August 1, 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:

THE APE MAN (1945)
While conducting weird scientific experiments, Dr. Brewster (Bela Lugosi) manages to transform himself into a hairy, stooped-over ape-man. Desperately seeking a cure, Brewster believes that only an injection of human spinal fluid will help change him back to his old self so he sets out with his captive gorilla (a monkey-suited Emil Van Horn, who played an ape in a dozen 30’s and 40’s films) to acquire appropriate donors. This poverty row horror flick always seemed to get a bad rap but I think it’s mostly due to the pathetic film quality of the old TV station prints and VHS copies. It’s pure entertainment from start to finish and deserves to be enjoyed with a beer in hand. Our film print is heads and tails the best print of this movie we’ve even seen, so give this classic horror clunker another watch and see if you don’t agree that it’s worth an hour of your time.

John Carradine and his hunchback assistant are creating “astro men” in a basement laboratory (with roughly seven bucks worth of equipment.) The first of the creatures winds up with a killer’s brain and runs amuck, mutilating women with various garden tools. Determined to create an astro-man that will obediently listen, but hampered by foreign agents (led by Tura Satana of “Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill” fame) we find that greed eventually kills off everyone by the film’s end. They just don’t make ‘em like this any more! One of Ted V. Mikels most popular and well known films is loads of fun.

It’s been a few years, but A.D.D. Theater is back, and just as weird as ever! What is ADD Theater? It’s exactly what it sounds like. If you don’t have the patience to sit and watch an entire movie or get distracted because there is simply too much other stuff to do during a Wasteland Weekend, you can always drop in on ADD THEATER and enjoy a collection of 16mm short films. And not just any 16mm short films mind you. We root through the lead-lined Wasteland film vaults to dredge up some seriously rare and/or oddball stuff. This time around, ADD Theater goes Black and White with a block of 1940’s and 50’s shot-on-film head scratchers that will begin with shop injuries and end with a dead junkie. Don’t miss it!

SAFETY IN THE SHOP (1944) Silly mistakes or becoming too comfortable in your routine can cost you an eye, a finger, or even a serious brain injury in this classic shop safety film.

FIGHT SYPHILIS! (1944) From your war department comes this VD film. Keep your junk clean kids! Or something like that.

CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT (1950) Good ol’ American family values. Mom, dad and what seems to be their 16 kids. It’ll make you want to punch a baby!

WHO CARES ABOUT JAMIE? (1953) Mental health film about a kid acting, well, like a typical kid. But I guess he’s potentially nuts because he ate a worm.

YOUR BODY DURING ADOLESCENCE (1954) Classic sex education flick I’m sure they were still pulling out for kids in the 60’s and 70’s.

MONKEY ON THE BACK (1956) Odd little melodrama about a WWII vet that comes home a junkie. It costs him his family… and his life… Damn, was that a bad day or what.

The Lotus cat food company is looking to cut a few corners and starts to buy bodies from Caleb, the local grave-robbing cemetery caretaker, so they can grind them up as pet chow. Cats eating the tasty and popular “premium” cat food become savage little beasts that attack their owners. A couple of veterinarians begin to investigate and discover the truth just in time to find themselves on the receiving end of a B movie corpse grinding! Classic Drive-In horror from our mentor, Ted V. Mikels. Catch Corpse Grinders and Astro-Zombies as a double feature homage to our departed friend on Saturday night.

THE HORROR OF IT ALL (1964) American salesman Jack Robinson (Pat Boone) falls for Englishwoman Cynthia Marley (Erica Rogers) so they head off to meet with her eccentric family so Jack can ask for her hand in marriage. With a cousin who just recently passed away, the entire family is on hand, including the sinister Reginald, oddball inventor Percival, the vampire-like Natalia, hammy actor Cornwallis, Muldoon, who is locked up in the fear that he will harm or kill someone, and bed ridden Grandpa Marley. After several attempts are made on his life, Jack becomes convinced that he’s just in the way of a plot to kill off the family so whomever is left will inherit the family fortune. Pat Boone is his typically bland self and you’ll audibly grown when he breaks out in a corny song, but overall, this creepy horror comedy from frequent Hammer Films director Terence Fisher has enough going for it to be 100 times better than we ever thought it would be.

Disgruntled scientist Tom Anderson (Lee Van Cleef) guides an alien from Venus to Earth on the promise that it can rid mankind of feelings and emotions… Unfortunately by using mind control to enslave the human race! Anderson tells the alien (which looks like an upside down waffle cone) who to attach its flying bat-like creatures to and after fellow scientist Paul Nelson (Peter Graves) kills one of the little creatures, he starts to figure out what’s going on and eventually persuades Anderson that he’s been wrong to ally himself with an evil alien being interested in world domination. With Beverly Garland as Anderson’s wife Claire; Roger Corman regulars, Jonathan Haze, Dick Miller, and Charles Griffith; and that wonderfully goofy Paul Blaisdell monster, It Conquered The World is always a fan favorite.

Luke Lorenz (James Laurenson) is an artist obsessed with
fame but not quite able to achieve it. Hisgreedy wife Sandra (Michelle Phillips) suggests that he fake his own death in order to get a much higher price for his gloomy paintings. He agrees, and sinks his tiny boat near the coastline while hiding out in the attic of their home. The plan works and his paintings quickly sell out. When his art dealer asks if there are any paintings left in storage to sell, Luke begins to paint again while in hiding. Things don’t quite go as planned when the public turns on his images of doom and gloom, art critics start to claim that the new paintings are fakes, the police start to investigate, and his wife falls for the art dealer. She comes clean on their scam and together they decide to kill Luke for real this time around and end the charade. Part of the Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense film series, Paint Me a Murder is one of the more enjoyable entries in the made for TV anthology series and is our Sunday Morning Made for TV Movie pick of the show this time around.

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!

While just “passing through on his way to Australia”, drifter Jason McCullough (James Garner) winds up taking the job of sheriff in a small unruly gold rush town just for the pay. Almost immediately after he’s sworn in, he arrests Joe Danby (Bruce Dern), the youngest son of the evil landowner Pa Danby (Walter Brennan), and picks the most incompetent man in town, Jake (Jack Elam), as his deputy. Trouble rears its ugly head when Darby and his sons ride into town to attempt a jail break. Fortunately, what really happens is one funny set up after another as McCullough cleans up the town not with his gun, but with his quick wit and sense of sarcasm that always seems to get the best of his intellectually challenged opponents. Well written, cleaver, and quite funny, Support Your Local Sheriff may not be as well remembered as Mel Brooks western-comedy Blazing Saddles, but it may well be the better film. Catch it and judge for yourself. It’s not our usual spaghetti western pick of the show, but it’ll do just fine.

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.


Here are the movies we are showing on DVD Projection:

Carhop Bobbie Jo Baker (Lynda Carter) has ambitions to become a country and western singer. When “Billy the Kid” idolizing loner (Marjoe Gortner) blows through town, Bobbie Jo runs off with him. Along for the ride are Bobbie Jo’s spunky older sister Pearl (Merrie Lynn Ross) and her boyfriend Slick (Jessie Vint. Soon after they all hit the road, they begin to get involved in a series of crimes that soon spiral out of control and leave a trail of dead bodies behind them… and the law on their trail. Along the way, they look up Bobbie Jo’s girlfriend Essie (Belinda Balaski) and find a temporary shelter from the shit storm of their own making with her and Magic Ray (Gerrit Graham) before the law catches up with them and they are on the run once again. It’s the classic story of a good girl that gets mixed up with a troublemaker and pays the price. It’s got everything a drive-in movie should have going for it so it’s weird that it has never had a legit DVD release.

A small group of mine surveyors are hired to scope out and explore a long abandoned Colorado silver mine to see if it’s worth reopening or not. Mark and Roger, two of the younger surveyors (Fred McCarren and Jeff Harlan), along with Mark’s girlfriend Jessica (Anne-Marie Martin) and her best friend Trish (Rebecca Balding), rent a secluded cabin near the mine and plan on an extended working vacation. It isn’t long before they realize that while exploring the mine, they awakened and released a hive of tentacled and toothy creatures that once again begin to stalk and chow down on townsfolk living near the mine… Even discovering that the creatures have a tunnel that leads directly to their cabin’s basement! A guilty pleasure for many, The Boogens remains an enjoyable B monster movie.

Gunga Jim Presents CRYPT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1973)
After Professor Bolton, an archaeologist doing research on the mysterious Vampire Island is murdered, his son Chris (Andrew Prine) arrives to bury his father… Which doesn’t seem all that easy since his body was buried under several tons of rock. Chris meets up with student, Peter (Mark Damon), and his sister Mary and along with some villagers, they begin to dig out the Professor’s body. As they dig, they come across a vampire burial ground and discover that a strange creature is about to awaken and attack the nearby village in this surprisingly enjoyable Spanish horror outing. Catch it when CW horror Host regular Gunga Jim brings presents his next installment of Gunga’s Drive-In to the Friday evening crowd this October.

The Friday Night collection of Short Films has been a popular event with attending fans since our very first show. Be sure to check back as show time draws closer to see what the Short Film Block looks like this time around.

HARDCORE WRESTLING HOUR - 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.

Wasteland Regulars, and Northern Ohio’s welcome addition to the world of “Horror Hosting”… It’s The Mummy and The Monkey Show! This time around, The Mummy and The Monkey are celebrating Halloween by bringing their shenanigans to the 20th Annual DeBord Halloween Festival in Akron, Ohio. They’ll also present Jeremy Newman’s 2003 documentary on Kentucky horror host and former CW Show regular, I. Zombie. October is upon us and Halloween is just around the corner. Celebrate it a little early this year with The Mummy and The Monkey!

After an explosion at the local Valentine’s Bluffs mine traps six miners underground for several weeks, only Harry Wardensurvives.Living off of the corpses ofhis fellow miners, Warden walks out of the mine just slightly deranged and is sent to a mental hospital. He escapes and goes on a brutal killing spree, murdering those he deems responsible for the accident. Now, twenty years after the town has abandoned its annual Valentine’s Day party, people are ready to bring it back and have some fun. Especially the younger mine workers who all look forward to the party. Unfortunately, with the returning celebration comes a new rash of bloody murders and a warning to abandon the celebration. Has Harry Warden returned to hack and slash his way through the local popular once again? The townsfolk seem to think so, and a group of friends are all in jeopardy when they decide to hold their party at the local mine against being warned to abandon it altogether. There were a slew of slasher films in the early 80’s and most of them are fairly generic and have become pretty forgettable over time. With a decent amount of suspense, enjoyable characters, and a body count that begins early enough in the film to catch and keep your attention, My Bloody Valentine rises above most of the pack.

School is out for the Summer, and Greg and Steve are out to hook up with fun-loving sisters, Donna and Suzy (Helene Udy), between hitting up O.J.’s Drive-In and Pete’s Arcade, their usual hang-out’s. Along the way we meet the arcades inept “fix-it” man Whimpy, the town flasher, and a couple of cops always trying to keep up with the locals. Originally titled Pinball Summer, (and made right before video games like Space Invaders and Asteroids regulated pinball machines to the rear wall of every arcade), George Mihalka directed this at times raunchy and fun teen comedy before he directed My Bloody Valentine. Besides Helene Udy as Suzy, you’ll find Tom Kovacs as “Bert”, the leader of a gang of punk bikers that also includes Rob Stein and his ever present sunglasses.

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