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All eyes were on Parsippany, NJ this weekend as Chiller Theatre returned to its original haunt for another weekend of fun, shopping and celebrity hobnobbing.

Chiller TheatreChiller is a dif­fer­ent beast from your typ­i­cal hor­ror con, proud­ly wel­com­ing celebri­ty guests you typ­i­cal­ly wouldn’t see at oth­er shows. Celebri­ties such as Meat Loaf, Ann Mar­garet, Weird Al Yankovic, Hulk Hogan, Ron Jere­my and Priscil­la Pres­ley have all made appear­ances at past shows. Make no mis­take about it…Chiller is still a hor­ror con­ven­tion. How­ev­er, they wise­ly book more guests from pop cul­ture and nos­tal­gia.

This show had one of the most diverse line­ups in recent mem­o­ry.

A Fright Night Reunion fea­tur­ing Chris Saran­don, Stephen Geof­freys, Jonathan Stark, Aman­da Bearse and William Rags­dale was one the main attrac­tions, as fans filled the room to meet the cast of the cult clas­sic. I’ve met the cast sev­er­al times, and they are a true delight. In the same room was an Amer­i­can Pie Reunion that had Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mena Suvari and Shan­non Eliz­a­beth meet­ing fans. All 3 were super friend­ly and loved meet­ing every­one.

Pat Priest, best known as Mar­i­lyn Mun­ster, made her final New Jer­sey appear­ance, and she was a class act to all of her ador­ing fans. The God­fa­ther Of Gore, Tom Savi­ni was in the house to meet with fans of his con­tri­bu­tions to our beloved genre. Night of the Liv­ing Dead had a mini reunion that had fans of the movie com­ing out to grab a pic and auto­graph with the cast.

Speak­ing of Dead Things…

The Walk­ing Dead had a few cast mem­bers on hand as well. Tom Payne, Kirk Aceve­do, Xan­der Berke­ley, Brighton Shapiro, Austin Ame­lio, and new­ly pro­mot­ed series reg­u­lar Kate­lyn Nacon met with all the Walk­er Fanat­ics that came to get pic­tures and auto­graphs from AMC’s Hit Show.

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Stacey Nelkin from Hal­loween III: Sea­son of the Witch made an appear­ance, and I can tell you first hand that Ms. Nelkin is one of the biggest sweet­hearts in the world and has such a warm smile. She lit up the whole room with her charm and friend­li­ness.

One of the more ambi­tious book­ings for a con was a Per­fect Strangers reunion with Mark Linn Bak­er and Bron­son Pin­chot (Cousin Lar­ry and Bal­ki, respec­tive­ly). Bak­er was extreme­ly friend­ly and nice to all the fans, how­ev­er Pin­chot was slight­ly rude and awk­ward with guests. I heard many a com­plaint from the fans about Pinchot’s behav­ior and imme­di­ate regret spend­ing mon­ey at his table.

Luck­i­ly, fans were treat­ed to per­haps the high­light of the show for many (myself includ­ed), Bates Motel actor, Ken­ny John­son. John­son is not only one of the nicest peo­ple in the world. He is also one fun­ny dude! He tru­ly enjoys meet­ing fans and inter­act­ing with them. Ken­ny also told Bates Motel fans that the series finale was a mind blow­er for him, and none of us will see the end­ing com­ing. If Ken­ny John­son is a guest at any show you are attend­ing, make it a pri­or­i­ty to meet him. You will not regret it…and I dare to take his Arm Wrestling Chal­lenge!

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Dean Cain, Richard Gre­co, George Hamil­ton, and Bar­bra Her­shey (mak­ing her con debut) all had long lines dur­ing the week­end. But there was one per­son who even had the celebri­ty guests wait­ing in line to meet him — with peo­ple were spout­ing his catch­phras­es as they passed him.

Pub­lic Enemy’s Fla­vor Flav was the absolute main attrac­tion of Chiller.

I didn’t get to per­son­al­ly meet Flav. How­ev­er, I wit­nessed an inter­ac­tion with a lit­tle girl. It was a ten­der moment, show­ing a dif­fer­ent side of the usu­al­ly hyper rap­per. I’ve always respect­ed him, and this made me respect him even more.

The ven­dors were in full force, how­ev­er due to the size of the space, it was kind of cramped in the room.

Over­all, it was a great time, as Chiller once again deliv­ered a mem­o­rable expe­ri­ence. Thank you to Kevin and crew for all your hard work.

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