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Alan Ormsby

Writer, Makeup Effects Artist, Director, and occasional Actor. Alan Ormsby has done pretty much everything in front and behind the camera during his career. He was a drama student at the University of Florida when he met future director Bob Clark, and the pair collaborated on their first film; the campy cult classic zombie film, CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS (1972), where Ormsby not only co-wrote the screenplay, but did the zombie make-up as well as playing hammy theater group leader, Alan. The pair followed up CHILDREN with DEAD OF NIGHT (1974) aka Deathdream, the Vietnam War era take on the classic “Monkey’s Paw” story, where Ormsby once again wrote the screenplay, did make-up effects, and had a small role in the film. Alan Ormsby was also responsible for what may be the best, or at least the most accurate telling of the Ed Gein story when he wrote, co-directed (along with fellow CHILDREN co-star Jeff Gillen), and once again handled makeup duties on DERANGED: CONFESSIONS OF A NECROPHILE (1974). Ormsby went on to write several popular films including MY BODYGUARD (1980), CAT PEOPLE (1982), PORKY’S 2: THE SECOND DAY (1983), as well as THE SUBSTITUTE (1996) with Tom Berenger, which spawned a trio of sequels. Ormsby wrote the screenplay (and was the original director) for the horror film, POPCORN (1991), which despite its troubled production went on to become a cult favorite over the years.

Anya Ormsby
Anya made her film debut as “Anya” in CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS (1972), where her warnings not to mess with the dead proved true to the rest of the cast. From there, Anya went on to appear in the comedy, THE GREAT MASQUERADE (1974) before taking the role of “Cathy” the concerned sister to Richard Baccus’ “Andy” character in DEAD OF NIGHT (1974) aka Deathdream before playing an escaped prison inmate in THUNDER COUNTY (1974). After a couple of appearances in the TV shows Caribe (1975) and Alien Nation (1989) Anya Ormsby more or less retired from acting.

Bruce Solomon

Bruce Solomon made his feature film debut as “Winns” in CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS (1972). From there, he went on to appear as “Sgt. Dennis Foley” in over 100 episodes of Norman Lear’s Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976-77) as well as several popular television shows, including The Streets of San Francisco, Barney Miller, The Love Boat, One Day at a Time, The Fall Guy, E/R, The A Team, Knots Landing, and Beverly Hills 90210, to name a few. You will also find Bruce Solomon as “Sgt. Raimi” in director Fred Dekker’s cult horror film, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986), the drama HUNGER (2000), as well as AUTO FOCUS (2002) about the bizarre life and death of Bob Crane.

Seth Sklarey

Seth has the distinction of being cast as “Orville Dunworth”, the corpse the acting troop dug up (and partied with) in CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS (1972). A decade later, Seth appeared in director Bob Clark’s PORKY’S 2: THE NEXT DAY (1983).

Carl Zittrer
Carl was the composer and wrote the original score for CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS (1972), and director Bob Clark must have enjoyed what he heard as Carl went on to compose the scores for DEAD OF NIGHT (1974) aka Deathdream, BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974), MURDER BY DECREE (1979), PORKY’S (1981), PORKY’S 2: THE NEXT DAY (1983), and A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983) for director Clark as well. He also composed the music for Ted V. Mikels BLOOD ORGY OF THE SHE DEVILS (1973), Jeff Gillen and Alan Ormsby’s DERANGED: CONFESSIONS OF A NECROPHILE (1974), and the slasher classic, PROM NIGHT (1980) to name a few. He acted as “music editor” or “music consultant” on several films Wasteland regulars will know, including GHOSTKEEPER (1981), CURTAINS (1983), THE GATE (1987), NEW JACK CITY (1991), BODY PARTS (1991), David Schmoler’s NETHERWORLD (1992), Abel Ferrara’s BODY SNATCHERS (1993), and RIPPER (2001) to name but a few.

Ian Buchanan

Scotland native, Ian Buchanan played the suave and vain “Dick Tremayne” in the original Twin Peaks. He got his start on television playing “Duke Lavery” on the soap opera, General Hospital, a role he returned to in 2012. He was a regular on It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, playing “Ian McFyfer” throughout the 1988 - 1990 run of the show. After Twin Peaks, Ian worked steady in film and television, appearing in feature films like the thriller, COOL SURFACE (1993), sci-fi flick, BLUE FLAME (1993), and crime films, DOUBLE EXPOSURE (1994) and PANIC ROOM (2002). He’s returned to television time and time again with long running roles on major soap operas like the afore mentioned General Hospital, Days of our Lives, and The Bold and the Beautiful, as well as shows like On The Air, The Nanny, NYPD Blue, Nash Bridges, and Nip/Tuck to name a few. Ian has also done a lot of voice work over the years, lending his talents to several animated series, like Gargoyles, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and Batman: The Brave and The Bold, to name a few.

Harry Goaz

Harry Goaz may not have known it at the time he was working as a driver and gave David Lynch a ride to a memorial tribute to Roy Orbison, but that encounter led to Lynch casting him as the weak-willed, not-so-bright, (but lovable) “Deputy Andy Brennan” in Twin Peaks. It’s a role he played again in the feature films, TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992) and TWIN PEAKS: THE MISSING PIECES (2014), as well as the return of Twin Peaks in 2017, where we find Deputy Andy 25 years after the original series ended. After the original Twin Peaks ended, Harry went on to work as “Sgt. Knight” on the critically acclaimed television series, Eerie, Indiana; and since then went on to appear in several independent films, including the thriller, THE UNDERNEATH (1995), DEADROOM (2005), and the sci-fi film, EARTHING (2010), to name a few.

Piper Laurie
Detroit, Michigan native Piper Laurie got her feature film start as a teenager when she auditioned for Universal and they signed her to a long term contract. She made over twenty films - including lots of comedies, family films, westerns and dramas like FRANCIS GOES TO THE RACES (1951), THE PRINCE WHO WAS A THIEF (1951), SON OF ALI BABA (1952), SMOKE SIGNAL (1955), and AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (1955) opposite actors like Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, Tyrone Power and Donald O’Connor before making the move to television in the mid 1950’s. In 1961, Piper starred alongside Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason and George C. Scott in THE HUSTLER (1961). The film gave her the chance to be regarded as the serious and accomplished actor she was and provided her with the first of three Oscar nominations. After THE HUSTLER, Piper made a few TV show appearances and basically left Hollywood to devote her time and energy to the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and raising her daughter (born in 1971). She returned to feature film work with the role of “Margaret White” in Brian DePalma’s CARRIE (1976), which earned her a second Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. She followed up CARRIE with a return to television and a few more films most wastelanders should know, including the horror film, RUBY (1977), the crime flick, THE BOSS’ SON (1978) and the oddball, RETURN TO OZ (1985) where she played “Aunt Em” opposite Fairuza Balk’s “Dorthy”. She received her third Oscar nomination for best supporting actress in CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD (1986) before playing “Catherine Martell” in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Since then, Piper Laurie has continued to act on television and feature films, including the sci-fi film STORYVILLE (1992), Dario Argento’s TRAUMA (1993) as well as things like the horror film, BAD BLOOD (2012) to name a few CW attendees may know.

Russ Tamblyn
The son of actors and entertainers himself, Russ Tamblyn became a child actor and had his first starring role as “Johnny Barrows” in THE KID FROM CLEVELAND (1949). This led the talented Tamblyn, who studied dancing and acrobatics from the age of 6, to a contract with MGM, where he was featured in the comedy, FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950), the war drama, TAKE THE HIGH GROUND (1953) and the musical, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (1954) to name just a trio of the films he made for MGM. He got excellent reviews for his role as “Tully Rice” in THE YOUNG GUNS (1956), went of to receive an Oscar nomination for his role as “Norman Page” in PAYTON PLACE (1957), starred in the crime drama, HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL (1958), and had the title role in TOM THUMB (1958), which led to one of his most popular roles as Riff”, the knife-wielding, quick tempered gang leader of the streetwise Jets in WEST SIDE STORY (1961). He appeared along with a fantastic cast of co-stars in THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM (1962) just as the musical was on the wane in Hollywood. Tamblyn found himself in the epic western HOW THE WEST WAS WON (1962) and Robert Wise’s telling of the Shirley Jackson novel, “The Haunting of Hill House”, THE HAUNTING (1963), which will forever be in my top 10 list of favorite horror films. About this time, Russ Tamblyn moved into doing more television as the film role offers slowed down a bit, but still managed to make a few feature films more enjoyable than they should have been when he appeared in the western, SON OF A GUNFIGHTER (1965), the Japanese “big monster” movie classic, WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (1966), and a few Al Adamson drive-in flicks like the biker classic SATAN’S SADISTS (1969), the horror film, DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN (1971), the exploitation film, THE FEMALE BUNCH (1971), and the “blaxsploitation” film, BLACK HEAT (1976), while still appearing in other feature films and popular television series of the time. Of course, all of this leads up to Russ Tamblyn being cast as the oddball psychiatrist “Dr. Lawrence Jacoby” on the original Twin Peaks TV series, the feature films, TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992) and TWIN PEAKS: THE MISSING PIECES (2014), and the return of Twin Peaks in 2017. And since the CW Show celebrates the enjoyable B movie genre, you can also find Russ Tamblyn in feature films like NECROMANCER (1988), BLOOD SCREAMS (1989), AFTER SHOCK (1990), Fred Olen Ray’s WIZARDS OF THE DEMON SWORD (1991), and ATTACK OF THE 60 FOOT CENTERFOLD (1995), and the Chris Elliott cult comedy, CABIN BOY (1994), to name a few I’m sure Russ wished we never mentioned. (We HAD to, Russ! Really.)



She took dance and voice lessons as a child, and as a teenager, Serena was the cute little hippie girl with the strawberry blond hair who ran away from home and wound up in Los Angeles where she worked as a waitress prior to being discovered by an adult movie make-up artist. An uninhibited and free spirited woman, Serena started out as a model and did nude pictorials for popular men’s magazines like Hustler, High Society, Oui, and Gallery before making the move to adult films. She worked with popular adult actor Jamie Gillis on several films, including TEENAGE PLAYMATES (1975), THE ECSTASY GIRLS (1979), NEW YORK BABES (1979), BOUND (1979), ULTRA-FLESH (1980), SUBMISSION OF SERENA (1980) and CHAINED (1980) to name a few we remember seeing back in the day. She also worked with popular adult films stars like Seka on films like DRACULA SUCKS (1978) which was Seka’s first adult feature, and THE SEDUCTION OF CINDY (1980) which also starred Veronica Heart. She starred along with Marilyn Chambers in the classic INSATIABLE (1980) and appeared in several films with John Holmes, including HONEYSUCKLE ROSE (1979), HONEY THROAT (1980), AUNT PEG (1980), several SWEDISH EROTICA collections, and a few more mainstream and soft core films, like the Australian soft core cult film FANTASM COMES AGAIN (1977), director Paul Shrader’s HARDCORE (1979), Blake Edwards comedy 10 (1979) and the crime drama NIGHT OF THE JUGGLER (1980). After leaving her mark in the adult film world, Serena quit the business in the mid-1980s, raised her daughter, and took up painting. She’s written a couple of books, including her 2014 autobiography, Bright Lights Lonely Nights: The Memories of Serena, and was recently given the AVN Hall of Fame Award in Las Vegas.



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.

Dirk Manning

Dirk is the writer/creator of the horror comic series Tales of Mr. Rhee (Devil’s Due) and Nightmare World (Image Comics/Shadowline) as well as several other comic book series and graphic novels. Aside from writing horror comics, Dirk is also the author of Write or Wrong: A Writer’s Guide to Creating Comics (Caliber) and has written several short films for the popular YouTube horror series BlackBoxTV, including “The Hunger,” “The Night Shift” and “Zombie.” Dirk’s been a regular at the October CW Show for the past few years, and if you’ve been yearning to read some great modern horror comics or are interested in the craft of writing for comics or film, be sure to stop and chat with him. He’s always willing to offer a little advise for the asking. When he’s not set-up at Cinema Wasteland or assorted comic shows and conventions, you can find Dirk prowling the internet.

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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