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.
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.
Blue Oyster Cult may have notched only one top 20 Hot 100 hit, but "(Don't Fear) the Reaper" has endured, reaching new generations through such opportune placements as in the blockbuster slasher film "Scream" in 1996. The gregarious Bouchard discussed his current band, Blue Coupe (in which he's joined by his brother and fellow former Blue Oyster Cult member Albert and Dennis Dunaway, original bandmate of newly-inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Alice Cooper), while treating his newfound music video director to an impromptu sample of his best-known smash.
"Augustus Gloop" joined several of his castmates from the beloved 1971 film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" for a standing-room only Q&A. Boellner and Julie Dawn Cole sat down first ("I'm Veruca Salt. Of course, I should go first!," kidded Cole), followed by Diana Sowle ("Mrs. Bucket"), Denise Nickerson ("Violet Beaureaugarde"), Paris Themmen ("Mike Teevee") and Peter Ostrum (then "Charlie Bucket"; now a veterinarian in upstate New York). Eliciting one of the session's biggest laughs, Cole recalled Themmen as an insufferable co-star; "Imagine being called obnoxious by Veruca Salt!," Themmen joked back. Boellner spoke with Billboard to address whether he's an actual chocolate addict or whether he only played one on-screen.