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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:
CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (1958) During a time when surgeries and amputations were horribly painful and extremely dangerous to the patients, Dr. Thomas Bolton (Boris Karloff) is searching for something to ease the suffering of his surgery patients. He painstakingly develops an opium-based anesthetic and in the process, becomes addicted to his own experimental drug. In order to provide himself with a steady supply of the chemicals he needs to continue his experiments (and addiction) he falls in with a group of murders who forge his signature to sell cadavers to the local hospital while slowly losing his grip on sanity and his surgical skill along the way. With Christopher Lee as one of the thugs this is an odd British horror film that I don’t even remember playing late night television all that often back in the day.
DEADLY LESSONS (1983) Hot on the heels of the 80’s slasher film explosion comes this… made for TV slasher film!?… Really? Yes, indeed. A made-for-TV slasher film. And it’s got a great cast too. Donna Reed is “Miss Wade”, the headmaster at Starkwater Hall, a prestigious girl’s school. There’s a psycho stalking the students, which include Diana Franklin, Ally Sheedy, and (the voice of Bart Simpson), Nancy Cartwright. Bill Paxton (before his career took off) is the school’s horse-trainer, Eddie Fox; while CHIPs star Larry Wilcox is local detective Russ Kemper, who’s not much on Miss Wade, but is hot on the killers trail. Although relatively bloodless because it was a TV movie, the body count is ample, plot twists are many, and red herrings abound until the final twist ending comes at you full force.
DEATH RIDES A HORSE (1967) As a child, Bill Meceita (John Phillip Law) watched his family get murdered by four outlaws. Fifteen years later, he sets out to get his revenge. During his quest to find the four people who killed his family, he crosses paths with Ryan, an aging ex-con and outlaw who wants the money he’s owed by the same men Bill is hunting. It’s your typical spaghetti western revenge story with a decent little twist ending. True to most of them it could be paced a little quicker, but a top notch cast and plenty of shoot ‘em up action helps it along.
EAT MY DUST (1976) Hoover Niebold (Ron Howard) is into fast cars and loves to hang out at the local racetrack. He’s got his eye on Darlene Kurtz (Christopher Norris - yes, a girl named Christopher in real life) who just adores driving fast. When given the chance to take Big Bubba Jones (Dave Madden) race car for a joy ride, Hoover jumps in, grabs Darlene, and drives his Sheriff father crazy causing wanton destruction in this fun and mindless car chase flick. It was written and directed by Charles Griffith, (who made his only convention appearance at a CW Show several years back), and features a terrific cast of Roger Corman regulars and pretty much the entire Howard family. Ron Howard originally turned the lead role down and reconsidered after Corman gave him the opportunity to direct his first feature film… Which just so happens to be Grand Theft Auto, which will make up the second feature in our Friday Night Car Chase Double Feature come show time!
GRAND THEFT AUTO (1977) Paula Powers (Nancy Morgan) is the daughter of wealthy gubernatorial candidate Bigby Powers (Barry Cahill). Her parents try to play matchmaker and get Paula to marry rich boy Collins Hedgeworth (Paul Linke), but she’s in love with teenage sweetheart Sam Freeman (Ron Howard). They decide to swipe the Powers Rolls-Royce and head off to Las Vegas to get hitched. To make matters worse, spurned suitor Collins follows in hot pursuit and a $25,000 reward is offered for Paula’s return. Now there’s a whole slew of goons out to collect the reward and tear up the countryside in a high speed chase in the process. You can never go wrong with mindless 1970’s car chase fun, so we’ve lined up a Car Chase Double Feature for Friday night. Because he took the lead role in Eat My Dust (the first of our Car Chase films of the night), 23 year old Ron Howard was given the chance to direct this, his first feature film. And he did it in just 15 days too.
INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN (1957) After a young couple (it’s hard to call them “teens” when they are pushing 30 in real life) accidentally run over an alien creature, it’s dismembered hand comes alive and begins to stalk the young couple. Naturally the adults in town think the “kids” are looney. Joe, the town drunk, wants to store the alien body in his refrigerator and dies after he’s attacked by a few aliens. Turns out the aliens claw-like hands contain pure alcohol and poor drunk Joe overdosed on hootch! In the end, they find out that the aliens don’t like light and that is their undoing. Mankind saved! This slice of A.I.P. silliness was a favorite to many a baby boomer. The Paul Blaisdell and Bob Burns saucer men costumes are terrific and the pace is quick so there’s no time for things to get bogged down.
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964) After a plague devastates life on
Earth as we know it by either killing everyone, or transforming them into a zombie and vampire-like being that lives in the dark, Dr. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) seems to be the only healthy survivor left. He leads a lonely life of survival; killing the creatures by day and defending his home by night until he comes across the contaminated Ruth Collins (Franca Bettoia) and uses his blood to heal her and in turn, becomes the last hope for humanity left on Earth to help other contaminated survivors. Filmed in Italy, this was the first adaption of Richard Matheson’s story that was also filmed as The Omega Man in 1971 and as I Am Legend in 2007. It’s a wonderful showcase for Price who proves he can easily carry a film as one of the only normal humans in the cast.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) At the same time Johnny and Barbara visit their father’s grave, a living corpse, or “ghoul” as they are called in George Romero’s groundbreaking zombie film, attacks and kills Johnny. In shock, Barbara escapes to a nearby farmhouse where she encounters a handful of other people who have witnessed the dead returning to life and attacking the living. The terror never lets up as the survivors methodically meet their end at the hands of both the walking dead as well as trigger happy locals out to gun the ghouls down. We’re getting quite a nice reaction from fans about meeting some of the rare key scene ghouls and crew members from Night of the Living Dead, so we felt the time was right to screen the movie on real 16mm film for everyone come show time.
THE LITTLE RASCALS / OUR GANG - We’ve got a couple classic Little Rascals episodes coming at you this time around. You’ll find them screening Saturday afternoon between Night of The Living Dead cast panels:
TEACHER’S PET (1930) The kid’s beloved teacher, Miss McGillicuddy, has left and the gang is faced with a new teacher, Miss Crabtree. Her name alone conjures up images of a mean old lady to the kids, so they devise a plot to run her off… which includes ants, sneezing powder, a mouse, and interrupting her with a loud car horn. On the way to school, Jackie hitches a ride with a sweet young beauty and spills the beans on the gang’s plot. The only problem? Jackie didn’t know that the sweat young lady was in fact, Miss Crabtree.
BEDTIME WORRIES (1933) Spanky’s dad feels it’s high time he spends the night in his own bed over getting scared and running off to jump in bed with him or his mother on any given night, so he lays down the law and sends him to his own room for the night. Spanky’s dad just got a promotion at work and wants a good nights sleep, but Spanky keeps calling him out of bed for things like a drink of water, a moth outside his window, and number of things that are bothering him. After a night of chaos, dad is having none of it. Even when the gang comes a calling well after dark and a burglar breaks into the house!
THE NOT SO GREAT ESCAPE (1989) All the kids are talking about going on opening day, so Nicholas wants to go and see “Night of the Blood Freaks Part 4 - in 3-D” with is buddy Lewis. Unfortunately, his straight-laced christian parents feel that it’s not acceptable for a ten or twelve year old so they tell him “no” he can not go. When he makes a stink about it, he finds himself grounded. He and Lewis concoct a master plan to escape his room and get to the theatre in time to catch the movie and get back home before he’s missed. Not only is the movie an over-the-top gore fest and a bit much for the wholesome wussy, Nicholas, but he gets caught when his elaborate plan goes wonky and finds himself grounded longer and piled neck deep in chores for his trouble. The moral to the story? The same thing I learned by the age of ten - NEVER tell your parents what film you are seeing. Hell, never tell your parents anything! Ever. Just go and do it, kids! Get caught and deny everything.
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!
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:
AMERICAN SCUMBAGS (2016) Lucifer is a drug dealing crackhead just out of prison. Chester is a low life drug dealer. Johnny is a junkie enforcer for hire, and Billy is an ex-con with a few loose screws. Add in a homeless vet in a wheelchair, a pedophile, a hit taken out on Lucifer, and Chester’s paranoia from doing way to much of his stash, and all of these lives come together in one of the most underground films we’ve seen since the dawn of shot-on-video indies in the 1980’s.
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF BELIEF (2017) Your host, Jonathan Fritz, takes you on a journey of assorted Halloween terror tales in the vein of classic TV “fact or fiction” shows. Thrill to tales of The Scarecrow, a possessed toy Cowboy, escaped mental patients, modern day witches, and our favorite, Ghost Farts, a spoof on the way too many paranormal ghost hunter shows that cluttered television a couple years back.
CHILDREN OF THE WAY (2016) After Alice is kidnapped by the Followers of Clisthu, her parents appeal to supernatural investigator, Anton Rook, to track her down and bring her home. They fear he only takes the case because he fears her dead, but the truth is that Rook’s only unsolved case comes from the same area around Lake Town that the cult is headquartered and this is his chance to close the old case and help find Alice. Unfortunately, there is something evil lurking outside Lake Town and something very real about the powers of Clisthu.
CREEPSHOW (1982) George Romero and Stephen King’s nod to the E.C. horror comics of the 1950’s is one of the best things both Romero and King ever wrote and directed. Five tales of terror and not a bad one in the bunch. CW Guest, Rick Catizone, was the animator for the film and worked as a makeup effects assistant. We’ll get the inside scoop on his Creepshow work during his panel on Friday night.
DAWN OF THE MUMMY (1981) When a group of fashion models show up on a location just as a pair of tomb raiders open a crypt looking for gold, they disturb the tomb of a mummy and revive an ancient curse that brings the mummy and his zombie servants back to life… with a craving for human flesh! It plays like a European horror film, but it was really made by a US company.
DEATH DREAM (1972) aka Dead of Night. Andy, a US soldier is killed in Vietnam. His mother is so grief stricken that she wishes him back to life, and one day, he appears on mom and dad’s doorstep apparently very much alive. But Andy is very different than the boy who went to war. He’s not one for conversation. And he sits in his room and doesn’t want to see his friends or family until late at night. He’s not quite right… and soon enough, we find out exactly what’s wrong with Andy. Upon his own return from Vietnam, this was Tom Savini’s first film as a makeup artist.
DRIVEN TO SUCCEED (2016) Russell T. Bowe runs Driven To Succeed, quite possibly the most incompetent driving school in America. The misfits who work for him - Liz, the ex-realtor pill head, alcoholic douche Rod, and actor and stuntman wannabe Jeremy, do as little actual work as possible. When disreputable owner Bowe decides to run for State Senate, he hopes to clean up his image, but his even scuzzier opponent considers blackmail since Bowe has a problem with things like having three families to keep track of. A nice throwback to the raunchy misfits rally to keep their jobs films of the 1980’s DTS is peppered with plenty of humor and silly gags… most of which actually hit their mark, and a cast that seems to be having a blast making all of this silly shit work out.
EVIL DEAD 2 (1987) Yeah, it’s just the original Evil Dead again with more comedy and a trio of extra characters tossed into the mix, but Evil Dead 2 has some great KNB effects, is well acted, and well, we don’t know why Sam Raimi made the exact same movie either, but it was fun and we needed one more film to fill in the schedule. CW guest Rick Catizone worked on ED 2, and the open time slot was after his Friday night talk, so, hey, we tossed it into the mix for no other reason than that.
FLESHEATER (1988) Bill Hinzman was the original “Graveyard Zombie” in Night of the Living Dead and was about as close to a regular guest at the CW Show as we ever got. Flesheater was taken from Night of the Flesheaters, one of the original titles Night had before it became Night of the Living Dead. In his gory (thanks to the effects work of Jerry Gergely) horror outing, Flesheater, Bill sort of reprised his “Graveyard Zombie” role and brings the bite down on a group of young people who come across a grave in the middle of the woods while on a night time hayride. We miss our old friend Bill Hinzman and certainly wish he could be with us for the show. Flesheater will kick off the movies in Movie Room 2 on Saturday as a tribute to Bill Hinzman, cinema’s “Number One Zombie.”
THE FRIDAY NITE SHORT FILM BLOCK - The Friday Night collection of Short Films has been a popular event with attending fans since our very first show. Sadly, even indy filmmakers can’t just crank out an endless stream of films and shorts without taking a break every now and then, so we’ve gone and searched to see if we couldn’t find a few shorts we may have misplaced to forgotten about. Fortunately, we did uncover a few, and all of them are worth the watch.
BAPHOMET (2017) has been submitting shorts and feature length films to CW for years. His latest film may be ready by the Fall show, but until then, he’s sent along a little teaser.
NOTHING LEFT - After Michael and his fiancee Lauren are hit by drunk driver Chris McGovern and Lauren is killed, Chris pays off the judge to get off the hook for her death. Michael then goes on a mission of revenge to set things right.
THE DARK EMBRACE - Is local legend, Black Aggie, just that - a local Baltimore area legend; or is there more to the story? Three friends may very well find out when they attempt to summon Aggie’s spirit one night.
NUTSACK (2016) James Bell’s demented fever dream continues… Drug addicts! Demented doctors! Drug addicted babies! What the hell am I watching?!
Gunga Jim Presents: THE CURSE OF BIGFOOT (1975) Originally
filmed in 1958 and titled “Teenagers Battle the Thing”, this pile of cinematic sludge finds a group of teens uncovering… wait for it… NOT a Bigfoot! Nope, what they uncover is more or less a mummy. A mummy with lots of twigs, leaves, nuts, berries… basically just a bunch of raked up in the yard stuck to it. Actually, I think the guy telling the story calls it something along the lines of “The Great Man Beast” or something like that. This grand example of expert film making used to play TV back in the day and needless to say, the CW promoter never missed it! Seems ol’ Gunga dipped deep into the gold-lined outhouse for this one kiddies.
HARDCORE WRESTLING HOUR - Not into cartoons? Then why not grab a seat and catch an hour’s worth of hardcore wrestling. More often than not, the Hardcore Wrestling Hour is co-hosted by Pete Chiarella and “Mr. Insanity” Toby Klein, and 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.
LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE (1974) aka The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, Don’t Open the Window, and others. In the farmlands around Manchester, England, the Department of Agriculture is attempting to kill crop eating insects using ultra-sonic radiation. Meanwhile, antique shop owner George, is heading out of town to deliver a couple of pieces to friends in the country when his motorcycle is hit and damaged by Edna. Edna offers to lend George her car if he drops her off at her sisters house so they can both get to where they are going on time, and that’s about the time all hell breaks loose. It seems that somehow, the recently deceased are coming back to life and attacking the living… Certainly can’t be the experimental ultra-sonic radiation contraption sitting in the middle of a farmer’s field can it? Nope, it’s got to be those damn hippies, George and Edna! Or so says the dumb ass inspector who’s too arrogant and bigoted to know what a zombie is until it bit him in the ass.
The Mummy and The Monkey Show: KING OF THE ZOMBIES (1941) Catch the first episode of local horror hosts, The Mummy and The Monkey, when they present the poverty row horror clunker, KING OF THE ZOMBIES, between appearances, skits, and assorted mayhem.
NIGHTMARE CITY (1980) aka City of the Walking Dead. In a nameless European city, a plane lands and out pours a herd of radiation exposed zombie-like monsters that go on a rampage. As the military goes about fighting a losing battle with the atomic zombies, a reporter and his doctor wife do what they can to escape the city. Director Umberto Lenzi’s wild zombie-like horror film is pure low budget Euro-Madness. See what you unleashed after NOTLD, George Romero!
PIG PEN (2016) After 13 year old Zach is forced out of his shit hole home by his oxy addicted mom’s douchebag boyfriend, Wayne, he discovers that life on the streets isn’t the life any kid should have. He comes home one night to find that Wayne has flipped and seriously hurt his mom, which in turn, sets in motion a series of events where Zach finds he needs to do what needs to be done or find himself just another victim.
POT ZOMBIES (2006) After people smoke some weed that’s been treated with radioactive material, they turn into Pot Zombies and get the munchies for human flesh! No plot! No story! No makeup effects talent! No actors! No redeeming value! Why on Earth would you waste your time watching this steaming pile of shit?! We’ve seen worse.
REDNECK ZOMBIES (1987) After a group of backwood moonshiners uses a toxic waste barrel to brew a batch of hootch in, they turn the holler into a bunch of cannibal-like zombies out to chew up the countryside. A soldier is sent to find the missing barrel of toxic waste while a group of “city slickers” on vacation get lost in the woods and run into the ever increasing hoard of redneck zombies. Gory, silly, and almost more fun than making fun of actual slack-jawed shit kickers.