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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.