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John Amplas
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, John Amplas, might best be known to Wasteland fans as the troubled teen who may or may not be a vampire in director George Romero’s horror classic, MARTIN (1977). John has also worked on, or acted in, several other films with Romero. He served as casting director and had a small role in DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978), appeared as “Whiteface” in KNIGHTRIDERS (1981), showed up as Nathan’s walking corpse in CREEPSHOW (1982), and took the role of “Dr. Ted Fisher” in DAY OF THE DEAD (1985). Amplas appeared as an FBI agent in the regional horror outing BLOODEATERS (1980) aka Toxic Zombies, and put in another great performance as vicious backwoods Satanist, “Abraham,” in John Russo’s MIDNIGHT (1982). More recently, John played an evil, greedy priest in DADDY COOL (2002), appeared in the indy horror flick MORTAL REMAINS (2013), the horror comedy SUGAR SKULL GIRLS (2016), appeared in a couple of short films, and has a couple of film roles in movies that are currently in production or just announced. Although most fans know him from his film work with George Romero, John Amplas has a had a long stage career as both an actor and director to keep himself busy between film-related work. He’s a founding member and serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse Repertory Company and, just to add a couple more hours to his day, teaches acting as an Associate Professor with the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University.

Christine Forrest-Romero

Actress and Producer Christine Forrest played “Christina” in MARTIN (1978). She also shows up as a TV producer, biker chick, and the Monroeville Mall announcer in DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978), as “Angie” in KNIGHTRIDERS (1981), “Tabitha Raymond” in ‘The Crate’ segment of CREEPSHOW (1982), and appeared in MONKEY SHINES (1988), TWO EVIL EYES (1990), THE DARK HALF (1993) and BRUISER (2000). Christine has also worked as a casting director and was the associate or executive producer on NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990), THE DARK HALF (1993), CHILL FACTOR: HOUSE CALL (2004) and the DEADTIME STORIES (2009 - 2011) horror anthologies.

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), 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. Tom had a great role in From Dusk Till Dawn: the Series (2016) when he played the ancient hunter, Burt. Currently, Tom has a handful film roles in movies that are in various stages of production.

Sarah Venable

Sarah’s first feature film was TWO (1974), where she played a kidnap victim that succumbs to Stockholm Syndrome and falls for her kidnapper. From there, she appeared as the “Housewife Victim” in George Romero’s MARTIN (1977) in a scene all fans of the film will remember. She also played the zombie wearing leotards that was hit with a sledge hammer in DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) so if you’re a Dawn of the Dead completest, break out that item with all of the other signatures you’ve gotten from the two DAWN reunions we’ve held and add her to it come show time. Sarah is another guest making her first appearance and joining her fellow MARTIN cast members at October’s Show.

Michael Gornick

Primarily known as a producer, director and cinematographer, Michael Gornick may best be known because of his association with director George Romero on several of Romero’s most memorable films. Gornick was a sound technician on Romero’s THE CRAZIES (1973) and then was the cinematographer, production manager, and even voiced talk show host, “Barry”, on MARTIN (1977). He followed that up by working as the cinematographer on DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) where he also did a number of jobs fans don’t know about, like picking out the library music tracks used in the film as well as doing background “zombie” sounds. Working as the cinematographer on KNIGHTRIDERS (1981), CREEPSHOW (1982), and DAY OF THE DEAD (1985) followed. In 1983 Mike Gornick produced “Trick or Treat”, the pilot episode of the TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE TV series and went on to direct four additional episodes of the series. In 1987, he directed CREEPSHOW 2 before going on to produce and direct several episodes of the popular MONSTERS TV series between 1988 and 1991. In 1991, Gornick directed the seven episode GOLDEN YEARS TV series, based on the book by Stephen King about an elderly janitor who’s sprayed with chemicals and begins to age in reverse. In 1994, he produced THE STAND mini-series, also based on the popular Stephen King story.

Donald Rubinstein

Brooklyn, New York born Donald Rubinstein composed and arranged the soundtrack music on George Romero’s MARTIN (1978). He went on to compose original music for KNIGHTRIDERS (1981), where he also performed as a musician in the film, as well as music for the Tales From the Darkside (1983-1988) and Monsters (1988-191) TV series, Romero’s BRUISER (2000), and the crime thriller DIRTY STEP UPSTAGE (2009) to name a few of the things he’s worked on. Donald was also the zombie that attacked Roger in the mall parking lot in DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978).

Tony Buba

Tony has worn many a hat when it comes to filmmaking. He was the sound man on MARTIN (1978), where he also appeared as a Drug Dealer in the film. They also filmed MARTIN in Tony’s house, and while they were shooting, his Grandmother was also living there, which had to amount to a couple of funny stories while shooting. Tony also worked as the sound recordist on George Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978), where he also showed up as the sombrero wearing Motorcycle Raider (who just had to stick his arm in the blood pressure machine at the worst moment), and on DAY OF THE DEAD (1985). As a Producer and Director, Tony Buba has made several documentaries in, around, and about his hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania.

It’s like Two Shows in One this Fall as we’ve got these other Fantastic Guests joining us at October’s Show!

Christopher Neame

One of Christopher Neame’s first film roles was “Hans” in Hammer Films LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (1970). He followed that up with the larger role of Dracula’s assistant, “Johnny Alucard,” in DRACULA A.D. 1972 and went on to continuously work in both American and UK television shows and on made for TV movies throughout the 1970’s and 80’s. He returned to film work several times, appearing in the sci-fi film, STEEL DAWN (1987), thrillers like D.O.A. (1988), LICENSE TO KILL (1989) with Timothy Dalton as “James Bond”, and EDGE OF HONOR (1991); comedies like GHOST BUSTERS 2 (1989), and SUBURBAN COMMANDO (1991); and horror films like TRANSFORMATIONS (1988), HELLBOUND (1994), and SPECIES 3 (2004) to name a few Cinema Wasteland attendees should know. Between film roles, Christopher Neame continued to do television and is one of few actors to appear in both the popular Doctor Who series as well as the Star Trek series where he appeared in both Voyager as well as Enterprise. Still working steady you’ll find him in the recently completed HOUSE OF THE GORGON (2019), working along with past CW guests Caroline Munro, Martine Beswick, and Veronica Carlson.

Ian Ogilvy

Ian Ogilvy got his acting start working on the short and feature films of director Michael Reeves, where he co-starred in SHE BEAST (1966) with Barbara Steele, THE SORCERERS (1967) with Boris Karloff, and WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968) with Vincent Price. Between those early films (as well as long after them) he worked regularly in television and showed up in films like the crime drama, STRANGER IN THE HOUSE (1967), the sci-fi comedy, THE DAY THE FISH CAME OUT (1967) and DEATH BECOMES HER (1992), and the horror films AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS! (1973), FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE (1974), and PUPPET MASTER 5 (1994). Ian Ogilvy replaced Roger Moore as “Simon Templar” when The Saint returned to TV in Return of The Saint (1978-1979), played five different roles on the popular TV show, Murder She Wrote (1989-1994), and can be found in many of the popular television shows of the 1990’s and 2000’s. In addition to acting on TV, stage, and screen, Ian Ogilvy has written a few novels, and a successful series of children's books.

Luciana Paluzzi

Born in Rome, Italy, Luciana Paluzzi followed a wave of Italian beauties into films, appearing in several comedies and spy thrillers before landing a small role in HERCULES (1958) with Steve Reeves, director Terence Young’s WWII drama, TANK FORCE (1958), and the adventure film, SEA FURY (1958) in quick succession. From there, Luciana Paluzzi appeared in several television shows (Thriller, Bonanza, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., etc) and several films CW fans should know, including MUSCLE BEACH PARTY (1964), THUNDERBALL (1965) opposite Sean Connery’s “James Bond”, THE VENETIAN AFFAIR (1966), cult sci-fi monster film, THE GREEN SLIME (1968), Euro-thriller, A BLACK VEIL FOR LISA (1968), Jess Franco’s W.I.P. film, 99 WOMEN (1969), CAPTAIN NEMO AND THE UNDERWATER CITY (1969), horror films like TRAGIC CEREMONY (1972), and many a crime thriller, like TWO FACES OF FEAR (1972), THE ITALIAN CONNECTION (1972), BLACK GUNN (1972) with Jim Brown, and THE KLANSMAN (1974). Luciana even has an Al Adamson film under her belt when the Italian exploitation film, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE (1971) she costarred in was reedited into Adamson’s exploitation film, MEAN MOTHER (1974).

Jack Sholder
Writer and director Jack Sholder hit it out of the ball park with his feature film debut when he helmed ALONE IN THE DARK (1982) with Jack Palance, Donald Pleasence and Martin Landau as escaped mental patients who stalk and terrorize their doctor and his family. From there, he went on to direct A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE (1985), which is one of the outright funniest entries in the series for all of the wrong reasons. If he never directed another movie after the sci-fi horror film THE HIDDEN (1987) with Kyle MacLachlan, his reputation as a sold storyteller and director would be firmly cemented in film history. But that wasn’t the case at all since he went on to direct other films like RENEGADES (1989) with Kiefer Sutherland, WISHMASTER 2: EVIL NEVER DIES (1999), ARACHNID (2001) and the crime thriller BEEPER (2002); TV shows like TALES FROM THE CRYPT and TREMORS, as well as made for television movies like THE OMEN (1995), GENERATION X (1996), RUNAWAY CAR (1997) and TV movie, 12 DAYS OF TERROR (2004) just to name a few of his other credits. Jack made his movie convention debut at the April 2013 CW Show, so it will be nice to have him with us again for a second round of Wasteland this Fall.

Lou Wagner

Character actor, Lou Wagner, has worked steadily since the mid-1960’s in film and television. One of his earliest roles was as the impish alien “J-5” in the cult TV series Lost in Space episode “The Haunted Lighthouse” (Season 3, Episode 7). This was followed by a terrific role in PLANET OF THE APES (1968) as the rebellious chimp, “Lucas.” Lou appeared in the trend setting thriller, AIRPORT (1970), as well as the family film, PUFNSTUFF ZAPS THE WORLD (1970), before appearing in CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (1972), and you can find him in the made for TV sci-fi movie, THE UFO INCIDENT (1975), horror films like MIRRORS (1978) and SUNSPLIT (1997), and comedies like THE BALTIMORE BULLET (1980) and GORP (1980) among many others. You’ll certainly recognize Lou Wagner from his many TV roles throughout the years. He appeared in several episodes of the original Dragnet (1968-1968), had a regular role as “Harlan Arliss” on CHiPs (1978-1983), and more recently as “Wally Phillips” on Raising Hope (2010-2014). Over the years, We’re sure you caught Lou in shows like Happy Days, Star Trek: Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Yes Dear, My Name is Earl, The Millers, and so many others.



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.

J.R. Bookwalter

Akron, Ohio native J.R. Bookwalter spent almost four years completing what would become his first feature film: THE DEAD NEXT DOOR (1988). Upon its completion in LA, J.R. ran into producer David DeCoteau, who was just starting his own small production company, and spent the next four years writing, directing, producing, mixing sound or scoring for nine feature films and four special interest videos for DeCoteau. In 1991, Bookwalter used what he had learned and started Tempe Entertainment, further teaching himself the ins and outs of low budget film production and distribution. You name it and J.R. Bookwalter has more than likely tried it in order to get his films made. In addition to producing, directing and editing, you’ll find him occasionally acting, doing make up and effects work and/or pretty much any crew job required of him. In addition to THE DEAD NEXT DOOR, some of the films all fans should recognize that J.R. wrote, produced or directed include: KINGDOM OF THE VAMPIRE (1991), OZONE (1993), THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 25th ANNIVERSARY DOCUMENTARY (1993), MIDNIGHT 2 (1993), THE SANDMAN (1996), BLOODLETTING (1997), WITCHHOUSE 2 and 3 (2000/2001), DEAD AND ROTTING (2002), HELL ASYLUM (2002) and so many others. Over the last few years, JR has been remastering some of his oldest films for Special Edition blu-ray discs. Last time he was with us, he had just put out THE DEAD NEXT DOOR on blu-ray. This time around, he’s remastered his second flick, ROBOT NINJA (1989), and will have it available come show time.

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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