August 12, 2014

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* 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 “Video and 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 and featuring any number of our attending Horror Hosts from the Horror Host Underground, “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 or anything else Ghastlee and the attending Horror Hosts come up with.

* SURPRISES and MORE SURPRISES! With most of the shows we run, things fall together at the last minute and we are able to cram in even more than the posted schedule will let you know about. It may be a surprise guest addition, extra film screening, a special event, movie introduction from a guest... You just never know until you arrive at the show and see if something extra fit into the schedule, but everyone likes surprises, right? Fortunately for you, we like springing a few on you every chance we get!


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:

DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1972) In Victorian London, Dr. Henry Jekyll (Ralph Bates) attempts to create an elixir of life. He finds that female hormones taken from fresh corpses work best, and his serum can wipe out all common diseases. It’s also got a strange side effect and when he experiments on himself, he turns himself into a beautiful, yet evil woman (CW guest Martine Beswick) that he passes off as his sister-in-law, Ms. Hyde. He soon needs more and more woman to maintain his alter ego and several woman around London meet bloody deaths to meet his needs. Combining several stores from the time, like the Jack the Ripper myth and grave robbers Burke and Hare into the story makes this Hammer film production that much more fun and a very successful PG rated horror film for it’s time.

THE GREAT SCOUT AND CATHOUSE THURSDAY (1976) Sam Longwood (Lee Marvin) is a past his prime frontiersman who wants a cut of the gold he and Jack Colby (Robert Culp) mined 15 years ago. He gathers up half breed Indian, Joe Knox (wonderfully miscast Oliver Reed, and Billy (Strother Martin), his other partners from that time, and together they go and confront Colby about their long over due share of the loot. After Colby makes fools of them, they enlist the aidof a hooker named Thursday (Kay Lenz) and plot to kidnap Colby’s wife Nancy Sue (Elizabeth Ashley) who turns out not to be the sweet girl Sam remembers. This amusing western comedy not only boasts one helluva cast, but it plays like one of the later Spaghetti western comedies with a lot less of the stupid slapstick they tossed into the Italian westerns.

THE HAND (1981) In Oliver Stone’s second film as a director, Jon Lansdale (Michael Cane) is a comic book creator and artist that loses his right hand in an automobile accident after an argument with his wife Anne (Andrea Marcovicci) about her alleged infidelities. The hand isn’t recovered from the accident scene, but soon returns to follow Jon around and murder those that anger him… or does it? Is everything actually taking place or is it all in the mind of Jon Lansdale? The film actually makes you think, and that my friends, is not a bad thing. High on camp value, but way better than it should be. And the effects, although low budget, were created by Stan Winston, who got his start on several indy and/or low budget films before making a name for himself in Hollywood.

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.

PINK FLAMINGOS (1972) In one of John Waters most well known cult films, Divine lives in a crappy trailer with her son Crackers (Danny Mills), Cotten (Mary Vivian Pearce), and mother, Edie (Edith Massey), who looks forward to visits with The Egg Man. They happily rest on their laurels as “the filthiest people alive” until challenged for the crown by Connie and Raymond Marble (Mink Stole and David Lochary respectively), who gladly sell heroin to school children and kidnap and impregnate female hitchhikers so they can sell their babies to lesbian couples. Once they challenge Devine and her family of malcontents directly, the game in on! Who will be crowned the The Filthiest People Alive when all is said and done? You’ll have to watch and find out for yourself. We’ve got a great looking 16mm print of this John Waters classic ready to screen this October, and with Mink Stole as a guest you’ll be sure we’ll ask her to introduce the film for everyone come show time.

PORKY’S 2: THE NEXT DAY (1983) When the students of Angel Beach High decide to stage an evening of Shakespeare, all seems to go OK until they cast a Native American Indian in a lead role. Stuffy and uptight Miss Balbricker (returning Nancy Parsons) enlists the aid of right wing, head-up-his-ass Reverend Bubba Flavel and his band of inbred Republican mouth-breathers to help pressure the school into shutting down the production. When they succeed with the help of spineless politicians looking towards re-election, the gang (Pee Wee, Tommy, Billy, Mickey, Tim, Meat, and Wendy) don’t get mad… They get even! It’s a toss up to us if the first Porky’s film or this second installment is actually funnier. We live to make fun of FAUX News viewing right wing inbreds with the i.Q. of a corn-filled turd, so this one has an awful lot going for it. Either way, director Bob Clark’s cult comedy will make a fitting double feature when paired with Pink Flamingos, so we say kick back and watch them both!

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, 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:

DRESSED TO KILL (1980) Sexually frustrated NY housewife Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson) meets a stranger at a museum and returns to his apartment to continue an adulterous encounter that begins in a taxicab. Panicked after finding papers that state the man has a venereal disease, Kate doesn’t have time to ponder her decisions when she is slashed to death by a tall blond wearing dark glasses as she rushes into the elevator at his apartment building. High priced call girl Liz Blake (Nancy Allen) is the only witness to the crime and finds herself not only the police department’s prime suspect, but the murderess’s next target. Kate’s son, Peter Miller (Keith Gordon) rescues Liz and the two begin their own investigation. And what exactly does Liz’s psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Elliott (Michael Cane), know that he’s not telling?… Check out this excellent Brian De Palma thriller to find out!

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 compiled from the glory days of hardcore wrestling, 42nd Street Pete is sure to choose a few blood baths that will have you squirming in your seat. Arrive early and enjoy the whole gory show on Saturday morning in MOVIE ROOM 2.

Gunga Jim Presents: DRIVE-IN MASSACRE (1977) A serial killer is stalking victims at a California drive-in and beheading them with a sword… all while nobody seems to see the guy doing it! Two dimwitted, overweight detectives are on his trail. With the exception of George “Buck” Flowers in an uncredited role, one wonders if any of the cast and crew, including director Stu Segail, had any acting talent or even worked on a film before?… Never seen it? Then, brother, are you in for a treat! Join CW horror host regular, Gunga Jim, as he presents another episode of Gunga’s Drive-In and presents DRIVE-IN MASSACRE along with a few trailers to some other camp movie classics on Friday night.

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** 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. **