In the bag: Cinema Wasteland Edition

Our wallets may have been empty, but our shopping bag was bursting at the seams when we left Cinema Wasteland on Sunday. Here’s what we picked up (read on for the details).

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  • Delirium Magazine #9 and #10: Presented by Full Moon, the cult/horror/sci-fi/exploitation magazine is a 50/50 mix of Full Moon features and other relevant content, such as the feature on Psycho II or interview with Gene Simmons.
  • Autographed photos from “Street Trash” panelists: actor Mike Lackey (who played Fred), writer/producer Roy Frumkes, and make-up artist Jennifer Aspinall.
  • Autographed “Street Trash” comic book by artist/actor Mike Lackey.
  • “Tourist Trap” vinyl soundtrack – A beautifully remastered version of the 1979 cult film soundtrack, released on Waxwork Records.
  • Franken-Heart tote bag from Pallbearer Press (a real steal at $5!)
  • Suspiria patch – I was lucky enough to snag a T-shirt from the Goblin show in Cleveland a couple years back with the same art, and I can’t tell you enough how much I love it. It’s got a simple, iconic design, and it’s going to look amazing on the back of my denim vest. FYI – Pallbearer Press also has a lovely enamel pin with the same design.
  • Silver Shamrock (“Halloween III” patch) – Also from Pallbearer Press, it has me wondering, “How many days ’til Halloween?”
  • “Escape from New York” mug – What can I say? I like to drink my morning coffee under the watchful eye of Snake Plisskin (literally, I would like that).  
  • “Friday the 13th Part V, Cinema Wasteland commentary edition” DVD – We were in the audience when the guest panel did commentary over Part V a few years back. You can probably hear us laughing in the audience during the classic song, “Ooh, Baby.” So we had to pick up this gem for just $5.
  • “The Thing” zipper hoodie: I love this movie so much, and this hoodie is beautiful — stylized art on the front, back and both sleeves. Bonus — it’s safe for wearing to pick up the kids at preschool (not true of the equally awesome “They Live” hoodie that the same vendor was selling, which featured Roddy Piper’s classic quote, “I’m here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I’m all out of bubble gum.”).IMG_4299

Weekend flashback: Cinema Wasteland

I’m still basking in the post-Cinema-Wasteland afterglow (that’s me, below, basking in my new “The Thing” hoodie). What a show!As I mentioned in my preview, we were only able to attend on Saturday and Sunday, but what a whirlwind, jam-packed couple of days they were (check out my Storify to see all the tweets using #cinemawasteland, including my own from @andrearogers).  We picked up our passes (super-cool, by the way, see the front and back below) and began our Wasteland journey.

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The fun started in typical fashion — with The Three Stooges on film. My husband, Dave, and his brother belly-laughed so hard they almost had to leave the movie room. A quick lunch and peak in the dealer room, and we were on to the first big event — the main event, really — the “Street Trash” screening and guest panel. We’re long-time fans of the low-brow, low-budget horror comedy. It’s one of those great gems of the ’80s that could never be made today because it is extremely politically incorrect and a total splatter fest. The promo art for the reunion really sums it up.

street_trash_reunionIn between the movie and the panel, I snapped a quick selfie with Dave. As you can see, we were all smiles, partially because we had some much-needed time away from our little ones, but mostly because we have attended every convention since it started except one (for the birth of our daughter) and it’s the highlight of our Spring and Fall.   The panel discussion was perfect — a few wisecracks from Tony Darrow (who starred in “Goodfellas” shortly after he wrapped on “Street Trash”), some great stories from the trenches, and insightful commentary on the special effects from make-up artist Jennifer Aspinall, who is still in the biz today.

Writer and producer Roy Frumkes shared a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story about finding a long-lost, trunk-full of film many years later that is re-told in the making-of documentary, “The Meltdown Memoirs.” I have yet to see that, but definitely need to, so hopefully I remember it right — apparently some of the film was stored in the trunk of a car at the junkyard, which was later raided by the FBI, who then sold the cars at auction, and after many years, someone contacted Frumkes because his name was on the containers in the trunk. And voila! Lost footage found, 2-hour documentary produced.
 After the panel, we used the time before our next guest event to get our autographs from the “Street Trash” folks. It was tough to pare it down, but we settled on actor Mike Lackey (who played Fred), writer/producer Roy Frumkes, and make-up artist Jennifer Aspinall.

After starring in “Street Trash,” Lackey went on to a career at Marvel as an artist, and he recently inked a comic adaptation of “Street Trash” that hearkens back to the sleazy indie comics of the ’70s and ’80s.
IMG_3094He not only signed a copy for us, he took the time to draw an original sketch in the back, and snapped a photo with us. Like all the guests at Cinema Wasteland, the “Street Trash” panel members were kind and took the time to share memories and laughs with us. It’s really all about the films and guests at Cinema Wasteland — that’s what makes this a great show that is truly for fans. IMG_3096Up next was “King Kong Escapes,” introduced by actress Linda Miller. Our 4-year-old daughter is a huge Toho fan, and we have been watching “King Kong vs. Godzilla” on repeat since the Easter Bunny left it in her basket (with a Jet Jaguar bank, no less), so we were primed for this one.

What we weren’t prepared for was the heartfelt introduction Miller gave. Although her filmography is short, she has many sweet and funny stories about filming this wacky, action-packed, rubber-suit-monster filled classic in Japan. She expressed genuine gratitude for the warmth and outpouring of love from fans of the film. Here she is with us, posing for a quick photo after we nabbed her autograph. IMG_3097After the movie, we met up with our BFFs for a long, relaxed dinner (burgers, beers and great discussion about movies and music), and we closed the night watching “Green Slime.”

Jump ahead to Sunday morning — we popped into the Christian short, “The Sunshine Factory,” then took a few minutes to peruse the merchandise in the dealer room before watching the made-for-TV movie, “Covenant” on 16 mm. Ken, the show’s organizer, told us that he collects made-for-TV movies on film, and we always enjoy his Sunday morning offerings. I must say, this was a terrible movie — too much hairspray and shoulder pads and hardly any action, plot or character development. Not to mention there was really no ending — it was as if the filmmakers ran out of budget and just rolled the credits. No worries, though — this is part of the charm of Cinema Wasteland. We had a ball making snarky comments under our breath. Our last viewing was The Little Rascals’ “Kid from Borneo,” a short film with those lovable cuties.  Good, clean fun — Wasteland style.

Before we headed home to be parental, we shopped for about an hour in the dealer room, and walked away with an impressive haul. I’ll do a more detailed post on our finds later, but here’s a snapshot of everything we took home.

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Psychedelic sister, music-loving mama

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I was recently asked to draw my “river of life” on a big sheet of paper with those smelly, Mr. Sketch markers. It’s part of a leadership training I’m engaged in — the goal of that particular exercise was to become a better storyteller by sharing my life story in pictures.

I put a lot of events, people and places that stood out in my life. I summed up 3 of my key personal interests with 3 Ms — movies, music and makeup. I’m always blogging about the first 2, but this post is about the third — makeup.

My love affair with makeup is deeply rooted in my relationship with my mom. She’s a lifelong Mary Kay devotee. I remember her giving me a little blush and shadow when I was little, and later, taking me along to get new products from her consultant. For some, makeup might be silly and trivial, but for me it’s indelibly tied to my identity and my history. And it’s an expression of self.

As a sullen teenager, I was a black eyeliner devotee, and my shadow regimen consisted of the deep purples, blacks and reds that made my eyes look like smoky bruises. In college, I leaned toward low-maintenance looks — dark brown liner, neutral tones, mascara (of course).

In my 30s, here’s my morning beauty regimen — Cetaphil cleanser/moisturizer, followed by a Lush color supplement, Urban Decay eye shadow primer potion, 2-3 Urban Decay shadows, Urban Decay 24/7 liner, Benefit They’re Real mascara, a light layer of Bare Minerals powder, and a Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color lipstick.

I recently scored this Urban Essentials Eye Kit (a great deal at $48 from Ulta). It includes 3 full-size 24/7 eyeliners — Zero, Demolition, Psychedelic Sister; 3 full size shadows — Bordello, Sellout and Psychedelic Sister, and a big sample of Eye Shadow Primer Potion.

I also got a few other things with the order — a couple lipsticks and some awesome samples — namely Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara (I have yet to try it) and their All Nighter makeup setting spray, which I did try and it seemed to work well. Although I must admit the eye makeup is so good that it never creases or smudges anyway.

I love getting new makeup. I unboxed everything and laid it out on my bed, just gazing at it and imagining the lovely possibilities.
My daily go-to shades of eyeliner are Zero and Demolition (matte black and dark brown), but I was especially excited to try the Psychedelic Sister purples. This morning, I used all three shadows, plus a hint of another dark shade called Gunmetal on my lower lid, and did a little cat eye with the Psychedelic Sister liner. And I finished the look with black They’re Real mascara (if you haven’t tried this product, I strongly recommend you do). Paired with my purple dress, and the Quietus Writers Noise Rock Special playlist I’ve been listening to on Spotify, I’m feeling the purple power and radiating some seriously psychedelic vibes.  

Buckle up, it’s alive!

I was in the market for a belt buckle. But not just any belt buckle. One that would be a symbol of my individuality and belief in personal freedom (to paraphrase Wild at Heart). 

So I headed over to Etsy and, lo and behold, my search yielded this beauty, from reganflegan

I needed a new belt too, so I splurged and got the distressed leather belt in the shop too.

Quality is great, the design is fun and it was only $19 for the buckle and $23 for the belt. If you’re in the market for one, head over  to the Etsy store. There are many designs to choose from.

If you’re not in the market, just do yourself a favor and watch Wild at Heart. 

This is an honest thumbs up to reganflegan’s belt/buckle. I was not compensated for this review.

Pretty little creepy things

I recently discovered Creepy Co., thanks to Broke Horror Fan. It’s a small, but very cool online boutique that sells beautiful enamel pins, patches, stickers and other fun curiosities that pay homage to horror and cult films.

I’d eventually like to collect all of the pins, but for now I snagged the Overlook Hotel Enamel Pin.


I’m a huge fan of The Shining. I love the classic horror themes of the story — the haunted hotel, the possession, the creepy child with “special gifts.” I love the actors — Shelley Duvall, Jack Nicholson, Scatman Crothers.

And of course, I love the director, Stanley Kubrick. Like all of his films, The Shining has these iconic scenes. Stylish and powerful, images like The Overlook’s carpet (the pattern on the pin), the maze, the long winding road up the mountain, and the rushing waves of blood are burned into my mind.

The colors of the carpet are bold and a perfect accent for casual and professional dress. This is a pin that looks great on a jacket or vest pocket, alongside your favorite bands.

 But you can also wear it with a cute jumper or on a suit jacket at work.

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The best part? If you love The Shining, you immediately know what it is. And if you don’t know anything about The Overlook? Well, it’s just a super cute lapel pin.

Head over to Creepy Co. to buy one for yourself. At $12, they are a reasonable indulgence.

This is an honest thumbs up to Creepy Co.’s pin. I was not compensated for this review.