Attendees of Chiller Theatre 2011 enjoyed, as billed, a "monster party."
The bi-annual toy, model and film expo summoned more than 100 actors, musicians and vendors (as well as assorted costumed demons threatening unsuspecting guests) to the Hilton Parsippany in Parsippany, N.J., Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1.
The guest list (or "obituaries" rundown in the print program) boasted numerous stars of classic horror films, including Heather Langenkamp ("A Nightmare on Elm Street"), such sci-fi icons as Dean Stockwell ("Battlestar Galactica"); and, Ernest Borgnine, "Mr. Rogo" from the 1972 sea thriller "The Poseidon Adventure." (At 94 years of age, Borgnine drew one of the longest lines of autograph seekers Saturday).
More than a "spring spooktacular," per the event's literature, Chiller Theatre 2011 welcomed a wide-ranging roster of more than 100 names that combined to create a TV Land lineup brought to life.
Other headliners filling the event's bustling main lobby included Loni Anderson ("WKRP in Cincinnati"), Hal Linden ("Barney Miller") and Butch Patrick ("The Munsters").
Stars known for more recent work likewise greeted fans - Vivica A. Fox ("Independence Day," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Mariana Klaveno (in person, the welcoming opposite of her villainous vampire persona on "True Blood") and reality TV staple Gary Busey - but the three-day gathering decidedly feted the era of three network TV channels, affordable cinema popcorn and AM radio.
With Flip cam in hand, Chart Beat ventured across the Hudson River to soak up Saturday's celebrity swarm. Following is a video diary starring the several known names from stage and song who graciously took time to chat with Billboard.com.
While Belinda Carlisle sang most of the Go-Go's' lead vocals, Wiedlin's turn on the "Our Lips Are Sealed" bridge previewed a solo career that included her 1988 No. 9 Billboard Hot 100 solo hit "Rush Hour." The singer, actress, director, comic book creator (and ordained minister) shared with Billboard her excitement over the upcoming 30th anniversary re-release of the Go-Go's' debut album, "Beauty and the Beat"; recollections of her role in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"; and her fond memories of scaling the Billboard 200.
Wiedlin wasn't the only cast member available to reminisce about "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure." Winter - aka, "Bill" - reflected on why the 1989 movie remains an '80s pop culture favorite and teased the franchise's forthcoming third installment. ("Just got the script ...," Winter recently Tweeted).