It seems weird for a library to encourage screaming, but thats the risk the downtown Nashville Public Library is taking with its month-long series of free horror-movie screeningsa cryptload of cult classics selected by resident cinephile Bill Chamberlain and the Popular Materials staff. First up is John Hancocks atmospheric 1971 shocker about a disturbed woman (Zohra Lampert) whose paranoid delusions may be neither; coming weeks will feature the murderous comedy Clue, the Hammer-horror yarn Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Richard Blackburns little-seen vampire fantasy Lemora: A Childs Tale of the Supernatural, and Mario Bavas bloodcurdling witchcraft thriller Black Sunday. Best of all, library staffer Clint Tatum has gathered taped personal introductions from filmmakers and scholars for most of the films: Hancock, who also directed Bang the Drum Slowly, does the honors tonight. To be projected from DVD on the big screen, free and open to the public.
Thu., Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m., 2008