Another Cinema Wasteland show has come and gone, and I’m here with a quick rundown of some of the fun that was once again on display. This spring’s show was all about the films, as there wasn’t much of a theme to the primary guests, and some of them didn’t quite have the big name appeal that past shows have had. Regardless, the show was still a blast and as always is an excellent way to spend a weekend outside of Cleveland, Ohio (what else are we gonna do, support our loser sports teams?).
Friday night was all about George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead as a collection of six former ghouls were in attendance. The night started out with a question and answer panel, followed by a screening of the classic zombie film on 16mm film. Meanwhile, in the other movie room, Friday night means a three hour block of short films. Sprinkled throughout the evening are many other movie screenings as well (which I will get into later). For us at the Bloodsprayer though, the highlight of Friday night was a reunion of sorts. It was a blast shooting the shit and talking movies with my website brethren, and I’m hoping it will become a bi-annual event.
Saturday’s feature event was a screening of the cult comedy Rock and Roll High School followed by another panel featuring stars PJ Soles and Dey Young. Being a huge Ramones fan, I won’t deny I had a blast! The movie is in no way perfect, but I love it just the way it is. It’s also always fun to watch a movie I’ve only ever enjoyed in the comfort of my own living room with a room full of strangers laughing and singing along. As usual, the guest panel also didn’t fail to deliver on the good times. Highlights include PJ and Dey both stating that they had never heard of the Ramones, and hated their music, but over time they’ve grown to enjoy and respect it. PJ also had quite a few stories about the onset relationship (or lack there of) between the actors and the musicians. Afterwards, questions were also answered in regards to both actresses other classic movies including PJ in Carrie, Halloween, and Stripes as well as Dey in The Serpent and the Rainbow, Spaceballs, and The Running Man.
Then came Saturday evening. For those of you that have never had the privilege of attending Cinema Wasteland, there are two movie and film rooms. Typically the large room is set aside for the movies shown on 16mm film, guest panels, and movies related to the guests attending. That typically leaves the smaller room for independent films as well as older classics that may not be a featured screening. As I headed to the 10:30pm screening of the new indie flick Dear God No! I wondered why it was given the larger room. I was excited for the movie, but didn’t expect the standing room only crowd that I walked into. The room was packed for what can only be known as quite possibly the greatest movie screening experience I’ve ever witnessed. At the start of the screening, writer/director James Bickert introduced the movie, with a young woman that he yanked out of the crowd. He then asked her for her used tampon, and added it to a large container of vodka to whip up a batch of the films signature adult beverage, a Vertical Hatchet Wound. A number of the already drunken crowd quickly gulped down the free alcohol. Needless to say, I passed. Unfortunately, the screening had a number of audio issues, but the drunken crowd quickly filled in their own dialog and other sound effects to make this a screening to remember. Look for this over the top homage to trash cinema to get a proper review here shortly.
All in all, it was once again a show to remember. Even with the lackluster guest lineup, Cinema Wasteland once again delivered the goods. I’m already looking forward to the October show when Dyanne Thorne of Ilsa fame will once again be gracing us with a visit. Below is a quick round up of some of the movies that were shown during the three day festival with links to any that may be of interest to any of you. I will also include trailers for the independent movies, and as always please support them.