contributor Brian Miles writes about the Nashville Public Library's weekly "Thursday Nights of Terror" screenings this month. Every Thursday in October at 5:30 p.m., the library's Popular Materials staff fires up a cult-classic horror film in the library's auditorium, free and open to the public. Since the library's DVD projection system is first-rate, the screenings have started to draw a sizable turnout.
This week's feature is the little-seen 1973 shocker Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural
, starring one of the great leading ladies of 1970s exploitation cinema, Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith. Not only may this be your only chance to see the movie locally on a big screen, the library staff has gone to the trouble of securing interviews and personal introductions from the filmmakers whenever possible—meaning that tomorrow night's screening of Lemora
will feature a taped interview with writer-director Richard Blackburn. The library is making these available as podcasts
, free for download.
The series ends in sepulchral style next week with a classy Halloween offering: Mario Bava's skin-crawling witchcraft thriller Black Sunday
. As a special treat, the library has lined up a taped intro from Bava scholar and Video Watchdog
founder Tim Lucas. Thank library staffers Clint Tatum and Bryan Jones for putting together this sack of razor-bladed candy.