by Jim Ridley
Remember the good old days of horror anthologies held together by a ghoulish host — a tradition that extends from Night Gallery and Darkroom to those Amicus portmanteau shockers of the early ’70s (e.g., The House That Dripped Blood)? Kentucky-born writer-director Michael Wade Johnson does, and his 2009 triptych Killer Shorts, shot in Tennessee for less than $1,000, did well enough that he put out a follow-up in 2010. Ill-fated lovers, vampire parties, and a GPS system that delivers its users to their fates await in Johnson’s tales of the macabre. Samplings of the Killer Shorts DVDs and more (including his most recent short, last year’s “Creature of Habit”) will get two shows tonight in the downstairs Cult Fiction Underground theater at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium, located at the corner of Gallatin and Trinity Lane in East Nashville.
And come back for the small DVD cinema’s screenings of cult movies every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. This weekend’s offering is the Vincent Price vehicle The Last Man on Earth, the original movie version of Richard Matheson’s venerable I Am Legend. Coming attractions include John Carpenter’s inventive 1974 debut Dark Star (June 8-9), Sonny Chiba as The Street Fighter (June 29-30), and ’70s starlet Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith in the little-seen, oft-pursued Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural (June 22-23). Admission $5, with beer available in the lobby.