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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:

THE BALLAD OF BILLIE BLUE (1971) Billie Blue is an up and coming Country singer with a good chance to make it as a star. He and his life-long buddy Al hook up with seedy manager Carlton (Ray Danton), who promises him the world. After Billie croons away at some Hollywood awards ceremony, he’s not interested in attending the after party because he’s basically burned out after completing a long tour. After an argument, Billie’s wife, Mae (Sherry DeBoer), heads off to party with seedy manager Carlton while a pissed off Billie heads to a bar, gets drunk, and gets into an argument with belligerent reporter Harvey, played by KISS’ Gene Simmons.. ah, comedian Marty Allen. Later, during another tour, Billie finds himself too drunk to preform and later catches wife Mae in bed with Carlton. A fight breaks out and Mae swings a liquor bottle at Billie, missing him and bashing Carlton in the head. She kills him and Billie takes the rap for his death. He gets three years of hard labor for manslaughter for protecting his whore wife. While in prison, Billie learns that ungrateful whore Mae divorced him and took all of his money. While working on a chain gang, Billie meets Justin (Erik Estrada in only his second feature film role) who is planning his escape and wants Billie to play his guitar to help cover up the noise he’s making cutting through his shackles. Justin makes a run for it and is shot down at the prison fence. At Justin’s funeral, a preacher gets inside Billie’s head and after he is paroled, he meets up with his parents, daughter, and old flame Reba, who knows that Billie is a good man and a romance soon develops between them. Billie tells Reba that he needs to settle his issues with Mae, and finds her working as a drugged out whore in a nearby brothel. After a fight, Mae gets hers when she falls from a second story stairway. In a daze, Billie stumbles through town and winds up at a small church where he kneels at the threshold and prays in tears.
This rare exploitation film with the oddball redemption twist was written by Robert Dix and Bill Kerwin (better known as Thomas Wood from H.G. Lewis films like Blood Feast and 2,000 Maniacs). Much like KISS’ Gene Simmons, doughy comedian Marty Allen is still out there doing his thing at 94 years of age.





COTTON COMES TO HARLEM (1970) Gravedigger Jones (Godfrey Cambridge) and Coffin Ed Johnson (Raymond St. Jacques) are two tough cops with a reputation for busting the occasional skull. Both are irritated at the success of Reverend Deke O’Mailey (Calven Lockhart) who is making a fortune on the backs of poor people by selling trips back to Africa on the installment plan. When his truck is hijacked and a bale of cotton stuffed with money is lost in the chase, Harlem is turned upside down by Gravedigger and Coffin Ed, Reverend O’Mailey, and the hijackers all searching for it in this classic blaxploitation crime comedy. With Judy Pace, Cleavon Little, and Redd Foxx in his first feature film role as Uncle Budd, the junk dealer.





I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957)
Twenty one year old Michael Landon is teenager Tony Rivers. Tony has a bit of an anger management problem so he is sent to see psychiatrist Alfred Brandon (Whit Bissell), who first seems to understand Tony, but later turns out to only be using him as a guinea pig for his own sinister purposes. The doctor uses hypnotic regression to transform Tony into a werewolf and send him out to terrorize his fellow classmates and townspeople. Well acted and fast paced, Teenage Werewolf was shot in seven days by director Gene Fowler and grossed over two million bucks in its first week of release. Needless to say, it spawned a slew of “teenage monster” films in the late 50’s and 60’s but remained one of the best of the lot. With Yvonne Lime as Tony’s girlfriend Arlene, and Kenny Miller as bongo playing Vic.




MELVIN PURVIS G-MAN (1974)
Agent Melvin Purvis (Dale Robertson) is placed in charge of tracking down notorious gangster George “Machine Gun” Kelly (Harris Yulin) in this Dan Curtis directed made for TV crime movie. Kelly was a small time hood who decided to step up in class, becoming “Machine Gun” Kelly in the process. He also coined the phrase “G-MAN” to denote the FBI agents that were after him, and Purvis seemed to really enjoy the nick name. Melvin Purvis was known for bringing in or bringing down some legendary crime figures during his career and Robertson does a great job of portraying him to the point that this film spawned a sequel: The Kansas City Massacre, the following year. Melvin Purvis G-Man was originally broadcast on April 9th 1974 and it’s our Sunday morning made for TV movie pick of the show this time around.




99 AND 44/100% DEAD (1974)
Aging mobster Uncle Frank (Edmond O’Brien) is out to put a stop to rival gangster Big Eddie’s (Bradford Dillman) attempted takeover of “his” city, so he calls in hitman Harry Crown (Richard Harris) to eliminate Big Eddie. Eddie on the other hand, hires rival hitman and psychopath Claw Zuckerman (Chuck Connors), a guy who has his missing left hand fitted with an assortment of gadgets, weapons, and devices after Harry cut it off years earlier. Things become personal for Harry when Eddie kidnaps his girl, Buffy (Ann Turkel) as leverage against him. Directed by John Frankenheimer from a script by Robert Dillon, the film plays more like a black comedy than a straight up crime drama.



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 SUNSHINE FACTORY (1979) “HONESTY”
- P.J., the leader of The Sunshine Factory. He tells the (for lack of a better title) sunshine kids that he has a special “Stonhey” Cylinder to help run the factory today and the kids unscramble the word to spell HONESTY. Yes, today’s episode is all about honesty. Scott finds a white poodle outside the Sunshine Factory, and decides to keep him. Even after he finds out that somebody has lost the dog and is looking for him, he takes off the dog’s collar and hides it in a drawer. Then you get a cartoon shark with a French accent singing about how a shark is known for his actions so nobody wants to play with him; Romar the exceptionally crappy robot tried to teach you about honesty; the Sunshine Kids sing a song about lying, and yes indeed, after a song about how God’s happiness is a special sunshine for all of us, Scott learns a valuable lesson about being honest and decides to return the dog to its rightful owner. The Sunshine Factory is a goofy take on 70s kids shows… only with some god stuff tossed at you along the way. And it makes for mind numbing must see viewing too.


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.



WHICH WAY IS UP? (1977) Poor orange picker Leroy Jones (Richard Pryor) gets fired when he accidentally joins the worker’s union during one of their demonstrations. He’s forced to leave wife Annie May (Margaret Avery) and his family behind, which includes his father Rufus (also played by Richard Pryor), and to go to Los Angeles in search of work. There he winds up working for the same company that fired him back home as a manager. Working as a manager distances him from his old pals, who think he’s gone corporate on them. He soon meets and falls for labor organizer Vanetta (Lonette Mckee), which makes his life hectic when he tries to split his time between Annie May and Venetta. To make matters worse, he knocks up Vanetta and finds out that sleazy Reverend Lenox Thomas (once again, Richard Pryor) seduced and knocked up Annie May while he was off in LA running around behind Annie May’s back. Leroy makes the decision to make the moves on and seduce the Reverend’s wife, Sister Sarah (Marilyn Coleman) as revenge. Things don’t work out quite like Leroy plans… Several funny scenes with Pryor doing his thing in three different roles and a trio of lovely ladies helps out this oddball politically tinged blaxploitation comedy.


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Here are the movies we are showing on DVD Projection:




Gunga Jim Presents: THE BLOOD OF NOSTRADAMUS (1962)
German Robles, of El Vampiro fame, plays a bearded descendant of the prophet Nostradamus, who just so happens to be a vampire and has himself a hunchbacked servant. A group of vampire hunters are attempting to track him down and steal ashes from his grave to prevent him from rising nightly in this enjoyable Mexican horror outing. Originally a ten part serial, it was edited down to four feature films, dubbed into English, and released to American TV in the early 1960’s. Catch BON with your host, Gunga Jim, when he once again presents Gunga’s Drive-In on Friday evening.




HARDCORE WRESTLING HOUR -
Not into cartoons? Then why not grab a seat on Saturday morning and catch an hour’s worth of hardcore wrestling. More often than not, the Hardcore Wrestling Hour is co-hosted by Pete Chiarella and indy wrestling CW fan, “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.



THE HIDDEN (1987)
When otherwise peaceful, law abiding citizens start to turn into murderous maniacs with a new found love for violence, Ferraris and bad 80s hair metal, LA police detective Tom Beck (Michael Nouri) is stumped. By the time mysterious FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher (Kyle MacLachlan) finally reveals that it’s really an escaped alien convict that’s taking over the bodies of innocent victims and he’s been on his trail for over nine years now, Beck has seen enough to believe his story. Chock full of high speed car chases (and the crashes that go along with them), a body count worthy of any good war movie, and a few fun twists and turns along the way, director Jack Sholder's sci-fi thriller was one of the best films of its kind to come out of the late 1980s and still holds up today. The supporting cast includes CW Guest Chris Mulkey as “Jack DeVries”, Claudia Christian as a stripper, Clu Gulager, and a quick cameo from Danny Trejo as a convict.


THE INNOCENTS (1961)
In Victorian England, the uncle of his orphaned niece Flora (Pamela Franklin) and nephew Miles (Martin Stephens) hires Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) as governess to raise the children at his sprawling country estate. Except for the children and all around “Girl Friday”, Mrs. Grose (Megs Jenkins), the beautiful estate is virtually empty. And it can be quite creepy at times thanks to some wonderful cinematography from Freddy Francis. Soon after her arrival, Miss Giddens comes to believe that the children may be possessed by the spirits of the former governess, Miss Jessel, and valet Peter Quint, who the children were quite fond of. She makes it her mission to help the children face and exorcise the spirits, but is she just imagining things?… The Innocents is creepy, atmospheric, and hits all the right notes. It’s helped along by the cast, including Franklin and Stephens as Flora and Miles, who often times steal every scene they are in.



MICROWAVE MASSACRE (1983)
Construction worker, Donald is having a hard time getting anything good to eat since his wife starts cooking him “gourmet food”… mostly always in her massive new microwave oven. Bad food and her constant harping causes Donald to snap and one day, he kills her. Oh what to do, what to do?… Somewhere in the confusion of the moment, Donald finds a new use for the microwave and begins to eat much better. It’s not long before he starts to experiment with different recipes… and different meats! Produced by CW guest Craig Muckler, who also wrote the original story and has a small role in the picture, Microwave Massacre is a fun black comedy cannibal flick from the shot on video days of the 1980’s. And that’s just how we’re going to screen it: As a transfer from an old video.


NIGHTMARE SISTERS (1987)
Bucktoothed and tin-eared Melody (Linnea Quigley), geeky flea market shopping book nerd Marci (Brinke Stevens), and junk food devouring home economics plumper Mickey (Michelle Bauer), the trio of unpopular Tri Eta Pi sorority sisters find themselves leftalone on another long weekend. They invite over Kevin(Richard Gabai)and his buddies, the three picked on by the jocks pledges from a male fraternity for a little party. But the jocks threaten to expel the three guys if they go to the party and lock them in their room. The guys escape of course, and meet up with the geeky sorority sisters for what begins as a blistering bad time. Things pick up when Marci pulls out a crystal ball she found at a flea market and decide to hold a seance; transforming the trio of nerdy chicks into three hot Succubus sisters possessed by an evil spirit that causes them to want to devour the ah, “crotch” of their victims, turning them into ash and removing their soul in the process. The jocks find out the guys escaped their room and they head after them. Once they set their eyes on the now hot and mostly always naked trio of bad-to-the-bone babes, they wind up their first victims. Least we not forget to mention the post transformation naked cake fight frolic, bubbly bathtub scene, skimpy outfits, silly bondage scene, and various acts of seduction…. Oh, sorry, the mind wanders thinking of those scenes… Anyway, will Kevin and his buddies be able to save the girls from the evil that possesses them? Maybe they should call in the exorcist they find in the phone book and find out? David DeCoteau’s Nightmare Sisters is simply a good time, and one reason the video stores were so popular 30 years ago. It also proved that without Brinke Stevens, Linnea Quigley, and Michelle Bauer, the term “Scream Queen” would never have existed in the first place.

POINT OF TERROR (1971) A beachfront nightclub singer / entertainer, Tony Trelos (6’3” talentless hunk, Peter Carpenter, who I must say is laughably 1970’s low budget melodrama awful) is doing his best to flirt his way into a recording contract by getting intimate with Andrea (Dyanne Thorne), the sex starved, alcoholic wife of a wheelchair bound music mogul, Martin Hillard (Joel Marston), between warbling songs at The Lobster House… Yes, the high class nightclub is named The Lobster House. Occasionally, Tony has nightmares involving adultery and murder, only to wake up and find that they may not be nightmares at all. He may even be responsible, or partly responsible for Hillard winding up paralyzed. Point of Terror is like a Russ Meyer movie without all of the things that made a Russ Meyer movie fun. Not that this thing isn’t fun in its own right. If you are in the right mood, this flick is awesome! Taking her role seriously, Dyanne Thorne turns in the best performance as Andrea. Peter Carpenter, who got his start as a Mountie in Russ Meter’s Vixen (1968) wrote and starred in what has to be some sort of vanity project. He died under mysterious circumstances shortly after the film was finished of a massive cerebral hemorrhage. We’re guessing that he may have just listened to his singing on head phones too loud and his head blew up?



THE STEPFATHER (1987)
Jerry Blake (Terry O’Quinn) is not a well man. As a matter of fact, the guy is insane. He’s in search of the perfect family, so he marries divorcees and widows with children in search of his perfect life. Unfortunately, no family is perfect and just as soon as his new family shows signs of being human and not the mindless simps that will follow his orders without question, he snaps, kills them, alters his appearance, and moves on to start the deadly ritual all over again in a different town. Upon killing his latest “family” he woos Susan Maine (Shelly Hack), marries her, and sees himself as the perfect father to her teenage daughter Stephanie (Jill Schoelen). He’s soon up to his old tricks when Stephanie proves to be your typical teenager and it isn’t long before Stephanie and her mother are in danger for their lives.




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