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With the April CW Show the only show I hope we ever have to cancel, it’s time to hope things run their course in the next couple of months so we can all look forward to the October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2020 CW Show.

Of course, as you all know, we’ve moved the whole Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things / Twin Peaks Show to the Spring of 2021, but we’ve got another great show planned for October.

Joining us will be:

We’re taking a look back at the cult cannibal comedy MOTEL HELL with -

KEVIN CONNOR - Director of Motel Hell, also directed From Beyond the Grave (1974), The Land That Time Forgot (1974), At The Earth’s Core (1976), The People Time Forgot (1977) and many others.

PAUL LINKE - “Bruce” in Motel Hell, was also in Big Bad Mama (1974), Moving Violation (1976), Grand Theft Auto (1977), and more.

NINA AXELROD - “Terry” in Motel Hell was also in Time Walker (1982), Brainstorm (1983) and Critters 3 (1991) to name a few.

Also joining us will be -

MARIANO BAINO - Mario made the terrific short film, CARUNCULA back in 1991 and it found its way across the globe back in the VHS tape trading days. He followed it up with the creepy horror classic, DARK WATERS (1995), and has continued to write and direct ever since.

CORALINA CATALDI-TASSONI - Artist, Musician and Actress, Coralina will always be known for playing “Sally” the bratty birthday girl-turned-Demon in DEMONS 2 (1986). She’s also known for meeting a grizzly end in Dario Argento’s OPERA (1987), PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1998) and MOTHER OF TEARS (2007). She and Mariano Baino have recently made a couple of short films together and will be presenting them to fans come show time.

KELI RICHARDS - The tall and slender adult starlet with the Boston accent, Keli Richards appeared in several 80’s porn spoofs, including FOR YOUR THIGHS ONLY (1984), RAMBONE THE DESTROYER (1985), LUST ON THE ORIENT XPRESS (1986) and BEYOND THUNDERBONE (1986) to name a few.

SERENA - The adult film starlet and AVN Hall of Famer will be rescheduling her April Show appearance to October’s show. (That way, we can hopefully add another Twin Peaks cast member to the rescheduled Spring 2021 Show.)

PAUL TAYLOR - Paul worked on many an independent film and television show before finding himself in bigger budget feature films like SIN CITY (2005) and taking over the role of (an honestly creepy) “Pinhead” in HELLRAISER: JUDGEMENT (2018). You can also find him in the horror films, SICK FOR TOYS (2018) and SHIFTER (2020) and currently has 8 or 9 films in post-production.

ZANDOR VORKOV - Who doesn’t remember Zandor Vorkov as “Count Dracula” in Al Adamson’s DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN (1971) or as “Mohammed” in Adamson’s BRAIN OF BLOOD (1971). He also shows up in Severin Films documentary, BLOOD & FLESH: THE REAL LIFE & GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON (2019).

We have a couple of other Guests lined up that haven’t confirmed their appearance as yet so hopefully we will talk to them by the time we get everything (including longer guest bios) posted on the web site in the next couple weeks. Still, with six of the nine people listed making their first ever convention appearance, and one making his first ever CW Show appearance, the October Show is shaping up as something to look forward to when the World gets back to normal.




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.
- Serena has agreed to move her appearance to October 2020



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