This October, The Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo is Celebrating
its lucky 13th Anniversary with the First Ever HILLS HAVE EYES Reunion!
Come and meet the following cast members from the original Wes Craven Shocker.
Michael began his acting career in DOC SAVAGE: MAN OF BRONZE (1975) when producer George Pal wandered into his little California flower shop and ask him “if he wouldn’t mind being his undertaker.” Later the same year, Berryman realized he fell into an acting career when he was hired for the role of “Ellis”, the mental patient, in Milos Forman’s ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST. In 1977 he took the role every horror movie fan knows and loves him for when he signed on to play “Pluto”, one of the desert dwelling cannibal clan members in Wes Craven’s classic, THE HILLS HAVE EYES. Over the years, Berryman has worked with Craven on a number of films, including DEADLY BLESSING (1981) also notable as Sharon Stone’s first feature film role, THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2 (1984) and INVITATION TO HELL (1985). Ruggero Deodato, Italian director of the infamous CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, took notice of Berryman and used him in several of his own films over the years, including CUT AND RUN (1985), THE BARBARIANS (1987) and his OCEANO TV mini-series in 1990. He has also worked for cult director Fred Olen Ray in ARMED RESPONSE (1986) and WIZARDS OF THE DEMON SWORD (1988), showed up in John Hughes WEIRD SCIENCE (1985), found himself in STAR TREK 4: THE VOYAGE HOME (1986), and appeared in other Wasteland favorites like THE FIFTH FLOOR (1978), AFTERSHOCK (1990), BEASTMASTER 2 (1991), THE GUYVER (1991), TEENAGE EXORCIST (1991), THE DEVIL’S REJECTS (2005), ED GEIN: BUTCHER OF PLAINFIELD (2007), SMASH CUT (2009), SATAN HATES YOU (2009), and THE LORDS OF SALEM (2012) to name but a few. He has also appeared in memorable episodes of Star Trek: Next Generation, Tales From the Crypt, and The X Files to name but a trio of his television appearances. With another eight or nine films currently in various stages of production as we post this bio, it looks like it will be hard to miss Michael in 2013.
Janus began her acting career with a small role in the drive-in exploitation film, CENTERFOLD GIRLS (1974) with Andrew Prine, and as a groupie in director Brian dePalma’s cult classic, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (1974). She was originally offered the role of “Lynn Wood” in Wes Craven’s HILLS HAVE EYES (1977) but really wanted the role of “Ruby”, the rebellious teenage daughter of the desert dwelling cannibal clan. Janus won out and got the role of “Ruby”, while Dee Wallace went on to play “Lynn” and the rest is, as they say, history. 1977 was a busy one for Janus as she also appeared in the drive-in exploitation film, BLACK OAK CONSPIRACY (1977) with Jessie Vint and Albert Salmi, showed up as a small town tramp in Tobe Hooper’s EATEN ALIVE (1977), and put up a good fight and escaped the clutches of THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN (1977) that same year. Janus appeared in a couple of made for TV movies, including MARILYN: THE UNTOLD STORY (1980) before reprising the role of “Ruby” in Wes Craven’s much to be desired THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2 (1984), where she and Michael Berryman were a couple of the only reasons fans might have for watching that film, and her last acting credit to date was the action film, SOLDIER’S FORTUNE (1991). Currently, Janus hosts her own talk show on a Los Angeles public access television station. Janus will be making what may be her first convention appearance at CW this October.
Susan began her film and television career as a regular on the TONY ORLANDO AND DAWN comedy and variety show in the mid-1970s. From there, she went on to appear in several popular 70s TV shows like BARNABY JONES, WELCOME BACK KOTTER, ALICE, POLICE WOMAN, and EIGHT IS ENOUGH. She was even the original “Chrissy Snow” in the pilot episode of THREE’S COMPANY in 1976, and played the villainous “Miss Dazzle” in the 16 episode Saturday morning super hero show, ELECTRA WOMAN AND DYNA GIRL (1976). In 1977, Susan took the role of “Brenda Carter” in Wes Craven’s HILLS HAVE EYES before going back to television work and made for TV movies until she showed up again in THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2 (1984). Recently, Susan made a return to feature film work when she appeared in the horror film, CUT (2013), which will hopefully see release before October’s Cinema Wasteland Show. Although Susan has done a couple of small shows out on the West coast, she will be making her first ever CW appearance this October where she is looking forward to meeting with CW fans.
Martin got his start in television with roles in several popular 70s TV Shows like THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY where he showed up as reoccurring sound engineer, IRONSIDE, THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, and POLICE STORY to name but a few. In 1977 he starred as “Ted Kamenski” in the enjoyable made for television sci-fi movie, EXO-MAN, which was sort of a low budget Iron Man type film about a professor who is paralyzed in an attack by mob hit men who builds an armored suit that enables him to walk and fight crime. The same year, he was also cast as “Doug Wood” in THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977), and went on to a small role in COMA (1978) and KILLER’S DELIGHT (1978) the following year before returning to television work (QUINCY M.E., THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO, HUNTER, etc) throughout the 1980s. Martin’s “Doug Wood” showed up again in THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2 (1984). Martin will be making his first convention appearance this October and we couldn’t be happier to have him.
Like a lot of our Hills Have Eyes alumni, Dee Wallace got her start doing television and small film roles in the 1970s. She showed up as “Nettie the maid” in THE STEPFORD WIVES (1975) before being cast as “Lynn Wood” in Wes Craven’s THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977). Dee went back to steady television work after HILLS, and appeared in popular TV shows like MAN FROM ATLANTIS, STARSKY AND HUTCH, POLICE WOMAN, LOU GRANT, HART TO HEART, CHIPs, and TAXI before steady film work came her way with the role of “Karen White” in Joe Dante’s THE HOWLING (1981). Fans will certainly know Dee from film roles like E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982), CUJO (1983), CRITTERS (1986), POPCORN (1991), ALLIGATOR 2 (1991), THE FRIGHTENERS (1997), KILLER INSTINCT (2001), THE PLAGUE (2006), Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN (2007) and THE LORDS OF SALEM (2012) to name but a few of the films all Wastelanders should know. Dee Wallace continued to appear in dozens of popular TV shows and made for TV movies after THE HOWLING, and does a ton of television work between film roles to this very day. Chances are good that if you enjoy a TV show these days, Dee Wallace has appeared on it… or will shortly. With almost 100 feature films to her credit, Dee’s film output doesn’t seem to have slowed down a bit, with eight different films in various degrees of production or post-production as of this posting for fans to look forward to. Dee Wallace will be making her first ever CW appearance this October.
Prolific composer and musician Don Peake wrote the original soundtrack for Wes Craven’s THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977) where his eerie soundtrack punched up some of the films most unnerving scenes. He started his music career in 1961 as the lead guitarist for The Everly Brothers and played guitar for ten years in the Ray Charles Orchestra. Don played guitar on Phil Spector’s Righteous Brothers hit, “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling,” Ike and Tina Turners “River Deep, Mountain High,” and the Jackson Five’s hit song “ABC” to name just a few, and has worked as an arranger for such artists as Roy Orbison, The Monkees, Wayne Newton, Sonny and Cher, and the Fifth Dimension. He got his start doing movie soundtracks a year before HILLS HAVE EYES with the documentary, THE LEGEND OF BIGFOOT (1976), and the comedy MOVING VIOLATION (1976), and has done music for feature films and television ever since. You’ll find Don’s music in the exploitation film, BLACK OAK CONSPIRACY (1977), horror films like THE HOUSE WHERE DEATH LIVES (1981), THE PREY (1984), Wes Craven’s THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (1991), and SANDMAN (1993). He’s done soundtrack music for TV movies like BATTERED (1978), DESIRE THE VAMPIRE (1982), and CODE OF VENGEANCE (1985); thrillers like RORSCHACH (1993) BODY COUNT (1995) and THE KILLER WITHIN ME (2003) as well as action films, comedies, television series, and science fiction films. In 2007, Don was inducted into the Musician’s Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN. Don will be making his first convention appearance as part of our Hills Have Eyes reunion, where I’m sure more than a few of our regular attendees will remember a ton of Don’s music from the glory days of FM radio.
YOU WANT MORE FIRST TIME CINEMA WASTELAND GUESTS THIS OCTOBER?…
OK, YOU GOT ‘EM!
Chester, the man who brought the world the cult, shot-on-video classic, BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL, is not just alive and well, but thanks to our friends at Massacre Video, will be making his first appearance ever at CW this October! In the do it yourself video decade of the 1980s, Chester Turner wrote, produced, directed, edited, composed the music and did the special effects for the cult classic, DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL (1987). He even distributed the film and shipped them out to customers himself. The story about a church going woman (Shirley Latanya Jones) who buys a creepy doll from a pawn shop that not only attacks her, but mysteriously finds it way back to the shop after every purchase, is a real hoot and one of CWs favorite party tapes. Chester Turner followed up his almost instant, underground cult classic with TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE (1987), an anthology film of sorts that once again stars Shirley Latanya Jones as a mother that reads a couple of spooky stories to the ghost of her dead son, Bobby, before killing her hot-headed boyfriend. Once again, Chester Turner did everything from write, to produce and direct TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE, making it his second cult classic from the golden age of video. Massacre Video will have a double feature DVD of both films available by October’s CW Show, and we’ll be sure to screen the original Black Devil Doll From Hell for every attending fan to enjoy after a few drinks.
Donna's first feature film was JAWS 2 (1978), which found the small town of Amity once again caught in the grips of a shark attack. From there, she went on to the teen comedy ALMOST SUMMER (1978) before starring in SCHIZOID (1980) with Klaus Kinski as a deranged killer. You’ll also find Donna Wilkes in BORN TO BE SOLD (1981), the made for television movie about a black market baby ring; stalked by an escaped mental patient in BLOOD SONG (1982); as the 15 year old straight A student by day and the Sunset Blvd hooker by night in ANGEL (1984), and in GROTESQUE (1988), which oddly enough, is not about the acting talents of co-star Linda Blair, but rather a movie about a gang of punks that kill a vacationing family and find that some sort of creature is chasing them as they go after the surviving daughter. Donna Wilkes has also appeared in several popular television shows like THE INCREDIBLE HULK, DIFFERENT STROKES, T.J. HOOKER, GIMME A BREAK, DRAGNET (1989) and FBI: THE UNTOLD STORIES (1991) in addition to made for TV movies, and soap operas like DAYS OF OUR LIVES, where she played “Pamela Prentiss” between 1982 and 1983.
AND LET’S NOT FORGET THE EQUALLY IMPORTANT CINEMA WASTELAND REGULARS WHO WILL BE WITH US AGAIN THIS APRIL:
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).
Count Gore De Vol
Count Gore De Vol has been hosting horror movies since 1971 in three markets: Paducah, KY, Washington, DC, and The Entire World! After a year at WDXR in Paducah, he moved to WDCA, Channel 20 in Washington, where he hosted Creature Feature and competed with Congress for the title of chief blood sucker for more than 15 years. In 1998, Count Gore responded to the calls of his fans and returned to his chosen profession by becoming the first horror host on the Internet with “Creature Feature”, his Weekly Web Program at www.countgore.com that continues to this day. In 1999 he triumphantly returned to Washington to host Channel 20’s "Countdown with the Count" Millennium Special. Recently, the ol’ vampire can be found as “the narrator” in the indy vampire flick, THE DEAD MATTER (2009), just happens to be the main topic of interest in the documentary EVERY OTHER DAY IS HALLOWEEN (2009), and showed up in the DREADFUL HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (2010). Count Gore is a semi-regular guest at Cinema Wasteland, and we’re happy to have him back this October to help celebrate our 13th anniversary.
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 almost 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.
Come and meet representatives from the following Wasteland supporters:
* ALL GUESTS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR ALL 3 DAYS OF THE SHOW UNLESS NOTED *
Guest appearances are based on schedules permitting. Guests do charge a nominal fee for autographs. Show events are naturally subject to change.
ALL OF OUR GUESTS WILL BE SET UP IN AMONGST THE VENDERS IN OUR 10,000 SQUARE FOOT DEALERS ROOM FOR EASY ACCESSIBILITY ALL THREE DAYS OF THE SHOW.