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October 1st-4th, 2004
5th Anniversary Show

Yes folks, Cinema Wasteland celebrated their 5th year anniversary last weekend, and as usual, it was a great time.  While starting to write up my little review of this last show, where I'm usually saying the same thing about how much fun we have at this show every time.  It got me thinking.  Why is this show always a good time?  I think that is the one thing that sets the Wasteland show apart from all the other conventions or shows that we do.  Now maybe it's because I've known Ken and Pam for close to 10 years, but when we go to their show, it's not like any other show.  There's no 'before-show' pressure.  Where is our table going to be?  Are we going to stuck in some corner or another small dealer room?  Is there going to be a problem with setting up?  Is there going to be problems with the hotel?  Are the guests all going to be there?  Are we going to make any money?

After doing 6 of these shows in 5 years, I can honestly say that we have never run into any problems.  I believe the only time any advertised guests didn't show up was the show that happened a few days after 9/11.  How many times could other conventions say that?  Yea, there was a show that we hardly made any money.  But you know, I still had one hell of a time.

I think that's my main point in this (somewhat ass-kissing) write up.  The Wasteland show is all about having fun.  Whether we make money or not, we have always came out of there with another great weekend in our history books.  It's great seeing all our friends, both dealers and other friends and fellow fans that have been coming to these shows over and over again...almost like one big family reunion.  There's great movies to keep you up to the wee hours of the morning, plenty of Q&A's to attend, plenty of dealers offering killer stuff, and plenty of like-minded and very friendly people all around.  How can you not a have fun time?

This time out, we had the four baddies from LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT.  I was only able to catch a few minutes of their Q&A, but it was pretty funny from what I did see.  ILSA director Don Edmonds was there, and from what I was told, I missed out on a very entertaining Q&A with him.  I did catch the talk with SQUIRM director Jeff Lieberman, which was a riot.  After hearing him talk, it has made the point of listening to his audio commentary on the MGM SQUIRM DVD move higher up in my 'To-Watch' list.  He has got some great stories, not only about SQUIRM, but also about BLUE SUNSHINE and his other films.  Fans of the cult classic I DRINK YOUR BLOOD was able to meet and greet with director David Durston and star Lynn Lowry.  Lowry had also worked with Romero on THE CRAZIES and David Cronenberg on SHIVERS (aka THEY CAME FROM WITHIN).  And of course, there was Marilyn Chambers.  While she may be known for her other movies, horror fans remember her from David Cronenberg's RABID.  She was extremely friend and very gracious to her fans.

So check out our pics below.  Unfortunately, one roll of film that we took didn't turn out, so we don't have as many pics as we usually do.  But you will still get an idea of what was going on.  And once again, if you've never made it out to one of these shows, you are missing out...big time.


DAVID DURSTON

 

DON EDMONDS

 

JEFF LIEBERMAN

  

 

LYNN LOWRY

 

LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT REUNION