Were you a monster fan growing up? How did you get drawn into
monsters as a kid?
yes, always a monster fan! My parents took my sister Carol and me
to the drive-in, wearing our PJs, when we were little. The movie
was usually either Disney, sword-&-sandal, or horror! We loved it.
When we got a bit older, we’d spend our allowance on Aurora monster
models, monster comic books, and Famous Monsters Magazine. And we
were always acting out our favorite horror movies with the
neighborhood kids. (You have to remember, this was back in the
stone age, before video games.)
Is Halloween your favorite holiday? Any fond memories of your
younger years during that season?
it’s hard to say, now, because Halloween is all the time at
Horror Hotel. October 31st is just the last day the tour
is usually open. But oh-my-god, of course Halloween was just the
biggest deal when I was a kid! WE got to go trick-or-treating for
hours! And stay out after dark!! Mom always dressed up and
went out with us, and she was always the scariest one. I still miss
trick-or-treating, don’t you?
was your favorite costume?
Our costumes weren’t really elaborate, mostly improvised. Mom
learned after going ‘all out’ a couple of times that we couldn’t
keep anything nice…we’d play in our costume all night, jumping out
of trees, sneaking through the hedge rows, rolling and howling, till
it was in shreds. And the fact that none of those thin taffeta
“one-size-fits-small” Ben Coopers were ever big enough for my fat
little carcass didn’t help. But Mom could sure do a great Wolfman
makeup job using homemade Play-Dough and macaroni!
you catch any flack growing up liking monsters, from family and
now that I think about it, I guess I did. At the time, I thought
all the kids who said monsters were stupid were just wussies who
were too scared to watch the movies. It never made me feel bad when
other kids would say stuff like “Ooh, your boyfriend is
Frankenstein!” because I always thought, “Wow!, I wish!” But my
family was cool. We watched Chiller Theater together every Friday
night at 11:30, in the basement rec room. Mom and Dad would watch
the first feature, then go on up to bed and let us stay up to watch
the second one if we wanted to. Alone. In the basement. At 1:30
a.m. Well, sometimes we did and sometimes we didn’t.
Why are there so few female collectors?
think there are probably fewer women collecting anything than
there are men. I think women are just not as into “owning”
everything they like as men are. (Well, my “cubie” at work, Kim
Ammons, says she collects men’s hearts, but you know, I’ve never
seen any of those hearts in her cube.)
Are you into any other “normal” hobbies (if there is such a thing)?
like to burn things!
us your 3 all-time favorite horror movies and why.
Geez, just three?! That’s hard! Well, ‘Bride Of Frankenstein’ of
course, that movie has it all! Horror, romance, comedy, Colin
Clive’s histrionics, Ernest Thesiger’s mincing, and Karloff just
breaks your heart with the sweet, innocent hope in his face, his joy
at having a friend, his confusion and pain at being rejected, and
finally, his solution (or so he thought) to the whole unacceptable
condition of his unnatural existence.
Another movie I never get
tired of watching is ‘Interview With The Vampire’. Yeah, go ahead
and call me a GIRL. I don’t care. I realize it wasn’t as scary as
some movies, but it was about time someone filmed the book that
started this whole Goth thing in the first place. Homosexual
undertones are very exciting!
Universal’s Kharis the Mummy movies all scared the crap out
of me when I was little. He was so relentless-- if he was coming to
kill you, you might as well just shoot yourself and spare yourself
the terror of waiting, because the Mummy WILL get you…and it won’t
be an easy death.
you fated to bump into a guy like David and eventually marry him
was fated to escape marriage altogether. I don’t know how that
Is he really as loony as they say? (Just teasing ya Dave!)
Guy Thorpe is ‘loony’. David is completely insane.
has it been, living at the Horror Hotel?
is your favorite part of the Horror Hotel tour?
Lab, if I have to pick one. All those lights and sounds, and the
ceiling mirrors that make the room seem to go up forever. I think
it’s pretty cool.
favorite props or scenes from over the years?
an ‘invisible woman’ one year. She was a full-length silk gown and
robe, sitting with her legs crossed, brushing her hair in front of
a mirror. I had used fiberglass resin on the clothes on a
mannequin, and then cut them off when it was dry. The rest of the
effect was done with strings. I thought that turned out OK.
fun stories to tell about guests that have come through?
always get a kick out of kids who are scared to death until they see
a familiar face, like Freddy the child-murdering slasher, and then
they squeal in delight and say happily, “Freddy!” the same way they
would greet their Daddy! And I love it when older people come
through and enjoy it and you know they haven’t been to any scary
event since they went to the premiere of the original Universal