June 15, 2022

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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:


GRAND THEFT AUTO (1977) Paula Powers (Nancy Morgan) is the daughter of wealthy gubernatorial candidate Bigby Powers (Barry Cahill). Her parents try to play matchmaker and get Paula to marry rich boy Collins Hedgeworth (Paul Linke), but she’s in love with teenage sweetheart Sam Freeman (Ron Howard). They decide to swipe the Powers Rolls-Royce and head off to Las Vegas to get hitched. To make matters worse, spurned suitor Collins follows in hot pursuit and a $25,000 reward is offered for Paula’s return. Now there’s a whole slew of goons out to collect the reward and tear up the countryside in a high speed chase. You can never go wrong with mindless 1970’s car chase fun. Because he took the lead role in Eat My Dust, 23 year old Ron Howard was given the chance to direct this, his first feature film. And he did it in just 15 days too.


Kolos (Richard Kiel) arrives to Earth in his Christmas tree ornament shaped space craft to establish a colony on our planet and take over by “duplicating” humans and replacing them with androids. To do this, he first heads to the home of the brilliant Dr. Dornhelmer, the beautiful, but blind, Lisa Dornhelmer (Deloris Faith), and the doctor’s two female lab assistants (Margaret Teele and Alean “Bambi” Hamilton). It isn’t long before Austin Welles (Hugh Beaumont) of the National Intelligence Agency is investigating. A wonderful slice of low budget sci-fi, complete with cheesy effects, beautiful girls, and a twenty five year old Richard Kiel in one of his earliest credited feature film roles.

Tough female cop Susan Reilly (Donna Mills) is brought in to be part of a special case. Her investigation leads to the death of her father, Capt. John Shannon (Andrew Dugan). She’s shot and wakes up in the hospital to find out that she’s been framed for the murder of a colleague to discredit the evidence that she’s discovered. When she’s found passed out in the desert, she’s taken in by Doctor Arthur Sills (Robert Reed) who nurses her back to health. It plays a lot like The Fugitive with a female lead with Mills taking no prisoners in her effort to clear her name and bring the real killers to justice. The Hunted Lady originally aired on November 28th, 1977 on NBC television and is our Sunday morning made for TV movie pick of the show this time around.

A band of evil scientists are testing out germ warfare weapons on wild animals in Africa. They soon trespass into the valley of the “Killer Ape”, a half-man, half-ape creature (that actually resembles a caveman in big fuzzy boots more than an ape) that kills those that enter his domain. Jungle Jim (Johnny Weissmuller) is accused of murdering a native that has been providing the scientist with the animals he’s using in his experiments. In reality, it was the giant man ape that killed the guy and once the natives actually see the giant themselves, they finally believe him. With plenty of stock footage, white people natives, and Southern California filling in as the jungle. Another in Sam Katzman’s highly amusing Jungle Jim film series… that people actually refer to as the worst in the series, so you know it’s a good one!

Ice caves have been discovered on the moon so a team of scientists from the nearby space station are sent to gather samples. On the way back to the space station, a fungus breaks out on the rocket and begins to spread quickly. The Commander seems to have contracted some sort of space sickness and won’t listen to warnings about the growing fungus from his crew. He orders the ship to return to the space station and ends of spreading the fungus there as well. Soon enough, the fuzzy fungus monster is massive… and it kills! From the same people that brought you The Human Duplicators comes a cheesy sci-fi double feature that actually played together in theaters. Deloris Faith returns from Duplicators, and Francine York is “Captain Stevens.” It may have been made in 1965, but this one will remind you of a 50s sci-fi film from the get go.

PLAGUE (1979)
An ambitious lab assistant carries out a forbidden experiment and accidentally creates a deadly bacteria which kills her and rapidly engulfs the city of Toronto. The authorities impose quarantine on all known contacts and order a curtain of secrecy to prevent panic whilst embarking on a desperate search for a cure. Meanwhile, one of the people in quarantine escapes and becomes the unwitting carrier of the disease. She spreads the plague wherever she goes, and becomes a fugitive on the run while eluding the police. Eventually, the full horror of the quickly spreading plague becomes public and the onslaught needs to be stopped before all human life is infected. This little Canadian sci-fi thriller from writer and director Ed Hunt (Starship Invaders, Bloody Birthday, Alien Warrior, The Brain, etc.) suffers from its low budget and lack of name actors, but if a slow burn sci-fi thriller is your cup of tea, you can do a lot worse.

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.

W (1974)
Katie Lewis (1960s model and actress Twiggy) and her husband Ben (Michael Witney) discover they are the targets of a mysterious killer who always leaves the letter W at the scene of their near fatal “accidents.” Now, while trying to avoid death, they are out to discover the source of the attacks on their lives in this passable drive-in thriller.

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:

DRACULA VS FRANKENSTEIN (1971) One of Al Adamson’s most well known horror films stars J. Carrol Nash as a frail, wheel chair bound Dr. Frankenstein, who just so happens to run an amusement park horror show (under the alias of Dr. Durray) as a cover for his weird experiments. Lon Chaney, also near the end of his career, is the Doc’s imbecile Groton... I really don’t know what Chaney is since aging dwarf actor Angelo Rossitto is the Doc’s assistant? Maybe he’s an experiment?... Regardless, Chaney is sent out to scour the boardwalk for pretty young miniskirted girls and decapitate them with an ax while Rossitto helps him get back safely. Regina Carrol is Judith. She’s looking for her missing sister, unaware that she was a victim of Groton’s ax. Meanwhile, Dracula (Zandor Vorkov), shows up at the Doc’s place one night dragging the remains of the Frankenstein Monster with him. It isn’t long before the good doctor revives it and sends it to take revenge on people who have wronged him. Drac and the monster fight, killing themselves in the process, and everyone dies except Judith.

After Terry (Mina Axelrod) survives a motorcycle crash on a country road and her boyfriend Bo is killed, the seemingly friendly farmer and motel owner, Vincent Smith (Rory Calhoun) and his sister Ida (Nancy Parsons) let her stay at the motel until she recovers. Soon enough, Vincent falls for Terry, and this causes problems with his brother Bruce, the sheriff, who also has feelings for her. The motel is well known for Farmer Vincents affordable and delicious smoked meats and sausages, but little does Terry realize that those meats are actually made from people that Vincent and Ida kidnap after setting traps and causing car crashes on the nearby roads and highway. Then they are buried up to their heads, fattened up, seasoned, and smoked in this surprisingly enjoyable black comedy from director Kevin Connor.

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