by Randy Fox
Santa Claus made an unscheduled flyover to East Nashville, at least for lovers of classic cult films, with the announcement of the Cult Fiction Underground’s December schedule. For the past two years the cozy basement theater and lounge has presented an eye-popping, jaw-dropping schedule of low-budget exploitation classics each weekend. What’s been missing from the mix, however, were many major studio productions. Thanks to a new licensing agreement, that’s about to change.
The four Saturdays in December are bringing big-time shows to the theater including Reservoir Dogs (Dec. 7), Blue Velvet (Dec. 14), Bad Santa (Dec. 21) and A Clockwork Orange (Dec. 28). But just because the big guns of psychotronic cinema are in the house, that doesn’t mean the lower-budget cap pistols went out with the trash. Friday nights are still reserved for classic grindhouse fare including Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45 (Dec. 13) and a pair of holiday-themed horrors — Black Christmas (Dec. 20) and New Year’s Evil (Dec. 27).
Kicking off the Friday features this weekend is the final film of Louisville, Ky. born-and-bred cracked auteur William Girdler, The Manitou. It’s a tale of modern medicine, ancient evil, a midget medicine man and hyper driven histrionics, brought to you in high has-the-paycheck-cleared? style by a cast featuring Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Stella Stevens, Michael Ansara and Ann Sothern. Just check out the above trailer to glimpse a small part of its awesomeness. And while you’re at it, it might be a good idea to check your health insurance policy for any Manitou exclusions!
The Manitou is showing at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. tonight, and Reservoir Dogs will be showing at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday at the Cult Fiction Underground in the basement of Logue’s Black Raven Emporium. For details on the full movie schedule and other events visit the Cult Fiction Underground website.