September 16, 2017

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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:

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.

THE FALL GUY (1984) “Undersea Odyssey” -
Yep, it’s an episode of The Fall Guy, with Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, and Heather Thomas. Season 3, episode 21 to be exact, and it originally aired on March 21st, 1984. This one is chock full of guest stars like Markie Post, Mary Crosby, and guest villains, David Hedisen (The Fly), and Sid Haig, which most Wastelanders naturally know.

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.

THE LITTLE RASCALS / OUR GANG - Since you don’t see them on TV any longer, people keep asking us to screen them, which is fine by us, so we’ve squeezed a couple classic Little Rascals episodes into the weekend 16mm film schedule.

THE FIRST ROUND-UP (1934) Inspired by their Western heroes, a few of the older Our Gang members plan on camping out at Cherry Creek, a couple miles from home. Spanky and Scotty want to come along, but the older kids tell them they can’t come because they’ll be scared and cry for their momma’s. The uphill hike to Cheery Creek leaves the kids with sore feet, empty bellies, and they discover that nobody brought along anything to eat. Guess who’s there to meet them when they arrive? Seems Spanky and Scotty knew the short cut. And they remembered to bring food. It isn’t long before darkness brings strange noises, wild critters, and a big lightning storm…

In this fantasy-like departure from the usual shenanigans, the kids play orphans in a home that is run more like a prison by Mr. Crutch. It’s time for the annual visit to the McWade’s, the orphanages wealthy sponsors estate, where Mr. Crutch puts on his best plastic smile and the kids get new cloths, toys, and feast on goodies all day. One of the kids finds a magic lamp in the bushes, and Mary McWade, seeing just how happy the kids are, wished she and her fiancee Dick could be kids again to share in the fun. She gets her wish… and then some!

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.

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!

- 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.

- 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.

- 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.

WELCOME TO HARD TIMES (1967) The movie begins with a nameless psychopath (Aldo Ray) terrorizing the extremely small mining outpost of Hard Times. He murders a number of the townsfolk, including town founder Jimmy Fee (Michael Shea) and the town’s bar owner Avery (Lon Chaney, Jr.) before setting fire to the place and riding off. Milksop Mayor Will Blue (Henry Fonda) fails to stand up to our villain even when he’s raping saloon girl Molly (Janice Rule). Somehow, Blue persuades people to stick around and attempt to rebuild Hard Times and even entrepreneur Zar (Keenan Wynn) rides into town with a wagon load of prostitutes to take over the saloon and brothel. Molly’s desire for revenge and her anger at Blue for not protecting her when he had the chance eat at her until Blue promises that if something ever happens again, things will be different. And it isn’t long before our silent psycho stranger returns…

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.

Here are the movies we are showing on DVD Projection:

The lives of drug addled killer, Smoke, addict couple Crawdad and Vermina, sadistic drug dealer Eyevin, the dross dressing snuff filmmaker Nikki, and an HIV postive prostitute who calls herself Ecstasy all embrace their personal darkness and eventually all meet their demise in the latest offering from underground filmmaker Dakota Bailey. Bailey’s films remind us of the films and shorts Richard Kern and Nick Zedd were making in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

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.

Pike, Ruby, Boots, and Scar. Four people wandering a post apocalyptic world of the Demon possessed undead. On their way to the old mining town of Jawbone, their car breaks down and they come across another survivor, Slim, who offers to take them to Jawbone. Now the only answer is just who will make it to Jawbone alive and what will happen to them once they get there?…

Subtitled “A Devil’s Wind”, Bill Zebub is spot on when he tackles a few of his favorite subjects in his latest outing. The endless struggle between relationships, religious insanity, and the mysteries of life in general… It can make you incredibly paranoid, confused, or even angry depending on how you react to each situation life throws at you and whether you agree or disagree with him, you find that Bill has his own unique way of addressing these things in his movies.

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. This time around, we’ve got a trio of shorts that include:

CHATEAU SAUVIGNON: TERROR (2018) Little wineries are all the rage these days, but here’s one you’ll want to skip on your next wine tasting tour!

ROBOTIC CRIMINALIZATION (2017) Strikingly original commentary on the dystopian society we are willingly creating today just might have you thinking. Sure hope so…

MODESTO (2014) The little Midwestern town of Modesto harbors more than a few dark secrets. Wealthy town asshole, Jules Kersey, has a way of over-stepping his authority and somebody needs to bring him down a peg or two. One day, Rydel Samson wanders into town… with revenge on his mind.

GAY FOR PRAY: THE EROTIC ADVENTURES OF JESUS (2017) A wizard that will grant you your wish in exchange for oral pleasures turns out to be Jesus in disguise when he stumbles across roommates Steve and Adam and their friend Evie. See, Jesus was cast out of heaven for being born gay. Seems God is a homophobe and took away his powers and left him stranded on Earth. So while Evie keeps trying to make a move on Jesus and turn him straight, Steve and the proudly atheist Adam try to help him get his powers back just so he will go away and leave them alone. Yep, there’s even a moral to the story… and an Aristocrats joke. Hallelujah!

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.

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.

A homeless bum with the ability - the “vision” shall we say - to touch an item left in the trash and see its back story is the set-up to this no budget anthology. Beware that amazing TV offer as it may be too good to be true! Never wonder what’s in the bag! Killer condoms do not make for quick money, and an apple a day is never enough… All this and more await you as the truth is in the trash!

ILSA, THE TIGRESS OF SIBERIA (1977) The third and final chapter in the infamous Ilsa trilogy finds our cunning villainous working in a Gulag in Siberia and “retraining the minds” of those who don’t agree with communists ways. One prisoner, Yakurin, is tougher than most and, much to the disappointment of Ilsa, doesn’t break easy. When Stalin dies, the camp is closed down, the prisoners are all killed, and Ilsa moves on to run a brothel in Montreal. Yakurin survives, and years later, while coaching the Soviet boxing team, lets his boxers visit a brothel. Lucky guys pick the wrong brothel, because as soon as Ilsa sees that Yakurin has survived, she decides that she wants a second chance at breaking him. But Yakurin spots Ilsa as well, and has years of revenge on his mind. Howard Maurer shows up as one of the Gulag guards (and Ilsa’s lover.) The third installment of the Ilsa trilogy is every bit as much demented fun as the first two films are and our copy came from an old film transfer we had done in the early 1990’s so it includes about 7 minutes more stuff than most of the prints released back in the day.

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.

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.

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.

PAY TO PLAY (2016)
Recently married Roger and Linda are down on their luck and broke. In order to make ends meet, they offer “extramarital services” for cash to strangers online. Watching his wife with other men starts to get to Roger and eventually he snaps, killing both the customer as well as Linda in a fit of rage. His grip on sanity begins to unravel from there and the bodycount begins to rise.

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 Mummy and The Monkey Show: THE SCREAMING SKULL (1958)
Resident Cleveland area horror hosts camp out at the annual Ghoulardifest (a celebration of Cleveland’s rich horror host history) and present one of our favorite childhood horror films, The Screaming Skull, in this installment of their show.

Taffy (Brinke Stevens) and Lisa (Michelle Bauer) are two sorority pledges at the mercy of Babs (Robin Stille), who subjects them to such horrid hazing rituals as paddling their behinds and spraying them down with whipped cream… which naturally needs to then be showered off. Oh, the horrors… the horrors… A couple of nerds are caught spying on the ladies and are forced to join them when they are tasked to break into a bowling alley and steal a trophy as part of their initiation rites. Once at the bowling alley, they encounter ill-mannered biker babe Spider (Linnea Quigley), and discover that the bowling trophy contains an evil wish-granting Imp who traps them inside the building and proceeds to turn them into murderous zombies. It’s films like Dave DeCoteau’s Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama and the teaming up of Brinke, Linnea, and Michelle that made B movies in the 80’s so much fun.

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.

The films of James Bell often times remind me of an offbeat fever dream full of senseless acts of sex and violence, self mutilation, bizarre experiments, cannibalism, mutations, and monstrosities. That’s not necessarily a bad thing mind you. I just find them hard to describe or review because ten people can get ten different meanings out of what they just watched. Tantrum 2 is his latest… And I sure as hell would hate to be the guy who had to clean up the gooey fucking mess James made filming this thing!