I’m fortunate to live in Northeast Ohio for a number of reasons, but genuinely glad that Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo is just a short jaunt down the road. It’s arguably the best grindhouse/cult film fest around — the show’s organizer places a strong emphasis on packing as many guest events and film screenings into the 3-day fest as possible.
Unlike many other horror conventions, which boast famous guests at the expense of quality interactions, the show offers an intimate experience with cult film stars. At this stage in life, there are precious few movie stars I am willing to pay hundreds of dollars to see, especially considering you typically have to wait in line for hours.
Cinema Wasteland is as unpretentious as it gets — lines are short, prices are reasonable, beers are plentiful and guests actually have time to chat and are willing to take photos with you.
This weekend is no exception — boasting an impressive cast lineup from Street Trash that is going to put the hurt on the wallet.
With the rugrats at home, our time is limited so we are only able to attend on Saturday and Sunday. There’s a lot we want to take in, in addition to visiting with our friends and shopping the impressive dealer room.
I’ll be live-tweeting from the show and sharing some of the fun. You can follow me @andrearogers using #cinemawasteland. Here’s a glimpse of our schedule (descriptions courtesy of Cinema Wasteland):
Saturday (April 2nd):
10:30 a.m. – Movie: Saturday Morning Hangover Theater begins with the classic ’50s sci-fi flick, Queen of Outer Space, on 16 mm film.
Noon – Son of Ghoul’s Three Stooges hour
1:30 p.m. – Bad hootch. Exploding bums. And a game of keep-away with a severed penis. That can only mean Street Trash.
3:15 p.m. – Guest Event: Find out what exploding bums and an abundance of snack cakes have to do with each other when we gather up the attending cast and crew of Street Trash after the movie screening.
5:30 p.m. – Guest Event: Linda Miller talks about her time in Japan and introduces King Kong Escapes.
6:15 p.m. – King Kong Escapes begins.
10:30 p.m. – Cult sci-fi monster movie favorite, Green Slime, kicks off the night’s 16 mm film screenings.
Midnight – Wasteland Intermission Reel between the night’s 16 mm film screenings.
Sunday (April 3rd):
11:15 a.m. – Sappy must see christian short film, The Sunshine Factory, kicks off the days 16 mm film screenings.
11:45 p.m. – Covenant on 16 mm, the Sunday morning made-for-television horror film of the weekend.
1 p.m. – Kid from Borneo on 16 mm, a Little Rascals film.