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.
Reform School Girls
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.
I first came across my newest interview subject, Sheila Lussier, when I was looking up the 1990 film Dick Tracy on the Internet Movie Database. Seeing her listed in an uncredited role, I clicked on Sheila’s name and found a very intriguing filmography with work in some of my favorite 80s and 90s projects. Looking beyond acting, I saw that Sheila has also worked as a model, a journalist, a director and a jewelry designer. When I saw that she was Facebook friends with my friend and 2020 interview subject Deborah Dutch, I knew I would be interested in interviewing her. I reached out to Sheila via her Etsy page, and we spoke late in January about her long and diverse career. I hope you all enjoy getting to know this versatile and incredible talent.
My first exposure to my newest interview subject, Linda Carol, came when I purchased the DVD of Reform School Girls in 2001. Her work as Jenny, one of the innocents behind bars at Pridemore, really made an impact on me. Many years later, I befriended Linda Carol, shown in the cover photo taken by Maurice Brogan Jr., on Facebook, and we’ve become good friends since then. I interviewed Linda on Friday, June 12th, and I hope you all enjoy getting to know her.
My next interview subject, Sherri Stoner, has easily been my biggest influence as a writer. I did not have a good personal life in the 90s, and because of all the troubles I had in the decade, I don’t have fond memories of a lot of the decade’s pop culture. There are some exceptions, though, and Sherri Stoner was involved with them. As the model for Belle in Beauty And The Beast, she helped create a character I found myself relating to as I made my way through a school system that didn’t understand the issues involved with Asperger’s Syndrome. As a writer for Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs, and with her voice work on the latter, she created cartoons that had me in hysterics and would help to fuel my early writing endeavors. As the co-writer of 1995’s Casper, she created a movie that was a very cathartic experience for me in the wake of my father’s passing.