H.G. Lewis died today.
I remember meeting the legendary “Godfather of Gore” in 2010 at Cinema Wasteland. I watched his newest flick “The Uh-Oh Show” and he did a Q&A with the audience. He was warm and funny, and he exuded a love of film-making.
Afterward, we stopped by his table and talked about his movies, and his work outside of the gore business — he also had a career in marketing, and even wrote a textbook on the subject.
What strikes me about this experience, upon hearing of his passing, is that it’s in no way unique for a Cinema Wasteland show. A small, intimate gathering, Wasteland has a family-feel (not to be mistaken with family-friendly). It hosts a treasure-trove of the best, most unique guests representing the good old days of horror — when drive-ins were plentiful, 42nd Street was grindhouse and practical effects were the only effects.
No long lines and reasonable autograph fees allow fans to meet and make memories with guests like H.G. Lewis.
As we prepare for another Wasteland weekend, I’m looking forward to meeting the cast of “The Evil Dead” (for the second time, actually), as well as Sharon Farrell and Carmine Capobianco. We can only attend on Saturday (parenting duty calls), but here’s a preview of our schedule.
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3 p.m. – Guest event: The cast and crew discus 35 years of “The Evil Dead” after the movie screening.
4:15 p.m. – Classic TV on film: “Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Final Performance,” with guest Sharon Farrell.
5:30 p.m. – Guest event: Sharon Farrell meets with fans to discuss her long career in film and television.
7:30 p.m. – Guest event: Carmine Capobianco shares stories from his fun films released in the video days of the 1980s.
8:45pm – Movie: “Psychos in Love,” Carmine Capobianco’s most well known and loved film.