The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Universal Monsters Triple-Feature

The name “Universal Monsters” is a fitting one. The entire planet knows the iconic images of Karloff and Lugosi, the familiar lines, and the names of those fascinating and frightening creatures. Something special happens when you sit down in a theater and the cool flickering on the silver screen starts up to transport you to those […]

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Camp Frida 2019: In the Wake of the Witch

Triple, triple popcorn butter dripple,Silver Shamrock gleam and ripple.One rec room, a graveyard tooCamp Frida brought one eve to thee,By the power of three times three,Threequels, witches, and Halloween fright.Were you able to survive the night? Your favorite spooky-filled, twelve hour movie marathon has done it again! Thanks to our campers, counselors, staff, and volunteers, […]

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Once Upon a Time in Film Scoring: The Omen

The Omen

A new 4K restoration of Richard Donner’s The Omen screens tonight, October 8th, with encore screenings on Friday, October 10th & Saturday, October 11th A version of this article was originally published in Drunk Monkeys Lit + Film; reprinted with permission. Richard Donner’s The Omen (1976) remains one of the seminal religious-themed horror films to […]

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Adrienne’s Theory of Evolution: Vampire Cinema

Interview with the Vampire

The Lost Boys runs October 23rd–25th at The Frida Cinema Say it. Out loud… Vampire. Yes, that’s right, cinema’s best-known monster and arguably its oldest has gone through quite an evolution since it famously graced theater screens in F. W. Murnau’s 1922 silent classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. From bat-like humanoid in a drab […]

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Seeing Red: The Colorful Chills of Hammer Horror

Curse of Frankenstein

Few studios have had the distinction of their style of filmmaking constituting an entire sub-genre of cinema. While some like Disney for animation and Japan’s Toho for kaiju movies may spring to mind, the seminal example of this phenomenon is Hammer Film Productions, or Hammer Horror as it is colloquially known. True to its nickname, […]

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It’s Hard to Eat Your Penne with a Face Full of Spikes: Visionaries of Italian Horror

Black Sunday

Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond starts Thursday, October 3rd Away from Murderer’s Row where American werewolves, hockey-masked serial killers, and vampires reside side-by-side in their haunted houses with white picket fences stained pink from blood is a dark alley that few horror fanatics dare to venture down. The lucky few who follow it—and survive—are shown such […]

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Hispanic Heritage in Film: Latin America’s Trailblazing Directors

Latin America's Trailblazers

The Frida Cinema celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring the Hispanic and Latino heritage in film. In this series of blogs, we’ll be highlighting Hispanic/Latino talent both in front of and behind the camera, and the impacts of these individuals on—and legacy in—film. Part 5: Latin America’s Trailblazing Directors Concluding our Hispanic Heritage Blog series, […]

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Frida After Dark: October 2019

Frida After Dark

To honor our favorite holiday of the year, Halloween, Frida After Dark is presenting films filled with tricks and treats. Along with our monthly staple The Room, we have as a very special treat of not one, but two electrifying K.A.O.S. shadow cast performances of the most fun you’ll ever have in a theater, The Rocky Horror […]

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Hispanic Heritage in Film: Spain’s Art House Directors

The Frida Cinema celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring the Hispanic and Latino heritage in film. In this series of blogs, we’ll be highlighting Hispanic/Latino talent both in front of and behind the camera, and the impacts of these individuals on—and legacy in—film. Part 4: Spain’s Art House Directors Pedro Almodóvar, Victor Erice, and Luis […]

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