We’ve got a great line-up of Guests for our April 2014 show taking shape. Nine of our posted Guests are first time convention guests or first time CW Show guests. And although we didn’t plan on running any kind of reunion(s) at our Spring Show, you may notice that several of our attending Guests were in both the popular horror film, MANIAC COP, as well as the cult horror film, IT’S ALIVE 3: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE, creating nice mini-reunions for both films.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, John Amplas, might best be known to Wasteland fans as the troubled teen who may or may not be a vampire in director George Romero’s horror classic, MARTIN (1977). John has also worked on, or acted in, several other films with Romero. He served as casting director and had a small role in DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978), appeared as “Whiteface” in KNIGHTRIDERS (1981), showed up as a walking corpse in CREEPSHOW (1982), and took the role of “Dr. Ted Fisher” in DAY OF THE DEAD (1985). Amplas appeared as an FBI agent in the regional horror outing BLOODEATERS (1980) which may better be known to some as Toxic Zombies, and put in another great performance as vicious backwoods Satanist, “Abraham,” in John Russo’s MIDNIGHT (1982). More recently, John played an evil, greedy priest in DADDY COOL (2002). Although most fans know him from his film work with George Romero, John Amplas has a had a long stage career as both an actor and director to keep himself busy between film-related work. He’s a founding member and serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse Repertory Company and, just to add a couple more hours to his day, teaches acting as an Associate Professor with the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University.
Pittsburgh, PA native Tom Atkins was a horror movie fan since childhood when movies like the original THING (FROM ANOTHER WORLD) left a mark on him. After college, Tom did a little TV work before making his film debut in the Frank Sinatra private eye outing, THE DETECTIVE (1968), playing the first of what would become a career full of police officer roles for Atkins. After doing a few more years of television, appearing on popular TV shows like Rhoda, The Rookies, The Rockford Files, and Baretta to name just a few, Tom Atkins started appearing in a number of films all Cinema Wasteland fans should know and love. After the made for TV movie, TARANTULAS: THE DEADLY CARGO (1977), Atkins then did both THE FOG (1980) and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981) for director John Carpenter. He played “Dr. Dan Challis” in Tommy Lee Wallace’s underrated HALLOWEEN 3: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982), worked with Fred Dekker on NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986), Richard Donner in LEATHAL WEAPON (1987), and showed up in William Lustig’s MANIAC COP (1988). Between numerous TV and non-horror related movie roles, Tom worked with George Romero three times. He’s “Stan” the grumpy father in the CREEPSHOW (1982) wraparound segments, “Detective Grogan” in Romero’s segment of TWO EVIL EYES (1990), and plays another detective role in Romero’s BRUISER (2000). Proving that no actor ever really retires when a role comes their way, Tom recently showed up as the Sheriff in MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3-D (2009) and has appeared in several films since.
Daniel began his filmmaking career making documentaries that took him from hobo “jungles” in the U.S. with HOMELESS BROTHERS to the war torn mountains of Guatemala with MARCOS DE SAN MARCOS. His first feature film was the anthology horror outing CHILLERS (1987) which was picked up by Troma for distribution the following year and continues to find itself in DVD and television distribution today. His second feature film was the sci-fi comedy, INVASION OF THE SPACE PREACHERS (1990); and he received several awards from his third film, the fantasy-drama, PARADISE PARK (1991) aka Heroes Of The Heart. Daniel Boyd works as a professor of media studies at West Virginia State University, continues to make documentaries (about the people and places of his native West Virginia), has photographed and/or written many travel-adventure related articles for various publications, and has even worked in the world of professional wrestling. In 2008 he teamed up with his real life wrestling tag team partner, William Bitner, to co-write the illustrated novel, DEATH FALCOM ZERO VS. THE ZOMBIE SLUG LORDS and has his CHILLERS and CARBON graphic novels currently in production. Dan had such a good time when he was with us for his first convention appearance he’s decided to drop in again next April and hang out at the Troma tables. We’ll also be screening his second film, INVASION OF THE SPACE PREACHERS, so be sure to check the schedule for the exact day and time of the screening.
Writer and Director Larry Cohen got his start in television and screenwriting. He wrote the screenplay for the thriller DADDY’S GONE A-HUNTING (1969), the cult horror film SCREAM, BABY SCREAM (1969), and the Jim Brown and Lee Van Cleef western EL CONDOR (1970) before he directed the “blaxploitation” classics BLACK CAESAR (1973) and HELL UP IN HARLEM (1973) with Fred Williamson and Gloria Hendry. From there, he directed the cult horror classic IT’S ALIVE (1974), and one of our favorite Larry Cohen films, GOD TOLD ME TO (1976) before switching gears with the biography, THE PRIVATE FILES OF J. EDGAR HOOVER (1977). Larry Cohen has written and directed everything from comedies like BONE (1972), FULL MOON HIGH (1981), and WICKED STEPMOTHER (1989), to thrillers like SPECIAL EFFECTS (1984), DEADLY ILLUSION (1987), and ORIGINAL GANGSTAS (1996) which brought together a who’s who of classic “blaxploitation” stars one last time. As far as horror films we haven’t already mentioned go, we’re sure every Wasteland fan knows of, or has seen the sequel to his cult horror classic, IT LIVES AGAIN (1978), THE STUFF (1985), IT’S ALIVE 3: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE (1987) and THE AMBULANCE (1990). As a screenwriter, he’s penned memorable horror films like MANIAC COP (1988), MANIAC COP 2 (1990) and MANAIC COP 3: BADGE OF SILENCE (1993), director Abel Ferrara’s BODY SNATCHERS (1993), and big budget Hollywood thrillers like PHONE BOOTH (2002).
Garrit made his film debut as a paranoid conspiracy nut in the Brian De Palma comedy GREETINGS (1968), which costarred Robert DeNiro. He worked with De Palma again in the comedy, HI, MOM! (1970), the cult movie rock opera, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (1974) where he had a great role as glam rocker “Beef”, and again in the comedy HOME MOVIES (1980). You’ll also find Gerrit in a ton of great 70s and 80s films most Wastelanders should be familiar with, including TUNNEL VISION (1976), BOBBI JO AND THE OUTLAW (1976) with Marjoe Gortner and Lynda Carter, SPECIAL DELIVERY (1976) with Bo Svenson and Cybil Shepherd, director Paul Bartel’s CANNONBALL! (1976), the sci-fi horror film DEMON SEED (1977), TERROR VISION (1986), C.H.U.D. 2: BUD THE CHUD (1989) and CHILD’S PLAY 2 (1990). He’s tackled a few serious roles during his career as well. He was Susan Sarandon’s abusive boyfriend in PRETTY BABY (1978) and played a tough Vietnam vet in THE ANNIHILATORS (1985) to name just a couple. And if you haven’t seen the Robert Zemeckis comedy USED CARS (1980), you’re missing one of Gerrit’s most memorable and funny roles of his career. Graham worked with cult director Jim Wynorski on films like CHOPPING MALL (1986), and THE WASP WOMAN (1995). He worked with fellow CW Guests Larry Cohen and Laurene Landon on IT’S ALIVE 3: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE (1987), and did a ton of television work throughout his career. He’s even voiced a few cartoon show characters and animated movies over the years.
Linda made her film debut as “Dr. Anne Barton” in director Ishiro Honda’s sci-fi monster flick, LATITUDE ZERO (1969). After appearing in the popular Room 222 and My Three Sons TV shows, her next film role was as “Meg” the sassy prostitute in Jack Hill’s “blaxploitation” classic, COFFY (1973) with Pam Grier; and she had a good role as Jason Miller’s girlfriend in the crime drama THE NICKEL RIDE (1974). After appearing in THE DROWNING POOL (1975) with Paul Newman and Anthony Franciosa, Linda gave her best performance (if you ask us) as the world-wise barmaid “Linda Forchet” in director John Flynn’s exploitation classic, ROLLING THUNDER (1977) with William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones. After being menaced by Geoffrey Lewis in the sleazy women-in-prison film, HUMAN EXPERIMENTS (1979), and appearing in GUYANA TRAGEDY: THE STORY OF JIM JONES (1980) and the prison drama, BRUBAKER (1980) with Robert Redford, Linda called her career as an actor quits and went on to become a legal secretary in Florida. Now retired from her regular job, Linda will be making her first ever convention appearance at the April CW Show where we’re sure she’ll be overwhelmed to know that CW fans will know pretty much every film she appeared in.
C. Thomas Howell
Beginning with his role as “Tyler” in Steven Speilberg’s E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982), C. Thomas Howell has carved out an impressive career in film and television. He played “Ponyboy Curtis” in Francis Ford Coppola’s coming of age gang film, THE OUTSIDERS (1983), and had memorable roles in TANK (1984) and RED DAWN (1984) before he was stalked and framed for murder by Rutger Hauer in the cult thriller, THE HITCHER (1986). He had eyes for Ann-Margret in the M.I.L.F. movie, A TIGER’S TALE (1987), had a nice role in Richard Lester’s RETURN OF THE MUSKETEERS (1989), and played himself in the Tommy Chong comedy, FAR OUT MAN (1990). Easily drifting between big budget Hollywood films, television, and lower budget B movies we all love has kept Tommy Howell working steadily for 35 years now as he’s played every type of character and taken every type of role an actor can sink his teeth into. You’ll find him in thrillers like KID (1990), FATAL AFFAIR (1998), and ASYLUM DAYS (2001); westerns like HIDALGO (2004), and A GUNFIGHTER’S PLEDGE (2008); science fiction films like SLEEPING DOGS (1998), and WAR OF THE WORLDS (2005), which we actually enjoyed more than the big budget remake. He’s done his fair share of horror films, like THE HILLSIDE STRANGLER (2004), A KILLER WITHIN (2004), Fred Olen Ray’s GLASS TRAP (2005), THE HAUNTING OF MARSTEN MANOR (2007), HOUSE OF FALLEN (2008), MUTANT VAMPIRE ZOMBIES FROM THE HOOD (2008), and Jim Wynorski’s CAMEL SPIDERS (2011) just to name a few. Memorable television roles have come his way throughout his career with roles like “Lt. Thomas Chamberlain” in the epic war drama GETTYSBURG, the adventure series AMAZON, and “Officer Dewey Dudek” in the cop drama SOUTHLAND. He ventured into directing in the mid-90s where he directed and starred in the sci-fi flicks WAR OF THE WORLDS 2: THE NEXT WAVE (2008), and THE DAY THE EARTH STOPPED (2008) along with the fantasy-adventure film, THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT (2009) to name just a few. With almost 200 credits to his name and counting, chances are good you’ll be seeing a lot more of C. Thomas Howell in the years to come.
Leggy blond actress Laurene Landon often plays tough, no-nonsense action heroines in her film roles, but she is equally adapt at playing comedy for laughs or tackling a dramatic role when they come her way. She was great as “Molly”, one half of the female tag team in the wrestling comedy ...ALL THE MARBLES (1981) with Peter Falk, and played a daffy stewardess in AIRPLANE 2: THE SEQUEL (1982). She was Mike Hammer’s loyal secretary in the crime drama I, THE JURY (1982) and did two action-adventure films for director Matt Cimber when she starred in HUNDRA (1983) and YELLOW HAIR AND THE FORTRESS OF GOLD (1984). Laurene worked with fellow CW guest Larry Cohen several times over the years; first appearing in his horror-comedy FULL MOON HIGH (1981) before showing up in THE STUFF (1985), IT’S ALIVE 3: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE (1987), WICKED STEPMOTHER (1989), THE AMBULANCE (1990) and Cohen’s Masters of Horror TV episode “Pick Me Up” in 2006. Laurene was excellent as “Theresa Mallory” in director William Lustig’s MANIAC COP (1988) and MANIAC COP 2 (1990), which were both written by Larry Cohen, and she’s even worked with (past CW guest), director Fred Olen Ray, in the action film, ARMED RESPONSE (1986). Outside of acting, Laurene likes to write scripts and is an award winning lyricist.
Actress and model Patty Mullen was the Penthouse “pet of the month” in the August 1986 issue of the popular men’s magazine. She was named “pet of the year” in 1987 and did a follow-up pictorial in the January 1988 issue of Penthouse. Her acting career was brief, but fans certainly remember her from DOOM ASYLUM (1987) where she payed twins “Judy” and “Kiki” in the starring role. After appearing in the made for TV movie, CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS (1988) and an episode of The Equalizer television series, she appeared as “Elizabeth” in director Frank Henenlotter’s cult horror-comedy, FRANKENHOOKER (1990), a movie that every fan seems to both know and love.
She took dance and voice lessons as a child, and as a teenager, Serena was the cute little hippie girl with the strawberry blond hair who ran away from home and wound up in Los Angeles where she worked as a waitress prior to being discovered by an adult movie make-up artist. An uninhibited and free spirited woman, Serena started out as a model and did nude pictorials for popular men’s magazines like Hustler, High Society, Oui, and Gallery before making the move to adult films. She worked with popular adult actor Jamie Gillis on several films, including TEENAGE PLAYMATES (1975), THE ECSTASY GIRLS (19(1979), NEW YORK BABES (1979), BOUND (1979), ULTRA-FLESH (1980), SUBMISSION OF SERENA (1980) and CHAINED (1980) to name a few we remember seeing back in the day. She also worked with popular adult films stars like Seka on films like DRACULA SUCKS (1978) which was Seka’s first adult feature, and THE SEDUCTION OF CINDY (1980) which also starred Veronica Heart. She starred along with Marilyn Chambers in the classic INSATIABLE (1980) and appeared in several films with John Holmes, including HONEYSUCKLE ROSE (1979), HONEY THROAT (1980), AUNT PEG (1980), several SWEDISH EROTICA collections, and a few films we’ve already mentioned earlier. Serena has also appeared in more mainstream and soft core films, like the Australian soft core cult film FANTASM COMES AGAIN (1977), director Paul Shrader’s HARDCORE (1979), Blake Edwards comedy 10 (1979) and the crime drama NIGHT OF THE JUGGLER (1980). After leaving her mark in the adult film world, Serena quit the business in the mid-1980s, raised her daughter, and took up painting. The April CW Show will be Serena’s first ever convention appearance and we couldn't be happier that she accepted out invitation to join us for a Wasteland Weekend.
Writer and Director Kevin Tenney started making 8mm movies as a kid. After college, he wrote and directed his first feature film, WITCHBOARD (1986), which, just like his second film, NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (1988), went on to become cult horror films discovered by new fans to this day. He continued his streak of enjoyable horror films with WITCHTRAP (1989) and THE CELLAR (1989) before healming the sci-fi film PEACEMAKER (1990). He returned to the horror genre with WITCHBOARD 2: THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY (1993), PINOCCHIO’S REVENGE (1996), and BRAIN DEAD (2007) was the first film he produced through his own production company, Prodigy Entertainment. Not one to pigeon hole himself into making just horror films, Kevin has revisited science fiction films with ARRIVAL 2 (1998) and ENDANGERED SPECIES (2003), directed thrillers like DEMOLITION UNIVERSITY (1999) and TICK TOCK (2000), and even helmed a family friendly adventure film with BIGFOOT (2009).
Australian actor Vernon Welles started out as a typical blue collar guy working a regular job before he was noticed by casting agents and started to appear in Australian TV commercials, print ads and TV shows. His career took a turn for the better when he was cast as the homicidal biker “Wez” in director George Miller’s THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981) aka Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, which easily remains his most recognizable role to international audiences. He spoofed his mad biker role in the popular cult comedy WEIRD SCIENCE (1985) before landing the role of villainous ex-soldier “Bennet” in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film COMMANDO (1985). From there, a career portraying any number of cinematic B movie villains took off and Welles has worked steadily in films like LAST MAN STANDING (1987), NAM ANGELS (1989), CIRCUITRY MAN (1990), HARD JUSTICE (1995), and KICK OF DEATH (1997) ever since. Vernon Welles worked with cult director Stuart Gordon on the sci-fi films, FORTRESS (1992) and SPACE TRUCKERS (1996), director Cirio Santiago on action films like STRANGLEHOLD (1994), ULTIMATUM (1994) and VULCAN (1997), and cult director John Buechler on films like CURSE OF THE FORTY-NINER (2002), SAURIAN (2006) and THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (2006). You’ll find him in comedies like SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE (1990) with Cheech Marin, MISFIT PATROL (1998), and Fred Olen Ray’s BILLY FRANKENSTEIN (1998). He’s appeared in several horror films, including BENEATH LOCH NESS (2002), BLOOD RANCH (2006), SILENT NIGHT, ZOMBIE NIGHT (2009), and THE DEAD UNDEAD (2010). Although you’ll still find him playing bad guys like “Ransik” in the popular Power Rangers television and film series, the past few years has seen Welles begin to play “good guys” like sheriffs, detectives, and various government agents in several film projects. With well over 100 film and TV credits to his name and several film projects currently in production, it doesn’t appear that Vernon Welles career is going to be slowing down any time soon.
AND LET’S NOT FORGET THE EQUALLY IMPORTANT CINEMA WASTELAND REGULARS WHO WILL BE WITH US AGAIN THIS OCTOBER:
A. Ghastlee Ghoul
The host of the Dayton and Springfield Ohio area’s long running, late night, horror-comedy schlockathon known as “The Ghastlee Movie Show” has been spewing video-vaudevillian cheese and sleaze to the untold millions... ah, hundreds... OK, dozens of fans held captive by his wit and wisdom for twenty five years now. Regularly joining Ghastlee for a Cinema Wasteland weekend is long time cohort in crime, Jeff McClellan: American, as well as Louu the XXXmas Devil, Suspira, and Mayhem Zann; members of the garage-punk band, SPLATTERTUDE. In addition to having Ghastlee and his band mates prowling our dealer and guest room all weekend long, why not join A. Ghastlee Ghoul (along with the motley band of occasional “Ghastlee Nite Players”) every Saturday night, beginning at 8:00pm in Movie Room 1, as he presents A GHASTLEE NITE AT THE MOVIES LIVE SHOW, where he hosts a night of music, comedy, skits, interactive games and prize giveaways that has become somewhat of a drunken Saturday night tradition at Cinema Wasteland over the years. A. Ghastlee Ghoul has been with us since our very first show and we’ve sort of adopted him as our official Wasteland horror host. And although many a horror host have come and gone from Cinema Wasteland shows over the years, you can always count on Ghastlee to be with us twice a year.
Amy Lynn Best
Amy Lynn Best, a Pittsburgh PA native, has studied acting and dancing since she was three years old. She co-produced and costarred in the independent feature horror film, THE RESURRECTION GAME (2002), and like many independent film producers, she learned the film business from the ground up. On the short haunted house film, TENANT, Amy studied cinematography from that film's director of photography, Bill Fuller. Out of necessity, she learned the basics of grip work, camera operation, and the fine art of line producing. Since meeting her film making husband, Mike Watt, she has acted or worked on nearly a dozen films, including the critically-acclaimed feature, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE (2000), DR. HORROR’S EROTIC HOUSE OF IDIOTS (2003), along with ABATTOIR (2007) SPLATTER MOVIE (2008), and DEMON DIVAS AND THE LANES OF DAMNATION (2009).
42nd Street Pete
Long time Wasteland friend, 42nd Street Pete, is our “go to guy” when it comes to all things Grindhouse. Why? Because he was there. He lived the era. In the Grindhouse heyday through its demise in the 80’s, the guy lived Times Square and all of the good, bad, and ugly, that went along with it. Hookers, peep shows, drugs, bums, mobsters, and the infamous grindhouses were all part of Pete’s life. Back in 2004, Pete hosted UNCONVENTIONAL, a look at the 13th anniversary of the Chiller Theater convention in New Jersey. A few years back, he started hosting 42nd STREET PETE’S 8mm MADNESS; DVD collections of forgotten 70’s stag loops. That’s turned into all kinds of film loop and feature film collection DVD’s fans can pick up for their own collections. Recently, he’s found himself in a few soft core spoofs like THE INSATIABLE IRON BABE (2008) and BATBABE: THE DARK NIGHTIE (2008). In addition to hosting his share of Drive-In and Grindhouse movie panels at past and present Cinema Wasteland shows, Pete can be found hosting the “42 Questions From 42nd Street Pete” trivia game during A GHASTLEE NITE AT THE MOVIES LIVE SHOW on Saturday nights. He also puts together the Saturday morning Hardcore Wrestling Hour, so we keep the guy busy. We have to. If we don’t give him enough stuff to do, he wanders off in search of stray head shops and peep show booths.
Son of Ghoul
With 30 years and well over 1,000 shows broadcast on TV, Son of Ghoul is Akron and Cleveland’s longest continuous running horror host; as well as a long time regular here at the Cinema Wasteland show. Live in the Cleveland or Akron area? Then by all means, see if you can’t catch Son of Ghoul’s movie show every Thursday afternoon and Friday night. A life long Three Stooges fan that can actually boast that he owns all 190 Columbia produced Three Stooges shorts on 16mm film, Son of Ghoul presents a trio of Stooge Shorts every Saturday at Noon in Movie Room 1 and has recently started to put together the Saturday morning “politically incorrect” cartoon block for us. After all, Cinema Wasteland, cartoons, and the Three Stooges go together better than drunks and strippers. Well, almost better...
Tom was the makeup effects man, prop builder, stop motion animator... ah, hell, he did so much behind-the-scenes work that I feel Tom is at least partially responsible for the entire look and feel of Sam Raimi’s cult horror favorite, EVIL DEAD. He also worked plenty an uncredited job on EVIL DEAD 2 and did some sculpting work on THE FLY 2 for Chris Wallas. A talented artist, Tom has also done illustrations for collectible card games, film production companies, book illustrations, and designed the ultra-cool “Book of the Dead” DVDs for the Anchor Bay limited edition EVIL DEAD and EVIL DEAD 2 releases. He’s also penned TOM SULLIVAN’S BOOKS OF THE DEAD comic series from Dead Dog Comics and found himself taking a few acting roles in films like the horror-comedy BUDDY BEBOP VS THE LIVING DEAD (2009), SPLATTER MOVIE:THE DIRECTOR’S CUT (2008), DOG (2009) and A SHEER AGENDA (2009) to name a few. Tom is a regular here at Cinema Wasteland and has become a real fan favorite guest. He has his own “Sullivan Museum Room” at the show where he puts original EVIL DEAD props, storyboards and artwork on display for all attending fans to see up close and personal. Tom was the first guest we invited to be a part of the very first Cinema Wasteland Show back in September 2000, and he’s been a part of the Cinema Wasteland Family ever since. Be sure to stop in and see what Tom has in store for all you fans as he firmly enters his second decade as CW’s first family member.
Writer, director, and journalist Mike Watt wrote and directed THE RESURRECTION GAME and Bloody Earth Film's A FEAST OF FLESH (aka "Abattoir") through Happy Cloud Pictures, which he co-founded with the lovely and talented Amy Lynn Best and the less lovely but also talented Bill Homan. He also wrote the screenplays for SEVERE INJURIES, WERE-GRRL, SPLATTER MOVIE: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT, DEAD MEN WALKING for The Asylum and THE SCREENING for G. Cameron Romero. He was the editor of Sirens of Cinema Magazine and is always tirelessly persueing most anything to pay his rent… ah, further the independent film spirit and commerodity all of us in this business equally share.
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Guest appearances are based on schedules permitting. Guests do charge a nominal fee for autographs. Show events are naturally subject to change.
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