Director, writer, and producer Jeff Burr grew up a lot like the CW promoter. He avidly watched B movies at his local drive-in’s (and more than likely late night TV) and made Super-8 movies as a kid. After three years at the University of Southern California, he and fellow aspiring filmmaker Kevin Meyer dropped out to make their first film; the Civil War drama, DIVIDED WE FALL (1982), which wound up winning several awards at film festivals world wide. Jeff made his first horror film in 1987 when he lensed the horror anthology THE OFFSPRING which featured Vincent Price hosting four ghoulish tales of terror. He directed STEPFATHER 2 (1989) with Terry O’Quinn reprising his role as the psycho stepfather, LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3 (1990) which only gets better with repeated viewings, PUPPETMASTER 4 (1993) AND PUPPETMASTER 5: THE FINAL CHAPTER (1994), along with PUMPKINHEAD 2: BLOOD WINGS (1994), NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW (1995), THE WEREWOLF REBORN! (1998), RESURRECTION (2010) and the “From Dusk ‘Till Dawn” like DEVIL’S DEN (2006) to name but a few of the horror films on his resume. Jeff Burr has also directed television shows like several episodes of the LAND OF THE LOST series in the early 1990s, kid’s films like JOHNNY MYSTO: BOY WIZARD (1997), comedies like EDDIE PRESLEY (1992), TV movies, like his latest sci-fi thriller TORNADO WARNING (2012), and oddball hero stuff like MIL MASCARAS VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY (2007) which he co-directed with Chip Gubera and played at CW a few years back. It’s always great to have a filmmaker that’s actually a fan of what it is we celebrate here at CW, and Jeff Burr has always been a fan of “drive-in” cinema.
Ken is a gifted actor that made his mark as “Peter” in George Romero’s zombie classic, DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978), and was a guest at the very first Cinema Wasteland Show when we held the first ever Dawn of the Dead Cast Reunion. Since DAWN, he’s continued his career and never looked back. He appeared in several Cinema Wasteland favorites like George Romero’s KNIGHTRIDERS (1981), Stuart Gordon’s FROM BEYOND (1986), SLEEPSTALKER (1995), THE DENTIST (1996), and of course he played “Benny” the weekend survivalist in LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3 (1990). More recently, Ken had a great role as the pimp “Charlie Altamont” in Rob Zombie’s DEVIL’S REJECTS (2005), showed up in Rob Zombie’s remake of HALLOWEEN (2007), and appeared in LORDS OF SALEM (2012) to name but a few. Add in all of the non horror film roles he’s had, all of his TV appearances (like The X-Files, Babylon 5, the popular Kenan & Kel show etc, etc) and you’ll see that Ken is a versatile working actor willing to take on any challenge. He just finished up with a role in the horror-thriller THE DEVINE TRAGEDIES (2015) and as of this posting has another four films in various stages of pre-production you’ll be able to see him in some time in the near future.
R.A. was the third man to tackle the role of “Leatherface” in director Jeff Burr’s LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3 (1990), where if you ask us, he did a damn fine job of slinging a chainsaw. R.A. began his acting career with a small part as an orderly in the 1980 TV movie, THE LATHE OF HEAVEN. From there, a few other Wasteland-type roles followed, including parts in TRANCERS 3 (1992), PUMPKINHEAD 2: BLOOD WINGS (1994), DEATH RIDERS (1994) and STRIPTEASERS (1995) among others. The past few years have been busy ones for R.A. and he’s found himself in several films, including the crime thrillers STILETTO (2008), and KNIFEPOINT (2011); horror films DARK HOUSE (2009), HATCHET 2 (2010), and ALIEN HUNGER (2014); as well as the horror comedies HORRORWEEN (2011), and SMOTHERED (2014) to name but a few.
In her feature film debut, Kate played “Michelle” in LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3 (1990). From there, she went on to star in the TV series SHE-WOLF OF LONDON (1990-1991) and a solid career in films and television began. She appeared in the action ‘n crime film, RAPID FIRE (1992), with Brandon Lee, the sci-fi sequel THE HIDDEN 2 (1993), and the thriller DESIRE (1993) before a slew of TV movies and television shows like Ellen, Silk Stalkings, Xena: Warrior Princess, Working, Level 9, and Boston Legal kept her busy for the next 20+ years. Between all of the television work, Kate returned to films from time to time, appearing in HAROLD (2008), MOUNT JOY (2014), and the recently completed COMPLETELY NORMAL (2015) to name a few.
Actor, Writer, and Director William Butler is no stranger to horror films. He appeared in TERROR NIGHT (1987), FRIDAY THE 13th PART 7: THE NEW BLOOD (1988), GHOULIES 2 (1988), SPELLCASTER (1988), ARENA (1989) and a couple of episodes of the Freddy’s Nightmares television series before landing the role of “Ryan” in LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3 (1990). And after TCM 3, he went on to roles on BURIED ALIVE (1990), appeared as “Tom” in the NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD remake (1990), and you’ll find him in WATCHERS 3 (1994), as well as MOTHMAN (2000). As a writer, producer and director, William Butler wrote, produced, and directed MADHOUSE (2004); produced and directed DEMONIC TOYS: PERSONAL DEMONS (2010); and either wrote, produced, directed, or appeared in all four of the enjoyable GINGERDEAD MAN movies (2005 - 2013) to name just a few of film projects. He’s currently announced his latest film, HELL STORM, where he will once again take up the duties of writer, producer, and director.
Lubbock Texas native Duane Whitaker had a small role as “Kim” in LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3 (1990) but that’s far from everything the actor, producer, and writer has done over his 30+ year career. He’s worked with TCM 3 director Jeff Burr on other occasions, taking the lead in Burr’s comedy EDDIE PRESLEY (1992) which he also wrote; appeared in PUPPET MASTER 5: THE FINAL CHAPTER (1994), and had a small role in NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW (1995). In 1994, Whitaker landed the role of “Maynard,” the sadistic pawn shop owner in Quentin Tarantino’s PULP FICTION that we’re sure is one role everyone knows him for. He co-wrote and appeared in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 2: TEXAS BLOOD MONEY (1999), had the amusing role of “Dr. Bankhead” in Rob Zombie’s best film (to us at CW, anyway) DEVIL’S REJECTS (2005), and Rob Zombie used him again in HALLOWEEN 2 (2009). You’ll find Duane all over the horror genre in films like TALES FROM THE HOOD (1995), THE HAUNTED SEA (1997), FEAST (2005), URBAN DECAY (2007), TRAILER PARK OF TERROR (2008), and CHILDREN OF THE CORN: GENESIS (2011) to name but a few. Not one to confine himself to just horror films, you’ll find Whitaker in everything from dramas to comedies and everything in between. He worked steadily in television during the early part of his career and continues to appear in popular television series and made for TV movies to this day. Beyond his work in TV and film, Duane is a seasoned playwright with work produced in both Los Angeles and New York, and also teaches a popular film acting class in LA.
WE’VE ALSO GOT ANOTHER COUPLE OF FIRST TIME C.W. GUESST WE’RE HAPPY TO HAVE WITH US THIS FALL
British born Suzanna Leigh began working in movies while still a pre-teen, appearing as an extra in various productions. After an elaborate stunt while planning to attend London’s Opera Ball, she was spotted by a Hollywood producer and landed a role in the Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis comedy BOEING BOEING (1965), and followed that up by starring in the French television series Trois etoiles en Touraine (1966) and the film, PARADISE HAWAIIAN STYLE (1966) with Elvis Presley. Several horror films and British thrillers all Wastelanders should know followed, including THE DEADLY BEES (1966), DEADLIER THAN THE MALE (1967), THE LOST CONTINENT (1968), SUBTERFUGE (1968), LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (1971), BEWARE MY BRETHREN (1972), and SON OF DRACULA (1974) followed. After a departure from film and television work in the late 1970s, Suzanna has recently returned to film work with the family drama GRACE OF THE FATHER (2015).
We are sorry to say that due to circumstances beyond our control Bill has cancelled his appearance.
British born Kay Parker headed to Germany in her teens and the US a few years later where she studied acting in San Francisco before making the move to Los Angeles where she first began her studies in “peeling off layers of negative and limited consciousness” in her eventual career as a Metaphysical Counselor in 1985. Kay began the adult film career on her journey through life playing a secretary in THE NEW EROTIC ADVENTURES OF CASANOVA (1977) and “Dr. Sybil Seward” in DRACULA SUCKS (1978) which also just happened to be one of the first films for former CW guest Seka, as well as costarring one of CW’s favorite artists, Serena. Kay also appeared in adult film classics like SEXWORLD (1978), TABOO (1980), MEMPHIS CATHOUSE BLUES (1982), DESIRE (1982), TABOO 2 (1982), NASTLY NURSES (1984), TABOO 3 (1986), TOO HOT TO TOUCH (1987), CAREFUL, HE MAY BE WATCHING (1987), and a couple other TABOO movies before calling her adult career quits in the early 1990s. She also appeared in non-adult films like the drama DESERT WINDS (1995) with Heather Graham, and the comedy MERCHANTS OF VENUS (1998) with Michael York, Beverly D’Angelo and Brian Cox. Seems that any fan of golden age adult films (or porn with a plot as we like to call them) has a favorite Kay Parker movie and we couldn’t be happier that she accepted our invitation to join us this Fall.
SINCE WE JUST CELEBRATED GEORGE ROMERO’S DAY OF THE DEAD WITH THE “LIVING” CAST MEMBERS, WHY NOT CONTINUE THE CELEBRATION WITH A COUPLE OF FEATURED ZOMBIES.
Debra’s first feature film was playing “Rita / Mona” in the Pennsylvania lensed horror film, EFFECTS (1980) with fellow Day of the Dead alumni Joe Pilato and Tom Savini. From there, she went on to a dancer’s role in FLASHDANCE (1983) before being cast in the role of a featured zombie in George Romero’s DAY OF THE DEAD (1985). She had a small role in the sci-fi film, SPLIT (1989), and another in the cult horror film BLOODSUCKING PHARAOHS IN PITTSBURGH (1991). Larger roles in the horror films BLOODLOCK (2008), and SORORITY ROW (2009), as well as the crime thriller TUNNEL VISION (2013) followed.
Producer, director and cinematographer, Michael Gornick, may best be known because of his association with director George Romero on several of Romero’s most memorable films. Gornick was a sound technician on Romero’s THE CRAZIES (1973) and then was the cinematographer, production manager, and even voiced talk show host, “Barry”, on MARTIN (1977). He followed that up by working as the cinematographer on DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) where he also did a number of jobs fans don’t know about, like picking out the library music tracks used in the film as well as doing background “zombie” sounds. Working as the cinematographer on KNIGHTRIDERS (1981), CREEPSHOW (1982), and DAY OF THE DEAD (1985) followed. In 1983 Mike Gornick produced “Trick or Treat”, the pilot episode of the TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE TV series and went on to direct four additional episodes of the series. In 1987, he directed CREEPSHOW 2 before going on to produce and direct several episodes of the popular MONSTERS TV series between 1988 and 1991. In 1991, Gornick directed the seven episode GOLDEN YEARS TV series, based on the book by Stephen King about an elderly janitor who’s sprayed with chemicals and begins to age in reverse. In 1994, he produced THE STAND mini-series, also based on the popular Stephen King story. Although we feel that Mike Gornick makes a fine CW Guest all on his own, we’ve stuck him down here with the DAY OF THE DEAD zombies as a way to continue our anniversary celebration that began with our April 2015 Show.
Mark first appeared in George Romero’s KNIGHTRIDERS (1981) before he went on to a featured zombie role in DAY OF THE DEAD (1985). A few years later, he had a larger role in the drama NO PETS (1994) acting along with fellow Day of the Dead costars John Amplas and Lori Cardille. A whole slew of short films, video productions, and television appearances followed until Hollywood came calling and Mark played a baby eating cannibal in the bleak post-apocalyptic horror drama THE ROAD (2009) starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. Since THE ROAD, Mark has once again done several short films and even starred in the short lived sci-fi television show, THE MERCURY MAN (2011).
Makeup and Special Effects artist Mike Trcic was on the DAY OF THE DEAD (1985) effects crew and got to play the cool lab zombie that spills his guts all over the floor. He also did makeup effects on Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD 2 (1987), Michael Gornick’s CREEPSHOW 2 (1987), THE HIDDEN (1987), George Romero’s MONKEY SHINES (1988), ALIEN NATION (1988) and CHILD’S PLAY 2 (1990) to name a few. As far as special effects goes, Mike worked with KNB and Stan Winston several times. He was “the creature guy” on DEEPSTAR SIX (1989) and did creature effects on LEVIATHAN (1989); worked in the art department on TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991) and BATMAN RETURNS (1992), and was the key artist on JURASSIC PARK (1993) to name but a few of the films Mike worked his magic on.
AND LET’S NOT FORGET THE EQUALLY IMPORTANT CINEMA WASTELAND REGULARS. IT WOULDN’T BE A C.W. SHOW WITHOUT THEM.
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 over 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, and Suspira; 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 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), DEMON DIVAS AND THE LANES OF DAMNATION (2009), “The Gorge” segment of George Romero’s DEADTIME STORIES 2 (2011), LITTLE BIG BOY (2012), TALES OF POE (2014) and RAZOR DAYS (2015) to name a few.
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 grind houses 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.
Dirk is the writer/creator of the horror comic series Tales of Mr. Rhee (Devil’s Due) and Nightmare World (Image Comics/Shadowline) as well as several other comic book series and graphic novels. Aside from writing horror comics, Dirk is also the author of Write or Wrong: A Writer’s Guide to Creating Comics (Caliber) and has written several short films for the popular YouTube horror series BlackBoxTV, including “The Hunger,” “The Night Shift” and “Zombie.” Dirk’s been a regular at the October CW Show for the past few years, and if you’ve been yearning to read some great modern horror comics or are interested in the craft of writing for comics or film, be sure to stop and chat with him. He’s always willing to offer a little advise for the asking. When he’s not set-up at Cinema Wasteland or assorted comic shows and conventions, Dirk lives on the Internet and can easily be found online at DirkManning.com.
Kyra was “Karen Cooper”, the little girl-turned-zombie in George Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD that did her mom in with a convenient garden trowel. Her image from the classic scare film is one no fan can escape as its been used on posters, video boxes, and promotional items we have all seen numerous times over the years. She’s an accomplished artist that offers custom sterling silver jewelry and original collectibles that feature her classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD image. Occasionally she’ll still appear in various short films like DAY PLANNER OF THE DEAD (2013)), film projects like LIVING DEAD (2012) or THE GREENMAN (2011), or a documentary on NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD’s history. Kyra’s an old friend to us here at Cinema Wasteland, so it’s always a pleasure to have her partying a Wasteland Weekend away with the rest of us fans.
Son of Ghoul
With 30+ years and thousands of 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 on television. 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 CW’s first family member prepares to celebrate 15 years of the Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo this October.
Writer, director, and journalist Mike Watt wrote and directed THE RESURRECTION GAME (2001) and Bloody Earth Film's A FEAST OF FLESH (2007) (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 (2003), WERE-GRRL (2002), SPLATTER MOVIE: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT (2008), DEAD MEN WALKING (2005) for The Asylum, THE SCREENING (2007) for G. Cameron Romero, as well as DEMON DIVAS AND THE LANES OF DAMNATION (2009) and RAZOR DAYS (2015). Mike has worked as an editor, producer, actor, and most any other job needed to complete a film or short. 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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