March 17, 2018

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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 “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.


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:

It’s director Paul Bartel’s version of the secret Coast to Coast race across America flicks that were popular in the mid-to-late 1970’s. David Carradine is ex-con Coy “Cannonball” Buckman. He makes winning the race and the $100,000 prize a personal issue, so his brother Bennie (Dick Miller) does his best to make sure he does just that. Veronica Hamel (pre-Hill Street Blues) is Coy’s parole officer and winds up racing with him. Robert Carradine and Belinda Balaski (sporting blond hair) are a couple of surfer-type racers, and long time friend of director Bartel, Mary Warnov, makes an appearance. Action, laughs, and plenty of cars are crashed, smashed, sabotaged, and blown up along the way.

Late 19th century psycho-killer John Cravatte has a fetish for women in wedding gowns. He lost a hand when he escaped his hanging and now replaces the missing hand with various edged weapons (ax, sword, scapel, etc) while continuing his murderous ways. Anthony Draco and Harold Blount, a pair of criminologists who work in a wax museum and uncover crimes with the police, are hot on his trail. This fun drive-in horror outing is one of the more well know “gimmick” movies and featured the Fear Flasher - where the screen flashes with green to let the viewer know something horrible is about to happen; and the Horror Horn - which announces said horrors arrival. Oddly enough, these warnings all happen during the least scary moments of the film. Go figure. Still, to those that never experienced the fun of gimmick films, here you go. Enjoy!

CURSE OF THE UNDEAD (1959) Young women in a small western town are dying one by one of massive blood loss. Meanwhile, the Carter family’s ranch (led by John Holt and Kathleen Crowley) is being terrorized by ruthless land baron Buffer (Bruce Gordon) at the same time Drake Robey (Michael Pate), a mysterious black-clad gunfighter with an aversion to sunlight arrives in town. It’s the first vampire western, made during a time when westerns were in decline but still popular with many and horror films were gaining ground and filling the drive-in’s to capacity week in and week out. And to most fans delight, it’s a pretty good film too. Almost a tribute to the waining western genre pleasantly mixed with horror elements, a solid cast, and a formula that wasn’t ripped off again and again.

After Georgia moonshiner Tom (Mark Miller) is shot by a sheriff’s deputy while trying to flee the scene, he’s killed when his car careens off the road. His adult daughters Dixie (Jane Anne Johnstone) and Patsy (Kathy McHaley) attempt to make ends meet on the family farm before the bank forecloses on the property. With few options, the two sisters decide to exact revenge on the people who have wronged them and rob the local bank. It may be the most lighthearted revenge film made in the 1970’s, and certainly one of the most lighthearted films Wes Bishop and Lee Frost ever made, but it’s still a lot of fun. Christopher George is the town’s sheriff, Warren Oats holds things together as Mack, the down and out motocross champion and family friend; while R.G. Armstrong shows up as the bank president and co-screenwriter Wes Bishop plays bumbling Deputy Frank.

A Mexican revolutionary hires an American gunslinger (George Kennedy) and his eclectic band of men rescue their leader from a prison known as “The Rat Hole.” The prison is naturally run by a sadistic and ruthless colonel who frowns on dissidents, enjoys torture, and kills for pleasure. This is the third of the four original “Magnificent Seven” films. George Kennedy took over the role of “Chris” when Yul Brynner choose not to return for the 3rd film and he does a good job of it. And since everyone but Chris dies in the first two films, it’s got a great cast, including James Whitmore, Monte Markham, Reni Santoni, Joe Don Baker, Fernando Rey, Michael Ansara as “Col. Diego” and the feature film debut of Bernie Casey. Although all four films can stand alone, I think that this is the second best of the series after the first.

Gary Tison (Robert Mitchum) is serving time for murder. He cons Ray (Lance Kerwin) and Ricky (Eric Stoltz), two of his three sons into breaking him out of prison. When eldest son Donny (James Spader) catches wind of the plan, he agrees to help in order to keep his brothers safe. All goes according to plan and Gary takes along his cell-mate Randy Greenwalt (Stuart Margolin), and the bunch heads into the Arizona dessert looking to make it to Mexico. That’s where things start to fall apart. The kids soon learn that dad has been playing them and he and Randy are both cold bloodied killers. It isn’t long before things head to an exciting climax. Based on a true story, A Killer in the Family is actually a top notch thriller, made long before watered down Lifetime slop passed for the same. Robert Mitchum, at 66, is still quite the imposing figure. Look for Catherine Mary Stewart in a small role and Amanda Wyss as a young victim.

After a dust up between Paragon Pictures studio head, Max Black (Berry Kroeger), and his egotistical make-up man, Vincent Renard (Cameron Mitchell), for the affections of actress Marie Morgan (Anne Helm) ends with Black tossing a drink in Renard’s face as he lights up one of about 600 or so cigarettes he smokes over the course of the movie, he loses an eye and has his right cheek burned. Oh yeah, he also goes crazy with revenge and opens up a wax museum. He begins to kidnap and inject a mysterious secret formula into various Paragon Pictures stars that paralyzes them into instant statues for his museum. While Mitchell rants and raves at his new museum pieces as they try like hell not to breath, or blink, or move in any way. Meanwhile, a couple of thick-headed cops (Scott Brady and Bud Cardos) are investigating the string of disappearances. With an unbelievable ending that’s about as B movie as you get. You can not go wrong with A Nightmare in Wax if you’re looking for everything that made the drive-in’s what they were in the late 60s.

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!

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.

In a lab accident, Dr. Frank Cordell is exposed to an experimental gas that seeps through his protective gas mask. He concludes that he accidentally discovered a new unknown gas that he and his assistant, Dr. Lois Walker (Kathleen Crowley) are unable to duplicate. What Cordell doesn’t realize is that the gas had a terrible side effect and now, whenever he hears the sounds of bells, he blacks out and goes on a murderous rampage, killing several college girls. Once he realizes what is happening, the race to find a cure before the police catch up with him is on. Hosted by Boris Karloff, Thriller was an anthology series that told the tales of crime, mystery, and gothic horror. Often times wrapping up with a nice little twist ending. It lasted 67 episodes from 1960 to 1962. This is Season 1, Episode 24; originally airing on March 7, 1961.

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:

CARRIE (1976) Shy and friendless Carrie White has always been sheltered by her domineering, religiously crazy mother and picked on by the cool girls at school. The only adult in her life that seems to want to help Carrie is her phys ed teacher, Miss Collins. When a group of classmates are punished, they blame Carrie and plot their revenge at the Senior Prom. What they don’t know is that Carrie has latent telekinetic powers and they just helped her unleash the full fury of them against the entire senior class. With a top notch cast, including PJ Soles as “Norma”, Brian DePalma’s Carrie still stands as one of the best Stephen King adaptions in a sea of middle of the road crap released over the last 40 years since it was made.

After a zombie breakout, the government sets up a special squad to try and find a cure for the epidemic. They send a group to Ohio where they run into a cult looking to begin a new zombie-lovin’ world order. When one of the squad is infected, the race to find a cure while avoiding the cult is on. J.R. Bookwalter’s first film may well be the most expensive feature shot in Super 8 film. It took him nearly four years to complete, and he eventually had a young Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s help in completing the film. Some call Dead Next Door a “cult classic” while the often times self professed “experts in all things” pile on the insults like they could do a better job. To me, it all depends on how you look at the whole picture. Bookwalter was 18 or 19 when he started production so sure, it has a certain teen horror fan feel to it. But, it is pretty ambitious and it got some local press when he was filming it. (Your humble CW Promoter couldn’t get off work when a group of friends headed out to be zombie extras for a day or two.) All in all, I’ve seen a helluva lot worse and enjoyed it for what it was since I’m a long time fan of indy films. If you’ve never seen it, then by all means, give it a view come show time and judge for yourself.

ELECTRIC APRICOT (2007) From Les Claypool (bassist for Primus, etc) comes this music mocumentary in the Spinal Tap vein about Davis Mindelhof, a young filmmaker looking to capture something different, raw, and original. What… or rather who he finds is the jam band, Electric Apricot, and follows them on their journey to play the Festeroo Music Festival. Claypool himself plays drummer Lapland “Lapdog” Miclovich in the band and most of the original EP songs mirror his sense of humor. The flick is chock full of cameo’s and actual musicians. Now, oddly, it seems like EA never really got theater play, which is weird since it’s on par with Spinal Tap (yet different enough to not consider a direct copy) and most certainly would have drawn an audience. Troma picked it up for its long overdo DVD release so give it a watch and then feel free to go and grab one from the Troma tables to call your very own.

EXPLOITATION (2017) It seems like it’s just one thing after another when indy filmmaker Bill Zebub is doing his best to complete his new movie. If it’s not women, it’s convention appearances, shooting his script as written, alcohol consumption, and on and on. Ah yes, the trials and tribulations of trying to make your own movie. With a special appearance by Dyanne Thorne too.

FOXY BROWN (1974) Strong willed Foxy Brown (Pam Grier) is doing her best to help her drug-dealing brother Link (Antonio Fargas) change his ways. She’s also waiting on her federal cop boyfriend Dalton (Terry Carter) to recover from his plastic surgery designed to hide him from the drug lords he informed on. Once he’s good to go and renames himself Michael, they plan on starting a new life together. All that goes to Hell when dumb ass Link learns his true identity and rats him out to despicable crooks, Katherine Wall and Stve Elias, who send a few goons over to murder him in Foxy’s house. Now it’s revenge time. Foxy infiltrates a call girl ring run by Katherine and does her best to bring down the crime lords in the name of vengeance. Written and directed by Jack Hill, Foxy Brown is one of the best of the 70’s “blaxploitation” films. Great cast, with solid acting and direction, Foxy Brown is well worth the watch.

The Friday Night collection of Short Films has been a popular event with attending fans since our very first show. This time around, we’ve got four great shorts, we will present in the following order:

IN THE DEATH CAR (2017) When mechanic Ruby pulls the 8-Track release of “Black Science” from Denny Dooley’s Army out of a car’s old 8-Track player, she finds out that Dooley was a struggling musician that was murdered on stage just as he started to make it big. Intrigued, she attempts to unravel the mystery behind his rise and fall. She should have left it alone…

ABUELA (2017) Corey and Maria have a new daughter, Ella… Corey also has a bit of a problem with the neighbor Jamie and something downright haunting going on!

As someone who’s investigated everything from Bigfoot, UFO’s and assorted conspiracies around the world, Anton Rook is now on the trail of a vampire plague that’s cropped up in his very own back yard. Unfortunately, his long time assistant was injured and he’s forced to find and hire a new helper. Enter Rachel, a bright twenty-something women with enough debt to actually take the job.

SECOND CHANCES (2017) Britt and her snotty rebellious daughter Arely are fairly close. They also share a dark secret. Hoping for a second chance, Trevor enters their lives… And their past comes full circle to haunt them once again. Or does it?

A GUARDIA DE MALE (2017) A group of friends on a camp out encounter an evil entity that possesses people and jumps from body to body whenever you kill its current host. A door has been opened and something evil slipped through. Now human kind stands on the edge of a war it may not win. It’s Rock Bottom Video’s homage to the late 70’s and early 80’s Italian horror films, complete with pointless dialogue, atrocious dubbing, stereotypical characters, unnecessary cut-in nature scenes, that 80’s electronic music soundtrack, and a title that translates to “To Guard The Male”… WTF?…

Gunga Jim Presents: THE WILD WOMEN OF WONGO (1958)
On the island of Wongo, one tribe of beautiful women discover that a tribe of men live on the other side of the island. And then there’s the tribe of evil ape men… Oh, the not-so-love-triangle that begins when the ape men plan a raid on the females to capture a few mates! It’s Gung’s gettin’ forgetful in his old age time because, he already showed this clunker once before. But hey, it’s a turkey worth serving up until you’ve had your fill and decide to nap it off.

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.

HORROR HIGH (1973) High school science nerd, Vernon Potts, (Pat Cardi) gets tormented by everyone: the school jock, the head coach, one of his teachers… Even the Mr. Henshaw, the creepy school janitor gives Vernon shit. One day, Vernon hits upon a serum that transforms his guinea pig ”Mr. Mumps” into a ravenous monster that kills Henshaw’s cat. In turn, the douchebag janitor forces Vernon to drink some of the same serum and it transforms him into a monster that begins to eliminate his tormentors. As his killing spree continues, local cop, Lieutenant Bozeman (Austin Stoker) plays a game of cat and mouse with the monstrous killer as he attempts to stop him. Released to television (and later video) under the title “Twisted Brain”, Horror High was a popular late night TV staple before home shopping channels and screening the same movie 20 times a day on basic cable in the early 1980’s killed local late night TV viewing.

After a near fatal encounter with serial killer Eddie Quist, newswoman Karen White (Dee Wallace) becomes emotionally distrait and loses her memory. Her doctor prescribes a nice vacation to conquer her inner demons and sends her and boyfriend Bill off to The Colony, a secluded retreat, to rest and relax… Which is sort of hard to do when you meet up with the creepy residents, can’t help but feel the bizarre connection between the place and Eddie Quist, and hear unearthly cries at night. Meanwhile, Karen’s co-workers, Chris Halloran and Terry Fisher (Belinda Balaski) also stumble across the connection between Quist and The Colony… Now, who hasn’t seen director Joe Dante’s The Howling? Really, you haven’t seen one of the best werewolf movies ever made?! Best correct that once April rolls around.

LOVE AND OTHER STUNTS (2018) Over the course of his 60 year career, stuntman and actor Gary Kent appeared in some really awful films. And some really fun films. And a few really good films. He’s worked with some Hollywood greats and more than his share of eccentric outside of Hollywood oddballs. I guess you can say he’s pretty much done it all when it comes to filming a movie. Love and Other Stunts is a documentary that takes a more personal look at the man behind the long acting and stunt work career. As you may well know, Gary wrote a great autobiography a few years back about the bulk of his career. He also made his first ever convention appearance way back at the April 2005 CW Show. He’s been back a couple times since that first appearance and if you’ve sat in on his CW talks and/or read his autobiography, LAOS may still offer up a few things about the man you didn’t know.

A family (including producer and director Harold Warren as the father and CW Guest Jackey Neyman-Jones as daughter “Debbie”) gets lost while driving through small town America and winds up at the backwoods home of The Master (Jackie’s dad, Tom Neyman), an evil Hugh Hefner type complete with robe, several “wives” and man servant Torgo. Oh, and he also worships Manos, an evil deity. MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE holds the destinction of being called the Worst Horror Movie Ever Made… so naturally, it’s a must for celebrating at a Cinema Wasteland Show.

On the day he was going to ask his girl Allison to marry him, Reed ends up abducted by a group of bloodsuckers. Waking up deep in the woods, Reed escapes his captors before he winds up dead and buried in a shallow grave and begins a search for Allison. While attempting to outwit and avoid his captors, he helps fellow captive Sadie escape so they can also look for her husband Peter. Together they do their best to make sense out of not only what their captors are, but why they need Allison and what happened to Peter. A couple nice twists along the way helps keep suspense.

The Mummy and The Monkey Present: MOON OF THE WOLF (1972) Wasteland Regulars, and Northern Ohio’s welcome addition to the world of “Horror Hosting”… It’s The Mummy and The Monkey Show! In the first episode of their second season, they present the made for TV horror classic, Moon of The Wolf, with David Jansen playing a small town Louisiana sheriff beginning to suspect a werewolf is involved in the vicious murders of several locals. Geoffrey Lewis is a suspect, Barbara Rush is Jansen’s “love interest” and… Oh, come on. We’re not giving away the werewolf’s identity! Add in a few skits, and M&M bits, and you’ve got 90 minutes of fun in store for you. The Mummy and Monkey Show generally kicks off the weekend screenings on Friday, so arrive early to catch their show and stay late to enjoy CW late night double feature on 16mm film!

To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. He immediately does his best to get under the skin of Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), who always gets the upper hand on the inmates by exploiting their flaws. McMurphy rallies the other inmates to make a stance against Ratched… With unforeseen consequences. With a top notch cast, Cuckoo’s Nest was also Michael Berryman’s second feature film where he played the quiet and creepy Ellis.

PIRANHA (1978)
When two young hikers dissappear, missing persons expert, Maggie McKeown, enlists the aid of Paul Grogan, who lives in the area, to help her look for them. In their search, they accidentally unleash Dr. Mengers Military-grade breed of vicious, genetically altered piranha into the river. A river that just happens to be full of camping kids and park revelers. Now it’s a race against time to try and stop the little flesh hungry beasts before they chow down on any and everyone, including Grogan’s young daughter Suzie, who is about to enter a relay race in the water downstream. Look for CW Guest Belinda Balaski as ”Betsy” along with a whole host of well known character actors. Nobody parodies horror and sci-fi films quite as consistently as director Joe Dante does. In Piranha, he rises above the dozens of Jaws copies to create something original, enjoyable, and able to stand the test of time.

PULP FICTION (1994) The lives of two hit men on a mission to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace; an aging boxer paid by Wallace to lose a fight; Wallace’s wife Mia, and a seemingly unrelated story of a diner being robbed by a pair of lovers are all woven together in a series of funny, tragic, bizarre and at times, completely uncalled for incidents. It’s Quentin Tarantino’s second film, and one you can’t seem to turn off if you catch it on late night cable TV no matter where you tune in. One of the most offbeat scenes in the film is the “Pawn Shop” scene with CW guests Duane Whitaker and Steve Hibbert and we will screen that 15 minute scene before their talk on Saturday. But if that scene gets you to thinking about the film, then we’ll let the whole thing play on Sunday.

PJ Soles is high school rocker “Riff Randell.” Dey Young is her straight-laced BFF “Kate Rambeau.” Mary Waronov is the school’s tough new principal “Miss Togar.” PJ lives for the Ramones, and they’re about to hold a concert in town, but Miss Togar has outlawed not just rock and roll music, but most of what makes high school fun, so the war is on in this teenage drive-in comedy classic from Alan Arkush and Joe Dante. With Clint Howard as the school’s supplier of everything you might want, Vince Van Patten as the nerdy jock, and Dick Miller and Paul Bartel show up in small roles. The Ramones play a few songs, Dey Young’s character learns to love rock and roll music, the school ultimately blows up, and everyone cheers.

TROMASTERPIECE THEATRE (2017) Take Troma’s first film, 1971 comedy… This was supposed to be a comedy? Go figure. Anyway, take The Battle of Love’s Return. Now add in a theatre usher, Corny the talking popcorn box, and Reelie the talking film reel, plop them in front of the screen and presto, You get mystery science theater! If you were a fan of MST then you may get a kick out of this take on the format.

At a fancy California hotel, blond women who stay there keep getting murdered by a maniac that dumps the bodies around the hotel grounds. Former cop turned hotel detective, Jason Grant, is asked to quietly investigate. When his blond ex-wife singer, Lisa James, shows up to warble a few tunes in the hotel lounge, the killer sets his sights on her as his next victim. This tongue-in-cheek slasher flick was filmed in “Duo-Vision” where the screen is split in two and you see what the killer is doing and looking at on one side of the screen and what the victim is doing on the other. A weird gimmick for sure, but oddly effective. It’s never had a legit DVD release or I’m sure it would have garnered more of a cult following.