Cinema Wasteland Show #30 is now a fading fuzzy memory for almost 2,000 people and we are now into our 17th year of keeping the Drive-In Spirit alive in an age where corporate greed is invading the fan show scene more and more every year. Seems that a CW Show is going the way of the dinosaur and when we’re done with it, the true B movie film and fan show will no longer exist.
Fortunately, we’ve still got eight more CW Shows on the books, and next April 7th, 8th and 9th, 2017, we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of one of the most influential horror films ever made when we present a Night of the Living Dead Cast and Crew Reunion.
We’ve rounded up some great NOTLD alumni so far, including the one principal cast member who has never been with us so join us if you can when we fear the tales of the original walking dead next Spring with:
JUDITH O’DEA - “Barbra” (Making her first ever CW Show appearance.)
RUSS STREINER - “Johnny” and the film’s original producer.
KYRA SCHON - “Karen Cooper”
JOHN RUSSO - The real creator of the “zombie film” when he wrote the story and screenplay for .....NOTLD. He also played the first zombie killed at the farm house and a reporter in the film.
CHARLES CRAIG - Chuck was the newsman on the television set that kept characters and .............viewers up-to-date on the spreading plague. He also played a zombie in the film.
GARY STREINER - One of the posse members who killed and tossed Ben on the fire pit, Gary .....was also the sound man on the film and was there since day one of production.
RICHARD RICCI - Was on the set doing odd jobs since day one and played a zombie in the film.
RICK CATIZOME - Rick animated the credits to the film and worked as an animator on other ......films like Creepshow, Evil Dead 2, Creepshow 2, Flesheater, etc.
PAULA RICHARDS - A featured zombie in the film that every fan will recognize photos of.
ELLA MAY SMITH - When production moved into her back yard, Ella may found herself working .....as a featured zombie in the film.
HERBERT SUMMER - A local that also got caught up in the film and found himself as a featured .....zombie in a now classic horror film.
We’ve lost several of the main cast over the years but as you can see, we’ve already managed to put together a terrific group of people for a celebration no Night fan will want to miss. Keep your fingers crossed and we will add a few more people to the list in the weeks to come.
Next show, we’re going to add another event to the weekend mix when we play FRIDAY NIGHT WASTELAND TRIVIA in the bar starting at 10:30pm after the Vendor and Guest Room shuts down on Friday night. Teams of up to six people can play. Not just cash prizes for the top three teams, but bragging rights for those top three teams as well. More on the rules and how to play next month and on the web site, but I did want to mention it so you can get your teams together ASAP.
And since we have plenty of time to get back to them next month, I only have one of the usual monthly reminders this time around:
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF “EARLY BIRD” PASSES TO THE NEXT SHOW: For ten weeks after every CW Show you can get a 3-Day Pass into the next show for only $35 and save! Until 12/9/16 you can pick up your pass, so why not grab it before the holiday’s roll around and know you are all set to go for next April’s show. You can also grab Single Day Passes between now and 12/9 for only $15 each. We have a lot of people who come in for two days, so this is the cheapest way to snag yourself a 2-Day Pass when you think of it.
You can grab your passes on line by clicking here.
In closing, I’d like to thank all of you who attended the show this past weekend for making us not just look so good to our attending Guests, but for helping us behind the curtain have so much fun right along with you. I may be the only promoter on earth that has more fun running a show than attending one as a fan these days. You CW fans are the reason. I’m having fun because you’re having fun. I say it all the time, but it’s not my show. It’s our show. Thanks for 17 years of love and support. It means the world to us here at Wasteland World Central… aka Ken and Pam’s tiny office.
Our Wasteland Weekend always begins on Thursday and ends on Monday so as I write this on Tuesday morning, October 4th, I see I’ve got a ton of stuff to get finished so we can continue with our busy month. We’ll see a few of you on the road as we wrap up out convention road trips between now and Thanksgiving and with any luck, we’ll see the rest of you in six short months.