Films and Events
SPECIAL EVENTS & NOTEWORTHY ATTRACTIONS ALWAYS INCLUDE:
* MOVIE, MOVIES and more MOVIES! We cram in as many classic Drive-In movies, independent films and shorts as we can pack into a weekend. You’ll find movies and shorts on real 16mm film in our 200 seat “Film Room” and all kinds of indy films, shorts, and guest related features in our smaller, 100+ seat “DVD projection Room” all weekend long.
* Q&A Sessions, Live Movie Commentaries, Guest Talks and Movie Introductions... Our guests are always willing to interact with attending fans, and we’ve come up with all kinds of fun stuff for them to do over the years. Let’s see what we come up with for the next show shall we?
* Join us for “A GHASTLEE NITE AT THE MOVIES” every Saturday Night beginning at 8:00pm. Hosted by Dayton, Ohio’s very own A. Ghastlee Ghoul, “A Ghastlee Nite at the Movies” isn’t really a film screening at all. It’s more a night of “live entertainment” and laughs. Join us for an evening of silly skits, bad music, interactive games and contests, surprise guests and more.
* SURPRISES and MORE SURPRISES! With most of the shows we run, things fall together a few weeks before show time. Be sure to check back as the show draws closer to see if we may have a surprise guest addition, extra film screening, or special event added to the weekend schedule.
* EVERY CINEMA WASTELAND MOVIE AND MEMORABILIA EXPO offers attending fans over 60 Hours worth of Movies and Programming over the course of three days. And it’s all 100% Free with the price of admission. It can be a bit overwhelming, so be sure to check over the complete Weekend Schedule of Films and Events before you arrive so you can plot out your weekend early. The Weekend Schedule is usually posted 3 or 4 weeks before any given show.
AND WHAT ABOUT THE MOVIES YOU ASK?...
You can't have a "Movie Convention" without them, can you? ABSOLUTELY NOT! And we plan on showing plenty of films on both 16mm Film and Video at Cinema Wasteland - Many of which may be hosted by the Stars and Directors appearing as Guests at the show. Our evening film show is Free to all attendees and hotel guests.
Here are the movies we are showing on 16mm film:
THE ANIMALS (1970) Schoolteacher Alice McAndrew (Michele Carey) is heading West on the same stagecoach that ruthless criminal Pudge Elliott (Keenan Wynn) is on. His four goons (including character actor Joe Turkel, best remembered as “Lloyd” the bartender in The Shining) attack the coach and take Carey hostage. Later that day, they all gang rape her and leave her for dead as they continue on their way. She’s rescued and nursed back to health by Chatto, an Apache Indian (Henry Silva, playing against type), who teaches her to get revenge and kill her attackers - which they mercilessly do. Meanwhile, two different posse’s are hot on their trail and the ending is one of those wonderfully bleak 70’s endings. A rape revenge film disguised as a western that looks like it was made in Italy… Add in Keenan Wynn’s over-the-top performance and this uncommon grindhouse gem is a must see for anyone who’s seen the trailers (under the titles The Animals, Five Savage Men as well as The Desperadoes) but never could dig up the film itself. The Animals will be presented in all it’s glory, widescreen in CinemaScope, as part of our 16mm Film Scope Double Feature on Friday night of the April show.
BATTLE OF THE AMAZONS (1973) A tribe of vicious female warriors terrorize the countryside, taking mostly males prisoner to work as slaves, in this Euro-trash exploitation film posing as a fantasy flick. Victimized repeatedly by the Amazons, one farming village decides to fight back and hire four common criminals to teach them to fight and defend themselves against the (mostly sexy and constantly battling between themselves) Amazons. Sure the acting is bad and the dubbing is terrible. That’s half the charm of an Italian grindhouse film. When they’re not being doubled by men in bad wigs, the Amazon tribe is made up of attractive women in skimpy armor and you get some nudity, plenty of bloodshed, and the usual dirty sets that are mostly reserved for Italian spaghetti westerns. Along with The Animals, Battle of the Amazons will be presented widescreen in CinemaScope as part of our 16mm Film Scope Double Feature on Friday night of the April show.
THE GREEN SLIME (1968) Astronauts Richard Jaeckel and Robert Horton have a big problem on their hands. Seems that when they got back to their space station after blowing up an asteroid that was on a collision course with Earth, they brought back a gooey alien life form that grows into a horde of tentacled, one-eyed monsters that shoot sparks and threaten to destroy the station. A real throwback to 50’s-type horror with silly dialogue, sappy effects, midgets in monster suits, Luciana Paluzzi sporting her space mini dress, and CW Guest Linda Miller as a nurse looking to avoid the creatures. A must see!
MARLOWE (1969) Young Kansasbeauty, 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.
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!
STANLEY (1972) Chris Robinson is a Seminole Indian veteran with a chip on his shoulder and a rattlesnake named Stanley. Chris forces his reptile friends to do his dirty work and get revenge against some poachers who work for a snake-product tycoon that was involved in his father’s death until one day, Stanley and his reptile friends draw the line and have enough of being told what to do. Yeah, it kind of like “Ben”, only with snakes. Drive-In horror from “Death Curse of Tartu” and “Sting of Death” director, William Grefe.
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:
AN AMERICAN WERWOLF IN LONDON (1981) Two American college students (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) are on a walking tour of England when they are attacked by some sort of beast. Jack (Dunn) is killed and David (Naughton) is mauled but lives. The locals are unwilling to acknowledge the existence of any sort of monster. Soon after, David is plagued by nightmares of hunting like a beast on four legs and his buddy Jack, as well as other victims, start to appear to him demanding that he commit suicide to release them from their curse of being trapped between worlds as undead spirits. With a touch of comedy tossed in for good measure and excellent effects by maestro Rick Baker, director John Landis’ American Werwolf has easily stood the test of time to become a cult classic. It’s celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, so how can we not screen it when David Naughton will be with us as a guest?
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 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.
Gunga Jim Presents: REVENGE OF DR. X (1970) A scientist on vacation in Japan after having a nervous breakdown is crossing two species of carnivorous plants - to prove his theory that man evolved from marine life… plants and fish are the same thing, right? - creates a creature that resembles a Mister Potatohead to terrorize the locals. Written by Ed Wood, this baby contains some of Ed’s most ludicrous dialogue and deserves to be seen to be believed.
KING KONG ESCAPES (1967) Evil Doctor Who needs the highly radioactive Element X for some nefarious purpose so he decides that the best way to mine it out of the North Pole is to build a giant robot replica of King Kong. When his giant robot proves unable to keep digging away, he resorts to kidnap the real Kong and use him until he dies from radiation exposure. As an insurance policy against Kong’s refusal to do their bidding, they kidnap Lt. Susan Watson (Linda Miller), who befriended Kong on a recent visit to his island, and her boyfriend, Lt. Commander Jiro Nomura, to keep him in line. Kong eventually escapes and heads towards, where else - Tokyo. Watson, Nomura, and the third kidnap victim, Commander Nelson, also escape and head off towards Tokyo. The evil Who activates his MechaKong in order to recapture the real Kong. MechaKong snatches up Watson and heads to the top of Tokyo Tower and a battle between Kong and his robot replica ensues. Does “big monster” fun get any better than this?…
SKINHEADS (1989) After committing a series of brutal crimes in their Colorado hometown, a group of skinheads tries to lay low in a more rural area. Some students traveling to California witness them having a fight with a truck stop owner and run off into the woods to hide. The gang follows them, intent on silencing them for good in this exploitation-thriller written and directed by Greydon Clark. Chuck Conners is an old survivalist (and WW 2 vet) with no fondness for Nazi’s - real or neo - that comes to the aid of the students.
STREET TRASH (1987) Fred and his brother Kevin are two young runaways that find a place to call their own in a tire hut built in the back of a vast lower Manhattan junk yard inhabited by a collection of drunken misfits and assorted lowlifes. Life is tough on the streets, but nowhere near as tough as it gets after cheapskate liquor store owner Ed uncovers a case of Tenafly Viper behind a wall in his basement. Seems the cheap wine has gone bad... Real bad. And anybody taking a swig of the toxic swill melts, explodes, or otherwise leaves nothing but a toxic puddle within seconds. At a buck a bottle, the junkyard bums are lining up for the stuff and poor Fred is caught in the middle of a major bum melt down! Street Trash is the last of the over-the-top 80’s splatter-fests. Chock full of gross out humor and over-the-top effects that make even the best Troma film seem tame by comparison, Street Trash is one cult film that is sure to please every Cinema Wasteland fan.
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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. **