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This October 5th, 6th and 7th, 2018, The CW Show will be celebrating its 18th Anniversary with a Cast Reunion for the original 1981 “slasher” film classic, MY BLOODY VALENTINE.


George Mihalka
Producer and Director George Mihalka got his feature film start with the teen comedy, PICK-UP SUMMER (1980) before helming MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) and several of the cast members appear in both films. A career in feature film and television followed, and George produced and directed everything from comedies like SCANDAL (1982), to horror films like ETERNAL EVIL (1985), THE PSYCHIC (1991), and RELATIVE FEAR (1994); along with crime films and thrillers like HOSTILE TAKEOVER (1988), DECEPTIONS 2 (1994), and WATCHTOWER (2001). Between feature film work, George directed several made for TV movies and television shows like the popular Hitchhiker horror and sci-fi anthology show, Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years, The Hunger, Undressed, and Lost Girl to name but a few. He also directed a couple of documentaries like the featurette, BLOODLUST: MY BLOODY VALENTINE AND THE RISE OF THE SLASHER FILM (2009), as well as BLACK CHRISTMAS LEGACY (2015) which takes a look at the legacy of director Bob Clark’s cult classic horror film.

Neil Affleck

* Neil has informed us that he’s not going to make the October Show. He’s bummed out he won’t be able to join his fellow Bloody Valentine cast members and meet up with attending fans so we’ll cut him a little slack on the guilt trip.

Peter Cowper

In addition to doing several of his own stunts, Peter was “The Miner / Harry Warden” in MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981). You also find him in OH HEAVENLY DOG (1980) as well as the documentary TAX SHELTER TERRORS (2017) which takes a look at how the Canadian Government tax incentives helped develop the Canadian horror and exploitation film industry in the early 1980’s. After My Bloody Valentine, Peter changed his professional name to Leam Blackwood and continued his acting career in theater all across Canada, with television with roles like “Lt. Charles Pine” on Street Justice with Carl Weathers, The Commish, and the Highlander television series, as well as feature films like BREAKING POINT (1994) with Gary Busey, the thriller DECEPTIONS 2: EDGE OF DECEPTION (1994) and the drama NORTHERN LIGHTS (1997).

Lori Hallier

Lori appeared as various characters on the Canadian sketch comedy show, Bizarre, before her feature film debut playing “Sarah” in MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) and a long career in film, television and doing made for TV movies followed. You can also find her in the sci-fi thriller WARNING SIGN (1985), acting alongside Harvey Keitel in BLINDSIDE (1987), in the screwball comedy HIGHER EDUCATION (1988), the crime film, BLACK LIGHT (1999), and returning to horror in HEARTSTOPPER (2006), to mention some of her feature film work. And if you’re ever turned on a television, chances are good you’ve seen Lori in one of your favorite shows. She’s done a ton of great TV and appeared in her fair share of made for TV Movies, including Twilight Zone, War of the Worlds, Santa Barbara, The Hitchhiker, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, RoboCop, Star Trek: Voyager, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Strange Days at Blake Holsey High, and so many others.

Thomas Kovacs
Tom played “Mike” in MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) but got his feature film start in the comedies HOG WILD (1980) and George Mihalka’s PICK-UP SUMMER (1980). You’ll also find Tom in David Cronenberg’s SCANNERS (1981), as well as several television shows like Ghostly Encounters, Dual Suspects, Paranormal Witness, and Fear Thy Neighbor.

Jim Murchison
Jim played “Tommy” in MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981). He’s also done commercial work and did an episode of the 1989 Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV show.

Rob Stein
Rob played “John” in MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981), but like a few of our other MBV guests, first appeared as a biker in George Mihalka’s PICK-UP SUMMER (1980). He has since turned his attention to a career in advertising.

Helene Udy

Helene played “Sylvia” in MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) where she suffered one of the more ingenious death scenes in the film. Helene began acting as a child and (like a couple of our other MBV guests) made her feature film debut in the comedies HOG WILD (1980) and George Mihalka’s PICK-UP SUMMER (1980) before landing the role of “Sylvia” in MBV. You can also find Helene in THE INCUBUS (1982), David Cronenberg’s DEAD ZONE (1983), NIGHTFLYERS (1987), the cult horror film PIN (1988), the thriller SWEET MURDER (1990), Dave DeCoteau’s 1313: FRANKENQUEEN (2012), 3 WICKED WITCHES (2014) and SWAMP FREAK (2017); and AMITYVILLE: EVIL NEVER DIES (2017) to name just a few of her more “Wasteland” type films. Helene has also had a nice career in television, appearing in numerous made for TV movies and popular television shows like Cagney & Lacey, The Twilight Zone, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and as “Myra Bing” in the long running Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman (1993 - 1998) TV series with Jane Seymour. With several projects currently in various stages of production, it would appear that Helene’s career isn’t slowing down any time soon, so we couldn’t be happier that she took the time to join us this October.

Other Guests Will Include:

Belinda Balaski
Theater, film, and television veteran Belinda Balaski began working professionally as a young child. Throughout her career, she’s found herself in several made for TV movies and After School Specials, as well as guest starring in several popular television shows and series, like Baretta, S.W.A.T., Starsky and Hutch, Hunter, How the West Was Won, and Eerie, Indiana. Her film career began with a small role in director Jack Arnold’s blaxploitation detective film, BLACK EYE (1974) with Fred Williamson. She’s worked with director Joe Dante on well over a dozen projects over the years, including some of his most well known films like PIRANHA (1978) where she played “Betsy” the camp counselor, THE HOWLING (1981) where she played Dee Wallace’s producer and friend “Terry”, GREMLINS (1984), AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON (1987), MATINEE (1993) and SMALL SOLDIERS (1998). Other films you’ll find Belinda Balaski in that all Wastelanders should know include BOBBIE JO AND THE OUTLAW (1976) with Marjoe Gortner, Lynda Carter and Jessie Vint; as a pregnant woman trying not to get eaten in Bert I. Gordon’s FOOD OF THE GODS (1976) again, with Marjoe Gortner; as Robert Carradine’s surfer girl in director Paul Bartel’s road race comedy CANNONBALL! (1976) with David Carradine, and TILL DEATH (1978) to name but a few. Belinda recently returned to feature films by taking the role of “Nadia” in Joe Dante’s segment of NIGHTMARE CINEMA (2017), which should be ready to roll by the time the Spring Show rolls around.

Glen Coburn
Glen wrote, directed, and costarred in the aliens-turn-farmers-into-zombies sci-fi / horror cult film, BLOODSUCKERS FROM OUTER SPACE (1984); as well as the anthology horror-comedy, TABLOID (1985); a couple of regional rarities shot in Texas in the mid-80’s that made their mark on video during the rental store heyday of the 80’s and early 90’s. In 2005, Glen wrote, directed, and appeared in the comedy HOLLYWOOD DEADBEAT and has since appeared in the indy horror films, TONIGHT YOU DIE (2011) and AMERICAN FREAKSHOW (2015). Glen has been lucky enough to get his original cult flick BLOODSUCKERS FROM OUTER SPACE released on DVD a time or two over the years and our friends at Vinegar Syndrome have just completed a blu-ray release off the original negative of the film that you’ll be able to pick up at the Fall Show.

Tom Savini
To horror movie fans, Tom isn’t just an actor, director, and stuntman. No sirree, to most fans, Tom will always be “The Guru of Gore”, a masterful makeup effects artist that created some of the most memorable “splatter” effects to ever ooze down the silver screen. He began his effects career working on the 1972 Bob Clark film DEATHDREAM and the 1974 shocker, DERANGED. In 1976 he began his partnership with George Romero acting and doing the effects for Romero’s vampire tale, MARTIN. He also worked with George Romero on DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) doing both makeup and stunts, CREEPSHOW (1982), DAY OF THE DEAD (1985), TWO EVIL EYES (1990) and MONKEY SHINES (1988). You can also catch his splatter filled craftsmanship in FRIDAY THE 13th - PARTS 1 and 4, Bill Lustig’s classic MANIAC (1980), THE BURNING (1981), THE PROWLER (1981), and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (1986) to name but a few of the films Tom has left his mark on. In 1984, he began directing with a trio of “Tales From the Crypt” episodes, and in 1990, he was given the chance to direct a feature film with the updated NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ‘90. He finished up with the first installment of his CHILL FACTOR short film series with the episode HOUSE CALL in 2004, and on the acting side of his resume, showed up as a Sheriff in the DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004) remake, appears as zombie “Blade” in Romero’s LAND OF THE DEAD (2005), had the enjoyable role of demon hunter “Burt” in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES, and can be found in PLANET TERROR (2007), as well as LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE (2008), THE DEAD MATTER (2010), MACHETE (2010), HORRORWEEN (2011), DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012), and MACHETE KILLS (2013) to name but a few. Currently, Tom has a couple of film roles in various stages of production and is hoping to get NIGHTMARE CITY started where he is set to produce and direct it.



A. Ghastlee Ghoul
The host of the Dayton and Springfield Ohio area’s long running, late night, horror-comedy schlockathon known as “The Ghastlee Movie Show” has been spewing video-vaudevillian cheese and sleaze to the untold millions... ah, hundreds... OK, dozens of fans held captive by his wit and wisdom for almost 30 years now. Occasionally joining Ghastlee for a Cinema Wasteland weekend is long time cohort in crime, Jeff McClellan: American, as well as Louu the XXXmas Devil, and Suspira; both members of the garage-punk band, SPLATTERTUDE. In addition to having Ghastlee and his band mates prowling our dealer and guest room all weekend long, why not join A. Ghastlee Ghoul every Saturday night, beginning at 8:00pm in Movie Room 1, as he presents A GHASTLEE NITE AT THE MOVIES LIVE SHOW, where he hosts a night of music, comedy, skits, interactive games and prize giveaways that has become somewhat of a drunken Saturday night tradition at Cinema Wasteland over the years. A. Ghastlee Ghoul has been with us since our very first show and we’ve sort of adopted him as our official Wasteland horror host. And although many a horror host have come and gone from Cinema Wasteland shows over the years, you can always count on Ghastlee to be with us twice a year.

Amy Lynn Best
Amy Lynn Best, a Pittsburgh PA native, has studied acting and dancing since she was three years old. She co-produced and costarred in the independent feature horror film, THE RESURRECTION GAME (2002), and like many independent film producers, she learned the film business from the ground up. On the short haunted house film, TENANT, Amy studied cinematography from that film's director of photography, Bill Fuller. Out of necessity, she learned the basics of grip work, camera operation, and the fine art of line producing. Since meeting her film making husband, Mike Watt, she has acted or worked on nearly a dozen films, including the critically-acclaimed feature, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE (2000), DR. HORROR’S EROTIC HOUSE OF IDIOTS (2003), along with ABATTOIR (2007), SPLATTER MOVIE (2008), DEMON DIVAS AND THE LANES OF DAMNATION (2009), “The Gorge” segment of George Romero’s DEADTIME STORIES 2 (2011), LITTLE BIG BOY (2012), TALES OF POE (2014) and RAZOR DAYS (2015) to name a few.

Pete Chiarella

Long time Wasteland friend, Pete Chiarella (aka 42nd Street Pete), has generally been our “go to guy” when it comes to all things Grindhouse related. In the Grindhouse heyday through its demise in the 80’s, Pete lived Times Square and all of the good, bad, and ugly, that went along with it. A few years back, he started hosting 42nd STREET PETE’S 8mm MADNESS; DVD collections of forgotten 70’s stag loops. Those releases turned into a string of loop and adult feature film collections on DVD that fans of classic smut can proudly hide from their kids. He’s found himself in a few soft core spoofs like THE INSATIABLE IRON BABE (2008) and BATBABE: THE DARK NIGHTIE (2008), along with the indy flick POLLEN (2016). Pete started the fanzine / magazine, Grindhouse Purgatory, where you can find him rambling on about the grand ol’ days of B movies, wrestling, and some of the assorted colorful characters he’s associated with over the years, and new issues of GP are usually available at the Show. Here at CW we’ll tap him to host a panel or guest talk when need be, and he always puts together and hosts the Saturday morning Hardcore Wrestling Hour, which has become a favorite way for a roomful of fans to start their film and event packed Saturday over the years.

The Mummy and the Monkey Show
In the grand tradition of Cleveland Horror Hosts comes The Mummy and the Monkey Show, hosted by Janet Decay and Grimm Gori, which combines two - count them - two productions in the time honored tradition of no budget Horror Shows: JANET DECAY’S ROTTEN REELS and GRIMM GORI’S EERIE CINEMATERY, which naturally offers up cheesy flicks and silly skits. Janet Decay and Grimm Gori grabbed themselves a table in the Guest and Vendor Room a couple of shows ago and decided to stay. You’ll find them once again prowling the Show all weekend so stop over, say hello, and check out what they have to offer as you pass through the Guest and Vendor Room.

Son of Ghoul
With 30+ years and thousands of shows broadcast on TV, Son of Ghoul is Akron and Cleveland’s longest continuous running horror host; as well as a long time regular here at the Cinema Wasteland show. Live in the Cleveland or Akron area? Then by all means, see if you can’t catch Son of Ghoul’s movie show on television. A life long Three Stooges fan that can actually boast that he owns all 190 Columbia produced Three Stooges shorts on 16mm film, Son of Ghoul presents a trio of Stooge Shorts every Saturday at Noon in Movie Room 1 and has recently started to put together the Saturday morning “politically incorrect” cartoon block for us. After all, Cinema Wasteland, cartoons, and the Three Stooges go together better than drunks and strippers. Well, almost better...


Tom Sullivan
TomTom was the makeup effects man, prop builder, stop motion animator... ah, hell, he did so much behind-the-scenes work that we feel Tom is at least partially responsible for the entire look and feel of Sam Raimi’s cult horror favorite, EVIL DEAD. Before EVIL DEAD, Tom was the special effects guy on Sam Raimi’s WITHIN THE WOODS (1978), the short film that Sam Raimi made to secure financing for EVIL DEAD. He also worked plenty an uncredited job on EVIL DEAD 2 and did some sculpting work on THE FLY 2 for Chris Wallas. A talented artist, Tom has also done illustrations for collectible card games, film production companies, book illustrations, and designed the ultra-cool “Book of the Dead” DVDs for the Anchor Bay limited edition EVIL DEAD and EVIL DEAD 2 releases. He also penned the TOM SULLIVAN’S BOOKS OF THE DEAD comic series and found himself taking a few acting roles in films like the horror-comedy BUDDY BEBOP VS THE LIVING DEAD (2009), SPLATTER MOVIE:THE DIRECTOR’S CUT (2008), DOG (2009), A SHEER AGENDA (2009) and a few short films. Tom is a regular here at Cinema Wasteland and has become a real fan favorite guest. Tom’s had his own “Sullivan Museum Room” at the CW Show for more years than we can count, where he puts original EVIL DEAD props, storyboards and artwork on display for all attending fans to see up close and personal. Tom was actually the first guest we invited to be a part of the very first Cinema Wasteland Show back in September 2000, and he’s been a part of the Cinema Wasteland Family ever since.


Mike Watt
Writer, director, and journalist Mike Watt wrote and directed THE RESURRECTION GAME (2001) and Bloody Earth Film's A FEAST OF FLESH (2007) (aka "Abattoir") through Happy Cloud Pictures, which he co-founded with the lovely and talented Amy Lynn Best and the less lovely but also talented Bill Homan. He also wrote the screenplays for SEVERE INJURIES (2003), WERE-GRRL (2002), SPLATTER MOVIE: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT (2008), DEAD MEN WALKING (2005) for The Asylum, THE SCREENING (2007) for G. Cameron Romero, as well as DEMON DIVAS AND THE LANES OF DAMNATION (2009) and RAZOR DAYS (2015). Mike has worked as an editor, producer, actor, and most any other job needed to complete a film or short. He was the editor of Sirens of Cinema Magazine and is always tirelessly persueing most anything to pay his rent… ah, further the independent film spirit and commerodity all of us in this business equally share.

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Guest appearances are based on schedules permitting. Guests do charge a nominal fee for autographs. Show events are naturally subject to change.