January 17, 2018

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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:

It’s director Paul Bartel’s version of the secret Coast to Coast race across America flicks that were popular in the mid-to-late 1970’s. David Carradine is ex-con Coy “Cannonball” Buckman. He makes winning the race and the $100,000 prize a personal issue, so his brother Bennie (Dick Miller) does his best to make sure he does just that. Veronica Hamel (pre-Hill Street Blues) is Coy’s parole officer and winds up racing with him. Robert Carradine and Belinda Balaski (sporting blond hair) are a couple of surfer-type racers, and long time friend of director Bartel, Mary Warnov, makes an appearance. Action, laughs, and plenty of cars are crashed, smashed, sabotaged, and blown up along the way.

After Georgia moonshiner Tom (Mark Miller) is shot by a sheriff’s deputy while trying to flee the scene, he’s killed when his car careens off the road. His adult daughters Dixie (Jane Anne Johnstone) and Patsy (Kathy McHaley) attempt to make ends meet on the family farm before the bank forecloses on the property. With few options, the two sisters decide to exact revenge on the people who have wronged them and rob the local bank. It may be the most lighthearted revenge film made in the 1970’s, and certainly one of the most lighthearted films Wes Bishop and Lee Frost ever made, but it’s still a lot of fun. Christopher George is the town’s sheriff, Warren Oats holds things together as Mack, the down and out motocross champion and family friend; while R.G. Armstrong shows up as the bank president and co-screenwriter Wes Bishop plays bumbling Deputy Frank.

Gary Tison (Robert Mitchum) is serving time for murder. He cons Ray (Lance Kerwin) and Ricky (Eric Stoltz), two of his three sons into breaking him out of prison. When eldest son Donny (James Spader) catches wind of the plan, he agrees to help in order to keep his brothers safe. All goes according to plan and Gary takes along his cell-mate Randy Greenwalt (Stuart Margolin), and the bunch heads into the Arizona dessert looking to make it to Mexico. That’s where things start to fall apart. The kids soon learn that dad has been playing them and he and Randy are both cold bloodied killers. It isn’t long before things head to an exciting climax. Based on a true story, A Killer in the Family is actually a top notch thriller, made long before watered down Lifetime slop passed for the same. Robert Mitchum, at 66, is still quite the imposing figure. Look for Catherine Mary Stewart in a small role and Amanda Wyss as a young victim.

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:

THE DEAD NEXT DOOR (1989) After a zombie breakout, the government sets up a special squad to try and find a cure for the epidemic. They send a group to Ohio where they run into a cult looking to begin a new zombie-lovin’ world order. When one of the squad is infected, the race to find a cure while avoiding the cult is on. J.R. Bookwalter’s first film may well be the most expensive feature shot in Super 8 film. It took him nearly four years to complete, and he eventually had a young Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s help in completing the film. Some call Dead Next Door a “cult classic” while the often times self professed “experts in all things” pile on the insults like they could do a better job. To me, it all depends on how you look at the whole picture. Bookwalter was 18 or 19 when he started production so sure, it has a certain teen horror fan feel to it. But, it is pretty ambitious and it got some local press when he was filming it. (Your humble CW Promoter couldn’t get off work when a group of friends headed out to be zombie extras for a day or two.) All in all, I’ve seen a helluva lot worse and enjoyed it for what it was since I’m a long time fan of indy films. If you’ve never seen it, then by all means, give it a view come show time and judge for yourself.

Gunga Jim Presents: THE WILD WOMEN OF WONGO (1958)
On the island of Wongo, one tribe of beautiful women discover that a tribe of men live on the other side of the island. And then there’s the tribe of evil ape men… Oh, the not-so-love-triangle that begins when the ape men plan a raid on the females to capture a few mates! It’s Gung’s gettin’ forgetful in his old age time because, he already showed this clunker once before. But hey, it’s a turkey worth serving up until you’ve had your fill and decide to nap it off.

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.

HORROR HIGH (1973) High school science nerd, Vernon Potts, (Pat Cardi) gets tormented by everyone: the school jock, the head coach, one of his teachers… Even the Mr. Henshaw, the creepy school janitor gives Vernon shit. One day, Vernon hits upon a serum that transforms his guinea pig ”Mr. Mumps” into a ravenous monster that kills Henshaw’s cat. In turn, the douchebag janitor forces Vernon to drink some of the same serum and it transforms him into a monster that begins to eliminate his tormentors. As his killing spree continues, local cop, Lieutenant Bozeman (Austin Stoker) plays a game of cat and mouse with the monstrous killer as he attempts to stop him. Released to television (and later video) under the title “Twisted Brain”, Horror High was a popular late night TV staple before home shopping channels and screening the same movie 20 times a day on basic cable in the early 1980’s killed local late night TV viewing.

A family (including producer and director Harold Warren as the father and CW Guest Jackey Neyman-Jones as daughter “Debbie”) gets lost while driving through small town America and winds up at the backwoods home of The Master (Jackie’s dad, Tom Neyman), an evil Hugh Hefner type complete with robe, several “wives” and man servant Torgo. Oh, and he also worships Manos, an evil deity. MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE holds the destinction of being called the Worst Horror Movie Ever Made… so naturally, it’s a must for celebrating at a Cinema Wasteland Show.

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