Halloween Horrors: Monstrous Movies in Middle Tennessee Theaters

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• Gory thrills await at The Belcourt's 12 Hours of Terror, Nashville's own horror-movie marathon, co-presented by the Scene Saturday, Oct. 27, from noon to midnight. Pay up your life insurance before this triple-dare test of fright-film endurance, including Mario Bava's grindhouse gem Twitch of the Death Nerve, the jaw-dropping rarities Messiah of Evil and Society, and the Nashville premiere of Joseph Kahn's sense-deranging sci-fi splatter comedy Detention (above). Dr. Gangrene serves again as master of cemeteries, with plenty of vintage horror trailers, food and drink specials, and other surprises. Admission $18, $14 Belcourt members. 2102 Belcourt Ave., 383-9140

• On Sunday, The Belcourt's salute to Universal Horror offers the deliciously twisted double bill of Edgar G. Ulmer's The Black Cat, with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, and James Whale's peerless The Bride of Frankenstein, with Karloff joined by electro-coiffed Elsa Lanchester. The series concludes Halloween night with the Creature from the Black Lagoon reaching into the audience ... in real-deal 3-D! Also playing The Belcourt midnight Friday and Saturday is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 2102 Belcourt Ave., 383-9140

• With those tapering talons, Max Schreck would have made only clacking noises at the console of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center's Martin Foundation Concert Organ. Not so organist Tom Trenney, who supplies suitably spooky accompaniment for F.W. Murnau's silent shocker Nosferatu 8 p.m. Monday. Tickets $23-$46. One Symphony Place, 687-6500

• Egad! There's a buzzing in my pants! MTSU's Student Union Video Theater shows William Castle's gimmicky 1959 horror opus The Tingler 6 p.m. Monday as part of its "October Scarefest" series. Same time Tuesday, same location: Tod Browning's uniquely unnerving Freaks. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, 898-2551

• If evil al fresco is more your speed, Watertown's Stardust Drive-In offers Paranormal Activity 4 on one screen and Hotel Transylvania on the other Friday through Sunday. The first feature starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission $7.50 adults, $5 kids 6-11. See website for directions. 310 Purple Tiger Drive, Watertown, 237-0077

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