The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

If It Bends, It’s Funny. If It Bleeds, It’s Funnier: Low-Budget Horror-Comedy

Samantha Robinson is The Love Witch

Whether it be David Gordon Green directing a Halloween trilogy, John Krasinski directing a sequel to A Quiet Place, or Jordan Peele remaking Candyman, the Hollywood trend of comedic filmmakers transitioning into horror shows no signs of stopping. With the R-Rated release of the 1994 horror-comedy film Tammy and the T-Rex coming to The Frida Cinema this Thursday, let us look at some overlooked films in the horror-comedy genre. […]

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Seeing Red: The Colorful Chills of Hammer Horror

Curse of Frankenstein

True to its nickname, the British company pumped out a series of horror films that terrified audiences around the world throughout the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Breaking sharply from the stagy, black and white paradigm established by Universal’s Monster Movies, Hammer breathed new life into the genre with a flashy style that can best be described as Technicolor Gothic. […]

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

Black Sunday

From the 1960s to the early 1980s, the horror genre experienced a boom in Italy. While auteurs like Michelangelo Antonioni and Fellini made socially-conscious films that garnered accolades, other directors dove straight into churning out genre cinema—often in response to American cinema tastes—that reveled in heightened levels of violence, sex, and stylistic excess, […]

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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 Picture Show! Not to mention all of the tricks in our cult and foreign horror films that will make you up and scream. Celebrate Halloween all month long with us! […]

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Hispanic Heritage in Film: Maverick Directors

Maverick Directors

America has historically been a major trailblazer to technical and artistic innovations in film. While Hispanics/Latinos had some on-camera representation during the Golden Age of Hollywood, their opportunities behind the camera were minimal; Only a few names are known today: Gabriel Figueroa (The Fugitive and Night of the Iguana), special/visual effects artist and stop motion pioneer Marcel Delgado (King Kong, The Wizard of Oz, and Mary Poppins), and assistant director Francisco Day (The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah). […]

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The MANDY Diaries

still from Mandy

The goal is to catch a “cult classic” in its prime. I know this doesn’t make a lot of sense, seeing as cult classics, by definition, are films that don’t do well on their initial release and then later, with time, find their audience. In the 2000s, these kinds of films have been rare. Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs the World and John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch spring to mind, but overall… not a ton. […]

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