Shock Stock, Canada’s most subversive pop culture convention returns for its 9th year, running April 26th through 28th at the Ramada Inn in London Ontario. As always, Shock Stock brings fans of horror and underground cinema a smorgasbord of entertainment that will delight and fright both casual and hardcore fans alike.
Besides being a killer convention, Shock Stock is also a weekend-long film festival with curated shorts and features from around the world. The festival celebrates and awards these selections with the globally recognized Crystal Shocker Awards!
The jury members for the festival view hundreds of entries each year and narrow it down to those that are guaranteed to make audiences scream, howl, and even recoil. Nothing is sacred on the silver screen during Shock Stock weekend.
Many of the feature films screened at Shock Stock go on to wide release on home video and online but, for the most part. these movies are created out of pure passion for filmmaking by independent directors and producers. Festival regulars know this may be the only opportunity to see these films with a live audience, so the screenings are considered must-attend events.
This year’s offering of will showcase six feature films and over four hours of short films. Included in the short film schedule is a block of all Canadian short films that were intentionally submitted for Shock Stock as part of the ‘Canadian #Creasy’ short film category. What does Creasy mean you ask? It’s part of the Shock Stock ‘lingo’ that you’ll have the opportunity to hear all about as you immerse yourself in the culture.
Also screening during the festival is a special presentation focus group screening of the newest film from Troma Entertainment, the NY based studio behind cult classics The Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuke ’em High. The Troma Team are a staple at Shock Stock therefore it was only natural for them to ask their Canadian fans for input on the final edit of their latest theatrical release. Fans will get to see a rough cut of the film before anyone else, and then participate in the focus group with the team on how the film should be completed.