Hello, dear readers. It’s Johnny Caps here. Because of the SAG-AFTRA strike, which is still happening as I write these words, I haven’t published any interviews for Pop Geeks these past few months on the advice of several previous interview subjects who are SAG-AFTRA members. As my interviews cover the whole of a talent’s career, past, present and future, and as the present and the future can’t be discussed right now according to SAG rules, the interviews I was working on polishing before the strike went into effect are still in draft format, and I haven’t sent out any interview requests since the strike started.
I had sent my latest interview subject, Lisa Fuller, an interview request last year. I didn’t initially hear back from her, so when I saw that she would be attending the April 2023 Chiller Theatre convention, I knew I had to not only meet her because I loved her work in movies like Teen Witch and Earth Girls Are Easy, but because I wanted to confirm the e-mail address I sent the interview request to was accurate. She checked it out a few weeks after we met at Chiller, and she agreed to an interview.
I once again paid a visit to the Chiller Theatre convention last month, and the April 2023 installment was the best April Chiller I’ve attended so far. I know I said that about the April 2022 Chiller, but I’ve come to find that every Chiller Theatre is better than the last one, and the last one is always fantastic to begin with. Join me as I recap the stars I met at the April 2023 Chiller.
My latest interview subject, Debbie D, was first mentioned to me by our mutual friend Deborah Dutch when I interviewed her in 2020. Two years or so later, I would meet Debbie D at the Chiller Theatre convention, and I said I would reach out to her about an interview. When I saw her IMDB page, though, I was taken aback by her many credits, and I knew that I would need time to formulate the right questions.
Twice a year, the Chiller Theatre convention is held in Parsippany, NJ. I go to both shows, the one in April and the one in October, and I always have fun at every Chiller I go to. I love meeting the stars at the show, and I’ve made a lot of friends in terms of attendees and Chiller staff as well. While the memories are still relatively fresh in my mind, I wanted to do a recap of the October 2022 Chiller Theatre convention.
The most recent installment of the Chiller Theatre convention happened this past April of 2022, and I was lucky enough to attend the show for two days. I always enjoy attending Chiller, and of the three April Chillers I’ve attended so far, the 2022 show has been my best so far. All the stars I met were friendly, and as I’ve been very active as a participant and moderator on the Chiller Theatre Fans Facebook group, a lot of people recognized me. Join me now as I recap Chiller of April 2022.
When I left the Chiller Theatre convention in October of 2019, I was planning on taking a break from it for a while. However, when they started announcing guests for the April 2020 Chiller, a Chiller Theatre that was to mark the convention’s 30th anniversary, in the early Winter of that year, I changed my mind and made a withdrawal from certain personal funds to attend the show. Chiller Theatre had announced some amazing guests, and I was looking forward to coming back sooner than anticipated.
My newest interview subject, Tiffany Helm, is a very diverse talent. Growing up in the entertainment industry, Tiffany entered film after some time spent as a model. If you love cult classic cinema of the 80s, then you’ll recognize Tiffany from movies like Friday The 13th, Part V: A New Beginning, Reform School Girls, and O.C. and Stiggs. She would also act in the classic 90s computer game Rama, and is currently active as a photographer, as well as working on the occasional independent film. Ahead of her appearance at the Chiller Theatre convention later this month, Tiffany and I talked recently about her wide-ranging career. I hope you all enjoy our interview.
My newest interview subject, Darcy DeMoss, is a performer I’ve wanted to interview ever since I was doing articles for my previous writing base, RetroJunk. That was almost a decade back, but the end result was more than worth the wait. Darcy DeMoss is an actress, a dancer and a photographer, among many other skills, and this year marks the 35th anniversary of Jason Lives: Friday The 13th, Part 6, where she memorably played the character of Nikki. On August 11th, we talked about Friday The 13th, Reform School Girls, Can’t Buy Me Love, photography, conventions and more. I hope you all enjoy reading this interview.
Caroline Munro is an accomplished actress with credits going back to the 1960s. You may know her from classic Hammer Horror films like Dracula A.D. 1972 or Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter. Perhaps you saw her as Naomi the helicopter pilot henchwoman in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, or squaring off against the late, great Joe Spinnell in the trio of Starcrash, Maniac and The Last Horror Film. You might have heard her singing in Don’t Open Till Christmas or frolicking with Adam Ant in the music video for Goody Two Shoes. Perhaps you might have met Caroline at a convention, as I did at Chiller Theatre in October of 2018, making her the second guest of that Chiller that I’ve interviewed after Loretta Swit.
I was first introduced to my newest interview subject, Cathy Silvers, when I saw Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, and I heard her voicing the character of Marie Dodo. As I grew older, I would come to know more about Cathy’s work as both an actress and an activist, and I would befriend her on Facebook a few years ago. Late in 2020, I reached out to Cathy about an interview, and we talked in January about her work as both an entertainer and a healthy living advocate. I hope you all enjoy this interview.
In the late 00s, much to my mom’s chagrin, I started up a small cassette collection again after having gotten rid of a larger one in the early 00s. One of the albums I had on cassette came from my newest interview subject, Melissa Manchester. Her album Emergency had a collection of great songs that spoke to what I was hoping for in the chaos of dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome and the decay of my relationship with my mom.