to London, ON will be well worth the gas mileage to meet this legendary genre actor.