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.
My first exposure to my newest interview subject, Brie Howard, came when I heard her background vocals and instrumental work on Robbie Nevil’s song C’est La Vie, which I first came across on an 80s compilation CD I purchased in the late 90s. As I grew older, I would come to discover more about Brie’s work not only as a drummer and a singer, but also as an actress and a baker. I met Brie at the Chiller Theatre convention last October, as shown in the cover photo, and was honored to meet her.
I go back a long way with my next interview subject’s work. I first saw Joanna Cassidy in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which I saw at the age of 5 with my family at a drive-in double feature with Big Top Pee-wee. Ms. Cassidy’s work in Who Framed Roger Rabbit as Dolores really made an impact on me. As I grew older and my 80s fandom blossomed, I would see her work in movies as diverse as Blade Runner, Under Fire and Club Paradise, and find her to be a unique and outstanding presence in each film. I met Ms. Cassidy at the Chiller Theatre convention in April of 2018, as shown in the cover photo, and it was great to meet her. I’d always hoped to interview Joanna, and last month she took some time to speak to me about her long and wide-ranging career. I hope you all enjoy reading this interview.
My newest interview subject, Deborah Dutch, is a talent I’d been hoping to interview for several years. I would see pictures of her shared by Facebook friends, and I was taken by her beauty. Looking at Deborah Dutch’s extensive list of credits, I was impressed by all the films she did and talents she worked with. I was first connected to Deborah by my friend and two-time interview subject Debra Lamb, a long-time friend and collaborator of Ms. Dutch’s. From there, Deborah and I became fast friends, and we had two great, long conversations that form the basis of this interview. I hope you all enjoy getting to know her.
Sondra Currie, whom I had the great pleasure of interviewing recently, has a career that stretches back to the 1970s. Over the years, she’s appeared in a wide variety of projects, ranging from 70s cult classics like Policewomen and Mama’s Dirty Girls to guest roles on shows like Three’s Company and The Golden Girls in the 80s and Murder, She Wrote in the 90s, to playing Linda, the mother of Alan (Zach Galifnakis) in the Hangover trilogy. This is in addition to a lengthy stage career that’s seen her essay roles in classics from A Streetcar Named Desire to Death Of A Salesman.