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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 APE MAN (1945)
While conducting weird scientific experiments, Dr. Brewster (Bela Lugosi) manages to transform himself into a hairy, stooped-over ape-man. Desperately seeking a cure, Brewster believes that only an injection of human spinal fluid will help change him back to his old self so he sets out with his captive gorilla (a monkey-suited Emil Van Horn, who played an ape in a dozen 30’s and 40’s films) to acquire appropriate donors. This poverty row horror flick always seemed to get a bad rap but I think it’s mostly due to the pathetic film quality of the old TV station prints and VHS copies. It’s pure entertainment from start to finish and deserves to be enjoyed with a beer in hand. Our film print is heads and tails the best print of this movie we’ve even seen, so give this classic horror clunker another watch and see if you don’t agree that it’s worth an hour of your time.


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, ADD Theater goes Black and White with a block of 1940’s and 50’s shot-on-film head scratchers that will include:
SAFETY IN THE SHOP (1944)
FIGHT SYPHILIS! (1944)
CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT (1950)
WHO CARES ABOUT JAMIE? (1953)
YOUR BODY DURING ADOLESCENCE (1954)
MONKEY ON THE BACK (1956)

THE HORROR OF IT ALL (1964) American salesman Jack Robinson (Pat Boone) falls for Englishwoman Cynthia Marley (Erica Rogers) so they head off to meet with her eccentric family so Jack can ask for her hand in marriage. With a cousin who just recently passed away, the entire family is on hand, including the sinister Reginald, oddball inventor Percival, the vampire-like Natalia, hammy actor Cornwallis, Muldoon, who is locked up in the fear that he will harm or kill someone, and bed ridden Grandpa Marley. After several attempts are made on his life, Jack becomes convinced that he’s just in the way of a plot to kill off the family so whomever is left will inherit the family fortune. Pat Boone is his typically bland self and you’ll audibly grown when he breaks out in a corny song, but overall, this creepy horror comedy from frequent Hammer Films director Terence Fisher has enough going for it to be 100 times better than we ever thought it would be.


PAINT ME A MURDER (1984)
Luke Lorenz (James Laurenson) is an artist obsessed with famebut not quite able to achieve it. Hisgreedy wife Sandra (Michelle Phillips) suggests that he fake his own death in order to get a much higher price for his gloomy paintings. He agrees, and sinks his tiny boat near the coastline while hiding out in the attic of their home. The plan works and his paintings quickly sell out. When his art dealer asks if there are any paintings left in storage to sell, Luke begins to paint again while in hiding. Things don’t quite go as planned when the public turns on his images of doom and gloom, art critics start to claim that the new paintings are fakes, the police start to investigate, and his wife falls for the art dealer. She comes clean on their scam and together they decide to kill Luke for real this time around and end the charade. Part of the Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense film series, Paint Me a Murder is one of the more enjoyable entries in the made for TV anthology series and is our Sunday Morning Made for TV Movie pick of the show this time around.


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:



MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) After an explosion at the local Valentine’s Bluffs mine traps six miners underground for several weeks, only Harry Warden survives. Living off of the corpses of his fellow miners, Warden walks out of the mine just slightly deranged and is sent to a mental hospital. He escapes and goes on a brutal killing spree, murdering those he deems responsible for the accident. Now, twenty years after the town has abandoned its annual Valentine’s Day party, people are ready to bring it back and have some fun. Especially the younger mine workers who all look forward to the party. Unfortunately, with the returning celebration comes a new rash of bloody murders and a warning to abandon the celebration. Has Harry Warden returned to hack and slash his way through the local popular once again? The townsfolk seem to think so, and a group of friends are all in jeopardy when they decide to hold their party at the local mine against being warned to abandon it altogether. There were a slew of slasher films in the early 80’s and most of them are fairly generic and have become pretty forgettable over time. With a decent amount of suspense, enjoyable characters, and a body count that begins early enough in the film to catch and keep your attention, My Bloody Valentine rises above most of the pack.


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. Be sure to check back as show time draws closer to see what the Short Film Block looks like this time around.

HARDCORE WRESTLING HOUR - 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.




THE MUMMY AND THE MONKEY’S PUMPKIN SPICE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL -
Wasteland Regulars, and Northern Ohio’s welcome addition to the world of “Horror Hosting”… It’s The Mummy and The Monkey Show! This time around, The Mummy and The Monkey are celebrating Halloween by bringing their shenanigans to the 20th Annual DeBord Halloween Festival in Akron, Ohio. They’ll also present Jeremy Newman’s 2003 documentary on Kentucky horror host and former CW Show regular, I. Zombie. October is upon us and Halloween is just around the corner. Celebrate it a little early this year with The Mummy and The Monkey!








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