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October 1st-3rd, 2010
10th Anniversary Show

 

It’s really tough to explain how we feel about the Cinema Wasteland show that we haven’t said time and time again in our last 17 show reports.  That’s right, folks….this was 18th show in the 10 years that they have been running them.  Just go back and read any of the 17 reports that we’ve done already and see how they have changed over the years.  That is one great thing about this show.  It never changes, but never is the same.

They have always been in the very same hotel since the very first show, which is something that no other convention can claim.  With the kind of drunkenness that goes on at the Wasteland, you’d think that there would be rioting, looting, and general lack of order.  But Wasteland fans are there to have fun and a good time.  That is what it is all about.  That is why people keep coming back year after year.

But in all seriousness, go back over our any of our previous reviews of the Cinema Wasteland shows and you will see something consistent: a good time.  Ken Kish has been putting on a show for their fans, because at the very heart of it, that is still what Ken is.  He is the exact same as every fan coming through the door.  He still remembers what it is at a convention that makes him happy and what he would go to see.  He’s not really interested in what might be “popular” but what HE would want to see.  He has done that since the very first show and has never looked back.  All I can say that it has been a great pleasure and honor to be a part of each and every one of those shows.  Here’s to the next 10 years!

The other reason for this being our favorite show is our friends.  Some of them, we only get to see at this show, so it makes even more special.  Couldn't even begin to count the times that we would be behind our table making ourselves laugh so hard that we wouldn't be able to talk to a potential customer if we wanted to.  From Eric and Linda Ott and Jon Stone, stuck in our little end of the dealer's room, from the monkey dance to cheese balls, we always have a blast each and every show.


JON STONE - LINDA OTT - ME

Making it's debut at this show was the new musical release from Buzz-Works, entitled HOUSE OF NIGHTMARES.  Combining talent with Nox Arcana, Buzz-Works creates a CD full of atmosphere sounds and music, perfect for Halloween time, or anytime you're in the mood for some creepy music.  We have been a huge an of Nox Arcana's work, and am glad to see that Buzz-Works is working them in bringing out even more scores from them.  We've known Buzz (pictured here with the HOUSE OF NIGHTMARES CD) for quite a few years, first meeting him at the Cinema Wasteland show.  We hit it off right away in our combined love of the genre and all things scary.  Buzz sells some great items, perfect for you home dungeon decor.  For more information about the CD and about what Buzz-Works does, head over to their website HERE.


BUZZ OF BUZZ-WORKS

For their 10th Anniversary show, Ken and Pam had taken a poll of the people coming to their shows over the years to see who they would want to see at the Anniversary show.  The top picks, if available, were asked back to the show.  The main headliner was Herschell Gordon Lewis.   Lewis made it a point to let everyone know that he was not charging for autographs, which is a refreshing to see that these days.  Lewis was also there promoting his latest film, THE UH-OH SHOW, which we caught the first part of during the screening.  It really looked like a lost Lewis film, filled with the campy over-the-top gore from his classics.  It features one twisted game show, where you really can lose an arm and a leg.  For being 81 years old, Lewis is still sharp as a tack and remembers plenty about filmmaking from his glory years, and really still apply today.

Camille Keaton, star of the original I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, was also making a return appearance.  For only starring in a few roles, she really is a favorite at the Wasteland.  She still looks great and really seems to have a good time meeting and talking with her fans.

They were also having a small reunion from the blaxploitation film ABBY, William Girdler’s tribute to THE EXORCIST.  Appearing at the show was Carol Speed, who played the title character, and Austin Stoker who played one of the detectives.  Joining them was another famous star of those films, Gloria Hendry, who starred in many of those early exploitation films.  They had some great stories of working on ABBY, as well as their other films.

Another return guest, who has to be one of the nicest people that you could ever meet, PHANTASM’s original ass-kicking Ice Cream Man, Reggie Bannister.  No matter how many times he is asked about PHANTASM, he will answer your questions and talk to you like you are his best friend.  Everyone that walks away from Reggie’s table has just made a new friend.  In all my years of going to conventions, I have never met a more honest and real human being, than Mr. Bannister.  I am honored to call him a friend.  Reggie’s wife, Gigi, was also there.  She has had small roles in films like BUBBA HO-TEP, but also has worked on several films in the makeup and special effects department.  It was so great to see these two at this show.  Made it even better.

Another guest whose reputation proceeded himself was renegade filmmaker Jim Van Bebber, director of the cult classic DEADBEAT AT DAWN.  I have to say that it is amazing that this guy is still around and still trying to make movies.  And that people hire him to do it.

We didn’t get as many photos as we usually do this time out, mainly because we were just having too much fun.  Kind of hard not to at this show.  We are looking forward to their show next April…as always.


CAROL SPEED & AUSTIN STOKER from ABBY
                 

GLORIA HENDRY
        

 

HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS
     

 

"ARTISTS" FRIENDS OF KITLEY'S KRYPT

STEVE BEJMA

 

PUTRID & DON ENGLAND

PUTRID AND THE NOTORIOUS JIM VAN BEBBER