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2003

You know, I have a hard time believing that this was the fourth year for Ken and Pamís Wasteland show.  It seems like yesterday when Ken was telling me about starting his own show.  We have been there since day one, and still canít think of a show that we have more fun at.  As a dealer, itís clearly the easiest one for us to do.  Never any hassles or problems.  Plus people come there to spend their hard-earned cash.  As a fan, thereís more than enough dealers to keep me broke or at least that keep tearing me away from my own table.  And the celebs are always friendly, and very accessible.

This time out, there werenít too many celebs there that I hadnít seen at other shows over the years.  But for someone who hasnít been going to 5-6 conventions a year for the last 10 years, this had a pretty decent lineup.  You had 6 cast members from the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: Russ Steiner, John Russo, Krya Schon, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, and Bill Hinzman.  Being the film was made 35 years ago, these opportunities aren't going to be around that much longer.

You also had most of the cast from EVIL DEAD, including the always entertaining Tom Sullivan, the man who really created the Evil Dead.  Joining by the Ladies of EVIL DEAD, making a rare appearance was Hal Delrich, who played Scotty.  This made a great opportunity for me to add one more signature to my Turkish EVIL DEAD poster.   Now if I can only catch Sam Raimi at a horror conventionÖlike that is going to happen again.

Making her second appearance at the Wasteland show was the loveable Italian Demon lady, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni.  She spoke of her working with some guys named Argento and Bava, and now working on her music and painting.  She is always a joy to see.

But one of the real surprises for me was seeing Robert A. Burns.  I figured Iíd have him sign my TEXAS CHAINSAW poster, then Iíd be on my way.  But while I popped in for his Q&A to snap a few pics, I started to listen to his stories of being a set designer and working on a few other low budget classic films, like THE HOWLING, TOURIST TRAP, and THE HILLS HAVE EYES.  Not only was Burns very entertaining, but also very enlightening to what a set designer really does, and about the times that if theyíre really good, not getting credit for what theyíve done since nobody notices it.

One of my favorite highlights of the show has always been the late night hours spent in the movie room watching classic drive in films.  You can never see THE GREEN SLIME too many times.  Plus, seeing the ultra-rare Bill Rebane classic RANA: THE LEGEND OF SHADOW LAKE is a once in a life time chanceÖOkay, so Iím a big fan of Rebane.  And if that wasnít enough Rebane, they also screened MONSTER A GO-GO. 

We always look forward to this show.  And now with them doing two shows next year, itís even better.


ROBERT BURNS

  

 

CORALINA CATALDI TASSONI

  

 

EVIL DEAD REUNION

        

 

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD REUNION