Films and Events
SPECIAL EVENTS & NOTEWORTHY ATTRACTIONS ALWAYS INCLUDE:
* MOVIE, MOVIES and more MOVIES! We cram in as many classic Drive-In movies, independent films and shorts as we can pack into a weekend. You’ll find movies and shorts on real 16mm film in our 200 seat “Film Room” and all kinds of indy films, shorts, and guest related features in our smaller, 100+ seat “DVD projection Room” all weekend long.
* Q&A Sessions, Live Movie Commentaries, Guest Talks and Movie Introductions... Our guests are always willing to interact with attending fans, and we’ve come up with all kinds of fun stuff for them to do over the years. Let’s see what we come up with for the next show shall we?
* Join us for “A GHASTLEE NITE AT THE MOVIES” every Saturday Night beginning at 8:00pm. Hosted by Dayton, Ohio’s very own A. Ghastlee Ghoul, “A Ghastlee Nite at the Movies” isn’t really a film screening at all. It’s more a night of “live entertainment” and laughs. Join us for an evening of silly skits, bad music, interactive games and contests, surprise guests and more.
* SURPRISES and MORE SURPRISES! With most of the shows we run, things fall together a few weeks before show time. Be sure to check back as the show draws closer to see if we may have a surprise guest addition, extra film screening, or special event added to the weekend schedule.
* EVERY CINEMA WASTELAND MOVIE AND MEMORABILIA EXPO offers attending fans over 60 Hours worth of Movies and Programming over the course of three days. And it’s all 100% Free with the price of admission. It can be a bit overwhelming, so be sure to check over the complete Weekend Schedule of Films and Events before you arrive so you can plot out your weekend early. The Weekend Schedule is usually posted 3 or 4 weeks before any given show.
AND WHAT ABOUT THE MOVIES YOU ASK?...
You can't have a "Movie Convention" without them, can you? ABSOLUTELY NOT! And we plan on showing plenty of films on both 16mm Film and Video at Cinema Wasteland - Many of which may be hosted by the Stars and Directors appearing as Guests at the show. Our evening film show is Free to all attendees and hotel guests.
Here are the movies we are showing on 16mm film:
DAMNATION ALLEY (1977) After World War 3, a small group of survivors attempt to drive across the desolate wasteland in a specially built vehicle to where they hope to find more survivors. Freakish weather patters, mutated plant and animal life, and all sorts of assorted dangers await them in this fun, low budget sci-fi thriller with Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard, and Jackie Earle Haley. Damnation Alley will really grow on you and has developed quite the cult following over the years.
DRUG HORRORS “SCARE FILM” NIGHT! - Back when a majority of the Wasteland crew was in school, they showed us a lot of educational “scare films” on every topic you can think of. We saw venereal disease and drug films in health class, automobile accident films in driver’s education classes, safety films in shop class, and short films on everything in between whenever a teacher felt the need to some kill time with the film projector. They were supposed to scare us into staying away from things like sex, drugs, or doing stupid things that may get us hurt or killed, but the effects for a lot of us was quite the opposite and we went looking for sex, tried several of the drugs that were described in the films, and did crazy shit that broke a lot of collar bones, arms, and legs back in the days before we treated kids like factory farm chickens and veal and made them wear plastic helmets, elbow pads, and silly-ass shin guards just to ride their bikes around the block.
This October, Cinema Wasteland has dug deep into their lead lined film vault to pay homage to Health Class days gone by with a block of DRUG SCARE FILMS. If you attended Junior High or High school in the 1970s or early 80s you may have even seen a couple of these short films yourself. If not, then here’s your chance to catch up on a few health class classics that don’t pull any punches.
We’ll start with having a few drinks and end with the horrors of heroin and meth addiction when we dust off and spool up the following two hour block of classic health class shorts:
ALCOHOL AND YOU (1969) People drink for all kinds of reasons from just being social at a party to trying to forget the rigors of every day life. Some people can handle their booze while others just embarrass themselves, can’t keep a job, and destroy not just their life, but the lives of the people around them. What kind of drinker are you?… (26 minutes)
MARIJUANA: THE GREAT ESCAPE (1970) Teenage racing protege' George appears to be the next big thing in drag racing. He’s built his own dragster from his winnings, is respected among the older and more established drivers, and is well on his way to the big time before he’s even out of high school. He’s only got one problem. He likes to burn a few joints to relax. Oh, the horror… the horror… (20 minutes)
UPS AND DOWNS: THE AMPHETAMINE AND BARBITURATE STORY (1971) Speed kept you going and downers helped you crash. They killed Elvis when he decided it was a good idea to ingest a couple pounds of each every day while we’re almost certain that Nancy Reagan lived comfortably on a thousand downers and a small bit of cheese every day for well over fifty years. You can ingest them, snort them, or shoot them into your arm and although they can be both helpful as well as a lot of fun, they can be dangerous and affect people differently. Especially when mixed with other stuff. (22 minutes)
ANGEL DEATH (1979) Hosted by Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, this film takes a look at PCP, the animal tranquilizer than became popular with stoners in the mid-1970s. Angel Dust scared the hell out of the CW promoter - mostly because he knew some people who were really fucked up on the stuff and was slipped some without his knowledge a few times in his misspent youth. This shit is scary. And you just need to take a look at some of the waste cases featured in this film to find out just how scary. (33 minutes)
11:59: LAST MINUTE TO CHOOSE (1970) Heroin and meth. Two drugs that have been ruining lives and sending people to their grave for decades is examined in this classic short. If you have a fear of needles and rotten teeth then you may find this one a bit spooky but facts are facts and Last Minute To Choose doesn’t pull any punches. (26 minutes)
THE FALL GUY: SATURDAY THE 32nd (1985) Colt Seavers (Lee Majors) is doing stunts on a horror film starring Cassandra Peterson as Elvira when members of the cast start to wind up dead. It’s a Scooby-Do like murder mystery from then on with Peterson staying in her Elvira character for the entire episode. Yep, it’s an episode of The Fall Guy television series with Lee Majors and it’s a fun Halloween season episode that guest stars Doug McClure as well. Thought it might be a nice thing to screen before we screen the film, STEEL on Friday night (after the block of Drug Horror Scare Films.)
FRITZ THE CAT (1972) Fritz, a sex-obsessed tom cat and college student sets out to find himself during America’s swinging 60's. Fritz’s travels bring him in contact with every 60's stereotype imaginable, including Hell’s Angels, Black Panther’s, and all manner of assorted drug addled lunatics. Based on Robert Crumb’s popular (underground) ZAP magazine character, Ralph Bakshi’s X-Rated animated cult film hits more marks than it misses. A perfect Midnight movie for the Wasteland crowd.
HIGH RISK (1976) When four medical missionaries are held captive in a foreign land because they treated and helped out some rebel leaders, the US government steps in to rescue them. When the rescue attempt fails, they hire a troupe of former circus performers to steal the country’s national treasure from a heavily guarded embassy in Washington, DC to use as trade bait for the American’s being held captive. (Yes, you read that correctly. Our government hires circus performers to pull a high stakes rescue mission.) The always enjoyable Victor Buono is Sebastian, a magician who believes they can accomplish things with simple misdirection and the group, including Joseph Sirola and Don Stroud, is off and running with their plan in this ambitious and enjoyable, fast paced made for TV crime thriller. Fine mist spray used to detect laser beams included. Never released to either video or DVD, we’ve got it on 16mm film. it’s theSunday Morning Made for TV Movie pick for October’s show.
I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE (1958) On the eve of his wedding to Marge, Ben Farrell leaves his bachelor party and is abducted by aliens. One of the aliens takes his shape and marries Marge the following day but Marge feels like something strange has happened to Ben. One year later, she realizes that Ben is a totally different person and follows him into the woods one night where she discovers he is now an alien. She does her best to tell the big wigs in Washington, as well as the FBI, but discovers the aliens have dominated key people in town and have cut off communication with the outside world. This enjoyable 50s sci-fi classic makes a perfect Saturday Morning Hangover Theater presentation.
THE LANCELOT LINK SECRET CHIMP HOUR (1970) Back when us old Wastelanders were children in the late 60s and early 70s we were treated to some of the weirdest television shows ever created. One of them was the live action, Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp show; a series of 20 or so 15 minute spy spoof adventures starring real chimps and monkeys in place of human actors. Sort of “Get Smart” with chimps. Lancelot works for APE (the Agency to Prevent Evil). He and his faithful side kick, Mata Hairi, are also a member of the pop band, The Evolution Revolution, and yes, there are musical numbers. Together, the musical spy duo are constantly trying to thwart the evil organization known as CHUMP and their assortment of “James Bond” type villains. In 1970, they gathered four episodes of the show into an hour long Saturday morning show and that’s what we have here - four episodes of Lancelot Link for your head scratching bewilderment, complete with the original bumpers, comedy bits, and spoofs between the episodes just the way it aired way back in 1970.
SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON HOUR - Resident horror host, Son of Ghoul, will once again put together an hour’s worth of original cartoons to kick off Saturday morning. He often times digs up those old cartoons that were deemed “politically incorrect” by the stuffy douche bags who can’t pull their heads out of their asses long enough to take a breath of fresh air… which is just the way we like it at Cinema Wasteland! Cartoons kick off at 9:30am on Saturday mornings in MOVIE ROOM 1, so be sure to stop in and see what’s in store this time around!
STEEL (1979) aka Look Down And Die! Mike Catton (Lee Majors) was once a world-renowned construction Forman at the top of his game when an accident left him with a serious fear of heights. Unable to work on the tallest skyscrapers any longer, he retired and became a truck driver. Big Lew Cassidy (George Kennedy) is in a race against time - and the bank - to complete his latest building project when he is tossed off the top of the building to his death. Now, his daughter Cass Cassidy (Jennifer O’Neill) needs to get the last nine stories of a building finished in only three weeks time but her construction crew is being hassled by mafia types working for an evil corporation that plans on taking over the project when she is unable to get the job done on time. Catton comes to the rescue and assembles a crew able to get the job done and it’s construction workers vs mafia type bad guys in a race to finish, or prevent the completion of the building on time. The movie features a roster of first rate character actors like Art Carney, Richard Lynch, Albert Salmi, and R.G. Armstrong. Do not let the lame movie poster fool you, the movie is way better than you might expect and the poor original ad campaign is likely the reason they retitled it Look Down and Die! Give it a view and you won’t be disappointed.
THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN (1970) Kirk Douglas is the charming and ruthless criminal, Paris Pitman, Jr. He’s eventually captured and sent to a remote Arizona prison for a ten year stretch. The greedy warden knows that Pittman stashed $500,000 in stolen cash before he was captured and tries to abuse him into revealing where the money is but Pittman turns the tables on him and lets the entire prison know that he has half a million stashed so he can hopefully manipulate people into helping him escape. With a great cast that includes Henry Fonda, Warren Oates, and Burgess Meredith, There Was a Crooked Man plays like a gritty spaghetti western, so we’re going to consider it our Spaghetti Western pick of the show this time around.
THE THREE STOOGES HOUR - It’s been a tradition since the very first Cinema Wasteland Show to screen Three Stooges shorts on Saturday morning. Resident horror host, Son of Ghoul, took over the job of sorting out which Stooge shorts to run when he mentioned that he owned every short on 16mm film. Stooge hour moved from early mornings to Noon on Saturday and the rest, as they say, is Wasteland history.
WASTELAND INTERMISSION REELS - Brand new intermission reels will once again screen between our Friday and Saturday night double features (and again on Sunday between the 16mm film screenings) at our next show. Chock full of assorted movie trailers, cartoons, old intermission and snack bar spots and public service announcements, these twenty minute reels will bring back memories of drive-in days gone by and are always a big hit with our attendees.
Here are the movies we are showing on DVD Projection:
ANDROGYNYM (2015) Nym is a collector for a criminal organization that enjoys the perks of his job by banging hookers on a nightly basis. One day, a job goes wrong and Nym’s boss, Lou, is assassinated by rival boss Carlos for the deed. Nym is forced to go on the run and heads off to Asheville, NC where his long time association with ladies of the evening prevents him from having a normal relationship with women. Frustrated, he cuts off his penis and begins to dress like a woman. Suicidal thoughts follow until he has a chance encounter with an animator and artist named John takes his mind off of his self induced problems. As John and Nym become closer, Carlos and his men close in on Nym and force him to confront his past one final time.
THE AXEMAN OF HENDERSON COUNTY (2014) An axe wielding psycho is killing off the merchants in a small town. He begins taunting the local sheriff by writing him letters and proclaims he can’t be caught but won’t kill people who play jazz music. The murders stop just as quickly as they begin, and remain unsolved.
BIGFOOT: THE MOVIE (2015) Good ‘ol boys, Chuck, Daryl, and Dale, are looking forward to a night of partying when Daryl is mauled by some sort of creature. Seems there is something stalking the woods around Ellwood City, PA and the mayor has something to do with it. Chuck and Dale aim to find out what happened to their friend and head off towards the mayor’s property on the outskirts of town. Once they see the creature for themselves, they recruit another buddy, Burl, to help take care of the beast. Burl’s an exterminator after all, and the three decide to avenge Daryl’s death by taking care of the creature once and for all in this amusing horror-comedy.
BLOODSUCKING PHARAOHS IN PITTSBURGH (1989) Borrowing from various classic, and not so classic horror films along the way comes this slasher parody detective story with a touch of black comedy humor tossed in for good measure. Following a brutal murder, Sgt. Joe Blocker and his partner are assigned to the case due to the similarity of another case Joe worked years ago. When it becomes apparent that the killer is using the same MO as before by wearing Egyptian paraphernalia to hide his or her’s identity, taking only a single body part from victims, and leaving a note in Egyptian hieroglyphics detailing the crime, Joe becomes even more despondent over what's happening. As the deaths continue, we eventually find out that the killer is using the body parts in a form of ritual to bring to life an Egyptian War Goddess for his own agenda. Now where have we seen that plot before?… Look for CW Gust, Debra Gordon, as “Mavis, the wet hooker.”
THE CLEVELAND HORROR HOSTS CONQUER THE CONS (2015) Evil aliens want to extract the memories of the Earth’s horror hosts and use them in an army of Atomic Horror Hosts they will unleash upon the world!… Or something like that anyway. Janet Decay and Grimm Gorri take a look at a few of the conventions around Ohio. Fortunately for us, the CW Show is featured and looks like the most fun show to attend.
CREEPSHOW 2 (1987) Boasting a solid cast and a decent script, director Michael Gornick’s sequel to the popular George Romero anthology film boasts a trio of terror tales: When kindly store keepers, George Kennedy and Dorothy Lamour are killed by hoodlums, it’s up to an unexpected avenger to get revenge in “Old Chief Wood’nhead.” Four teens out to spend the day at a lake find themselves on a monster’s dinner menu in “The Raft.” And finally, in “The Hitchhiker”, a cheating wife takes the ride of her life after she runs down a guy looking for a ride that just won’t stay dead.
THE DEADLY BEES (1966) When pop singer Vicki Robbins (Suzanna Leigh) collapses from exhaustion while shooting what might as well be a music video, her doctor tells her to rest up and suggests she spend some quiet time on Seagull Island with colleague and bee keeper, Ralph Hargrove (Guy Doleman). When a mysterious swarm of killer bees invades the island and starts to kill off the locals, Vicki battles for survival… and pretty much sets half the island on fire in the process. Enjoyable drive-in stuff from Amicus Productions, was directed by Freddie Francis.
FANGBONER (2015) Dick wakes up hung over with vague memories of the previous night. He swears he got laid and now something is definitely wrong. At least with his penis. Then, after he infects Suzi after he goes down on her and suddenly feels 100% better, it all starts to come back to him… A girl he was with the night before bite him on the pecker and now it seems that’s he’s become some sort of sex vampire who needs “crotch blood” to survive so he and Suzi head off to quench their newly found thirst. Meanwhile, the chick that originally bite him winds up being an alien that thought she killed him and failed. So, she heads off to finish the job before bumbling Dick and Suzi spread the disease any further in this amusing horror comedy that had this reviewer laughing out loud a couple of times.
42nd Street Pete’s HARDCORE WRESTLING HOUR - Not into cartoons? Then why not grab a seat and catch an hour’s worth of hardcore wrestling. Often times hosted by 42nd Street Pete and “Mr. Insanity” Toby Klein, the hardcore wrestling hour always offers up enough in ring violence and bloodshed to start your morning right. Arrive early and enjoy the whole gory show on Saturday morning in MOVIE ROOM 2.
Gunga Jim Presents: REVENGE OF DR. X (1970) A scientist on vacation in Japan after having a nervous breakdown is crossing two species of carnivorous plants - to prove his theory that man evolved from marine life… plants and fish are the same thing, right? - creates a creature that resembles a Mister Potatohead to terrorize the locals. Written by Ed Wood, this baby contains some of Ed’s most ludicrous dialogue and deserves to be seen to be believed.
HEADLESS (2015) Abused as a child by his mother and sister and raised in a cage, a deranged killer has a thing for human female heads. With machete in hand he stalks his victims while imagining a younger version of himself encourages him to continue hispsychotic ways.When he sets his sights on Jess, she proves tougher than she appears, but will she survive her encounter with our deranged killer? A well done and enjoyable throw back to savage 70s cinema… that just so happens to be set in the late 70s.
THE ICING (2014) Fin Scott is an ex-cop turned gun for hire that thwarts an assassination attempt on Senator Martin Bellows. It seems that Marilyn Bellows, the Senator’s wife, put the hit out on him herself, and when the Senator finally winds up dead, it would appear that she’d stop at nothing to get her way. Fin begins to look into the murder himself, and his journey takes many an unexpected turn in this indy tale of lust, betrayal, and greed.
LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3 (1990) A couple of college students (Kate Hodge and William Butler) driving coast to coast are lured off the main highway in the heart of Redneckville, TX where they find themselves stalked by “Tex” (Viggo Mortensen) and his demented family of cannibal killers, including the hulking chainsaw slinging Leatherface (R.A. Mihailoff). Their only chance to escape the backwoods family is a weekend survivalist (Ken Foree) with the firepower to take on the grizzly predators. Written by David Schow and directed by Jeff Burr, Leatherface is a surprisingly good entry in the TCM film series thats held up quite well. It’s certainly heads and tails better than anything made after it with any of the words, Texas, Chainsaw, or Massacre in the title, including the embarrassingly awful remakes.
LOVING A VEGETABLE (2014) Lydia, a young woman that’s paralyzed from the waist down becomes the victim of a depraved intruder who proceeds to rape and torment her. When opportunity arises, our depraved predator attacks and strangles another woman who comes to the door looking to spread the word of Jeebus. When a friend stops over for a visit, she fights back as best she can but winds up victim three for her troubles. Next up, our savage sicko forces Lydia to call over another friend and forces them into a little girl on girl action before strangling the friend and putting the finishing touches on a job well done by strangling Lydia. Not for everyone, this dose of brutality from Bill Zebub is definitely a late nighter that’s guaranteed to please the raging demon inside all of us.
LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (1971) In 1830, forty years to the day after the world thought they saw the last of the Karnstein family’s vampire rites, the family heirs use the blood of an innocent to once again bring forth the the evil that is Mircalla - or as she was known as in 1710, Carmilla. The nearby finishing school for girls offers up bountiful pickings in the fresh blood department, but also harbors a headmaster who is desperate to become Mircalla’s disciple. Following the popular Vampire Lovers, Hammer Films took a few liberties with Lust For A Vampire and let these blood suckers walk around during the daylight hours. A solid cast, including Ralph Bates and Suzanna Leigh, and some pretty girls like television host-turned-Hammer-girl, Yutte Stensgaard, certainly help the proceedings move along.
MANUER (2015) Did you ever want to follow a dirty drunken bum around as he goes about his day? Me neither, but here’s a short film that does just that and comes complete with a bit of a twist ending. Lots of pissing, shittin’, puking, and mumbling going on before a bottle of fertilizer brings us to our conclusion.
MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE (1974) Nightclub crooner turned movie-maker, Duke Mitchell, wrote, directed, produced, and starred in this low budget slice of Mafia exploitation. And with fifteen people murdered before the five minute mark, you know you’re in for a wild ride. Mitchell is Mimi, son of an exiled mob boss who’s lived in Sicily since he was a teenager. He heads off to LA to take over the city’s bookmaking and prostitution business and gets right down to business. Before long it’s a 12 gage shotgun rampage to take over things and the bodies pile up. He dabbles in the porn business, crucifies LA’s number one pimp, and eventually crosses the wrong people, blows up an entire funeral, and high tails it back home where he gets his just rewards. Along the way, it’s one violent and politically incorrect ride to remember. Our friends at Grindhouse Releasing recently released this gem and it never looked better. Give it a view and then head out and pick up the DVD / Blu-ray Combo for yourself.
MONSTERS OF CARNAGE: DINOBEAST (2014) There’s something lurking in the forest. Something the locals call The Woodbeast. Something that kills. While a couple of different groups are searching for the creature for different reasons, the locals are also organizing against the Woodbeast’s annual attack on the town’s women as it seems the creature’s main concern is breeding. As our various groups run into not just each other, but the Woodbeast itself, it’s beginning to look like no one will survive.
VOLUMES OF BLOOD (2015) A group of college students decide to create a new urban legend that has to do with the campus library and see if they can’t spread it around and make it stick in this indy anthology flick. First up, a stressed out girl is offered a new super energy drink that will get here through her hectic day. Next, we find a ghostly appertain haunting the campus library after hours and pushing her favorite book. A prank gone wrong fills out our third story; and finally, on Halloween eve, a librarian suffering guilt over the death of a former boyfriend follows the directions in a Satanic book so she can speak with the dead. You can guess how well that goes. Everything wraps up nicely with a twist film-within-a-film ending.
THE WOMAN ON THE WALL - When Todd’s dim-wit sister texts him the wrong address to deliver a pizza to, he winds up chained to a wall as the reluctant participant in a resurrection ritual and tasked to track down and bring back a virgin so the ritual can continue as planned. He winds up in pizza hell for his troubles. Complete with an introduction from resident CW horror host, Son of Ghoul.
AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT ALL THE OTHER “WASTELAND” VIDEO AND FILM BITS WE SCREEN ALL WEEKEND LONG. PLENTY OF HORROR MOVIE TRAILERS AND ASSORTED SHORT FILMS ARE GENERALLY ALWAYS RUN SOMEWHERE DURING WEEKEND!
** Please consult the Cinema Wasteland Program Guide upon checking in for a complete film show listing and their approximate starting times. The film line-up is subject to last minute changes. **