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:
ATTENTION DEFECT DISORDER THEATER - It’s been a few years, but A.D.D. Theater is back, and just as weird as ever! What is ADD Theater? It’s exactly what it sounds like. If you don’t have the patience to sit and watch an entire movie or get distracted because there is simply too much other stuff to do during a Wasteland Weekend, you can always drop in on ADD THEATER and enjoy a collection of 16mm short films. And not just any 16mm short films mind you. We root through the lead-lined Wasteland film vaults to dredge up some seriously rare and/or oddball stuff. This time around, we’ve got 90 minutes worth of 1970’s and 80’s shot-on-film head scratchers that will include:
THE REMARKABLE, RIDERLESS, RUNAWAY TRICYCLE (1972)
DOUBLE TALK (1975)
THE SAND CASTLE (1977)
FROG GOES TO DINNER (1985)
SNUFFY’S FIRE SAFETY BRIGADE (1977)
THE WIZARD OF NO (1984)
JOURNEY OF THE BLOB (1989)
THE BRAINIAC (1962) aka The Baron of Terror. In 1661 Mexico, the Baron Vitelius of Astara is sentenced to be burned alive for witchcraft and necromancy by the Holy Inquisition. 300 years later, a comet that was passing over Earth on the same night the Baron was executed returns… and so does the Baron. But this time around, the Baron comes back as a silly brain-sucking creature (with a large pulsating head, pointed nose, forked tongue, and hose-like fingers), to take his revenge on the desendents of the group that condemned him to death. This campy Mexican monster movie is a true gem and a real fan favorite. Was it supposed to be this silly and more fun than it really should be, or was it actually made as a straight up horror film that went off the tracks? As with films like Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space, who cares?! We’re just happy film like this exist and we get to screen them for people who may have never seen it before.
THE EYES OF CHARLES SAND (1972) Upon his death, Charles Sand receives what his Aunt Alexandra (Joan Bennett) calls “the sight”, or the ability to see the past,future, ghosts, and more from his uncle. Charles thinks it more of a curse than a blessing, and even at the funeral, he sees an apparition of a dead woman in front of a mausoleum and the very real Emily Parkhurst (Sharon Farrell) running around the cemetery in a panicked state. Charles finds a bracelet that Emily drops and heads to her family estate to return it. There he meets Emily’s sister Katherine (Barbara Rush) and her husband Jeffrey (Bradford Dillman) who tell her Emily isn’t well. Emily reaches out to Charles again shortly after the visit to tell him that she sees her dead brother everywhere and that the ghost he saw at the funeral was her dead relative Lottie. She popped up after Emily found her diary and now she thinks she’s doomed to relive Lottie’s life. It’s a race for Charles to solve the supernatural mystery and save Emily’s sanity in the process. Made back when the networks used name actors in their own film productions. Originally broadcast on February 29th, 1972 as an ABC movie of the week, the conclusion is left open ended so the network could have used the movie as a pilot and made a series out of it.
THE FAN (1981) Douglas Breen (Michael Biehn, in one of his first feature film roles) is lonely record salesman obsessed with aging actress Sally Rose (Lauren Bacall, who’s still looking good at 57, in her last starring role). Every day he sends off a gleaming letter of love and admiration to the point that it really becomes irritating to Ross’s assistant Belle (Maureen Stapleton) who is getting tired of sending back generic form letters constantly. His obsession turns psychotic and ugly when he finally gets a big “fuck off” letter from Belle and he snaps. Now, with his love turning to hatred, he sets out to make her life a nightmare in this early and little known slasher flick. Lots of unintended silly dialogue helps and although it’s not a gory film, there are a few moments of bloodshed to help get you to the end credits.
FINAL PERFORMANCE (1965) Hollywood writer, Cliff (Roger Perry) is driving down a country road when he’s flagged down by Rosie (Sharon Farrell), who begs him for a ride out of town. When Cliff tells Rosie he’s heading to Hollywood, Rosie tells him she’s heading there to “become a star” herself and wants to go with him. They’re not even out of town before the sheriff pulls Cliff over and throws the book at him. To make matters worse, Cliff’s car won’t start and he’s forced to stay in the only hotel in town while waiting on a part to fix it. The hotel is run by aging Rudolph Bitzner and is filled with photographs and memories from his career as vaudeville performer, “The Great Rudolph” which he eagerly shows off to Cliff. His only employee is Rosie, and she pleads to Cliff to help her escape so she doesn’t have to marry Rudolph in another week when she turns eighteen. With his car finally repaired, Cliff does come to help Rosie escape Rudolph. We find them sitting together on the stage in his makeshift theater. When he asks her if she wants to leave or stay, she repeatedly insists that she doesn’t want to leave and wished to remain with Rudolph… forever. Broadcast on January 18, 1965, this is one of the better episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and has a terrific twist ending that makes the whole episode worth watching. It’s also one of Sharon Farrell’s earliest roles and she does a terrific job as troubled Rosie.
MARLOWE (1969) Young Kansas beauty, Orfamay Quest (Sharon Farrell), has hired private detective Philip Marlowe (James Garner, doing a great job in the role) to find her brother Orrin. After two leads wind up with ice picks in their skulls, Marlowe discovers blackmail photos concerning television star Mavis Wald (Gayle Hunnicutt). When Wald refuses his help, he begins to wonder if there is a link between Orfamay and Mavis. Based on Raymond Chandler’s novel, “The Little Sister”, they replaced the 40’s film noir feel with a colorful and stylish 60’s vibe. It works well, just like Garner’s “Phillip Marlowe” character is very true to the character as written in the books. All of the female leads, including Hunnicutt, Farrell, and Rita Moreno, are excellent, mysterious, and even deadly in their own way. A great supporting cast, including Jackie Coogan as one of our first victims, Carroll O’Connor and Kenneth Toby as cops, and Bruce Lee as kung fu enforcer “Winslow Wong” are all great in their roles. Marlowe is a bit of a rare film and is not readily available. We’ve got a nice looking uncut film print we will be presenting and if you’re into crime thrillers, you won’t want to miss it.
SABATA (1969) One of the most wonderfully enjoyable, over-the-top, and cartoonish spaghetti westerns made. Well-to-do yet obviously corrupt townsfolk plan to steal an Army safe containing $100,000 in pay roll money so they can buy up the land that the approaching railroad will be built on. Enter Sabata (Lee Van Cleef), a bounty hunter with questionable ethics and one helluva aim. He teams up with his former partner, Banjo (William Burger), a local bandit (Pedro Sanchez), and his gymnastic buddy Allycat (Bruno Ukmar) to stop the heist and then blackmail the townspeople to keep his silence. The price of silence climbs with each failed attempt on his life. Yes, it can be just a tad bit confusing at times, but everything winds up nice and tidy by the end of the film and it’s such a fun ride getting to the conclusion that you may not even notice.
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.
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Here are the movies we are showing on DVD Projection:
THE EVIL DEAD (1981) Five college students set out to spend the weekend at a remote cabin in the Tennessee mountains. As if the place isn’t creepy enough on its own, it seems that an ancient Sumerian demon was set free by the last inhabitant of the place and is now roaming free and attempting to possess the group, transforming them one at a time into ugly, disfigured, demon-like monsters. Well paced, with solid acting, great camera work, and plenty of over-the-top gore scenes made Evil Dead a cult classic among horror movie fans.
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 co-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.
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 all the time. Check back as show time draws closer to see what we have in store as far as the latest Short Film Block is concerned.
PSYCHOS IN LOVE (1987) Bar owner, Joe, was a lonely guy. He’s also a serial killer so it’s sort of hard to find the right girl when you usually end of killing them after a couple of dates. One day, Kate walks into his bar. She seemed perfect enough. She hated grapes like Joe did, but she hid a terrible secret. She too was a serial killer. Can you blame them for falling in love? Then, when all seemed perfect, in walks Herman, the local plumber who will find some interesting stuff in their clogged sink drain. Herman is also a cannibal. He wants fresh meat and blackmails Joe and Kate into doing his dirty work. We kicked off the April 2016 CW Show with PIL because CW Guest, Jennifer Aspinall, worked on the effects crew early in her career and was in charge of the special effects props. The first screening of the weekend is never attended well and we’ve got writer, producer and star of PIL, Carmine Capobianco, as a guest at the Fall Show. We’ll give it a better time slot this time around since we feel more people deserve to see it than the handful that caught it last time it screened.
THE TOMB OF LIGEIA (1964) Several years after losing his beloved wife Ligeia (Elizabeth Shepherd), Verden Fell (Vincent Price) meets and eventually marries the lovely Lady Rowena (also Elizabeth Shepherd). Over the years, Fell had become something of a recluse and lived in a small part of his now ruined Abbey with his manservant Kenrick. All the while, he remained infatuated with his late wife and convinced that she will one day return to him. And even though Fell is a weird dude with overly sensitive eyes, all goes well when Fell and Rowena are first married. But sadly, he returns to his normal erratic behavior after they return from their honeymoon. The memories of Ligea continue to haunt him until we reach the rambling tragic ending. As with most of the Roger Corman Edgar Allan Poe films, Vincent Price is terrific as the guy who finds himself in perpetual agony over the loss of his wife, while Elizabeth Shepherd is more than just eye candy in the dual role of both of Price’s loves.
THE WEREWOLF OF WASHINGTON (1973) Gunga Jim’s Friday Nightat Gunga’s Drive-In Movie of the Show - Reporter Jack Whittier (Dean Stockwell) is sent to Budapest after he has an affair with the President’s daughter. He gets bit by a werewolf and transferred back to the U.S. to act as Press Secretary. Then the bodies start turning up… Jack keeps trying to quit his job, but the President (a wonderful Biff McGuire, channeling his inner Richard Nixon) is the most clueless moron and won’t let him. And what in the world is Michael Dunn doing in the White House basement conducting weird ass experiments?… Stockwell must have really needed a paycheck to star in this thing.
THE WOMAN (2011) They may look likea seemingly happy family enjoying a backyard BBQ with friends, but it isn’t long before you realize that this family has more than its share of secrets they are hiding. The wife (Angela Bettis) always seems to be walking on eggshells around her husband (Sean Bridgers). Their teenage daughter (Lauren Ashley Carter) is having trouble at school. Dad may look like a typical upstanding citizen, but he’s really a wolf in sheep's clothing; while their teenage son (Zach Rand) is starting to show signs of being the same kind of psychopath that dad is. During a hunting trip, dad finds a feral woman (Pollyanna McIntosh) in the woods. Instead of calling the cops, he decides to bring her home, stash her away in the backyard cellar, and clean her up and domesticate her. Is it any surprise that things don’t go as planned and we’re served up a wonderfully disturbed and gory ending to the story? Not to us it’s not. It’s based on the book by Jack Ketchum after all. Never seen The Woman? Then take a roller coaster ride you aren’t soon to forget when The Woman gets a screening at the Fall Show.
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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. **