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Film Threat Award This!

Join Film Threat and the Frida Cinema for a fundraiser supporting independent theaters! Film Threat’s Award This! is an event with a mission — to …


Frida Cinema hosting drive-in series of horror and cult classics with Tustin’s Mess Hall

Frida Cinema, the Santa Ana-based independent movie house, has teamed up with Tustin’s Mess Hall, a new chef-driven food market, to present cult and horror …

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Film Criticism

The Buzz Is Back: The 5 Best Horror Sequels

Thanks to our friends at Bombs Away Show, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is on its way back to The Frida Cinema! Departing from the chilling tone of the original, Tobe Hooper’s sequel has a goofy energy all its own and is a surprisingly worthy follow-up. On that note, let’s take a look at what I consider to be the five best horror sequels.

Batman Returns

A Very Gotham Christmas: Why Batman Returns Is A Great Christmas Movie

The second installment of Tim Burton’s Batman franchise, Batman Returns is interesting for a number of reasons. It really feels like a Burton movie, with the director’s affinity for Christmas on full display.

Francis Ford Coppola Month
Al Pacino

Francis Ford Coppola — A Million Feet of Film

This August brings Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now back to the big screen. Apocalypse Now: Final Cut is a 4K restoration with state-of-the-art sound. For a film experience that was already like IMAX before anyone knew what IMAX was… Yeah, this is a big deal. After all, we’re talking about a seminal work of American art which scholars of the future will reference when discussing the fall of the American Empire.

Summer of '69
Arthur Penn

Summer of ’69

The era of the film auteur may or may not have officially kicked-off in the Summer of ’69, but some of the period’s most memorable and successful films did. Throughout July and August, The Frida Cinema will screening some of these legendary films.

Frailty: Otis the Axe
Alfred Hitchcock

Frailty: Faith or Fanaticism?

The Frida Cinema’s Volunteer Pick for July: Bill Paxton’s FRAILTY! A film Stephen King called “unique, thought-provoking, edge-of-the seat entertainment.”