September 10, 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:

On their way to a military base to launch a satellite into space, Dr. Marvin (Hugh Marlowe) and his wife, Carol (Joan Taylor), see a flying saucer and accidentally record a message from it on their tape recorder. Soon, all of the satellites that were previously launched into orbit fall back to Earth. When Dr. Marvin decodes the message, he encounters the aliens and learns that they plan to invade and take over the Earth. Marvin develops an anti-magnetic weapon that becomes the last hope for the human race as the evil aliens begin their hostile invasion.

A mysterious plague known as “The Purple Death” is ravaging the Earth. Dr. Zarkov (Frank Shannon) investigates things in his space ship and discovers a ship from Mongo seeding the atmosphere with plague dust. Seems that Ming the Merciless is out to once again destroy the Earth and just may get away with it this time unless Flash Gordon (Buster Crabbe), Dale Ardon (Carol Hughes), and Dr. Zarkov put an end to his evil ways once and for all. Back to Mongo our heroes go, but this time they have allies waiting in Prince Barin of Arboria and Queen Fria of the frozen lands of Frigia; where they will need to go to recover polarite, the antidote to the purple death plague. Will our heroes finally defeat the evil Ming as he throws everything he’s got at them in an attempt to stop them in this, the final Flash Gordon serial?! Don’t miss a single chapter to find out! Yes, we will be screening all 12 chapters of this classic serial (in three chapter installments) over the three day Wasteland Weekend.
Take THE FLASH GORDON CHALLENGE and see if you can’t catch the entire thrill-packed adventure from beginning to end! (And no worries if you miss a chapter or two… it’s a serial. You won’t get lost. Promise.)

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.

IT’S ALIVE (1974)
When Lenore Davis (Sharon Farrell) tells husband Frank (John P. Ryan) that she’s going into labor, the two leave their son Chris with a friend and head off to the hospital. On the way, Lenore tells Frank she thinks something is wrong with their baby… And something most definitely is! Lenore gives birth to a monster that kills the delivery room doctors and escapes through a skylight, and writer / director Larry Cohen’s cult horror film IT’S ALIVE is off and running! The mutant killer baby was designed by 24 year old Rick Baker early in his career. He worked with Larry Cohen on Black Caesar a year earlier and went on to do the effects in Jeff Lieberman’s Squirm after It’s Alive.

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.

THE VEIL (1958) “The Crystal Ball” -
Marie (Roxane Berard), a flighty French girl, leaves her lover, Edmond (Booth Colman), a young successful writer to marry his richer publisher. As a parting gift, she leaves him an ornamental crystal ball that turns out to have clairvoyant abilities… and leads to exposing her cheating ways. Hosted by Boris Karloff, who also plays a role in this particular episode, The Veil was a 12 episode anthology series made by Hal Roach Studios and released to television in 1958. It was never as popular as the other anthology shows like Twilight Zone or even Karloff’s other series, Thriller, and fell into obscurity over the years.

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:

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.

When Inspector Franz Bulton (John Mills), a possessive narcotics detective suspects that his wife Lisa (Luciana Paluzzi) is cheating in him, he hires a professional hitman to bump her off. Meanwhile, he’s trying to solve a string of strange murders himself… and to continue would just spoil the plot. A character driven giallo from director Massimo Dallamano is a little lighter than some of the more over the top thrillers of the 60’s and 70’s but still has its moments.

Eddy is convinced his father’s death wasn’t an accident and sets out to find the person responsible. Leaving a trail of bodies in his wake, things go from bad to worse when they think they finally have their man and take it out on his family. Add in a few vengeful spirits for good measure and things get a little weird.

THE DAY AFTER GNOMEORROW (2019) Inspired by the film, The Last Man on Earth, we find one of the few human survivors of a world overrun by bloodthirsty garden gnomes fighting for his life against the growing hoards of death dealing lawn decorations. Slowly, our survivor figures out the mysteries of the living gnomes; how they multiplied and took down civilization. But did he come to realize the truth too late to save himself? This amusing horror comedy made me laugh out loud a few times, and that’s a good thing.

DRACULA A.D. 1972 (1972)
One hundred years after Laurence Van Helsing defeats Dracula and a servant of the Dark Lord takes a bottle of his ashes, Johnny Alucard (Christopher Neame), the great grandson of the servant joins up with a group that includes Jessica Van Helsing (Stephanie Beacham), the grand daughter of the present day Abraham Van Helsing (Peter Cushing, naturally.) The group unknowingly helps Johnny resurrect Dracula in the 20th Century where he not only vows to destroy the Van Helsing name but hangs out in swinging 70’s London. Watch for past CW Guest favorite, Caroline Munro, as the returning King of Vampire’s first victim.

The Friday Night collection of Short Films has been a popular event with attending fans since our very first show. This time around, we have the following Shorts ready to unleash upon the world:

The “Pizza Bandit” strikes again, making life for delivery drivers Hell… and more!

REDDER (2018) Stormy is more than just emotionally damaged. Having killed several of her lovers, she is also a murderer. Now, standing in front of the bathroom mirror, she attempts to justify the latest corpse she left lying in her bed.

LORD, HAVE MERCY (2018) Creepy how right wing religious fanatics can always justify breaking a commandment or two when it suits their needs.

BACK AGAIN (2019) Murderer Tommy Lee Jarvis is brought back to life in a basement lab and goes on a rampage.

GUARDIAN ANGEL (2018) Olivia, a recovering alcoholic, recalls how poorly she treated her family and the hell she put her mother through when she was drinking. After her brother calls to let her know that mom is on her death bed, she rushes to her bedside hoping to make amends. But will she be too late?

HARM (2019) James Bell delves into the all too real world of humiliation and pain people suffer with every day when they are in an abusive relationship, and how, sometimes, it can bubble over into a disturbing revenge.

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.

KILLER CUP 3-D (2019)
The unstoppable styrofoam menace is back, mutating and evolving into an unstoppable army. After laying waste to Quebec, the cups have spread across the globe to wreak havoc. As the Command Cups mobilize, one small group of survivors hopes they found a way to put an end to the cup carnage. Unfortunately, they are also in possession of the one thing the cups need to obtain to gain ultimate power. JeF. Grenier’s Killer Cup saga started out as a couple of short films that we’ve screened over the years. It was time for a feature and Grenier delivers with a giant 3-D battle between man and cup! in French with English subtitles.

The Haunted Lighthouse - In Season 3, Episode 7 of the popular Sci-Fi adventure TV series, we find the Robinson’s discovering a lost boy, J-5 (Lou Wagner) stranded on a planet they are about to leave. They take him board the Jupiter 2 and blast into space vowing to take him home. Once on board, it becomes obvious that J-5 has strange powers as Penny (Angela Cartwright) befriends and defends him. They come across a space lighthouse manned by an eccentric old keeper, Col. Silas Fogey (Woodrow Parfrey), and make a stop. J-5 gets angry when they realize that they won’t have enough fuel to get the boy home and find out that you don’t want to make J-5 mad…

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.

The Mummy and The Monkey Present: THE DEVIL BAT (1940)
We’ve been kicking off the CW Show with an episode of (Cleveland area horror hosts and CW regulars) The Mummy and Monkey Show for the last few years now. This time around, Bela Lugosi is a mad scientist that creates giant, blood sucking bats that attack and kill anyone wearing his special “aftershave lotion” in the classic horror clunker, THE DEVIL BAT, while The Mummy and Monkey prowl the Monster Bash Convention when they celebrated their 20th Anniversary a show or two back.

- An obsessive horror movie fan begins a killing spree thinking that he will make his victims famous in this short feature.

Commander George Taylor (Charlton Heston) and two other surviving astronauts come out of hibernation to find that their ship has crash landed on a planet where men are mute, uncivilized forgers and apes have evolved, learned to speak, developed technology and are the dominate species. The astronauts are captured and split up. Taylor’s throat is injured during his capture and he is unable to speak… which in turn saves his life. He’s given to ape scientist, Zira (Kim Hunter), for study. Zira is amused by Taylor. She thinks that he can understand her and is attempting to mimic speech. Little does she and husband Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) realize what they are in for when Taylor does begin to speak… and threatens the entire history of what the apes believe. Ape society mirrors actual society so look for CW guest Lou Wagner as Zira’s rebellious nephew, Lucius.

Six friends learn they can’t hide from their past when a mysterious welder-mask wearing psycho takes it upon himself to punish the group for a drunken night of fun turned deadly that happened a couple of years earlier. They were hoping to forget about that fateful day and move on. Our killer sees that never happens!

Lobo and his motorcycle gang, The Sex Terrorists, are making life miserable for anyone who crosses their path. Meanwhile, a couple of Texas Rangers who find themselves on foot are searching for a female fugitive known as “the she beast of devil mountain” when they come across old Ezra (long time CW pal, Gary Kent), a blind hermit that lives in the hills and spends his time talking to various critters. It isn’t long before Lobo runs into Ezra while on his way to killing an old bar owner and giving his granddaughter a rough time. The Texas Rangers come across the gang’s hideout and take shelter for the night. Bad move. All paths cross with the expected results and a couple of twists by films end.

Aging hypnotist, Professor Montserrat (Boris Karloff), has developed a technique for controlling the minds of people and sharing the sensations of his subjects. He and his wife Estelle (Catherine Lacey) find a willing subject in Mike Roscoe (Ian Ogilvy), a young man particularly susceptible to the technique. The two of them enjoy ‘being’ the younger man and living out various thrills and fantasies he provides them. Estelle soon grows to love the power and thrill of controlling Mike and the pleasures that control provides but just how far will she go, and will the Professor be able to restrain her and save Mike before it’s too late? This was the second of three feature films director Michael Reeves made with Ian Ogilvy before his accidental death at the age of twenty five just two years after its release.

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.