by Randy Fox
Some younger geeks might think that the truly great era of sci-fi cinema began with the arrival of Star Wars on multiplex screens in 1977, but that’s hardly the case. The 10 glorious years from 1967 to 1977 were both the Golden Age of Futuristic Dystopias and the Golden Age of WTF Sci-Fi. The all-time king-daddy mash-up of these two genres is Zardoz, John Boorman’s totally stoned take on The Wizard of Oz from 1974.
How’s this for a set-up: In a post-apocalyptic future, a giant flying stone head vomits up truckloads of World War II surplus rifles to its followers, the “Brutal Exterminators.” Led by Sean Connery, baring a shag-carpet chest and a bright red jockstrap, this hardy and hairy band launches a campaign of genocide against non-Zardoz-worshiping types while chanting the slogan, “The gun is good! The penis is evil!” After that, the movie starts to get weird.
Don’t miss this Polyester Decade gem showing 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday at Cult Fiction Underground, East Nashville’s bazaar of the bizarre. It's located under Logue's Black Raven Emporium at 2915 Gallatin Rd. Tonight at CFU, a favorite from Country Life's drive-in days: David Schmoeller's masterpiece of mannequin mayhem Tourist Trap, with Chuck Connors. The trailer below promises "terror you can feel!" — and with Pino Donaggio's score to cash its checks, you just might.