What exactly is Video Wasteland? Well , I would say it's the best source around for getting your hands on rare horror, exploitation and other cool films. It is also a great place to find merchandise, memorabilia, used tapes and tons of other stuff you need. Video Wasteland is a rent by mail service and it's very simple to use. Just join up and see. You needn't be a member to buy merchandise however. All that cool stuff is available to all; though members do get discounts on many items. Give this place a try; trust me, you will not be disappointed. For more info, an application or just to see what's up; here's how do get in touch: call: (440) 891-1920 (440) 234-1043 fax e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org on the web at: www.videowasteland.com or write: Video Wasteland P.O. Box 81551 Cleveland, OH 44181-1551
Why spend money at that "chain" store down the block that employs assholes that could give a shit less about your horror and exploitation film needs when you can find what you really want here? Now for the good shit, The Undertaker's interview with Ken Kish.
1 - WHEN DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN HORROR & CULT FILMS? WAS THERE ANY SPECIFIC REASON OR FILM THAT YOU CREDIT?
I first became caught up in horror movies at the age of four or five. I grew up in Cleveland, OH and in the late 60's and early 70's we had several TV horror hosts and weekend "Creature Feature" programs that featured the old Universal Classics, Corman films and bottom-of-the-barrel 50's drive-in dreck. It was extremely easy for a kid to fall hard for "monster movies" during that time. Plus, I had a cool dad. He worked split shifts, so when he worked second shift, all I had to do was go to bed early on Friday and Saturday nights and he would wake me up when he got home and sit with me when the late night monster movies were on. He worked all the damn time too, so it was easy to manipulate him into taking the family to the drive-in to see a 70's action flick or a horror movie. He never much cared what he watched, and me and my brother ruled over my mom any day of the week as far as he was concerned. With at least four TV monster movie shows on at that time and my dad being so easy as to what he watched, I don't really credit any specific film for my love of horror films, but rather the whole classic monster movie era of the 30's to the 50's [and my dad.] I had a lot to choose from as a kid.
2 - WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU STARTED VIDEO WASTELAND?
I'm a "jack of all trades." You name it, I did it. I started with a paper route at age nine and got my first "pick up the weekly paycheck" job selling flowers at thirteen. For almost seven years prior to starting VW full time, I was a printer. I ran the biggest press in the plant and the company I worked for refused to get me up to scale pay. Same story, different job - you know what I mean. I always did the best job I could for whoever paid my wages, but after working for so many cheap-ass bastards for almost twenty years, I was damn sick and tired of busting my chops and never getting anywhere - so I decided it was time for me to be the cheap-ass bastard for a change and start my own business. How could it be as bad as going to work unhappy every damn day, right? I started VW part time in the evenings after my regular job, and when it was making enough to pay the bills, I put in my notice and never looked back!
3 - WHAT GAVE YOU THE IDEA TO START VIDEO WASTELAND AND RENT OUT THE AWESOME ASSORTMENT OF FILMS YOU CARRY?
Since the real early 80's I had a VCR and always taped horror films for my collection. As the mid to late 80's approached, I started trading tapes with other collectors, only to find that as I met more and more tape collectors, I had a better collection of titles than most of them did. I had a few friends in Japan and Europe, and those guys used to send me all kinds of great titles I could never find here in the states - either master tapes or copies right off of the masters. It was like heaven to have all this cool, great quality shit! Like a lot of other guys, I started selling copies of what I had available to the guys who didn't have anything to trade for them just to keep myself in blank tapes and self-support my video hobby. I hit a few conventions as the only video dealer in the building [to actually make a few bucks] and it wasn't all to long before guys selling copies started falling out of the ass of every film related magazine you could pick up and convention you could attend. The more of them that popped up, the crappier and crappier the quality of the video's became. Rare tapes were being passed around and passed around and sold again and again until they all looked like they came from Video Sludge of Florida - or whatever that shit-hole is called that sells fuzzy blobs of subtitled moving color that look like they are at least 15 generations old. With so much crap quality video floating around, I figured that it might be a good idea to offer collectors the actual out-of-print master tapes and transfers made directly off of imported masters for a cheaper price than they could buy some unwatchable color smear with static for sound from places like that South Florida shit-hole. I pulled out the approximately 500 out-of-print master tapes I had in my collection, wrote reviews for them, and laid down the basic ground work for renting tapes by mail that VW has become. At the time, I had no idea that any other place had tried the rent-by-mail thing. Naturally, in time, I've found out that there were some other places doing rental-by-mail at the same time I started doing it, but I've never seen their catalogs and don't much remember their names. And without fail, a couple of people have tried to copy Video Wasteland since we started too. I find that genuinely flattering personally, but I wonder if they would have tried it if they knew exactly how little they would profit from it in the long run?... Still, doesn't matter much who is out there doing the rent-by-mail thing, I don't know of anybody that specializes in horror, exploitation, and cult films or anybody that can touch our selection of tapes available in that area.
4 - OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, VW HAS GROWN & YOU'VE EVEN HAD TO GET A LITTLE HELP WITH THE REVIEWS NOW. DO YOU EVER GET BURNED OUT WITH SO MUCH SHIT TO WATCH? DO YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO WORK ON YOUR PERSONAL COLLECTION OF MOVIES?
Watching 35 to 50 or more tapes for rental every month - and then trying to slip in a few movies just to watch for me, was really burning me out. Man, I did that for over five years and it was really starting to feel like a fucking "job!" To get that many tapes reviewed, you have to force yourself to sit and watch at least one movie every night and marathon through as many as possible three or four nights a month. Since I've always been an insomniac, it was easy to fit in two or three movies a night most of the time and actually take a few nights a month off from watching films. But after watching and reviewing almost 3,000 tapes for the rental business, it was becoming a real grind. I'm not a fan of everything, and you have to pretty much watch a lot of stuff you don't really enjoy when reviewing randomly. Now when it comes right down to it, I actually enjoy bad movies. I don't really watch TV, and I LIKE crap movies. For years, it was actually quite easy, but, like I said, you can't like everything, and having to review so many tapes on a monthly basis was starting to get me down in a major way as the years went on. When Sam Gaines and Terry Luster, a couple of VW rental members since the beginning, offered to lend a hand with reviews, I gave them a shot. I told them to follow only two rules: be honest, and actually watch the fucking movie! In almost 3,000 reviews, I never pulled a punch and I've never had anyone tell me that I lied to them. You may not like my opinion or my review, but I don't lie about the film I'm reviewing. If you want nothing but lies, read the back of the box the movie comes in! How many times have you actually sat and watched the movie described on the box? I think the ratio is something like 1,000 to 1 as far as I'm concerned. And as far as actually watching the movie you review, man don't even get me started on the people who pretend to write "review books" or sell copies and haven't watched a damn thing they wrote a review for. That irritates me to no end... Anyway, I don't know what I would do without Terry and Sam helping me out with reviews now? They've become part of the Wasteland staff and nobody has called the office once and told me that their reviews were "wrong" either. Hell, I've actually watched movies they've reviewed in my spare time because of the review they wrote! Thanks to their help, reviews have become fun again for me; and my wit, wisdom and sarcastic truth can once again shine over the world of political incorrectness and lay the smack down on the deserving has-been clods begging to be told the truth about the cinematic crap they've made me watch against my will.
5 - JUST IN CASE ANYONE'S WONDERING, HOW MANY FILMS DO YOU HAVE IN VIDEO WASTELAND'S RENTAL CATALOG NOW?
As of the beginning of May '99, we have just over 3,100 titles available for rental-by-mail, and another 400 to 500 stacked up in boxes waiting for review. Does another rental outlet with as many horror, exploitation and cult titles as we have even exist? Got me, but if there is, I'd love to visit it!
6 - DOES IT BOTHER YOU HOW THE BIG VIDEO CHAINS HAVE (FOR THE MOST PART) PUSHED SMALLER RETAILERS OUT OF BUSINESS?
Sure it does! Not only has it pushed the smaller "mom and pop" video stores into extinction, but it has all but eliminated the video companies that produce and distribute horror and exploitation films - especially lower budget and independent films. It's bad news all around... Unless of course you are a mindless fucking sheep just standing around with your thumb up your ass waiting to be told what and what not to watch. That's exactly what I see the big chains doing - dictating what you are allowed to watch. I could write an essay as thick as the phone book on this subject, so I'm not even going there right now. All I will say is that I've operated a "video store" in just about every sense of the word for over six years now and I dumped all my major label video distributor's less than six months after I opened for business. Hollywood can take their over-priced same-old-shit and shove it up their collective ass as far as I'm concerned. If I really want to watch the same old shit over and over and over again, I'll watch an old movie favorite that I've already seen - not the same movie with a different title, made crappier ever time they remake it for the dumbed-down masses.
7 - WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE HAVE BECOME "MINDLESS SHEEP" AND ONLY RUN TO THE "NEW RELEASE SECTION" OF THE LOCAL SHITLUSTER VIDEO?
I honestly believe that the problem with the world is that there is no more "survival of the fittest." We've become a wishy-washy pussy-ass nation of goody-goody bleeding hart "activists" that insist on saving everybody and every fucking thing while making sure we all "just get along." Sorry brother - Isn't going to happen. And those people really need to get a fucking life of their own and stay the hell out of ours! This is a country built on racism, hatred and greed. Deal with it and do your own thing. No matter how much we try, we are not going to fuck ourselves into a one color race of people that all look [and think] identical. I'm not advocating violence or hatred of any kind mind you, and I can't say I'm really a prejudice person because the color of people's skin doesn't mean shit to me - I pretty much think everyone isn't worth the time of day until you prove me wrong. But I am saying you should call the dumb fuck a dumb fuck if you think he or she is a dumb fuck. Go on and make fun of retards, after all, it's only human nature. Don't cover up the fact perverted Catholic priests are sticking their dick up the asses of alter boys, PLEASE put the killers on death row and pull the fucking switch! Do you see what I mean? No more survival of the fittest and all of these politically correct pussies and god-fucks tripping over each other just to tell me to stop making the retard down the street eat boogers because "it's mean." The world will be a lot better place without all of the lawyers, politicians, dregs-of-society and worthless morons that over populate it. And hey, somebody equally as stupid and worthless will always take their place just so you will always have somebody dumber than yourself to make fun of, disgrace, beat up and generally make yourself feel good about your own shit-hole existence. Now, I don't go for conspiracy theories but I do honestly believe that the government has done everything it could for decades now to dumb the American public down. Congratulations, it worked! Hope you all are happy. Education in this country sucks, and we do nothing to improve it. Less and less challenging situations are thrust upon the young people of this country and parenting skills have hit an all time low. Hey, it's always somebody else's fault, right? Flocking to the ballbuster "same-as-the-last-shit-you-just-watched-video-section" is just an extension of a stupid race of people demanding nothing but stupid, mindless entertainment. It doesn't have to be good, so why change it or make it better? Why make it different when you don't have to make it different? Reality is the simple fact that 70% of the human race I've actually come into contact with is flat out fucking worthless and should be used as target practice. If they all died at once, I know I can stand the smell their rotting corpses would make in a couple weeks. Can you?...
8 - HORROR FANS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE STRONGEST (AS A GROUP) FANS AND COLLECTORS AROUND. CONVENTIONS, MEMORABILIA, FILM FESTIVALS, ALTERNATE PRINTS OF FAVORITE FILMS. THIS IS ALL SHIT THAT WE LOVE AS HORROR FANS. JUST DOESN'T SEEM TO ME LIKE PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 25 OR SO REALLY GIVE A SHIT ANY MORE. ESPECIALLY WITH THE LACK OF LATE NIGHT MOVIES AND TV HORROR SHOWS AROUND NOW A DAYS.
Horror fans are just strong to you and me because we are horror fans. There is nothing scarier than a couple thousand inbred Elvis fans gathered in one place waving their black velvet paintings around, but they do indeed have conventions of that type that probably draw much bigger attendance than a lot of horror themed conventions do. What about Billy Graham? That hillbilly bastard has been draining the extremely low intelligence god-fucks dry for something like fifty years now. He pulls thousands of worthless "sheep" into stadiums all around the country to say absolutely nothing and rakes in millions in "donations." Ever tried to talk to a die-hard football fan about any fucking thing other than football? How about a gaming geek? You know, those fat fuckers that dress up in stupid costumes and don't bath for months at a time. Now, those are scary bastards! And because they all fit into the 70% I talked about in a previous comment, I'm sure a fag bar would be a much safer place to be than with any of those fore mentioned at certain times! You pretty much nailed what I think in your question. The under 25 crowd don't have any sources of exposure to classic horror films, drive-in dreck or independent horror films. How excited would you be if all you had to grow up on was Freddy sequels and shit like Scream? Do kids really care about sitting in front of an Evil Dead, Last House on the Left, or a Bloodsucking Freaks any more? They have porn.com, really cool video games, and dip-shit parents that give them everything they want - no matter how unnecessary or expensive - and have done such a good over all job of raising them that they take guns to school and shoot each other for my fucking amusement. All the young kids I know don't have shit for an imagination. They have the computer, they have TV, they have the mall and $300.00 fucking shoes! They don't go outside and play, they don't do crafty things with their hands like drawing, painting or building a tree fort. If it's not manufactured for them in bright colored plastic, they don't seem to care - and their parents don't force them to apply themselves or actually try in any way. Hell, I'm sure most of them will still live at home well into their forties. As if the world isn't bad enough now, it's going to be something to really make fun of in another twenty years! My nieces and nephews come around and I watch classic horror movies with them, expose them to Godzilla films - you know, kids films - not slasher and gore films yet; the oldest of them is only seven or eight now. We draw, go outside and play, build things and hike around the woods. We don't play computer games when they come to visit at my house!
9 - DO YOU MISS THE DRIVE-IN? ARE THEIR ANY STILL OPERATING AROUND IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS?
Man, I grew up at the drive-in. We had several drive-in's in the Cleveland area up into the mid-80's and I spent my summer's there until they tore most of them down. We still have two drive-in's within fifteen minutes of my house, but they haven't played a thing worth seeing in ten years. I guess because we still have a couple successful drive-in's in town, I would have to say no, I don't miss them. I just miss what they used to represent and the films they used to show.
10 - HAS OUR COUNTRY BECOME TOO DAMN PC? THIS NEW WAVE OF 90'S HORROR (STARTING WITH SCREAM) SEEMS TO GO BY SOME UNWRITTEN LAW THAT YOU CAN'T HAVE TITS AND BLOOD IN THE SAME FILM. NO ONE MAKES MOVIES LIKE THEY USED TO. WHAT HAPPENED?
check out my answers to the previous questions [like #7 and #8]. I think you'll get to know exactly what I think of our new found political correct society. As for "Scream" - I guessed the killer within the first ten minutes and refused to see part 2. Hell, I had already enjoyed the 1990 film, "There's Nothing Out There", so I had already pretty much seen "Scream" ten years before it was made. Not to take anything away from Wes Craven either. I'm sure that if he were allowed to make horror films the way he wanted to, he could come up with something very original that would scare the hell out of you. Nobody makes them they way they used to make them because nobody can afford to make them on their own, and Hollywood WON'T make them, period. Actually making a "film" is costly and "Hollywood" controls the film industry. They say "dumb it down so the 70% can enjoy it", and Wes Craven is forced to make "Scream" instead of something he knows will really scare horror movie fans. Several people actually DO make movies the way they used to. They just make them with no budget, shoot them on video and release them to a market so damn small they are lucky if they break even on their budget and get to make another one. Even if I had fifty million bucks and made a good old fashioned blood and guts slasher film, you would never see it in theaters. You wouldn't see it because no theater chain would show it. You see, if a chain of theaters did actually show my "independent" horror film, Hollywood would probably penalize that chain by not letting them show the next gushy turd-ass guaranteed money maker that sissy-boy Tom Hanks makes, or some shit exactly like that.
11 - HAVE HORROR FILMS BECOME TO TRENDY?
All horror films go through trends. Make a successful Frankenstein-type film in the 30's and 40's and every studio out there makes a string of man made monster films. Make a successful slasher film in the 80's where a hockey masked killer carves up teens, and 10,000 sequels are born. If it weren't for horror film trends, we wouldn't have those few really creative films that rise above the pack. The trends might change, but horror films have always been "trendy" as far as I see it.
12 - WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PORN STAR AND WHY?
Well, I actually have a few "favorites" for different reasons but I guess if I had to pick one, I would have to say Ginger Lynn. She always looked like she enjoyed the sex, and her "no hole barred" performances always kept my dick hard. Plus, I've meet her on a few occasions and she was always in a good, fan friendly mood - at least to me. (And, as a double plus, as I get older myself, she still looks fucking great!) I also always dug Veronica Heart, Seka, Marilyn Chambers and Venessia Del Rio for various reasons. Never really got into the "new breed" of fake booby porn starlets but you'll never catch me telling one of those shaved-snatch beauties to stop sucking my dick either!
13 - HOW MANY MEMBERS DOES VIDEO WASTELAND CURRENTLY HAVE?
Almost 1,300 people have come to the Wasteland for a bad movie fix over the last six years. A lot less than I imagined I would have when I started, but not too shabby a head count either when you get right down to it.
14 - IN THE PAST FEW YEARS,HORROR FANS HAVE LOST SOME GREAT DIRECTORS LIKE LUCIO FULCI AND JOE D'AMATO. WERE YOU SAD UPON HEARING OF THEIR DEATHS? DO YOU SEE ANY YOUNG DIRECTORS THAT MIGHT FILL THEIR SHOES?
Fortunately, I was able to meet both Fulci and D'Amato before their deaths. Fulci was older and in poor health, but I always had hope that the maestro would make a come back before he died. Still, his film legacy spanned decades and he said a lot of what he wanted to say in the films he did make. It's a shame to see him go, but hey, we all gotta go some time right? D'Amato is another story. He was relativity young when he passed away and nobody saw it coming. He didn't have a chance to be known as a "cranky old bastard" the way Fulci did, yet his film legacy is pretty extensive too. I just feel in talking to him that he was happy just working. Making porn features like he did the past few years didn't bother him as long as he was working and staying active. As far as young directors making a living in horror films - nope, I haven't come across anyone I can see wanting to be the next "horror guy." Honestly, I don't think Fulci and D'Amato thought of themselves as "horror directors" either. The only real horror director I can see is Wes Craven, and I don't see anyone on the horizon to take his place. Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson are sometimes called "horror directors" but in talking with them over the years, I would say they always wanted to be comedy directors and could very easily leave horror films behind. Now, there are some great directors out there making some dynamite shot on video horror films. Kevin Lindenmuth, Ron Bonk and Ronnie Sorter immediately come to mind as talented directors that are making some great shot-on-video horror flicks. These guys demand to have a budget and do their own thing on film, but who knows if it will ever happen? These are the guys I see as the future of horror films. You're not going to find them in Hollywood, that's for damn sure.
15 - IS YOUR WIFE SUPPORTIVE OF YOUR TASTES IN ENTERTAINMENT?
Hey, the first date I took her on was to a drive-in, with a case of beer, to see "Motel Hell" twenty years ago. We've sat through theater showings of "Last House on the Left", "Bloodsucking Freaks" and lesser gut-punchers, but equally cool films like "Evil Dead." She's vice-president of Video Wasteland, Inc. and would rather watch a bad slasher movie than an award-winning love story any day of the week. If she has a problem with my entertainment tastes, I'd never know it. Well, actually she doesn't like Santo movies because they are "dumb" and in Spanish - Hey, this is America. I thought Spanish was the fucking national language?! - and she really hates Italian thrillers because she finds them boring. Since I've actually seen them put her to sleep, I'll give her that one but Santo movies being "dumb"?! I may never forgive her for that comment...
16 - DO YOU ENJOY GOING TO CONVENTIONS? WHICH ONES DO YOU ENJOY MOST OR FEEL HAS THE MOST TO OFFER?
Unfortunately, I'm a fucking fan-boy. I'm every bit as bad as any fan-boy I've ever made fun of except I don't "stalk" celebrities, getting my picture taken with them is too geeky for me, and I tend to ask them what I think are much more intelligent questions than I hear some other fans ask. Still, I like to get an autograph, say hi and shoot the shit with convention guests. I've actually made a lot of friends over the years in what people might consider "celebrities," even if I just see them as friends that were in movies. I also collect posters and movie collectables so conventions are the best place on earth to shop! Woo, I'm a bigger geek than I always thought I was... Which ones are best? Hell, hit every one you can. Each convention has it's own little something to offer.
17 - WHAT IS THE MOST PRIZED ITEM IN YOUR MOVIE COLLECTION? YOUR AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION?
In my movie collection? As in tapes, laser discs or DVD? I dunno, after I look around and see a personal collection of over 10,000 horror and exploitation films on tape, 150 of choice laser discs, almost 200 foreign PAL master tapes and my new, yet steadily growing collection of DVD I couldn't even begin to pick one "prized" item. I'm sort of proud of the entire vastness of the whole collection. It often times overwhelms me when I'm trying to look for something. As far as movie memorabilia, like movie posters and the like goes, it's the same story. I've been collecting posters and stuff for twenty years, I'm pretty selective in what I keep for my collection, and I never collect for the value of the poster because there is no fun in that at all. I have a great collection of B drive-in movie posters and most of them are probably not worth anything. But as a whole, it's a great collection to sift through. So many great posters for so many terrible films were made!... Autographs? I'd have to say my Three Stooges photo signed by all three of the boys early in their career. I found it in an estate sale for a decent price. Curly signed his name as Jerry "Curly" Howard on the photo and when I sent it out to be authenticated none of the guys who looked at it had ever seen a "Jerry Howard" before. Needless to say, I don't have that piece just sitting around the house. It's stashed in a real safe place. My human skull, signed "The one that got away! - George Romero" is a cool piece too. I've been offered some decent cash for that piece, but hey, George really won't sign real human bones - and I don't blame him - so sneaking that past him to be signed back in '93 is a cool story in itself.
18 - HAVE YOU SEEN A MOVIE COME OUT IN A THEATER IN THE PAST 2 YEARS THAT YOU WOULD CONSIDER GOOD OR SCARY? ANYTHING CLOSE?
Nope. Nothing even close.
19 - SHOULD STUDIOS KEEP REHASHING THE SAME OLD CHARACTERS LIKE "FREDDY" , JASON", OR "MICHAEL MYERS" FOR SEQUEL AFTER SEQUEL, OR SHOULD THEY TRY SOME NEW IDEAS?
"Obviously they seem to think so. And hey, it's pretty obvious that they know exactly what you and I really want to see right? Originality might only confuse the 70% of the population that needs digital clocks and velcro shoes, so I say keep pumping out the same watered down drizzling shit-stain films... OK, that was sarcasm...
20 - IF SOMEONE STOLE YOUR CD COLLECTION, WHAT WOULD THEY GET?
Woo. They'd get my Rolling Stones, Alice Copper, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath collections - complete with imports, bootlegs and signed items. >OUCH< that would hurt. Maybe they would settle on a few hundred crappy horror films instead?!...
21 - DO YOU THINK ELITE ENTERTAINMENT AND ANCHOR BAY HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB WITH THEIR REMASTERED TAPES AND SUCH? WHICH DO YOU LIKE BEST?
Excellent job! Anchor Bay is pumping 'em out. And quality "uncut" prints at an affordable price make it easy for every fan to own what they want. Elite has always taken their time and pumped out quality product aimed directly at the collector. Their new DVD release of "Evil Dead" looks and sounds fucking great. With so many great titles released by these two, I'm stumped to pick any favorites off the top of my head but I have picked up 99% of what they keep putting out.
22 - ANY COOL PLANS FOR VIDEO WASTELAND IN THE FUTURE? I KNOW THAT AT ONE TIME YOU MENTIONED THAT RENTALS WERE DOWN AND YOU WEREN'T SURE HOW MUCH LONGER YOU MIGHT KEEP THAT ASPECT OF VW GOING.
The rental business never took off like I thought it would. That's why we branched into movie memorabilia and used tape sales. Hell, if we didn't branch into merchandise, I would have shut the rental business down a couple years ago now. But, as it goes, the rent-by-mail business is more or less a labor of love. It makes enough to support itself and now that I have help reviewing tapes, it takes little time away from actually making a profit doing other things. Memorabilia sales have become a good 70% of my business and I keep bending in that direction more and more. Our average monthly merchandise catalog contains over 2,000 movie and wrestling related items, with 80% of them listed on our web sight [www.videowasteland.com]. Cool plans for the future include the Cinema Wasteland Movie & Memorabilia Expo. The Midwest doesn't have shit for film conventions. Most of them are on the East coast with a smattering on the West coast, so I'm going to start my own next year here in Cleveland. It will be held September 15, 16 and 17, 2,000 at the Holiday Inn Select [15471 Royalton Road, Strongsville, OH. 44136]. Over 10,000 square feet of dealer space, movie rooms, guests - I'm trying to get together a "Dawn of the Dead" reunion, along with some other choice guests - should be a lot of fun. Cleveland, Ohio is close to Pennsylvania, Michigan, Toronto, Canada, Kentucky etc. Hopefully we can offer enough to get some people to make the drive and stay the weekend. It's still awfully early and I have a lot of time to get it planned out. We should have information listed on our web sight by July or August '99, or interested people can easily call the office or e mail us from www.videowasteland.com and we will get them on a mailing list. Other plans include a book on Mexican wrestling movies and an updated VW movie review book. I always try to stay busy. If I don't, I get bored. I get bored real easy, and when I get bored, I drink. I drink, and I get into trouble. Get into trouble, and I piss off the old lady... vicious cycle actually.
23 - WHAT TO YOU IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL SLASHER FILM EVER MADE?
"Friday the 13th", without a doubt. It not only spawned a thousand BAD rip-offs, but it inspired teenagers like myself with an 8mm camera, to get their ass in the woods and shoot their own bad slasher movie too. No matter how bad or bloodless the sequels became, I went to every opening night - at the drive-in, - with enough booze to kill your average dick-head college kid, and let the wife drive my drunk ass home after the second showing.
24 - WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ZOMBIE MOVIE?
"Dawn of the Dead", followed very closely by Lucio Fulci's sort of knock-off that didn't resemble it at all, "Zombie 2" [aka Zombie]. I watched those two films in theaters so many times in the early 80's that I couldn't count them on both hands - and they always showed midnight showings of the long print of Dawn back then too. Pack of smokes, bottle of six or seven dollar 100-proof anything and whatever "recreationals" I could lay my hands on, and I was one all set muthafucker! I still watch those two films once a year. Except I [finally] quit smoking cigarettes and the booze costs a little more now.
25 - IF FOR SOME REASON YOU EVER HAD TO LEAVE THE PLANET AND COULD ONLY CARRY A FEW THINGS WITH YOU, WHICH 15 MOVIES WOULD YOU TAKE? THIS WOULD BE IT - THE LAST 15 TAPES YOU'D EVER BE ABLE TO HAVE AGAIN AND YOU WOULD BE WATCHING THEM FOR A WHILE.
I hate to answer this question. I've seen a LOT of movies in my life - has to be at least 15,000 horror, exploitation and cult films at least - and I think I'd rather not take any tapes with me rather than try to even decide between 15 of the 10,000 or so I have stacked in my basement. But, off the top of my head, without any real thought - just like if I had to get my ass going in a hurry - I'd hurry up and snag the following: DAWN OF THE DEAD, Fulci's ZOMBIE and GATES OF HELL, BLOODSUCKING FREAKS (This is one of the fucking funniest movies ever made!), LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (ditto on the funny tag line), Argento's TENEBRAE, EVIL DEAD, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, 2,000 MANIACS!, DOLOMITE, ILSA THE WICKED WARDEN, DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, MOTHER'S DAY and the two hour collection of women getting fucked up the ass that I made from countless porn movies since you didn't mention I would be leaving the planet with any one else, much less a woman. If you don't wonder about my state of mental health by now, your my kind of person and the drinks are on me!