As we celebrate our 14th Anniversary with our 26th Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo, we’ve got another great show ready to unleash this October.
Along with a few returning Guests who haven’t been with us in a few years, we’ve once again included some great first time CW Guests to the list as well.
HOW ABOUT A TRIO OF LADIES THAT MADE HAMMER FILMS SO MUCH FUN TO WATCH.
Jamaican born beauty, Martine Beswick, did some modeling work before seeking a career in films. She caught herself a minor break when she got the job dancing over the psychedelic screen credits in the first 007 flick, DR. NO (1962), which led to the role of “Zora” the gypsy girl in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963) as well as “Paula Caplan” in THUNDERBALL (1965). Martine stayed busy with TV work between her Bond film appearances, and scored the role that really got her noticed when she duked it out with Raquel Welch as “Nupondi” in the sci-fi classic, ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1966). About this time, she also became part of the Hammer Film studio system and starred in the enjoyable turkey, PREHISTORIC WOMEN (1966), the thriller, THE PENTHOUSE (1967), and the best of the trio, DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1971). In the 70’s Martine made her way to Hollywood and worked steady in film and TV work through the mid-1990’s. Some of the other films Cinema Wasteland fans may recognize from Martine Beswick’s resume include the Damiano Damiani spaghetti western A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL (1966) with Klaus Kinski, Oliver Stone’s second feature SEIZURE (1974), made for TV horror film DEVIL DOG: HOUND FROM HELL (1978), as “Xaviera Hollander” in THE HAPPY HOOKER GOES HOLLYWOOD (1980), as well as Fred Olen Ray’s CYCLONE (1987), THE OFFSPRING (1987) with Vincent Price, EVIL SPIRITS (1990) with Karen Black, TRANCERS 2 (1991), and NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW (1995), as well as numerous television shows. Martine made her first Cinema Wasteland appearance back in 2009 and fans have been asking for her to return since.
Before the blond English beauty, Veronica Carlson, made her mark on film fans world wide with a number of Hammer Film productions, she appeared in the spy thriller, HAMMERHEAD (1968). From there, she easily moved into a starring role as “Maria” in DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1968) where she was terrorized by Christopher Lee’s “Count Dracula” in one of the best films of the series. From there, she appeared as “Anna” in FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED (1969) where Peter Cushing played the sinister “Dr. Frankenstein” in one of the best of Hammer’s Frankenstein films. Between that film and her next role for Hammer, she appeared in an episode of the popular television series, The Saint, as well as the thriller CROSSPLOT (1969) with future super spy, “James Bond,” Roger Moore; as well as the comedy PUSSYCAT, PUSSYCAT, I LOVE YOU (1970) with Ian McShane and John Gaven. She returned to the horror genre with Hammer’s THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN (1970) where Ralph Bates took over the role of the brilliant and misunderstood “Dr. Frankenstein” and future “Darth Vader’, David Prowse played the hulking monster. Other roles of interest include the now lost (due to being shot on early video tape) 13 episode SPYDER’S WEB television series, the horror comedy OLD DRACULA (1974) with David Niven as the toothy Count, director Freddie Francis’ THE GHOUL (1975) with Peter Cushing, and FREAKSHOW (1995) with “Leatherface” himself, Gunnar Hansen.
Actress, model, singer, and pin-up, Caroline Munro landed her first modeling job for Vogue at the age of 17 after her mom entered her into a “Face of the Year’ newspaper competition and she won. She moved to London to pursue modeling and found small uncredited acting jobs in films like the James Bond thriller, CASINO ROYAL (1967). Although she had no lines and went uncredited as Vincent Price’s dead wife “Victoria” in the two popular DR. PHIBES films, they did help land her a Hammer Films contract and Caroline went on to become Christopher Lee’s victim in DRACULA A.D. 1972 and battle bloodsuckers in CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER (1974). More noticeable roles came as the slave girl and love interest in THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1974), acting alongside Peter Cushng as “Princess Dia” in AT THE EARTH’S CORE (1976), as Bond Girl “Naomi” in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977) and as “Stella Star” in STARCRASH (1979). When it comes to pleasing more hardcore horror fans, Caroline has those bases covered as well. She played “Anna” in director William Lustig’s MANIAC (1980) and “Jana” in THE LAST HORROR FILM (1982) with co-star Joe Spinnel, showed up in the slasher flick SLAUGHTER HIGH (1986), Jess Franco’s FACELESS (1988) Luigi Cozzi’s THE BLACK CAT (1989), and the indy feature, FLESH FOR THE BEAST (2003) with Spanish horror icon Paul Naschy. Recently, Caroline has made a return to the horror genre with the horror comedies, CUTE LITTLE BUGGERS (2014) and CRYING WOLF (2014), as well as the horror film, VAMPYRES (2014), which is currently in production as we post this little bio.
THIS OCTOBER, CINEMA WASTELAND IS PLEASED TO HAVE NOT ONE, BUT TWO ADULT FILM STARS JOINING US FOR THE FIRST TIME.
Adult film superstar, Amber Lynn, grew up in Southern California. While involved in the L.A. club scene, she struck up a friendship with Althea Flynt, wife of Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt. Soon, she was doing photo layouts for Hustler, Penthouse, and other men’s magazines and entered the world of adult films when she appeared in PERSONAL TOUCH 3 (1983). Since then, Amber Lynn has become one of the biggest adult film stars of the 1980s and beyond. After the Traci Lords scandal engulfed the adult film industry and the death of her friend and fellow porn queen Shauna Grant in 1984, Amber decided to take a break from the business. This led to another career as a dancer and live entertainer. She eventually returned to doing magazine layouts and making adult films and, still at the top of her game, continues to work to this very day if something of interest comes her way. Amber Lynn’s resume boasts over 200 adult films, including several of our favorites - the tried and true adult film spoof of popular films. You can find Amber in films like THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN SAN FRANCISCO (1984), SPACE VIRGINS (1984), DEAR FANNY (1984), LOOKING FOR MR. GOODSEX (1985), MIAMI SPICE (1986), JANE BOND MEETS OCTOPUSSY (1986), IN AND OUT OF BEVERLY HILLS (1986), FRIDAY THE 13th: A NUDE BEGINNING (1987), JANE BOND MEETS GOLDEN ROD (1987) and THE REAL BOOGIE NIGHTS (2007) to name just a few. She’s worked with or appeared in films with several past CW Guests, including Ginger Lynn, Sharon Mitchell, Seka, Jamie Gillis, and Fred Lincoln. Throughout her career Amber branched out into more mainstream film roles, and you’ll find her in horror films like EVILS OF THE NIGHT (1985), and THINGS (1989), crime thrillers like 52 PICK-UP (1986) and THE BAD GIRLS CLUB television series (2009-2010).
Brooklyn New York native Joanna Angel graduated Rutgers University with a B.A. in English Literature and heads up Burning Angel Studios. She began her adult career with the X rated horror movie spoof, RE-PENETRATOR (2004) and has directed and/or appeared in over 100 adult films since, including several porn spoofs including JOANNA’S ANGELS (2005), JOANNA’S ANGELS 2: ALT. THROTTLE (2006), THE HORROR OF H.P. LOVECRAFT (2006), THE XXXORCIST (2006), NOT ANOTHER PORN MOVIE (2007), GRAND THEFT ANAL 10 (2007), PORNY MONSTER (2007), LA PINK (2009), SCRUBS: A XXX PARODY (2009), DONG OF THE DEAD (2010), FUCKENSTEIN (2012), the spoof of the classic Evil Dead called EVIL HEAD (2012), and THE WALKING DEAD: A HARDCORE PARODY (2013) to name a few. She did the voice of “Ariana” for the video game “Slumber Party Slaughterhouse: The Game” which was released in 2008, and has appeared in non adult films like the TV movie, THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF EDMUND AND PABLO (2010) with Russ Tamblyn and John Daly, the horror film BREATH OF HATE (2011), adult swim TV show CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, and the drama, SCRAPPER (2013). Currently, Joanna finished up with the adult spoof SHARK BAIT (2014), and has roles in SKUM ROCKS! (2013) with Kevin Bacon and Matthew Broderick, as well as THE OWL IN ECHO PARK (2014) and RACQUETBALL (2014), two other non adult films that are currently in post-production. Joanna’s Cinema Wasteland appearance is cosponsored by Canada’s Vagrancy Films (who also happen to run the Shock Stock convention that usually follows the April CW Show every year.)
WE’RE NOT DONE WITH THE GUEST LIST YET!
Actor, writer, producer and director... Greydon Clark is another one of those people who made the Drive-In so much fun in the 60’s and 70’s. As an actor, he was in some great B movie stuff, including SATAN’S SADISTS (1969), THE MIGHTY GORGA (1969), HELL’S BLOODY DEVIL’S (1970), and DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN (1971). As a director and writer, Greydon brought the world THE BAD BUNCH (1973) where he also acted, PSYCHIC KILLER (1975) where he acted and was producer, BLACK SHAMPOO (1976), SATAN’S CHEERLEADERS (1977), ANGEL’S BRIGADE (1979), WITHOUT WARNING (1980), and SKINHEADS (1989). He spoofed the slasher movie craze with his film, WACKO (1982), exploited the rise of video games with his comedy, JOYSTICKS (1983), dabbled in action films with FINAL JUSTICE (1985) and returned to the tried and true horror genre with UNINVITED (1988) to name but a few of the 20+ films Clark produced and directed during his career. He also dabbled in TV when he wrote and directed a couple of the better episodes of the MIKE HAMMER, PRIVATE EYE TV series with Stacy Keach in 1997. Recently, Greydon Clark penned the career spanning book, ON THE CHEAP: MY LIFE IN LOW BUDGET FILMMAKING, in which he covers the ups an downs of spending a lifetime on the fringes of Hollywood making the movies he wanted to make for almost thirty years.
The globe hopping Geretta Geretta became interested in acting during her school years. While still traveling, she also relocated to LA and while working with the improv comedy group, Rusty Nails, appeared in over 20 feature films, including the cult punk rock drama SMITHEREENS (1982), and several Italian films like the sci-fi action film, WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD (1982), Lucio Fulci’s MURDER ROCK (1984), and Bruno Mattei’s sci-fi horror opus, RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR (1984). She worked with director Lamberto Bava and producer Dario Argento in the role all horror movie fans know her for when she played the prostitute, “Rosemary,” the first victim of the curse in Bava’s cult classic, DEMONS (1985). Other films you may remember seeing Geretta in include Bruno Matti’s Aliens rip-off, SHOCKING DARK (1989), and the low budget horror films, BLOODY CHRISTMAS (2012) and THE BECOMING (2013). Her work in front of the camera eventually inspired her to go behind it. She graduated from The American Film Institute and wrote and directed several short films, Public Service Announcements, and TV commercials. In 2001, Geretta wrote and directed her first feature film when she helmed the comedy, SWEETIECAKES (2001), and went on to write and direct the drama WHITEPADDY (2006) with Sherilyn Fenn and Lisa Bonet, as well as the drama, SWEETS AND TEATS (2008).
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. Patty had to miss our April 2014 show when she was rushed to the hospital with a burst appendix. She’s A-OK now though and looking forward to seeing everyone she missed at the Spring Show this Fall.
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.
Baltimore native Mink Stole was part of John Waters’ motley crew of performers since his earliest 8mm film days. Calling themselves the Dreamland Players, Stole would become both a humorous foil and major nemesis of leading “lady” Divine over the years. Waters fans no doubt will remember Mink from early roles in MONDO TRASHO (1969) and MULTIPLE MANIACS (1970) but she really hit her stride when she played seedy fur coat wearing villain “Connie Marble” in PINK FLAMINGOS (1972), and continued the reign of troublemaker supreme in FEMALE TROUBLE (1974), DESPERATE LIVING (1977) and POLYESTER (1981). Although her roles in Waters films grew a little smaller as he moved more towards the mainstream market, she continued to appear in pretty much every film he’s made to date. Mink has also appeared in numerous films by directors other than John Waters, and you can find her in stuff like LIQUID DREAMS (1991), the BUCKET OF BLOOD (1995) TV movie, as “Aunt Helen” in the EATING OUT film series (2006 - 2011), and more recently, in the dramas MOM (2013) and CITIZENS (2014) as well as the horror film HUSH UP SWEET CHARLOTTE which is currently in pre-production. She’s acted on stage, writes an advice column, and continues to act as regularly as anyone working today... But naturally tends to take the roles that other people might pass on, proving you can never take the outlaw spirit out of a true film rebel. And we mean that with all the respect in the world! We’ve got a beautiful 16mm film print of PINK FLAMINGO’s at our disposal, so with any luck, we’ll get Mink to do an introduction and a little talk before one her most infamous John Waters films for attending CW fans this October.
Before Chicago, Illinois native Robert Z’Dar found himself acting in films he was a singer, keyboard player, and guitarist in Nova Express, a Chicago-based band that opened for groups like Jefferson Airplane, The Who, and The Electric Prunes. The big imposing 6’2” actor’s first feature film role was as “Brad” in the cult exploitation film, HELLHOLE (1985), and from there, he’s accumulated over one hundred film credits to his name. He’s appeared in science fiction films like CHERRY 2000 (1987), and BEASTMASTER 2: THROUGH THE PORTAL OF TIME (1991); action films like DEAD END CITY (1988), and TRAINED TO KILL (1989); comedies like TANGO AND CASH (1989); thrillers like SAMURAI COP (1989); crime dramas like MONSTERS (1991) with Christian Slater, and plenty of horror films, like GROTESQUE (1988) with Linda Blair and Donna Wilkes, FRESH KILL (1988), and EVIL ALTER (1988) with William Smith. He’s worked with cult director Donald Jackson several times, appearing in FROGTOWN 2 (1992), THE DEVIL’S PET (1994), SHOTGUN BOULEVARD (1996), GUNS OF THE CHUPACABRA (1997) and its two sequels. In 1988 Robert Z’Dar appeared as “Matt Cordell” in director William Lustig and writer Larry Cohen’s MANIAC COP, which is the one role all horror film fans know him for to this day. The film proved so successful that it spawned two sequels, MANIAC COP 2 (1990) and MANIAC COP 3: BADGE OF SILENCE (1993), where you just couldn’t keep undead cop Matt Cordell down. Robert Z’Dar has continued working steadily since those Maniac Cop days, and currently has half a dozen movies in production. Due to illness, Bob Z’Dar was forced to miss the last CW Show, but he is looking forward to returning this October to catch up with attending fans.
On 8/11 we received this message from Nancy Allen: “I have had a schedule change that will make it impossible for me to attend Cinema Wasteland in October. I hope to do it sometime in the future.”
We always hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we will indeed reschedule Nancy Allen for a future show if we’re able to do so.
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 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 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 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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