Chiller Theatre Halloween Spooktacular 2013

Just got back from the semi-annual Chiller Theatre Expo, held at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in NJ. This year’s show featured several cast reunions, but the ones I looked forward to most were the ones for Jaws and A Christmas Story. I’ve attended all but one Chiller show since 2009, and I think that this was the only time I came home with money still in my wallet. Many of the guests charged more reasonable and economic friendly prices than in the past.

The first guest I met was Gilbert Gottfried, the legendary stand-up comedian & voice of Iago in Disney’s Aladdin.

Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried

Next up was Robert Hays, known to may for his role of Ted Striker in Airplane! and Airplane II: The Sequel. My generation knows Robert as the stepfather, Bob, in the Homeward Bound movies.

Robert Hays

Robert Hays

Easy Rider star Peter Fonda, who I got an autograph from at my first Chiller back in 2009, returned this year and was a big chatterbox. Not only did we talk about hotels, but Peter also told me all the gory details about his discovery of a body in a parked car back in 2011.

Peter Fonda

Peter Fonda

 

I then headed into the room where the Jaws reunion & prop museum was located. Attending the reunion was Roger Kastel (Poster Artist), Joe Alves (Production Designer), Carl Gottlieb (‘Ben Meadows’ & Screenwriter), Jeffrey Kramer (Deputy Hendricks), & Susan Backlinie (Chrissie Watkins). This is where I spent a majority of my money. I had all 5 sign an 11×17 movie poster, got 8x10s from Gottlieb, Kramer, & Backlinie, and also had Gottlieb sign my copy of his book, The Jaws Log.

Roger Kastel

Roger Kastel

Joe Alves

Joe Alves

Carl Gottlieb

Carl Gottlieb

Jeffrey Kramer

Jeffrey Kramer

Susan Backlinie

Susan Backlinie

I then went in to meet Catherine Bach, known for her role of Daisy Dukes on The Dukes of Hazzard, and currently playing Anita Lawson on The Young & the Restless. While I felt that her prices were a bit steep, I bit the bullet and got an autograph & photo with her.

Catherine Bach

Catherine Bach

Julie Dawn Cole, known for her role of Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, is another guest who I had previously met at a past Chiller. This time around, I had Julie sign my copy of her book, I Want It Now!

Julie Dawn Cole

Julie Dawn Cole

I then went into the room where the four boys, now men, from A Christmas Story were. Scott Schwartz’s mom, who attends most if not every Chiller, was in charge of this room and running a tight ship. In attendance were Zack Ward (Scut Farkus), Yano Anaya (Grover Dill), Ian Petrella (Randy Parker), & Scott Schwartz (Flick). I had all four guys sign an 11×17 movie poster.

Zack Ward

Zack Ward

Yano Anaya

Yano Anaya

Ian Petrella

Ian Petrella

Scott Schwartz

Scott Schwartz

I ended the night by having Kathy Garver sign a Family Affair 8×10, previously signed by Johnny Whitaker. Kathy charged a whopping $10 and was one of the most honest celebrities that I have ever met at one of these.

Kathy Garver

Kathy Garver

 

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