January 16, 2020

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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?

* Join us for “A GHASTLEE NITE AT THE MOVIES” every Saturday Night beginning at 8:00pm. Hosted by Dayton, Ohio’s very own A. Ghastlee Ghoul, “A Ghastlee Nite at the Movies” isn’t really a film screening at all. It’s more a night of “live entertainment” and laughs. Join us for an evening of silly skits, bad music, interactive games and contests, surprise guests and more.

* 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:

DEATHDREAM (1972) aka Dead of Night.
Andy, a US soldier is killed in Vietnam. His mother is so grief stricken that she wishes him back to life, and one day, he appears on mom and dad’s doorstep apparently very much alive. But Andy is very different than the boy who went to war. He’s not one for conversation. And he sits in his room and doesn’t want to see his friends or family until late at night. He’s not quite right… and soon enough, we find out exactly what’s wrong with Andy. Alan Ormsby wrote the screenplay, did the makeup, and shows up in a cameo, Anya Ormsby plays Andy’s sister Cathy, Carl Zittrer wrote the music, and upon his own return from Vietnam, this was Tom Savini’s first film credit as a makeup artist.

JUNGLE JIM IN THE FORBIDDEN LAND (1952) “Stock Footage Action Theater” returns with another in the series of “Jungle Jim” action films. This time around, Jim (Johnny Weissmuller) reluctantly helps Dr. Laura Roberts (Angela Greene), a pretty female anthropologist, find the land of the Giants, a strange tribe of taller than average people who snarl like animals and look like the giants in the B&W Lost in Space episode, “There Were Giants in the Earth” - or a bit like werewolves on steroids. Our bad guy this time around isn’t an ex-Nazi for a change, but a corrupt commissioner who is stealing the ivory tusks of elephants with the help of (Jean Willes), who is driving the elephants through a jungle pass that just happens to go through the “Forbidden Lands” of the missing link-like tribe. So, against his will and framed for a murder he didn’t commit, Jim heads off with Dr. Laura and Tamba, his pet monkey at his side to once again right the wrongs of those who feel the need to do harm to the studio back lot jungle. Padded out with the usual stock footage, plenty of “monkey shines” from Tamba, and raggedy effects, Jim fights a hippo at the bottom of a river and battles a black panther to save the good doctor.

MOTORCYCLE GANG (1957) Troublemaker Nick Rogers (John Ashley, still in his “teen heartthrob” days) was sent away for 15 months for some sort of (unexplained) criminal activity. When he blows back into town he expects his old squeeze Theresa “Terry” Lindsay (Anne Neyland) to run back into his arms and his old motorcycle club to join him in kicking some butt and running amuck. After an immediate fist fight with the gangs new leader, he’s disappointed to find that Terry is now interested in Randy (Steve Terrell) and his old club have all become squares in his absence. They all joined a supervised and respected bike club. For shame! Nick is still determined to undermine Randy’s role as leader of the club so he challenges him to an illegal race to prove he’s the best rider in town. Terry, determined to pour gasoline on the fire decides to date both guys and push them towards the race even though it carries a stiff penalty if they are caught. The biker films of the 1950’s actually scared people. But when you take a look at them now, they really only paved the way for the more gritty and exploitive biker films of the 1960’s. Motorcycle Gang has its moments but some of those tense moments are made a little campier by comic relief from, of all people, Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer of Our Gang / Little Rascals fame as “Speed” the gang’s mechanic. It’s not necessarily The Wild Bunch on wheels. More the Mild Bunch on wheels, but a damn fun time all the same.

MOVIE and TV SHOW “BLOOPER” REEL - Before the Made for TV Movie pick of the show, we will be screening a short reel of classic movie and television show “bloopers”… Which are mostly flubbed lines, things that go wrong on the set of a live show, or a bit of naughty language that falls out of an actors mouth. It’s a nice lead-in to the Sunday morning TV movie, and since we have a bunch of short stuff in the CW film collection, we’ve started pulling it out the last few shows.

Jill Bradley (Joan Evans) feels misunderstood by her self-absorbed and slightly neglectful parents, Frank (Melvyn Douglas) and Alice (Lynn Bari). When they aren’t ignoring her, they’re berating her. And it seems everything Jill does gets her in some sort of trouble. She attempts to fill the emotional hole in her heart by dating Larry (Robert Arthur), a teenager with a convertible who takes her to the beach and school dances. After Larry falls to the wayside, Jill goes “on the loose” as portrayed by a ten second clip of her dating several other guys. Of course this leads to Jill being talked about like she’s some sort of slut by her fellow classmates. When it’s almost too late, dad steps in and tries to heap a little of that lost parental affection on her and things go from bad to worse. But have no fear, an otherwise decent juvenile delinquent film with an oddly deceptive title and decent female lead is saved in the end with a “Hollywood” ending and life gets back on track for all.

Psycho Jerry Hopps (Michael Beck) breaks out of jail and hooks up with his cousin Roger (Don Galloway)and they steal a camper to continue their flight. They notice too late that there is a baby on the back seat of the stolen camper. At first, they lean towards killing it. Then the idea of keeping it around as a hostage incase the cops close in on them sinks in but neither of the criminals knows how to take care of a baby so they kidnap Terry Seton (Lee Remick) and force her to come along for the ride and take care of the baby for them. Meanwhile, detective Vince Martino (Tony Musante) is hot on their trail and tracks them down. Now the only question remains - will he be able to capture the fugitives and still keep the hostages alive? Rearview Mirror is our made for TV Movie pick of the show this time around. It originally aired on November 26th, 1984.

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.

After the boat they were on goes down in a storm, the survivors (including Brooke Adams and Luke Halpern from the “Flipper” TV show) find themselves stranded on a tropical island. Peter Cushing plays the only living inhabitant of the island; an aging Nazi S.S. officer who lives there with an army of blond super-Nazi underwater zombies. It isn’t long before the creepy creatures rise from their watery graves to attack the survivors in this enjoyable Drive-In horror flick. Alan Ormsby designed the zombies and did makeup effects.

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.

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:

CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS (1972) An acting troupe led by the obnoxious Alan (Alan Ormsby) heads off to a small island graveyard to perform a necromantic ritual and bring the dead back to life. It’s just a set up and Alan has a couple guys already on the island in zombie makeup ready to scare the rest of the gang. They dig up the grave of Orville Dunworth (Seth Sklarey) and go about performing their ritual and otherwise “having fun” with their new dead friend. It freaks out fellow troupe member Anya (Anya Ormsby) who tells everyone they should never disrespect the dead or make fun of Satan. And as they retire for the night in the caretakers house, they soon find out they should have never “played with dead things” as the corpses from the graveyard soon begin crawling from their graves to chow down on the living. Chock full of silly dialogue, bad fashions, and stereotypical yet wonderfully obnoxious characters, Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things was only rated PG and despite some decent makeup and a few bloody scenes, used to show up uncut on TV in the late 70’s and early 80’s before local television died a slow and painful death of its own.

The Friday Night collection of Short Films has been a popular event with attending fans since our very first show. Check back when we post the Weekend Schedule of Films and Events to see just what shorts we have on tap at the next show.

Not into cartoons? Then why not grab a seat on Saturday morning and catch an hour’s worth of hardcore wrestling. More often than not, the Hardcore Wrestling Hour is co-hosted by Pete Chiarella and indy wrestling CW fan, “Mr. Insanity” Toby Klein, and always offers up enough in ring violence and bloodshed to start your morning right. Arrive early and enjoy the whole gory show on Saturday morning in MOVIE ROOM 2.

Dr. Markway (Richard Johnson), doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, nearly 100 year old mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity. With him are the skeptical young Luke (Russ Tamblyn), who stands to inherit the house, the mysterious and clairvoyant Theodora (Claire Bloom), and the insecure Eleanor (Julie Harris), whose psychic abilities make her feel somehow attuned to whatever spirits inhabit the old mansion. As time goes by it becomes obvious that they have gotten more than they bargained for as the ghostly presence in the house begins to manifest itself in horrific and deadly ways. Produced and directed by Robert Wise, The Haunting remains one of the most honestly scary horror films ever made.

RUBY (1977)
Former gangster’s moll and faded nightclub singer Ruby Clair (Piper Laurie) now runs a drive-in movie theater and pines for the “good ol’ days.” Her gangster boyfriend, Nicky Rocco (Sal Vecchio) was shot and killed by his “associates” sixteen years earlier and vowed revenge. It seems that Nicky has now returned as a vengeful spirit that possesses Ruby’s mute daughter Leslie (Janet Baldwin) to exact his revenge on those that murdered him years earlier. A solid B horror film with a terrific cast that also includes Stuart Whitman as Ruby’s loyal friend, “Vince”, Roger Davis as a parapsychologist, and Crystin Sinclaire vamping it up as shameless tramp, “Lila June”.

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