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 “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!
CATCH THE RUSTBELT HONEY’S BURLESQUE TROOP ON FRIDAY NIGHT!
Starting time 9:00pm - Right Before The Charles Band Roadshow Hour.
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 CAR (1977) Small town sheriff Wade Parent (James Brolin) has his hands full when a mysterious possessed car begins mowing down innocent victims and crashing through buildings around town. Driven by pure evil, the car seems indestructible and unstoppable. Can Sheriff Parent stop the monster on four wheels before it lays waste to his town? Plot?... No way! Story?... Get outta here! Enjoyable?... Damn straight! The Car is a fan favorite when it comes to mindless entertainment, so grab a seat and enjoy the ride.
GORGO (1961) Sixty five foot tall prehistoric dinosaur, Gorgo, is captured off the shores of Ireland and taken to London. It isn’t long before Gorgo’s two hundred and fifty foot tall mother arrives and destroys famous clock tower, Big Ben, along with Westminster Abbey and anything standing in between her and her offspring. Man in a monster suit fun from director Eugene Lourie, the guy who brought the world The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms.
THE ILLUSTRATED MAN (1969) Based on a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury, we find carnival worker turned cursed drifter Carl (Rod Steiger) meeting up with transient Willie (Robert Drivas) on the road. Carl reveals his “skin illustrations” (tattoos) to Willie and each of them transmits realistic stories to him as he stares at them… which we all get to see unfold in this hippy-trippy cult anthology film from director Jack Smight. Rod Steiger is excellent and stars with Claire Bloom (as the tattoo artist who designed and inked Carl) in most of the films segments.
IT’S ALIVE (1974) When Lenore Davis (Sharon Farrell) tells husband Frank (John P. Ryan) that she’s going into labor, the two leave their son Chris with a friend and head off to the hospital. On the way, Lenore tells Frank she thinks something is wrong with their baby… And something most definitely is! Lenore gives birth to a monster that kills the delivery room doctors and escapes through a skylight, and writer / director Larry Cohen’s cult horror film IT’S ALIVE is off and running! The mutant killer baby was designed by 24 year old Rick Baker early in his career. He worked with Larry Cohen on Black Caesar a year earlier and went on to do the effects in Squirm after It’s Alive.
100 RIFLES (1969) Set around the turn of the Century, Burt Reynolds is a half-breed American Indian who steals some money to buy one hundred rifles so his people can defend themselves against the cruel Mexican General Verdugo (Fernando Lamas). Jim Brown is Lyedecker, an American sheriff pursuing Reynolds for his crime. Raquel Welch is Sarita, a revolutionary who witnessed one of her family members hanged by Verdugo. Eventually, all three team up to defeat General Verdugo and his men for all of the cruel deeds they have done. Shot in Spain, this American production plays like a good spaghetti western should.
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… 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.
WHITE LINE FEVER (1975) Returning from his time in the Air Force, Carrol Jo Hummer (Jan-Michael Vincent) borrows money to to buy himself a truck, hoping to make himself enough money hauling produce so he and his young wife Jerri (Kay Lenz) can settle down and start a family. Seems that Carrol Jo’s father was a trucker and it’s in his blood but things have changed since he went into the Air Force and trouble for Carrol Jo starts immediately. The long haul business has been taken over by racketeers who want him to carry untaxed cigarettes and other illegal cargo. When he balks, they attempt to shut him out and begin to make life very hard for him and Jerri. Persistent to the end, Carrol Jo fights back in this enjoyable slice of drive-in action.
Here are the movies we are showing on DVD Projection:
BUNNI (2013) Justin and Lisa’s relationship is on the rocks. He’s cheating on her and they fight a lot in front of their kid. Things come to a violent end. Now, eighteen years later, two couples on their way home from a Halloween party come across a boarded up old novelty store and sex shop and decide to break in and have a look around. They’re not alone in the old building and things are not what they appear to be...
COFFY (1973) When her younger sister gets involved with drugs and is injured using bad heroin, nurse Coffy (Pam Grier) sets out on a mission of vigilante vengeance in director Jack Hill’s COFFY. Drug dealers, pimps, and mobsters all get their just deserts at the hands of Coffy. Look for CW Guest Linda Haynes (as “Meg”) in a cat fight with Grier as well as past CW guest Sid Haig sporting a latino accent as “Omar.”
CONJOINED (2013) Stanley and Alina have a bit of a long distance relationship and plan on getting married. When Alina tells Stanley that she has a twin sister, Alisa, that will be moving in with them, things get awkward to say the least. Especially when he finds out they are conjoined twins. Stanley does his best to roll with it since he’s a lonely guy who wants to believe that he finally found love, and even sets up Alisa with his co-worker Jerry, which doesn’t work out since Jerry is a bit of a douche. It’s for the best though, because when Alisa does seem to like somebody, they tend to wind up dead. Yes, Alisa is a serial killer. Alina had hoped a new life would change that, and poor Stanley is now caught up in disposing of Alisa’s victims. Don’t want to go into much more detail as Conjoined has a couple of hilarious twists and turns we don’t want to give away. Just know that it’s a cleaver, witty, and well acted black comedy with more than enough going for it to keep you in your seat for it’s quick76 minute running time.
FEBRUARY 4th (2013) Out of nowhere, Roger’s friend Logan is attacked and bitten by a demented stranger in the parking lot outside of Shaun and Cooper’s apartment. When they franticly knock, Shaun let’s them in where they can watch what’s going on outside through the living room window in this fun little short film.
42nd Street Pete’s HARDCORE WRESTLING HOUR - “Mr. Insanity” Toby Klein will be joining 42nd Street Pete again for the Saturday Morning Hardcore Wrestling Hour, and this time around, we’re letting Toby pick the matches. He’s sure to choose a few blood baths, so grab a seat early and enjoy the whole gory show. Check it out Saturday morning in MOVIE ROOM 2.
GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (1972) One of the weirder of the 70s Godzilla movies finds evil space aliens (what else?!) looking to conquer the world from their secret base inside the Godzilla replica building at a theme park using King Ghidrah and new monster, Gigan, to do their bidding. A quirky manga artist and his karate champion girlfriend get caught up in the evil alien plans, and it takes the combined efforts of Godzilla and Anguillas to battle the baddies into submission. Godzilla vs Gigan is a weird 70s monster movie to say the least (and the Godzilla costume looks like it has seen better days) but for pure kaiju enjoyment, you can’t really go wrong. Kraken releasing is set to release a few of the Godzilla films on DVD and if this one is any example of their other releases, you’ll enjoy the uncut, widescreen, English language versions of them like we did this one.
GOROTICA (1993 - 2014) Max and Neil aren’t the swiftest pair of thieves. After they make off with an expensive jewell, Max swallows it for good keeping and then gets shot and winds up dead. Enter Carrie. She’s obsessed with death and offers to take Max’s corpse off Neil’s hands, takes it home, and yes indeed, has sex with it. Once it gets a little ripe, she offers it up to a a guy with AIDS so he can practice “safe sex” with it. All Neil wants is tofence the jewell Max swallowed… Some days, you really pay for your crimes in ways you just can’t imagine! Back in the SOV days of the 1990’s Hugh Gallagher put together his “gore trilogy” and Gorotica was the second little film of the three. He’s remastered, reedited, andcleaned up Gorotica for a new generation to discover.
Gunga Jim Presents: THE HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND (1959) In route to a show in Singapore, a talent scout and seven bodatious babes crash land on a remote island infested with giant radioactive spiders. The talent scout is bitten by one of the silly looking… ah, super scary spiders and turns into a dopy-faced… ah, frightening wild-eyed hairy-faced monster who chases the girls around strangling them one-by-one until he sinks in the bog. This campy West German schlock horror classic is not to be missed, so join CW horror host regular, Gunga Jim, as he presents another episode of Gunga’s Drive-In on Friday night.
INVASION OF THE SPACE PREACHERS (1990) Escaping their day jobs as an accountant and dentist, Walter and Rick decide a weekend of camping is just the thing they need. They encounter an alien spaceship of some sort and what appears to be an ill or dying alien lying next to it. By morning, the alien transforms into a sexy blond bounty hunter type who is after some evil aliens posing as hillbilly preachers looking to take over. She recruits the guys and they’re off to throw a monkey wench in the evil alien preachers plans. Written and directed by Daniel Boyd, this campy sci-fi comedy never takes itself too seriously. It’s full of interesting characters and actors who tend to get into their roles; which really helps when it comes to low budget films. Never seen it? Then why not go back in time to the days when stuff like this filled your local mom and pop video store shelves.
JAGOFF MASSACRE (2013) Cheap beer, lots of Pittsburgh PA in-jokes, and an effects budget of roughly sixty five cents! It’s Jagoff Massacre, where two buddies stumbling home one winter’s night come across the world’s most inept group of Satanists and play a game of cat and mouse across the East side of Pittsburgh trying to stay out of their way.
THE LAST BROADCAST CHAPTER 3: THE ORIGINS OF IRIS (2013) Have you been following Michael Peterson’s Last Broadcast series at Cinema Wasteland? If so, then part three has arrived! Iris is a quiet artistic type that seems to go unnoticed by her peers. When the zombie apocalypse hits her Michigan town, she seems to go unnoticed by the undead for the most part as well. She spends her days alone, traveling the city and marking where danger lies in an attempt to keep any survivors safe. She begins keeping a journal, and eventually finds that the end of the world as we know it has actually allowed her to accomplish the things she wasn’t ableto do before the apocalypse happened.
MANIAC COP (1988) Innocent people are being murdered on the streets of New York. And the killer is identified as a uniformed police officer. As the death toll begins to rise, Frank McCrea (Tom Atkins) begins an investigation. Officer Jack Forrest finds himself under arrest as the prime suspect, but he was the victim of a set-up by the real killer (Robert Z’Dar) and an accomplice. Now Forrest, his girlfriend Theresa (Laurene Landon), and McCrea are out to find the real killer before he can strike again. A well acted and enjoyable horror outing, Maniac Cop was written and produced by fellow CW guest, Larry Cohen. It went on to spawn a couple of equally enjoyable sequels.
NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (1987) Angela recruits her friend Suzanne (Linnea Quigley) to help her host a Halloween party in Hull House, a deserted funeral home rumored to be cursed. Ten friends gather and do the one thing they shouldn’t do - They kick things off by holding a seance. Bad move. Seems they woke up some evil force that traps them in the abandoned building and begins to take them over one by one. Creepy and effective, Night of the Demons was a surprise hit for director Kevin Tenney and did quite well in a time when horror films were becoming a dreadfully unfunny joke and pale comparison of what they were just a decade earlier.
NORTHVILLE CEMETERY MASSACRE (1974) It’s happy go lucky bikers vs small town red neck cops time. After a young woman is raped by a red neck cop, they naturally blame “those motorcycle mongoloids.” The battle lines are drawn when the girls father and the red neck rapist cop take out a couple of bikers during a wedding celebration. With the help of a local gun dealing looney, the bikers arm themselves and a big shoot out takes place at the local cemetery. One of the bloodiest biker movies made, Northville Cemetery Massacre is well worth watching. Especially if you’ve never seen it.
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (1974) Evil record producer Swan (Paul Williams) steals both the music, as well as Phoenix (Jessica Harper), the girl Winslow Leach is writing it for from the meek composer. Disfigured in a freak accident, Winslow sells his soul to Swan in order to complete his rock opera based on the life of Faust for Phoenix. When he’s double crossed by Swan, who hires glam rocker Beef (Gerrit Graham) as the lead singer for his rock opera, a mysterious Phantom begins haunting Swan’s rock place, The Paradise, while plotting his revenge against Swan. With a wonderful sense of humor and some seriously humorous songs (written by Paul Williams) director Brian DePalma’s Phantom of the Paradise is a cult musical comedy that we feel is honestly a much better film than The Rocky Horror Picture Show is.
ROLLING THUNDER (1977) Major Charles Rane (William Devane) comes back from Viet Nam and is given a hero’s welcome and a number of gifts by his hometown. Hilton spent seven years as a prisoner of war so needless to say, he’s not in much of a festive mood, but his fellow war buddy, Johnny (Tommy Lee Jones), is there for support. Some scum bags led by Automatic Slim (Luke Askew) decide that they are going to steal a number of silver dollars that were given to him and invade his home one night. The thugs kill his wife and son and destroy his hand when they shove it into a kitchen sink disposal unit. Rane now had one thought on his mind: vengeance at any cost. With the help of his buddy Johnny and new love interest Linda (Linda Haynes), all hell breaks loose. I think that this film is actually Paul Schrader’s best script. Yes, even better than the one about the guy who drives a taxi. Give it a view and see if you don’t agree.
7th DAY (2013) Let’s take a week long journey through the mind of Allen Dean; serial killer. He enjoys his mundane job, functions within society as well as most, but gets off on murder. In one introspective week, Allen figures out his place in the world in his own mind. Take the journey with him if you dare.
SCIENCE-LESS FICTION (2014) Bill Zebub turns his sights away from religion and pokes fun at everything else in what may be considered his most controversial film to date. Controversial, sure, but it was made to make you laugh, not cry. The original Star Trek series was the kind of science fiction that had social messages. Science-less Fiction tends to go the other route with anti-social messages... Grain of salt not included.
SWAMPHEAD (2011) A ancient knife found in the swamp leads to a guy dismembered in his hot tub and an evil legend unleashed! Even after knowing about the untimely death, Steve and Marty have plans to go camping with Steve’s girl Megan, her poop obsessed retarded brother, and her friend Nostalgia, who reluctantly gets hauled along for the ride. Once they set up camp, they come across an eccentric neighbor who seems to know what’s been going on and relates the story of Robert Gates. He believes that the severed head of Gates is responsible for the killing and the knife holds the key to returning Gates to his swampy resting place in this amusing camp horror comedy.
TIME TO KILL (2014) One Thursday morning, Sarah is given 24 hours to life. She’s well aware of why and calls on her sister Leslie to help her procure a few weapons. Nosey neighbor Jane is Sarah’s first victim. Sister Leslie follows before Sarah sets out on a mission to confront her past. On the road, she comes across Lailah and the two join up and head off to confront strip club owner Jason, who isn’t who he seems to be, and either change her destiny or at the very least, die trying.
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. And with technology what it’s become, the shorts seem to get better and better every show. We’ve got some fun stuff to screen at April’s Show, so grab a seat in MOVIE ROOM 2 early and thrill to the following:
THE BRIDGE (2013) Consider every decision you make in life orcrossing the bridge may be more difficult than you think.
COUNTER PARTS (2014) Alexis and Sandra are twin sisters. As children, they were forced to share everything and it’s taken a toll. Now, as adults, the ultimate sibling rivalry begins!…
THE HOURGLASS FIGURE (2013) How many times have you wished for just one more hour in your day? For one young mom, that extra hour comes with a price to pay when she doesn’t heed the warnings that come with her new found free time.
SADIE JANE (2013) Every year, three friends attempt to summon the legendary Sadie Jane. This year we’ll just say that their results are much different than past years and leave it at that.
THE SAMARITANS - A young couple playing hooky from work on a nice Fall day encounter a distraught stranger in the park. The two men after him say he’s an escaped mental patient. The young couple decide not to get involved and drive off. Their trouble is just beginning.
THE STALL (2013) A pizza shop employee has to deal with all kinds of people during the course of his work day, but the last thing anybody expects is a Lovecraftian nightmare to begin while stuck in a bathroom stall.
THRILL KILL (2013) Role playing is a fairly common fantasy for lots of people. But what happens when it goes to far?
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. **