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* MOVIE, MOVIES and more MOVIES! We cram in as many classic Drive-In movies, independent films and shorts as we can pack into a weekend. You’ll find movies and shorts on real 16mm film in our 200 seat “Film Room” and all kinds of indy films, shorts, and guest related features in our smaller, 100+ seat “DVD projection Room” all weekend long.

* Q&A Sessions, Live Movie Commentaries, Guest Talks and Movie Introductions... Our guests are always willing to interact with attending fans, and we’ve come up with all kinds of fun stuff for them to do over the years. Let’s see what we come up with for the next show shall we?

* Join us for “A GHASTLEE NITE AT THE MOVIES” every Saturday Night beginning at 8:00pm. Hosted by Dayton, Ohio’s very own A. Ghastlee Ghoul, “A Ghastlee Nite at the Movies” isn’t really a film screening at all. It’s more a night of “live entertainment” and laughs. Join us for an evening of silly skits, bad music, interactive games and contests, surprise guests and more.

* SURPRISES and MORE SURPRISES! With most of the shows we run, things fall together a few weeks before show time. Be sure to check back as the show draws closer to see if we may have a surprise guest addition, extra film screening, or special event added to the weekend schedule.

* EVERY CINEMA WASTELAND MOVIE AND MEMORABILIA EXPO offers attending fans over 60 Hours worth of Movies and Programming over the course of three days. And it’s all 100% Free with the price of admission. It can be a bit overwhelming, so be sure to check over the complete Weekend Schedule of Films and Events before you arrive so you can plot out your weekend early. The Weekend Schedule is usually posted 3 or 4 weeks before any given show.


You can't have a "Movie Convention" without them, can you? ABSOLUTELY NOT! And we plan on showing plenty of films on both 16mm Film and Video at Cinema Wasteland - Many of which may be hosted by the Stars and Directors appearing as Guests at the show. Our evening film show is Free to all attendees and hotel guests.

Here are the movies we are showing on 16mm film:


CHEECH AND CHONG’S NEXT MOVIE (1980) In their second series of misadventures, we find Cheech looking to score with the sexy Donna (Evelyn Guerrero). He kicks Chong out of the house for a few hours so he can do his thing, and Chong hooks up with Cheech’s cousin Red, who just blew into town with a big bag of buds. While Cheech has his own dreamy misadventure, Chong and Red borrow a Ferrari, piss off Pee-Wee Herman, and meet up with aliens. Cheech and Chong’s second film is every bit as much fun as Up In Smoke was. You certainly don’t need to be stoned to enjoy the film… but putting on a nice buzz can’t hurt. We’re sure the late night Wasteland crowd has that covered.

After a “John Doe” is found near death in the trunk of an abandoned car he’s brought to the Manhattan hospital where transplant specialist, Dr. Arno Franken (Robert Vaughn) begins to replace his damaged organs. The head of surgery, Dr. Mike Foster (David Selby) is a jealous and shady bastard after Kelli Fisher (Teri Garr). While out jogging with Fisher’s boyfriend Arthur he takes advantage of Arthur’s heart attack and smothers him in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Franken gives his “John Doe” Arthur’s eyes. As the months pass Franken makes it his personal mission to keep “John” alive, replacing organs as they become available and replacing limbs as they become gangrene. Eventually he moves “John” to his basement lab and continues with his work with the help of his wife Anita. Against all possible odds and thanks to Dr. Foster’s interference, “John” awakens and lives again. He escapes into the city, prevents a mugging in central park, finds some clothing, and begins to see visions of Kelli through Arthur’s transplanted eyes. He eventually finds Kelli, who also feels a weird connection to “John.” Eventually “John” helps expose Dr. Fisher as the crook he is before he meets his demise. The original story was written by CW guest Jeff Lieberman, who also co-directed it. And although Jeff isn’t all that thrilled with the finished product, it’s pretty enjoyable for a made for TV horror movie. It originally aired on January 13th, 1980 and it’s our Sunday made for TV Movie pick of the show this time around.

After General Lee’s surrender, Jonah (Joseph Cotton) and his sons, known as The Hellbenders, massacre a troop to steal the money they are transporting. They hide the money in a coffin said to contain the body of his dead Army Captain’s son and head to New Mexico where Jonah wants to revive the Confederation. Meanwhile, the search for the troop’s murderers is in full force and ongoing strife between the group threatens to tear them apart, but Jonah is a man obsessed and won’t let anything stand in his way. Although largely overlooked, this Spaghetti Western from director Sergio Corbucci is a cut above most of the run of the mill westerns that were made around the same time.


MONSTER ON THE CAMPUS (1958) After Jimmy (Toy Donahue) brings an ancient fish known as a coelacanth to his science professor, Dr. Donald Blake (Arthur Franz), his dog licks up some of the water that thawed from the freezer the ancient fish was kept in. The dog soon regresses into a more primitive species. Dr. Oliver Cole (Whit Bissell) takes a sample of the dog’s saliva and has nurse Molly Riordan take it to Donald Blake’s office. Meanwhile, Blake scratches his hand in the coelacanth’s mouth and the scratch gets wet with the thawing waters of the fossil fish. Molly arrives to find Blake passed out, drives him home, and is attacked while calling Dr. Cole. When Blake’s fiancee Madeline (Joanna Moore) arrives, she finds Blake wearing ripped up clothing and Molly murdered. Who could have attacked Dr. Blake and killed Molly? Yeah, well, it’s not hard to guess now is it? Monster on Campus was director Jack Arnold’s last horror film for Universal and this “Jekyll and Hyde” like horror film is terrific fun for those into the good ol’ days when horror and sci-fi films were just plain old fun and didn't take themselves too seriously. If you grew up in the Cleveland Ohio area, MOC was a popular movie on our numerous “horror host” shows and late night TV in the 1960’s and 70’s.

In one of John Waters most well known cult films, Divine lives in a crappy trailer with her son Crackers (Danny Mills), Cotten (Mary Vivian Pearce), and mother, Edie (Edith Massey), who looks forward to visits with The Egg Man. They happily rest on their laurels as “the filthiest people alive” until challenged for the crown by Connie and Raymond Marble (Mink Stole and David Lochary respectively), who gladly sell heroin to school children and kidnap and impregnate female hitchhikers so they can sell their babies to lesbian couples. Once they challenge Devine and her family of malcontents directly, the game in on! Who will be crowned the The Filthiest People Alive when all is said and done? You’ll have to watch and find out for yourself.

A team of special force ops led by Dutch (Arnold Schwarzeneggar) are sent on a rescue mission to search for survivors of a helicopter downed over a remote South American jungle. It isn’t long after they land that the team figured out they were duped when they discover the remains of a previous team sent into the same jungle by ex-soldier turned CIA operative, Dillon (Carl Weathers). Someone, or some thing soon begins to hunt and pick off the team one by one. It’s now black ops soldiers vs an alien hunter on safari and I’ll be damned if this sci-fi action film hasn’t aged extremely well over the last thirty years.

PREHISTORIC WOMEN (1967) aka Slave Girls. Jungle guide David Marchand (Michael Latimer) finds himself in a pickle when he’s about to be sacrificed by natives to their white rhino god while out big game hunting. He’s saved at the last minute when a lightning bolt causes a rift to open and he’s thrown back in time to a kingdom of brunette women, led by the seductive Queen Kari (Martine Beswick), and their collection of blond slave girls. David falls for Saria (Edina Ronay), one of the blond slave girls, and makes matters worse by rejecting the advances of Queen Kari and her sexy strip tease. He soon finds that all the men have been kept in caves and made to work themselves to death by the evil Queen as well. Will David get back to his own time? What will happen to the blond slaves… or the cave-caged men folk?… Made on the same sets as One Million Years B.C., released the previous year, Prehistoric Women offers up a ton of silly dialogue, lots of attractive bikini-clad women, bad dance numbers, and campy silliness a plenty. In other words, a perfect way to kill ninety minutes!

Resident horror host, Son of Ghoul, will once again put together an hour’s worth of original cartoons to kick off Saturday morning. He often times digs up those old cartoons that were deemed “politically incorrect” by the stuffy douche bags who can’t pull their heads out of their asses long enough to take a breath of fresh air… which is just the way we like it at Cinema Wasteland! Cartoons kick off at 9:30am on Saturday mornings in MOVIE ROOM 1, so be sure to stop in and see what’s in store this time around!

It’s been a tradition since the very first Cinema Wasteland Show to screen Three Stooges shorts on Saturday morning. Resident horror host, Son of Ghoul, took over the job of sorting out which Stooge shorts to run when he mentioned that he owned every short on 16mm film. Stooge hour moved from early mornings to Noon on Saturday and the rest, as they say, is Wasteland history.

Brand new intermission reels will once again screen between our Friday and Saturday night double features (and again on Sunday between the 16mm film screenings) at our next show. Chock full of assorted movie trailers, cartoons, old intermission and snack bar spots and public service announcements, these twenty minute reels will bring back memories of drive-in days gone by and are always a big hit with our attendees.


Here are the movies we are showing on DVD Projection:

A resurrected serial killer, a religious fanatic, a sadistic drug dealer with connections to a snuff film ring, and a female drug addict willing to do anything for her next fix make up the vignettes in the latest from underground filmmaker Dakota Ray.

AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) Set in 1987, wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, lives the life of luxury. He blows tons of money on shit he doesn’t need, pampers himself like a spoiled princess, juggles various women, indulges in his sexual fantasies, and works out to the kill scenes from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He what?… Yes, Patrick has problems. He does his best to hide his alternate psychopathic ego from his fellow clueless indulgent douchbags as he descends into madness and delves deeper and deeper into his violent fantasies. People have called American Psycho a horror film, a bizarre crime drama, and even a thriller. We see it more as a black comedy. And a damn good one at that. Watch for CW Guest Samantha Mathis as the ever adorable and slightly out of it “Courtney.”

After someone goes bonkers and murders three people at a party, Jerry Ziplin (Zalman King) is falsely accused of the crime and goes on the run. Other bizarre murders continue around town and Jerry is determined to uncover the truth about them and clear his name. It turns out that a group of people who were all students at Stanford University together took the same LSD, then known as “Blue Sunshine”, and the horrible side effects are being felt a decade later when they suffer brutal headaches, can’t stand loud noises, suddenly loose their hair, and transform into homicidal maniacs and slaughter their friends and family. If you’ve never seen Jeff Lieberman’s shockingly original horror film, do so. It’s well worth the watch.

Irene Gallier (Nastassja Kinski) was raised by adoptive parents and meets up with her older brother Paul (Malcolm McDowell) for the first time since she was just a child. It seems that Irene and Paul may be the last of their kind - Cat People. A race that originated when humans sacrificed their women to leopards, who in turn mated with them. They look like humans, but they must mate with other Cat People before they transform into panthers. Irene’s sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers that her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard in this Paul Schrader horror-thriller. Look for CW guest Lynn Lowry as “Ruthie.”

Things don’t go as planned when Savanna and her lover, Cash, set out to rip off her circus owner husband, Big Ronnie, and run off together. Ronnie and his crew of circus clown thugs put a stop to their plans, kill Cash, and humiliate Savanna during the evening show to teach her a lesson. Her solution? Grab her friend Autumn and cast a spell using dark magic. Naturally, that backfires. The Clown Goon Squad are all transformed into demonic clowns able to travel using a demonic tornado who set out for vengeance. A stripper, Elvis impersonator, truck driver, teen runaway and a couple of weather chasers all get caught in the supernatural battle between Savanna and her demonic clown husband in the latest from indy filmmaker Todd Sheets.

THE DEADLY SPAWN (1983) After a meteorite crashes in the New Jersey woods, a couple of campers find themselves attacked and devoured by alien parasites. After their human snack, the hungry little creatures head towards town and hold up in the basement of an old house. After their parents are eaten by the monsters, Charles and his brother Peter need to either defend themselves or find themselves on the creatures dinner menu. Pete’s pal Frankie, love interest Ellen, and Kathy stop over and find themselves in a battle for their lives trying to stop the space creatures before they can reproduce and devour humanity. Gory and more fun than it should be, THE DEADLY SPAWN really delivers the B movie goods in spades. Look for CW Guest, Elizabeth Marner-Brooks as “Barb.”

When Texas sheriff, John Quincy Wydell (William Forsythe) tracks down and attacks the sadistic Firefly family of serial killers, they nab mother Firefly (Leslie Easterbrook) while Otis (Bill Moseley), Baby (Sherri Moon), and Spaulding (Sid Haig) escape and plan to meet up at an isolated motel in the desert. Kidnap, torture, sadism and violence ensue before the Firefly family moves on to what they hope is a safe hiding place with Charlie Altamony (Ken Foree) while Sheriff Wydell vows to find and kill them seeking revenge for the death of his brother by the family. Devil’s Rejects is easily the best film Rob Zombie has made to date. It’s got everything in it that made drive-in movies in the late 1960’s and 70’s so much fun if you ask us.

After her parents refuse to buy her a pair of cha-cha heels for Christmas, Dawn Davenport (Devine) runs away from home, is raped, becomes a single parent, and ends up a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who photograph women committing crimes. Her life of crime ends with a rendezvous with the electric chair. John Waters crime comedy still holds up as a terrific slap at the cult of celebrity.

The Friday Night collection of Short Films has been a popular event with attending fans since our very first show. Grab a seat for the following block of short films at April’s Show:

A young woman plagued with severe anxiety and insomnia struggles throughout the night. The pills… voices in her head… a pair of scissors… the seconds become overwhelming.

Nurse Becca is hired to steal a valuable movie prop from fading eccentric actress Meg Topplethwaite (Lynn Lowry). She drugs and stashes her regular nurse in the trunk of her car to get the job done but keeps on finding bodies while searching for the prized possession for her unseen collector and client.

After an alien invasion and theresulting war, contamination lives on and an alien blood disease lingers. EonCorp’s experiments with alien DNA to create the HAVOC virus certainly didn’t do the human race any good.

In a continuation of the story started in South Mill District, the HAVOC virus continues to spread outside its original outbreak area and evolve as it spreads, causing the alien menace to regenerate. It infects a young boy and begins to transform him into something different… something known as a Teratomoph.

After Marty is caught in the shower with his slutty sister Petunia, his mother hacks her to death with an ax and cooks parts of her for dinner. Marty in turn gets his revenge by calling forth a trio of zombies to take care of mom. Really. Marty has a dream to become a screenwriter so he packs up his sisters skull and heads off to Hollywood. Four years later, our failed screenwriter is tracked down and interviewed by a community college public access show about his life. Chock full of gay incest, possession, poop and assorted low brow humor, Grosshouse 2 plays like an early John Waters film.

Gunga Jim Presents I EAT YOUR SKIN (1964)
A scientist doing cancer research on a remote island discovers that by treating the local natives with snake venom he can turn them into bug-eyed zombies. He is then forced by his evil employer to create an army of the creatures so he can conquer the world with them. Director Del Tenny’s ZOMBIES (among other considered titles) sat on a shelf for six years until distributor Jerry Gross picked it up to play on the bottom of a double bill with I DRINK YOUR BLOOD in 1971. It’s actually a goofy fun flick and although we weren’t going to bother screening it, resident CW horror host,Gunga Jim decided it was his duty to bring Gunga’s Drive-In to CW with a screening and complete the original double feature.

Not into cartoons? Then why not grab a seat on Saturday morning and catch an hour’s worth of hardcore wrestling. More often than not, the Hardcore Wrestling Hour is co-hosted by Pete Chiarella and indy wrestling CW fan, “Mr. Insanity” Toby Klein, and always offers up enough in ring violence and bloodshed to start your morning right. Arrive early and enjoy the whole gory show on Saturday morning in MOVIE ROOM 2.

I DRINK YOUR BLOOD (1970) A group of Satan worshiping hippies descend on a small decaying upstate New York village, shack up in the abandoned hotel, and wreak havoc on the remaining locals. They rape Sylvia, a local girl, and when her grandfather goes after them, they dose him with LSD and torment the old guy. This doesn’t sit well with his grandson Pete, and he decides to get even by making them sick. When the hippies come into Mildred’s shop looking for something to eat, Andy gets his revenge by dosing Mildred’s meat pie’s with blood from a rabid dog that was recently killed. Bad move. The infected pot pies turn the hippies into rabid lunatics that begin to kill and infect everyone in their path. Director David Durston’s I DRINK YOUR BLOOD was the first film to be rated X based on violence alone. Producer Jerry Gross “promised” to cut the film down to an R rating, but sent the uncut film out to theaters with a phony R rating attached to it. This led to various self-censored versions depending on where the film was playing. It was restored to the original uncut version for DVD release in 2002 and has gone on to claim its rightful place as a cult gore film classic in the years since.

As Halloween draws near, Detective Wally Griswold’s cat, Mr. Whiskers, isn’t thrilled about all of the creepy goings on that accompany the season. So Whiskers and Chuck, the mouse, set out to uncover how and why their house is haunted. Meanwhile, bumbling detective Wally, who never seems to notice just how haunted his house is in the first place, is out to solve his own Halloween season crime. Chock full of horror movie cliche’s, references, and lines you may recognize, A Meowy Halloween has enough going for it to please any kids that may be attending the show while offering up more than enough for mom or dad to enjoy as well.

The Mummy and The Monkey Present VAMPIRE TICKS FROM OUTER SPACE (2013
) In this episode of The Mummy and The Monkey Show, Janet Decay and Grimm Gori show you around The Thrift Crypt, the little shop they opened in Lakewood, Ohio. You also get some skits, a look back at Cleveland’s very own Superhost, and the low budget horror film, VAMPIRE TICKS FROM OUTER SPACE, about a crate of carnivorous little bloodsuckers (that look amazingly like whoopee cushions with legs) that terrorize small town USA when an outer space shipping company accidentally delivers it to the wrong planet.

A zombie that’s been hidden away by his niece and nephew suddenly becomes famous when the world discovers that “Uncle John” can talk and reason as though he were still alive. Once his popularity grows, a group of zombie hunters want to kidnap and hunt him for sport. John Russo’s latest horror-comedy has its moments. Russo himself plays the undead Uncle John and delivers some terrific lines. Indy film favorite, Debbie Rochon shows up as a seasoned zombie-killer, and Night of The Living Dead alumni Russ Streiner plays Reverend Hotchkiss, a righteous man-o-god out to put a stop to all the fornicatin’ and necrophilia going on. George Kosana, Sheriff McCelland in the original NOTLD, turns in his last screen appearance in a cameo where he plays, who else but Sheriff McClelland.

THE PIT (1981)
Twelve year old Jamie is an odd, misunderstood kid. His parents ignore him and even pawn him off on a babysitter. His classmates pick on him and punch him in the face for just asking to be a part of their club. Even the little girl next door constantly gets the best of him. His only real “friend” seems to be Teddy, his demented teddy bear that talks to him and gives him advice. But Jamie has a secret. He’s discovered a large pit in the woods near his house that is full of troll-like creatures he calls “Tra-la-logs” and begins to feed them. When his money runs out, Teddy tells him he should just fed all of the people that are mean to him to the creatures… So he does! This wonderfully sleazy and (unintentionally?) funny little Canadian lensed horror film is pricelessly awful and needs to be viewed at least once in your lifetime.

A week before they’re set to get married, Angela and Frank plan on having an easy going weekend with Frank’s buddy Dave and Angela’s sister Nancy at Angela’s families secluded lake house. Uninvited obnoxious dip-shit, Bill, winds up tagging along and Dave breaks his leg in a fall while hiking in the woods. Things go from bad to worse after a couple of busty “nurses” that Bill called instead of a real doctor for Dave wind up murdered and certain truth’s begin to come out.

After the mayor lowers the requirements to join the city police force, a group of misfits, including petty criminal Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg), who’s forced to go through training as punishment for some criminal damage he’s responsible for, all join the Police Academy. As he is not allowed to quit, Mahoney makes it his mission to to get tossed out. But as training continues and he bonds with the other misfits in his class, he comes to realize that he’s enjoying the training and does want to become a police officer. The low brow humor and cheap laughs still hold up and make Police Academy the cult comedy classic it’s become. Look for CW Guest Leslie Easterbrook as sexy Sgt. Callahan, a role she played in five of the six Police Academy sequels.

Baltimore housewife Francine Fishpaw (Devine) is a “good Christian woman” living with her family in an upper middle class neighborhood. Unfortunately, her husband owns the local porn theater that the neighbors are protesting, her daughter Lu-Lu gets knocked up by the local thug, her glue-sniffing son is the foot-fetishist known as the “Baltimore Stomper” because he keeps breaking women’s feet, and her husband is having an affair with his secretary. Even her own mother insults her constantly. No wonder Francine’s soap opera life spins out of control resulting in alcoholism and depression. In 1981, John Waters was pushing boundaries and making black comedies. Things started to change for Waters after Polyester, but this flick - with the scratch ’n sniff card gimmick - was still right in line with his previous efforts.

10 TO MIDNIGHT (1983) Warren Stacy (Gene Davis) is a serial killer that gets his kicks by stabbing his victims to death while naked as a way of getting back at all of the women who have rebuffed his advances. Rookie detective Paul AcAnn (Andrew Stevens) gets teamed up with veteran detective Leo Kessler (Charles Bronson) to investigate the murder of Betty Johnson and her boyfriend after they are killed in a public park. Kessler recognizes the victim as an old friend of his daughter Laurie (Lisa Eilbacher). The killer attends his victims funeral and overhears Betty’s father telling Kessler that his daughter kept a diary. Warren breaks into Betty’s apartment looking for the diary, kills her roommate, and comes up empty since the diary is already in Kessler’s hands. Kessler knows that Stacy is the killer so he plants a little evidence in the crafty killers apartment. Stacy’s scummy lawyer, Dave Dante (Geoffrey Lewis) gets him released and Stacy then goes after Kessler’s daughter Laurie as revenge. Famous film critic Roger Ebert gave the film zero stars and called it “a scummy little sewer of a movie” so I can’t think of any higher recommendation to watch it if you’ve never seen it. Look for CW guest Ola Ray as one of Laurie Kessler’s unfortunate roommates.