Iowa born Betsy Baker graduated with a degree in theater and classical voice from Michigan State and eventually landed in Detroit where she honed her craft in television, radio, and film. In 1981 she took the role of “Linda” in a little Michigan lensed horror movie and the rest, as they say, is history. That little horror movie turned out to be Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD (1981) and here we are, thirty five years later, celebrating one of the most well known and well loved independent horror films of all time. In recent years, Betsy has gotten back into acting with a handful of short films, plenty of TV work, and a few feature film credits to her name. On the small screen, you can find Betsy in an episode of the popular TIM AND ERIC AWESOME SHOW, hospital drama, ER, and the well written cop drama, SOUTHLAND, vampire series TRUE BLOOD, and RAY DONOVAN to name but a few of the small screen shows she’s appeared in. In 2009, Betsy starred along with Ellen Sandweiss and Theresa Tilly in the five episode DANGEROUS WOMEN series about three suburban soccer mom’s who are stalked and tormented by their evil doubles. Film wise, Betsy showed up with a who’s who of horrordom and the rest of the “Ladies of the Evil Dead” in BRUTAL MASSACRE: A COMEDY (2007), the horror film WITCHES’ NIGHT (2007), and the end of days thriller, 2084 (2009), Sam Raimi’s OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (2013), and the horror flick LAKE EERIE (2016).
Rich DeManincor used the name “Hal Delrich” when he took the role of “Scott” in THE EVIL DEAD (1981). His stage name was actually his first name combined with the names of his old roommates, Hal and Del. He also appears on the EVIL DEAD soundtrack as a performer on the “Old Baby Moses and the Thrillers Song”. He appeared as “Officer Garvey” in Sam Raimi’s crime comedy, CRIME WAVE (1985) with well known character actors Paul L. Smith and Brion James, and recently returned to acting when he appeared as a cop in the short film, BONG FLY (2013).
Bart did photographic special effects on THE EVIL DEAD. While looking to make a full-length feature film, Bart caught a midnight screening of Sam Raimi’s WITHIN THE WOODS, which just so happened to be the short film that was screened to find financing for the EVIL DEAD feature film project. Bart initially approached Sam about directing the feature film and was asked to execute effects for what Sam described as “the ultimate experience in grueling horror.” Introduced to ED artist and effects man, Tom Sullivan, the two worked together on the film and dove head first on the challenge of creating the climax of THE EVIL DEAD on a shoestring budget. With live action filming completed, they went off with cinematographer Tim Philo into Bart’s basement studio and garage to create the wonderful meltdown sequence that highlights the climax of the film. Bart was also the animator on Raimi’s short film, TORRO, TORRO, TORRO! (1981) which featured Theresa Tilly, and was an uncredited photographer and visual effects artist on EVIL DEAD 2 (1987). His technical skills saw him overseeing classic film restorations for 20th Century Fox and pioneering production documentaries and special edition laser disc’s and DVD’s for films like ALIEN, ALIENS, THE ABYSS, SOUND OF MUSIC, THE STUNT MAN, etc. In 2008, Bart joined forces with his sons, Brett and Drew, in their horror-comedy, DEADHEADS, which saw DVD release in 2011. “They made me a zombie and blew my head off within the first five minutes of the film so I’d know my place” as Bart explains it. Bart currently works as a film and FX consultant and is looking forward to the upcoming production of HAG, which will be his sons followup to DEADHEADS.
Michigan native Ellen Sandweiss was actually cast in WITHIN THE WOODS (1978), the short 8mm film Sam Raimi used to find financing to make THE EVIL DEAD (1981) feature film. When it came time to cast THE EVIL DEAD, she returned to play “Cheryl”, the sister of Bruce Campbell’s “Ash” character. After EVIL DEAD was completed, Ellen finished college and left her movie making days behind her... Until recently, that is. In 2006, Ellen returned to horror films when she took the role of “Paula” in SATAN’S PLAYGROUND (2006). That led to her appearing in the Bruce Campbell horror-comedy MY NAME IS BRUCE (2007), joining her fellow “ladies” in BRUTAL MASSACRE: A COMEDY (2007) along with David Naughten, Brian O’Halloran, Gunnar Hansen, and Ken Foree. She appeared in THE DREAD (2007), co-produced and starred in the five episode DANGEROUS WOMEN series along with Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly, showed up in DARK FIELDS (2009) with David Carradine, Richard Lynch, and Dee Wallace, and appeared in Sam Raimi’s OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (2013).
Tom was the makeup effects man, prop builder, stop motion animator... ah, hell, he did so much behind-the-scenes work that we feel Tom is at least partially responsible for the entire look and feel of Sam Raimi’s cult horror favorite, EVIL DEAD. Before EVIL DEAD, Tom was the special effects guy on Sam Raimi’s WITHIN THE WOODS (1978), the short film that Sam Raimi made to secure financing for 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 also penned the TOM SULLIVAN’S BOOKS OF THE DEAD comic series 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), A SHEER AGENDA (2009) and a few short films. Tom is a regular here at Cinema Wasteland and has become a real fan favorite guest. Tom’s had his own “Sullivan Museum Room” at the CW Show for more years than we can count, where he puts original EVIL DEAD props, storyboards and artwork on display for all attending fans to see up close and personal. Tom was actually 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.
Theresa’s first role with the group of Michigan film fan friends who eventually made THE EVIL DEAD was TORO, TORO, TORO (1981), the short film from Josh Becker and Scott Spiegel about a runaway lawnmower. Then, under the pseudonym Sarah York, she took the role of “Shelly” in THE EVIL DEAD (1981) and, like it or not, found herself a footnote in horror film history. A few years later, Theresa appeared along with fellow Evil Dead alumni Betsy Baker in the made for TV movie APPEARANCES (1990), and teamed up with the rest of the “ladies” in BRUTAL MASSACRE: A COMEDY (2007) in addition to doing a couple short films here and there. On the small screen, you can find Theresa in an episode of FAMILY LAW, the pilot episode of SIX FEET UNDER, as well as starring in the DANGEROUS WOMEN series along with Betsy Baker and Ellen Sandweiss as one of the mom’s tormented by their evil doubles. Recent film work includes the comedy BACK IN THE DAY (2014), the horror film STOMPING GROUND (2014) , and the thriller AMERICAN FABLE (2016).
In Addition to our EVIL DEAD Reunion, we’ve got some other Great Guests lined up and looking to have themselves a Great Time with attending CW fans this Fall.
Actor and writer Carmine Capobianco’s film career started with the low budget horror film, DISCONNECTED (1983), back in the glory days of the mom and pop video store. Next up for Carmine and his partner (director) Gorman Bechard was the cult horror comedy classic, PSYCHOS IN LOVE (1987), which got the attention of Charles Band, who signed their production company to a deal that produced GALACTIC GIGOLO (1987) and CEMETERY HIGH (1988). After Capobianco and Bechard’s company, Generic Pictures, disbanded, Carmine went off and did a bunch of other stuff like working on the soap opera One Life To Live, MTV videos, a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie, TV commercials, Indy films, and he hosted his own cable TV show in addition to running a couple of video stores in his home state of Connecticut. The last 15 years have seen Carmine appearing in a variety of independent movies, such as THRILL KILL JACK IN HATE MANOR (2000), BIKINI BLOODBATH (2006) and it’s sequels BIKINI BLOODBATH CAR WASH (2008), and BIKINI BLOODBATH SHAKESPEARE (2013), THE SINS OF DRACULA (2014), and SEVEN DORMS OF DEATH (2015) to name a few. This will be the first show of this type that Carmine finds himself a guest at, so we already know that VHS fans will be rooting through their collections to uncover copies of Carmine’s movies to bring with them this Fall.
If you do more theater than film work over the years like John Dugan has done, then having a film like THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) under your belt is never a bad thing. John played “Grandpa” in Tobe Hooper’s original horror classic, and played the role so well that many people actually thought that the role was played by an old man. Twenty years after the original, John showed up in TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION (1994) as a Cop during the hospital scene. In the past 10 or 15 years, John returned to acting in feature films, where he’s appeared in MONSTROSITY (2007), HELL-EPHONE (2008), BUTCHER BOYS (2012), TEXAS CHAINSAW 3-D (2013) where he once again played “Grandpa”, THE BOOGEYMAN (2014), and BITE SCHOOL (2015) to name a few. Currently, John has three or four films in pre-production I’m sure he’ll be able to tell you more about come show time.
In her teen years, Sharon Farrell entered beauty contests, modeled, and spend a trio of summers with Denver’s American Ballet Theater. She started acting with a small role in the 1959 thriller KISS HER GOODBYE, and went on to steady work in film and television for the next forty years, appearing in pretty much every popular TV series of the time, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, My Favorite Martian, Death Valley Days, Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, Ben Casey, I Dream of Jeannie, Dr. Kildare, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Wild Wild West, Love American Style, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Police Story, Police Woman, and Hawaii Five-O, to name just a few of the classic series she appeared in. Although Sharon Farrell has appeared in every film genre, a few of her films that Wasteland regulars might remember her from include MARLOWE (1969) with James Garner, THE REIVERS (1969) with Steve McQueen, the made for TV thriller THE EYES OF CHARLES SAND (1972), director Larry Cohen’s IT’S ALIVE (1974), THE PREMONITION (1976), THE FIFTH FLOOR (1978) with Bo Hopkins, OUT OF THE BLUE (1980), THE STUNT MAN (1980), LONE WOLF McQUADE (1983), and NIGHT OF THE COMET (1984) to name just a few of the films she was in. Sharon hasn’t done more than a couple of fan show appearances, so we’re excited to show her why CW fans are the best fans in the world this Fall.
Bill will go down in history as the second guy to play “Leatherface” (aka “Bubba”) in Tobe Hooper’s TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (1986), a movie that grows on you thanks to some fine, over-the-top performances from the cast. You can also find Bill in CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL KILLER (1985), playing one of Splatter’s elite guard’s in FUTURE-KILL (1985), with Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid in D.O.A. (1988), and in the horror-thrillers, BUTCHER BOYS (2012), THE CARETAKERS (2014) and KILL OR BE KILLED (2015) to name a few. Bill is also an accomplished voice actor, and spent the 90’s voicing “The Guardian” in the animated ULTIMA series. He’s also done a handful of TV shows, a few short films, and a ton of voice work for various video games in the last few years.
Before he was published, Jack wrote and directed a handful of plays, worked as a teacher, a copywriter, and a literary agent. Beginning with his 1980 novel, Off Season, Jack Ketchum has published over ten novels and three short story collections. His powerful stories concentrate on urban and real-life horrors rather than the supernatural or more traditional tales of terror. Four of his novels have been turned into films. THE LOST (2006) is the story of serial killer who decides to murder two young women and the witnesses who help him cover up his crimes. THE GIRL NEXT DOOR (2007) follows the torture and abuse of a young girl left in the care of her aunt. RED (2008) is a revenge story that deals with the subject of animal abuse; while OFFSPRING (2009) finds the survivors of a clan of flesh eaters chewing their way through the small town locals. Although he only wrote the screenplay for OFFSPRING, you can find Jack taking on small acting roles in all four films as well as the crime thriller, HEADER (2006). Currently, Jack’s original story, The Box, will be part of the horror anthology, XX (2016), which is in post production as we write up and post this little bio.
Ed Neal was everyone’s favorite “Hitchhiker” in director Toby Hooper’s horror classic, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, where he turned the phrase, ”Do you like head cheese?” into a line every horror movie fan in the world knows, recites, and still gets a respectful laugh out of from time to time. Ed is sort of a jack of all trades. He’s done stand-up, acts, he’s a known and respected poster dealer, and he’s spent a lot of time doing cartoon and animation voice work and dubbing, often times voicing several characters in the same show. In 1985 he wrote, produced and starred in the future-is-bleak shocker, FUTURE-KILL alongside TCM alumni Marilyn Burns. Ed’s had small roles in big “hollywood” movies like JFK (1991) and has had some interesting roles in small budget films like ZOMBIEGEDDON (2003) where he played God. You can also find Ed in MURDER-SET-PIECES (2004), SATAN’S PLAYGROUND (2005) which costars Ellen “Evil Dead” Sandweiss; indy horror flick SHUDDER (2007), westerns like THE MAN WHO CAME BACK (2008) and KILL OR BE KILLED (2015), and the horror films IT CAME FROM TRAFALGAR (2009) and BUTCHER BOYS (2012), to name but a couple of his more recent projects.
With a ton of TV work and plenty of non-Wasteland roles under her acting belt, Elizabeth Shepherd has worked steadily in films and television for fifty years. Touching on a couple of roles I’m sure all Cinema Wasteland fans will remember her for, she costarred with Vincent Price as “Lady Ligeia” in Roger Corman’s Poe classic, TOMB OF LIGEIA (1964); as well as portraying “Joan Hart” (and gruesomely meeting her demise) in the horror-thriller, DAMIEN: OMEN 2 (1978). Elizabeth Shepherd was originally cast in the role of “Emma Peel” in the original Avengers TV series. She even shot footage for the first two episodes of the series that was later reshot with Diana Rigg. Other notable TV roles include: an episode of the DANGER MAN secret agent series, an appearance in PSI FACTOR, several episodes of POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY, and she was the voice of “Infinity” in several episodes of THE SILVER SURFER cartoon series. From theater, to soap operas, television, and on to feature films, the one thing you can always count on from Elizabeth Shepherd is a sold performance no matter what the role calls for.
George Shuba is Cleveland’s first Rock ‘n Roll photographer. From the Beatles, to the Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and on and on. If they played Cleveland between 1964 and 1978 (and who didn’t play Cleveland during that time frame?), George took photos of them. He also took photographs of local Cleveland celebrities like Cleveland’s original TV horror host, Ghoulardi, and The Ghoul, who went on to make a name in both Cleveland as well as Detroit, MI. George will have a terrific selection of his classic photos available to purchase at the show and loves to meet with fans and swap stories, so get ready to spend some time with some terrific rock ‘n roll and Cleveland Ohio memories.
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 well 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.
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 Fall after a couple years away.
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.
The Mummy and the Monkey Show
In the grand tradition of Cleveland Horror Hosts comes The Mummy and the Monkey Show, hosted by Janet Decay and Grimm Gori, which combines two - count them - two productions in the time honored tradition of no budget Horror Shows: JANET DECAY’S ROTTEN REELS and GRIMM GORI’S EERIE CINEMATERY, which naturally offers up cheesy flicks and silly skits. Janet Decay and Grimm Gori grabbed themselves a table in the Guest and Vendor Room at the last CW Show, and had such a good time, they decided to stay. You’ll find them once again prowling the Show all weekend so stop over, say hello, and check out what they have to offer as you pass through the Guest and Vendor Room this Fall.
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...
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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