May 3, 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:


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!

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.

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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