Chiller Theatre Review
October 25-27, 2019
Chiller Theatre was packed on Saturday, October 26th. Halloween is near and the horror community gathered for the annual Chiller Theatre Expo in Parsippany, New Jersey at the Hilton. People came from all over to pick up collectibles, movies, t-shirts and meet celebrities. Chiller Theatre is also a convention where everyone sort of catches up with those they may not have seen since the last convention. I was fascinated by the Mechanical Meow b-m.facebook.com/TheMechanicalMeow/ stand owned by Karrie-Ann Versace who was kind enough to show me some of the new pieces she has been working on. It is a tedious art-form. She makes steampunk influenced jewelry and it is one-of-a-kind. Karrie’s work stood out in a packed room. People stopping to chat with her about various pieces of jewelry. You can follow Karrie on Twitter @Mechanic_Meow
During my visit with Karrie, I met a lady but she never said her name, she handed me a Ouija Board and I heard a group of people at the same time yelling, “Go ahead, Janel, take a spirit board.” I didn’t get the full story but I am enclosing the link bobsboard.com/ (There is a disclaimer on the spirit board and also I myself do not mess around with spirit boards but it’s interesting to use for a film. So points for creativity.) They were handing the spirit boards out for the film so thank you for that. After making my way around the vendor area, I spotted Christopher Leyva & The Falling Doves, they were handing out signed posters and guitar picks. Christopher Leyva & The Falling Doves. Christopher Leyva talked with me for a little while. www.facebook.com/pg/fallingdoves/about/?ref=page_internal
Christopher Leyva, Mike Dorsey and Clint Feddersen and they are from West Hollywood, CA. I also ran into POGO the Clown AKA Jeremy Woodworth who was promoting a film and also handing out POGO the Clown/John Wayne Gacy t-shirts. Thank you for the t-shirt and check out The Killer Clown Meets the Candy Man. Jeremy Woodworth’s IMDB page, www.imdb.com/name/nm5567771/?ref_=tt_cl_t2 POGO has been a staple at Chiller as far as I remember. I’ve run into him in the parking lot, the hotel, and vendor rooms. (Remember folks, don’t park next to vans.) There are quite a few people who cosplay or donned cool costumes. An entire family paid homage to one of the greatest families of all-time, The Addams Family. They were dressed up and looked great.
The Warriors reunion had quite a few fans dressed as characters from the movie. Goodfellas and The Sopranos fans also wore t-shirts and hoodies to show support. Chiller is fun and the guests varied from musicians, actors, writers and the legend that is Elvira. It was a fun, fantastic show and it is always great to see the horror community come together.
The guests included the legendary Elvira, Richard Dean Anderson, Krista Allen, Tori Spelling, Terrence H. Winkless, Robert Towers, Danielle Brisebois, Barbi Benton, John 5, Hayley Mills, Juliet Mills, Chuck Zito, Linda Touby, Wilford Brimley, Tony Cox, Phil Fondacaro, Robert Wuhl, Frank Whaley, Timothy Busfield, Melissa Gilbert, Nicholas D. Riccio, Tatum O’Neal, Kristy McNichol, Michel Quissi, Johnny Ray Miller, Tish and Snooky from Manic Panic, Austin Pendelton, Mark Blankfield, Chase Wright Vanek, Michael Connor Humpreys, Hanna Hall, Joseph D’Onofrio, Christopher Serrone, Taral Hicks, Danny Pintauro, Kassie DePaiva, Sean Whalen, Sondra Currie, Alan J. Levi, Karolyn Grimes, Hal Linden, Max Gail, Nell Campbell, Federico Castelluccio, Vincent Curatola, Robert Costanzo, Nia Peeples, Jordan Ladd, Peter Jason, Nancy Allen, Lochlyn Munro, Lisa Loring, Carey and Camilla More, Jeannine Taylor, Ann Robinson, Richard Kline, Joyce DeWitt, Priscilla Barnes, Art LaFleur, Rodney Allen Rippy, Tammy Locke, Geri Reischl, Ted A. Bohus, Deanna Demko, Greg
The Warriors reunion: Deborah Van Valekburg, James Remar, Michael Beck, David Harris, Terry Michos, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler, Thomas Waites, Joel Weiss, Konrad Sheehan, Jery Hewitt, Apache Ramos, Wanda Valez.
Revenge of the Nerds reunion: Robert Carradine, Julia Montgomery, Donald Gibb, Curtis Armstrong, Larry B. Scott, Andrew Cassese, Brian Tochi and, Timothy Busfield.
The Thing reunion: Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, Alan Howarth.
Field of Dreams reunion: Timothy Busfield, Frank Whaley, Dwier Brown, Art LaFleur, Steve Eastin, Charles Hoyes.