Chiller Theatre is a toy, model and film expo with a decidedly dark bent. And it attracts a wide array of celebrity guests and interesting bands. So, if you’re going to be in the Parsippany, NJ, area April 16 – 18, 2010, you might want to check them out.
They have a whole line up of guests, which you can find here: www.chillertheatre.com/gt/gtc4.htm.
But I thought I’d highlight those of particular interest to genre travelers in this post.
Rock singer, songwriter and broadcaster whose career spans more than four decades.
Alice Cooper lives in my neck of the woods, so I get to hear him on the radio. He’s probably best known for his horror-tinged rock. And although with all that make up he can look kind of scary, word is that he’s a really nice guy. He’s made appearances in several genre films (LeviatÃƒÂ¡n, John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness, A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: The Dream Lover, Freakshow, The Attic Expeditions and the currently in production Horrorween), and his music has been included in the soundtracks of even more, including Rob Zombie’s Halloween. He’ll be signing autographs all three days of the event.
Sherilyn Fenn is a veteran of genre films. Her earliest genre flick was a teen horror film called The Wraith that co-started Charlie Sheen. Other genre fair include films such as Zombie High (1987) and Dream Warrior (2003), as well as guest appearances on genre TV shows such as Tales from the Crypt, The Outer Limits, Night Visions, Birds of Prey and The 4400. But she may best be known from her role as Audrey Horne on the often bizarre TV show Twin Peaks.
Probably best know for his role as Dudley ‘Booger’ Dawson in the 1984 film Revenge of the Nerds, Curtis Armstrong has a pretty good genre resume, as well. He can be found in the genre films Hi Honey – I’m Dead and Southland Tales. He’s also been a guest on numerous genre TV Shows, such as Mann & Machine, M.A.N.T.I.S., Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, The Hunger, Brimstone, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Batman Beyond, Joan of Arcadia, Ghost Whisperer, Reaper and Wizards of Waverly Place.
When I did watch Enterprise, Connor Trinneer played my favorite character, Commander Charles ‘Trip’ Tucker III. Trip’s irrepressible charm was contagious. Since the demise of that show (and his character on it), he’s gone on to grace other genre shows, including a powerful performance as the Wraith hybrid, Michael Kenmore, on several episodes of Stargate: Atlantis. He’s also made appearances on Sliders, FreakyLinks and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
When I first saw The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, the eye painted on Caroline Munro’s hand so intrigued me, I drew one on my own. Soon afterward, I had a line of classmates wanting to pay me 25 cents to draw one on their palms, too. I made a nice sum that week! But Sinbad isn’t the only genre fair Munro has played a role in. She was also in The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Dracula A.D. 1972, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter, At the Earth’s Core, The Spy Who Loved Me, Starcrash, Maniac, The Last Horror Film, Slaughter High, Faceless, Flesh for the Beast and the forthcoming Eldorado.