Has it really been 14 years since we ran the very first Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo?
Did we really just run our 26th Show in those 14 years and never once cop out or limit ourselves with the same guests, films, or panels twice in a row?
As I look back at the last 14 years of running the CW Show I can’t be anything but extremely proud of everything we’ve done with the 26 shows we now have under our belt. We’re one of the very few movie shows still running that hasn’t completely changed into something it never started out as. Our formula of celebrating the Drive-In and Grindhouse films of the late 50s through the 1980s has become the CW way and I try to do everything I can within those boundaries to keep things different and fresh every show while still remaining familiar and not losing the whole feel of what makes a CW Show special to so many people.
I can never do this alone, so a big tip of the hat to the CW Staff and everyone behind the scenes who have helped keep things running smoothly for the better part of fifteen years now. You all know who you are, and I could never do this without your help.
Cinema Wasteland also has the most amazing fans. Especially all of our regulars who not only get what it is we’re all about, but constantly let me know what it is they like, and or don’t like when it comes to a Wasteland Weekend. Without fan support, we’d have headed off into the sunset by now. Thank you for supporting us for all these years.
Attending fans this time around get extra karma points for making our old friend Robert Z’Dar feel the wasteland love so to speak. He’s been in ill health lately and really needed a weekend like the one everyone showed him to help keep his spirits up while dealing with his health issues. The love and respect you all shared with him made him feel like a million bucks and I couldn’t thank you near enough for helping to show him a good time.
OK, enough of the mushy stuff. We’re on the road the entire month of October, so let’s get back to work here!
Next April 10th, 11th and 12th, 2015 we begin our 15th year with not just another reunion, but the largest reunion ever assembled for the film we’re celebrating...
We’ve celebrated Night of the Living Dead like no other movie convention has. We started the CW Show with the first and largest Dawn of the Dead reunion every held. Now, it’s time to celebrate the “Darkest Day of Horror the World has ever Known” with a 30th Anniversary DAY OF THE DEAD Reunion!
Joining us from the film so far:
LORI CARDILLE - “Sarah”
TERRY ALEXANDER - “John”
JOE PILATO - “Rhodes”
ANTONE’ DILEO - “Miguel”
GARY KLAR - “Steel”
HOWARD SHERMAN - “Bub” (tentative on work schedule)
JOHN AMPLAS - “Fisher”
PHIL KELLAMS - “Miller”
TASO STAVRAKIS - “Torrez”
TOM SAVINI - Makeup and Effects
Other Guests will Include:
JIM WYNORSKI - Writer, Producer, and Director of B movie mayhem like CHOPPING MALL, NOT OF THIS EARTH, HARD TO DIE, GHOULIES 4, CHEERLEADER MASSACRE, RETURN OF THE SWAMP THING, BIG BAD MAMA 2, and so Many Others.
PETER SPELLOS - Actor has appeared in some great B films, as well as his share of Hollywood and Indy hits, like SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE 2, FRDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE, ATTACK OF THE 60 FOOT CENTERFOLD, DINOSAUR ISLAND, MEN IN BLACK 2, YES MAN, BOUND, and tons more, including Television work and a load of voice work in animated series like Transformers.
TOM SULLIVAN - The EVIL DEAD artist, animator, and effects man is our one regular. Who can we have a CW Show without him?
Things are filling up quickly next time around, but you can be sure we’ll add a couple more Guests before we’re done.
OK, that’s it for me this time around. The usual CW Show reminders will return next month, and we’ll get the web site updated with information on the April 2015 Show as soon as we find some time.
As stated above, we’re on the road for the entire month of October and have one last road trip in November before we call the 2014 Convention Season quits. Click on WASTELAND CONVENTION SCHEDULE at the top of the main web page to see where we’ll be over the next few weeks and maybe we’ll see you on the road.
Until next month, have yourself a great Halloween Season!