Meeting Tom Atkins at Cinema Wasteland


This past weekend, I headed up to the biannual Cleveland Cinema Wasteland horror convention where one of the featured guests was none other than legendary horror actor, Tom Atkins.



Atkins, who starred in such horror classics as The Fog, Escape From New York, Night of the Creeps, Creepshow, and most famously, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, had his table set up, ready to sign autographs and chat with fans.

I was excited to meet him, and when I had my chance, I knew exactly what I wanted to him to sign...

I pulled out my copy of Death Waltz Records' Halloween III: Season of the Witch vinyl soundtrack and requested a very specific line from the film, to which he laughingly obliged...





While he was signing the insert poster and taking the above photo, we had a quick second to chat about acting, horror films and the city of Pittsburgh, where he still resides today. I was very happy to hear stories about his favorite Carpenter film, The Fog, as well as how proud he was of his work in Halloween III. It's nice to see that the film, universally panned after it's non-Michael Myers release back in 1983 finally get its due and become an immensely popular cult classic today.

Tom Atkins was by far the nicest and most approachable horror actor that I have met. And the passion that he still has for his work made for an incredible experience for me. If you haven't, find a convention that he will be attending and make time to go meet him. You won't regret it.




3 comments:

lady M said...

I wonder why certain people are pigeon holed to work in horror? Is it their ability to scream?

Caffeinated Joe said...

That is awesome! So cool that you got to meet him! Did you know there is a Dr. Dan Challis parody twitter account? Or more aptly, homage account. It is fun, check it out: https://twitter.com/Cochran_Hater

highbury said...

Good question, lady M. I would guess his run of steady work with Carpenter opened other horror opportunities for him, although he was able to string together a nice run of television work as well. I still say it's that amazing mustache...

And Joe, that parody Twitter account is hilarious. I'm dying over here reading it. Thanks for posting!!

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