The CFU just posted its February schedule, which looks like the calendars I used to collect at Murfreesboro's dearly departed Cinema One. Here's what you can expect for the month of Cupid and the elusive groundhog:
• Stunt Rock (Feb. 1-2): Oh HELL yes. Long have we sung the praises of this side-splitting Aussie mix of daredevil stuntwork and fire-spitting prog-metal sword 'n' sorcery, courtesy of Brian Trenchard-Smith, the auteur behind The Siege of Firebase Gloria, BMX Bandits and Leprechaun 4: In Space. The idea that you can see this at 8 p.m. Friday and still catch Django at The Belcourt at 11 should inspire the cult-movie fanatic's version of the Gumball Rally from East Nashville to Hillsboro Village. Stay on the sidewalk, infrequent pedestrians!
• Mr. Vampire (Feb. 8-9) You will believe a vampire can ... hop. Yes, this is the 1985 horror comedy that spawned a franchise of Hong Kong "hopping vampire" movies (or to be more accurate, movies featuring a folkloric figure known as a jiangshi). Trust us when we say that if you have a soft spot for Army of Darkness, you need this movie in your life. Oh, and beer.
• Wild Zero (Feb. 15 only) Randy Fox (who'll likely be sitting in the CFU's seedy-Victorian-bordello parlor when you arrive) is a big fan of this OTT zombiepalooza pitting Japanese rock god Guitar Wolf against interplanetary invasion. It packed the joint last summer and is back by popular demand.
• White Zombie (Feb. 22-23) Deserving of better than its status as the ultimate in public-domain terror, this atmospheric 1932 shocker gives Bela Lugosi one of his best non-Dracula roles as Dr. Legendre, general practitioner of voodoo, whose HMO covers casting evil spells over new bride Madge Bellamy.
Cult Fiction Underground is located downstairs at Logue's Black Raven Emporium, 2915 Gallatin Pike, at the corner of Gallatin and Trinity Lane in East Nashville. Go early and geek out with the regulars.