December 12, 2021

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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?

* 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:

Photographer Larry Towers (Christopher George) can’t understand why a couple of professional killers have mistaken him for the person they are after. Oddly enough, he’s either very good at eluding them or gets incredibly lucky time and time again until things slowly come into focus for him. This well written and acted thriller with a twist was originally broadcast on December 17, 1971 and is our made for television pick of the show this time around.

In this edition of stock footage action theater, we find Jungle Jim (Johnny Weissmuller) coming to the aid of a tribe of women whose men have been enslaved by a drug gang looking to hunt down a sacred zebra-like animal known as the Okongo. It seems that the rare pony-like animal is the source of a powerful drug that the gang intends to exploit for profit. Along the way, Jim has to battle a (well drugged) leopard and a giant desert spider. No budget fun is guaranteed.

Dr. Murdock leads a group of 18th century scientists that discovered the secret of immortality. In order to selfishly prolong their own lives, they need the life-extract of other human beings; preferably young fertile women. And what better place to scout for an endless supply of young disposable women than in the women’s prison they set up shop in? Carol Adams, a young prison employee, begins to grow suspicious of all of the sudden unnatural deaths and enlists the aid of a psychiatrist to uncover what’s going on. As their investigation draws them closer to the group of alchemists they have no choice but to continue their treatments. If they don’t their skin will literally petrify and harden to the toughness of stone. Catch The Man Who Turned to Stone as part of our Friday night 50’s horror film triple feature.

While swimming near a Mexican village that is said to be terrorized by a sea monster, American artist Julie Blaie (Anne Kimball) is shocked when an object rises to the surface next to her. It turns out to be a mini, one-man submarine piloted by biologist Steve Dunning (Stuart Wade), who is also working near the village. Later, after an abalone diver vanishes, Julie faints after seeing the monster’s eye rise from the sea. Meanwhile, Pablo (Wyott Ordung) and Tula (Inez Palange) plot to offer Julie as a sacrifice to their gods and they deliberately attract a shark while Julie is diving. She escapes, but then her line snags something that just may be the monster she saw earlier. This amusing Roger Corman produced monster movie will kick off our Friday night 50’s horror film triple feature.

Resident horror host, Son of Ghoul, will once again put together an hour’s worth of original cartoons to kick off Saturday morning. We give him free reign to screen any cartoons he’d like, so you never know what he’ll dig up. To give fans somewhere to go while waiting for the Vendor and Guest Room to open, cartoons kick off at 9:30am on Saturday mornings in MOVIE ROOM 1. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and stop in and see what’s in store this time around.

THE THREE STOOGES HOUR - 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.

For some odd reason, a tribe of natives who hate outsiders have let crazy, scenery chewing scientist Roland Gerard (Tom Conway) move right into their tiny village where he promptly attempts to use jungle voodoo to create an army of monster slaves. He keeps his poor wife Susan (Mary Ellen Kay) locked in a guarded hut so she won’t interrupt his “experiments” while he never seems a bit bothered about the Tribal Leader always threatening to kill him. Wicked and greedy Marilyn Blanchard (Marla English) and her partner Rick (Lance Fuller) hear that the very same tribe has a load of gold stashed away so they hire rugged jungle guide Ted Bronson (Mike Connors) to take them there so they can steal it. Before they arrive, loony Dr. Gerard succeeds in creating a lone female voodoo monster and fully plans on having it kill everyone in sight. Plot? OK…maybe a little. Bad acting? Absolutely! A native dance number to pad out the running time? You know it! Clunky direction from Edward Cahn? You betcha! A wonderful monster created and played by Paul Blaisdale, who really just redesigned his “She-Creature” suit since he played that monster too? Damn straight! A terrific time? Guaranteed. Catch Voodoo Woman as part of our Friday night 50’s horror triple feature.

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:


HARDCORE WRESTLING HOUR - The Hardcore Wrestling Hour moves to Friday's to open the show (and may even expand to a two hour block!) As always, you'll find it screening in MOVIE ROOM 2.