In today’s day and age, crowdfunding has become the go-to solution for a lot of bands. When you factor in that even the biggest names in the horrorpunk genre aren’t exactly diving into a vault full of coins like Scrooge McDuck, it becomes inevitable that bands and artists are going to need some help along the way at one point or another.
For those who have known me for some time, many will know of my love of a little horror con in my hometown that started in 2011 called Shock Stock. Put together by two of the greatest scumbags (it’s a term of endearment) on the face of the Earth, Shock Stock had a bit of a rocky start with low attendance the first year. Not to be deterred, the two figureheads of the event, and two guys I am proud to call friends, Jake Grimbro and James Bialkowski, soldiered on and now Shock Stock is considered one of the greatest horror cons in all of Canada, and certainly the greasiest! I am privileged to be able to release some information about the forthcoming 2016 edition, as well as details on how you can submit your films for consideration for the Shock Stock Film Festival!
Fiends and ghouls, today we have something a little different. As horror fans it is quite obvious that we are a passionate bunch when it comes to our beloved genre. There are few better examples of this than the horror convention. Think about the concept. You get anywhere from dozens to hundreds of fans of the macabre and blood and guts, throw them into a building together with vendors shilling their same love, actors and directors that are beloved by these same fans, and let them loose for a weekend of debauchery. Some of these conventions have become more about the corporate image or just taking advantage of horror lovers’ wallet.
I have not had the privilege of attending many different cons due to my geographical location as well as financial problems, but there does seem to be certain ones that are universally beloved (Cinema Wasteland, HorrorHound Weekend) and ones that the fans have steadily turned their backs on due to the aforementioned wallet-hungry corporate shills (Festival Of Fear). Then there is Shock Stock, the annual weekend of horror and grindhouse loving, VHS trading and other things that can’t really be mentioned here. I have absolutely no issue telling fans of the site that Shock Stock is usually the best weekend of any given year for a fan such as myself. From the familiar faces over the years (shout out to Ron Mackay from Troma!) to the always friendly guests who seem relieved with the more laid back vibe that the show offers compared to similar events.
As a big fan of the weekend’s festivities, and with the Deadhouse starting to gain a following, it seemed natural that to help promote this year’s event, an interview with co-founder Jake Grimbrother was in order. I met Jake several years ago through him running Vagrancy Films with his cohort and the other half of the Shock Stock equation, James Bialkowski. Over the years we have become what one might say friends, and I have a deep respect for both Jake and James for what they have been accomplished with Vagrancy and Shock Stock.
So without further a due, allow yourselves to get a little taste of the madness that is Jake Grimbrother.