On June 21, 2008 the Fox Theater in Toronto, Ontario presented the first Shock & Awe Grindhouse Experience movie festival, starting at 11:30 on Saturday and ending around 10:30 on Sunday morning. Folks came from all over to take in the craziness, and they weren’t disappointed as the vast mix of different exploitation films kept things moving at a necessarily rapid pace throughout the night.
I’ll admit that my own experiences were affected slightly from a near overdose of sudafed that I was taking to combat a nasty cold, but my zombie-like state was appropriate for a memorable night of rare exploitation on the big screen.
Between films there were prize giveaways, some neat treats at the concession stand (Danish Pastries!), and a few neat films for sale (I picked up a copy of the Turkish Wizard Of Oz for $2). As we wandered sleepily into the streets, blinded by the sunny day and probably looking a bit undead-like to the people stopping into the neighboring laundromat, the crowd sort of huddled near the entrance. We were battle-hardened.. having experienced an onslaught on our senses and a test of our wills. An experience not soon forgotten, and hopefully to be repeated in the future.