July 17, 2019

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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:

Set a couple of years after the events of Westworld (1973), we find competitive reporters, Chuck Browning (Peter Fonda), and his ex-girlfriend, Tracy Ballard (Blythe Danner), invited to the reopening of the “virtual reality” amusement park, Futureworld, a revamped version of Westworld still run by the evil DELOS Corporation. Browning broke the story of Westworld’s breakdown and ultimate disaster so he’s naturally skeptical of the new revamped park. After a mysterious employee of the park approaches Browning with information and is killed before he can spill the beans, there isn’t any way he’s not going to head to the reopened park for a nice “vacation” and investigate. In due time, the reporters learn that the DELOS Corporation is replacing various important people with duplicates and eliminating the human originals. A bit of action here, some thrills there, and nice sci-fi mystery overall, Futureworld also features a cameo by Yul Brynner as the “Gunslinger” from Westworld and Arthur Hill and John Ryan as the “bad guys” that will do anything to protect their secrets.

Astronauts Richard Jaeckel and Robert Horton have a big problem on their hands. Seems that when they got back to their space station after blowing up an asteroid that was on a collision course with Earth, they brought back a gooey alien life form that grows into a horde of tentacled, one-eyed monsters that shoot sparks and threaten to destroy the station. A real throwback to 50’s-type horror with silly dialogue, sappy effects, midgets in monster suits, Luciana Paluzzi sporting her space mini dress, and Linda Miller as a nurse looking to avoid the creatures. A must see!

The owners of a cannery accidentally release genetically altered salmon into the ocean. Those salmon are in turn eaten by larger predator fish and before you know it, the sleepy little fishing village near the cannery is swarmed with mutant fish monsters. And not just any kind of mutant fish monsters mind you. But fish monsters that kill men and rape women as they look to spawn! Add in the town’s 93rd Annual Salmon Festival and it’s breeding time for horny mutant monsters! Director Barbara Peters was hoping to make a horror film that put a spotlight on ecology or some shit. Thankfully producer Roger Corman felt the film need more sex and sleaze and turned Humanoids From the Deep into the masterpiece it is today.

Aging electronics wizard Victor Frankham (David Langton) begins to suspect that his hot young wife Selena (Deborah Raffin) is cheating on him with his business partner. Turns out it’s true and after he accidentally discovers they are plotting against him, Victor meticulously plots his revenge. Victor Frankham suffers from a weak heart that forces him to have a risky surgery in order to repair it. Worried he may not survive the surgery, Victor leaves a videotaped last will and testament. When Selena is told Victor died during his heart surgery, she plays his video… And discovers his last will comes with a sadistic twist! This made for TV horror-thriller was part of the Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense series and originally aired on September 12th, 1984.

After US Olmypic swimming champ and five time gold medal winner, Johnny Weissmuller hung up the loin cloth after starring in a dozen Tarzan films, he put some pants on and starred as another comic strip character, Jungle Jim, in another 13 films (and 3 where he played the same character but had to use his own name…) Jungle Jim lived in the jungle with his monkey Tamba, acted as a guide since he knew the natives, and tended to do a whole lot of saving people, fighting ex Nazi’s and foiling the plots of many a bad guy. In PYGMY ISLAND, Jungle Jim is called on by the US Government to help find a missing WAC Army Captain Ann Kingsley after her dog tags are found among the remains of a pygmy native. The pygmy’s have developed a rope that won’t burn or break using native plants and it appears that the pygmy found dead with the dog tags was killed by a Bush Devil… Or, as we all know by now, evil white guys just playing dress up. As Jim leads the single most inept Army platoon ever through the jungle he will have to get through crocodiles, stampeding elephants, and an angry gorilla to save the day. And save the day he does indeed… In less than 70 mimutes too! Schlocky B&W no budget action adventure cinema padded out with plenty of stock footage and silly monkey shines was never better.

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.


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Here are the movies we are showing on DVD Projection:

Thanks to a major power outage, a trio of psychopaths (Jack Palance, Martin Landau, and Erland van Lidth) escape The Haven, a maximum security mental institute, and go after the doctors and psychiatrists they believe have tormented them over the years. Dr. Dan Potter (Dwight Schultz) is the new doctor on the floor our insane, murderous, psychopaths occupy and once they escape, they all begin a rampage that leads directly to his home…and family! Donald Pleasence is “Dr. Leo Bain” the lead doctor at the institution and of course, he nails his role perfectly. A fairly original idea and a terrific cast help first time feature film director Jack Sholder hit this one out of the ball park.

The Friday Night collection of Short Films has been a popular event with attending fans since our very first show. Check back as we get closer to show time for the Shorts we will be screening at the Fall Show.

Gunga Jim Presents: VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES (1972)
Paul Naschy is Krishna, an Indian guru and mystic that seems to be a real hit with the swinging 70’s London jet set. Redhead beauty Elivira takes Krishna up on his invite to stay with him at his swanky abode and runs afoul of his evil disfigured brother Kantaka (Naschy, once again) and his collection of sexy, yet deadly, female zombies. Grave Robbers? Check. Black Masses? Check. Voodoo ritual? Got it. Relaxed jazz soundtrack playing while a guy gets an ax to the head? Damn straight! Silly horned Satan played again by Paul Naschy who drinks blood from a golden chalice? You betcha! Schlock Spanish horror from director Leon Klimovsky may not make a helluva lot of sense, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy the ride.

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.

MARTIN (1978) Raised by his dysfunctional mother, the slightly unbalanced teenager Martin Mathias (John Amplas) goes to live with his much older cousin Tateh Cuda in the aging and past its prime town of Braddock, PA. Martin believes he’s an 84 year old vampire… And he very well may be since he attacked a female passenger on the train he came to town on. The religious Tateh Cuda certainly believes he is Nosferatu and he puts up plenty of crosses and hangs garlic around the house to protect him and his granddaughter Christina (Christine Forrest) who also lives with him. It doesn’t affect Martin mind you, but hey, old vampire myths die hard. Martin eventually befriends Christina, who has a problematic relationship with her boyfriend Arthur (Tom Savini) and continues to attack somebody every now and then to quench his “thirst.” Martin regularly calls a late night radio talk show and tells its host Barry (Michael Gornick) the truth… well, his truth, about vampires. After he has a short love affair with Christina and she commits suicide, Martin’s days are numbered when Cuda doesn’t believe that his granddaughter killed herself. A highly original take on the vampire film, Martin is one of George Romero’s best films (if you ask us) and has held up extremely well over the years.

WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968) aka The Conqueror Worm. When 1600’s England is being torn apart in civil war, the conflict distracts people from rational thought and allows unscrupulous men to gain power by exploiting people’s superstitions. (Sound familiar? It’s happening today in mouth-breathing America folks…) One of these men is Matthew Hopkins (Vincent Price in one of his BEST roles ever) is a man who travels from city to city offering his services as a persecutor of witches, the flavor of the year scape goats for all of life’s troubles. With the help of his sadistic accomplice John Stearne, they wrench confessions from “witches” by any means necessary in order to gain everything from wealth to power and naturally, sex. When Hopkins persecutes a priest, he incurs the wrath of Richard Marshall (Ian Ogilvy), a military man who risks treason to relentlessly pursue the evil Hopkins and Stearne and bring them to justice. Unfortunately this was the third and final film from director Michael Reeves. It’s also his best. He pulled a beautiful performance from Vincent Price that wasn’t the usual AIP scenery chewing role he normally played during the same era, and Ian Ogilvy gives a beautiful performance right along side him. It’s a shame the troubled Reeves died accidentally shortly after this film was completed. He was slated to direct The Oblong Box (1969) and I’m sure it would have been a much different film had he had a hand in it.

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