January 20th, 2013 by chocko
Just rewinding the clock a bit and taking a look back at The Chiller Theatre Expo that went down a couple months ago at The Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in New Jersey just before a monster hurricane came rambling through town. Chiller is the place to be to pick up horror and sci-fi movies and collectibles and the list of guests is always insane. Mr. C already shared thoughts, photos and even a poem about our Saturday visit to Chiller which you can check out HERE. Chiller Theatre is returning April 26-28 at the same location and advance tickets are available now.
We ran into this Dukes of Hazzard super-fan in the parking lot who was walking around with a signed General Lee car door. Tom Wopat was in the house so I’m assuming his “Herbie Hancock” is on that orange beast.
Left: The lovely Stefania Casini best known for her role in Dario Argento’s 1977 nightmarish movie Suspiria signed some stuff for the Planet Chocko crew and shared a story with us about one particular scene in the movie where she jumped unknowingly into a room filled with barbed wire. Right: housing some fries…Caroll Spinney the famous puppeteer best known for playing Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch.
The VHSPS booth has been a recent favorite of mine. They sell DVD transfers of lost films originally only available on VHS. What’s in Chocko’s bag you ask? Raw Force-an incredibly cheesy karate film from the 80’s which is loads of fun to watch, Too Hot To Handle-a movie about an undercover agent who seduces and gets naked a lot and a classic from Something Weird Video, Afros, Macks & Zodiacs a jam-packed collection of blaxploitation trailers hosted by Rudy Ray Moore (Dolemite)!
Left: Zacherley The Cool Ghoul-the O.G. of horror hosts and a regular at Chiller Theatre. Right: Donna Loren known for her album “Beach Blanket Bingo” and appearances in Beach Party Movies and TV shows such as Shindig! (a musical variety show) and The Milton Berle Show.
When Tiffany Shepis first made her Chiller appearance she was in a handful of Troma films but since then, Tiffany has been in a ton of indie horror movies. Don’t let the photo fool you…she’s really friendly!
Julie Adams from The Universal Studios horror classic Creature From The Black Lagoon. She was a sweetheart, we talked briefly about that famous monster movie and Julie posed for some photos with The Creature. She has an autobiography out titled The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections From The Black Lagoon. Purchase that book HERE.
Here is Samantha Fox signing a record from my vinyl collection. Back in the day Chocko admired Samantha for her HUGE Hits from the 80’s: Touch Me and Naughty Girls (Need Love Too). She still looks foxy!
Left: Ed Repka King of Thrash Metal Art and a Mars Attacks pencil drawing which is now hanging on my wall. Right: Bronson Pinchot making his first convention appearance ever! He is best known for his role of Balki Bartokomous in the TV Series Perfect Strangers. Bronson presently restores houses which you can see on the DIY Network.
The Dead Elvi brought out a lot surprises during the musical portion of the evening. Zacherley hopped on stage for “The Monster Mash” and Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer jammed on the keyboards (pictured above). Bai Ling performed two slow jams including an Elvis cover. Bebe Buell (Singer, Playmate and Liv Tyler’s mom) brought down the house with some of her friends including Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper group) on the bass and Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys) on guitar. Her performance of Dead Boy’s “Sonic Reducer” was a highlight of the night! Taryn Manning (Boomkat) performed a Rolling Stones and a Nirvana song. Check out some videos below! See you at the next Chiller.
BAI LING performing “Love Me Tender” at Chiller Theatre 10.27.12.
BEBE BUELL performing “Pushin’ Too Hard” with THE DEAD ELVI, DENNIS DUNAWAY and CHEETAH CHROME
TARYN MANNING performing “Beast Of Burden”