The Screening Room Cinema Cafe (3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst) is reaching into the vault – deep into the vault – for its new “Subterranean Cinema Series.”

A “monthly cinema exploration of cult classics, B-movies, grindhouse flicks and underground rarities,” the series launches at 9:15 tonight with “Maniac,” a film that has been called the “granddaddy of exploitation films.” The once-banned 1934 film is about a vaudeville actor who has a few problems after he kills a mad scientist who was obsessed with reanimating corpses and takes over his identity. “Maniac” repeats at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. No one under 17 is admitted to this film.

Coming up: the eerie 1962 cult film “Carnival of Souls” at 9 p.m. March 22 and 23 and 7:30 p.m. March 26; “Spider Baby,” a 1968 film starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Sid Haig in April; and “Master of the Flying Guillotine” (1976) directed by and starring Jimmy Wang Yu in May.

Films will be shown with an extra attraction of shorts or retro trailers. Admission is $5. Visit

– Toni Ruberto