May 1, 2021

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* Below is a list of all of the Films and Indy Movies that will be rescheduled to the next show when we are allowed to have one.

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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:

After a giant iceberg splits apart, a giant praying mantis that was in suspended animation since prehistoric times, awakens and attacks a military outpost. Once it chows down on the outposts occupants, it begins to head South towards the warmer cities of New York and Washington DC. Dr. Ned Jackson (William Hopper) works with the military to find a way to put a stop to the giant bug. Another of the classic “big monster” flicks of the 50’s, Deadly Mantis still holds up today as a fun way to kill 80 minutes.

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.

Jane Koberly (Sue England) is present during a robbery and falsely convicted of being an accessory to the crime. While being taken to a detention center with Terry Marsh (Molly McCart), her companion in crime, Terry’s criminal boyfriend Tommy Cook (Mike Danton) runs their transport off the road and springs them both. With the police hot on their trail, Tommy and Terry drag Jane along and invade the Grant farmhouse. They terrorize the Grants while waiting on a friend to arrive with money and a new car. Tommy becomes more psychotic, Terry puts the moves on the Grants son pissing off Tommy even further, Mr. Grant reads the bible (like that’s going to fucking help), and poor Jane is caught in the middle of everything. Well paced and not the usual schlocky 50’s delinquent film.

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.

The first spaceship to Venus crash lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip and a young boy unleashes a small lizard-like creature known as a “Ymir.” Almost cute when first discovered, the Ymir grows at an alarming rate, escapes, and begins to threaten the city of Rome as the Army is mobilized to stop it. Quickly paced and featuring some excellent stop-motion effects from Ray Harryhausen, 20 Million Miles to Earth is a true fan favorite for generations of sci-fi fans.

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.

Here are the movies we are showing on DVD Projection:

BATTLES, BOUTS AND BRAWLS - The Story of Pro Wrestling inDetroit and The Surrounding Areas (2014) Detroit, Michigan (and the cities around the Great Lakes) was always a hub for professional wrestling. Legends like The Sheik and Bobo Brazil, along with more recent wrestlers like Rob Van Damn, Sabu, and Rhyno have all come from the Detroit area. Some of the cards held at Cobo Hall are legendary and growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, IWA wrestling was must see TV for me and my brother in the 1960’s and 70’s. In the late 70’s and 80’s, the country took an economic downturn and Detroit was hit hard. Wrestling attendance slumped and crowds dwindled. Times were changing, and so was wrestling. Director Mark Nowotarski did a good job of taking a look back at the wrestling scene then and now. He even found a few interview subjects at a CW Show or two.

THE BLEAK (2019)
Mutants, mayhem, sex, violence, torture, and weird medical experiments… It can only be another tripy underground experimental film from James Bell.

Jess and her friends are out to enjoy their Summer before heading off to college. Unfortunately, the groups party is interrupted by four psychos who drug and take Jess and her friends to an isolated house near the woods for a bit of tormenting before they are murdered. As things become clearer, who will wind up surviving and who will end up as victims?… Damage Control 3 stands alone as its own story and you don’t need to watch the first two films to know what’s going on.

Demetrius, a sadistic serial killer, has gained a bit of stardom by live streaming his murders. The press has even dubbed him “the live stream killer.” Conflict arises when Demetrius crosses paths with corrupt news reporter, Clive, who isn’t beyond doing a little killing himself if it will drive people to his web site.

This time around, Gunga Jim has pulled out one of Ray Dennis Steckler’s most well known films. Beatnik Jerry (Steckler himself) takes his girl, Angela (Sharon Walsh) to the carnival and she drags him off to the gypsy fortuneteller, Madam Estrella. After hearing bad news from Madam Estrella, Jerry slumps off alone to see her sister Carmelita, the dancer. He’s invited backstage where he is mesmerized into becoming a psychotic killer. When he tries to kill Angela, she and his best friend Harold realize something is wrong and investigate. Did I mention that if you cross Madam Estrella she throws acid in your face and adds her to her collection of deformed “zombie” captives? How about the silly dance numbers this thing is padded out with? Did I mention that? This film could have been cut down to under an hour and made perfect sense but it really wouldn’t be the legendary “bad” movie it is today if they did that now would it?


HARDCORE WRESTLING HOUR - Not into cartoons? Then why not grab a seat on Saturday morning and catch an hour’s worth of hardcore wrestling. Arrive early and enjoy the whole gory show on Saturday morning in MOVIE ROOM 2.


Irving Davis was a counselor at Camp Henderson for fifteen years. These days he’s better known as The Killer Clown, an entity that stalks the woods around Camp Henderson. Mathew and David plan on heading to a cabin near the camp to meet up with Dr. Knoll when they pick up hitchhiking Eve, who is also heading to Camp Henderson. She tags along and before you can say “rubber chicken” three times, an entire heard of clowns descends upon our trio.

The Mummy and The Monkey Present: HORROR EXPRESS (1972)
In 1906, Professor Saxton (Christopher Lee) comes across the long frozen corpse of some sort of creature he believes is the Missing Link in remote Manchuria and attempts to smuggle it back to Europe aboard the Trans-Siberian Express. During the trip, the monster thaws out, wakes up, and begins to butcher the passengers in a killing rampage. He enlists the aid of Dr. Wells (Peter Cushing) to help him capture or kill the creature. Cleveland area horror hosts and CW Show regulars, Janet Decay and Grimm Gori, also known as The Mummy and The Monkey have a brand new show to unleash this time around. We also moved them to Saturday this time around, so check the schedule for the exact time.

In 2016 three filmmakers set out to film a web-series debunking paranormal rituals found on line. After a ritual unleashes a deadly supernatural entity, they find they need to put the show aside in order to survive. This is the footage they left behind…

SLAUGHTER LIVES (2019) So, you were wondering what happened to Slaughter, the clown-masked killer from Damage Control 3, were you? Here we have a series of four short films to fill you in on what he’s been up to since DC 3 ended. Catch them after the screening of Damage Control 3.

TAKE BACK THE KNIFE (2015) Vixen, Barbie, and Jett all have one thing in common. All three have experienced what it was like to be confronted and almost killed by a serial killer in their recent past. And they all have the scars to prove it. They decide to head out on a camping trip and get away for a few days. Soon after arriving to set up camp, they discover everything they could use as a weapon goes missing from their car… Then the car itself goes missing. None of the girls is going to back down so they decide to hunt down whoever stole their stuff and discover Joan. A deadly game of cat and mouse begins as they discover Joan has something against the three friends and is out for her own revenge.

Addison, Corny, and Reelie are back to riff “Mystery Science Theater” style on Troma’s 2006 horror comedy, Poultrygeist… a flick I thought went a good 30 minutes too long. But hey, it had its moments.