The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

The Pit

The Pit

November 20th – December 17th

It Came from the ’80s! – Rawhead Rex, Link, The Pit, and Parasite. Purchase a Series Pass to gain access to all 4 films for $20, or individually for $8 a film!

Twelve-year old Jamie is an outcast in his small town—he is bullied, he shows signs of being a sexual deviant, and he has no friends aside from his demonic teddy bear, Teddy.

Influenced by commands he hears from Teddy, Jamie lures his unsuspecting tormentors one by one to a forest pit that he has discovered on the outskirts of town, so that they can be devoured by the man-eating troglodytes that dwell at the bottom of THE PIT! […]

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Rawhead Rex

Rawhead Rex

November 20th – December 17th

It Came from the ’80s! – Rawhead Rex, Link, The Pit, and Parasite. Purchase a Series Pass to gain access to all 4 films for $20, or individually for $8 a film!

Ireland will never be the same after Rawhead Rex, a particularly nasty demon, is released from his underground prison by an unwitting farmer. The film follows Rex’s cross country rampage, while a man struggles to stop it. […]

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Link

Link

November 20th – December 17th

It Came from the ’80s! – Rawhead Rex, Link, The Pit, and Parasite. Purchase a Series Pass to gain access to all 4 films for $20, or individually for $8 a film!

BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION! An Experiment in Terror! Elisabeth Shue (The Saint, Leaving Las Vegas) and Terence Stamp (The Limey, The Real McCoy) co-star in this suspenseful horror film directed by Richard Franklin (Road Games, F/X2) and featuring a chilling score by legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith (The Omen, The Satan Bug, 100 Rifles).

Young graduate student Jane Chase (Shue) becomes the new assistant to an eccentric zoology professor (Stamp) at the remote home he shares with two brilliant chimpanzees and an elderly orangutan butler named Link. But when one of the chimps is found dead and the professor mysteriously disappears, Link becomes dangerously aggressive towards Jane. Now, the time for “monkey business” is over and the true terror is about to begin. […]

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Parasite

Parasite

November 20th – December 17th

It Came from the ’80s! – Rawhead Rex, Link, The Pit, and Parasite. Purchase a Series Pass to gain access to all 4 films for $20, or individually for $8 a film!

Paul Dean, a scientist, discovers a deadly parasite which can be used for the good of mankind. But some unscrupulous people have other uses in mind.

To prevent his discovery from being put to ill use, Dean destroys his lab and flees, taking two parasites with him, one he keeps in a tin but the other he keeps on his stomach – with potentially fatal consequences. Dean not only has to escape from his pursuers, but he also has to find an antidote to save his life. Featuring Demi Moore.
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Divine Love

Divine Love

November 13th – November 26th

Divine Love is an amped up, sexy and witty take on a future full of dance parties, ritualistic orgies, cults and fundamentalist Christianity, and a critique of today’s right-wing led Brazil.

It’s the year 2027 in this dystopian, fluorescent sci fi story of Joana (Brazilian star Dira Paes), who uses her bureaucratic job to convince divorcing couples to stay together. Her secret weapon is Divine Love, an evangelical cult she belongs to that mixes in a little swinging and group fun into its more traditional prayers and services. Joana herself can’t seem to get pregnant by her own husband, but in an attempt to save her own marriage, she prays regularly at a very unusual religious drive-in, looking for a miracle to help her conceive.

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Action U.S.A.

Action U.S.A.

November 13th – November 26th 

VHS-era action, your mind detonates with fast cars, helicopter chases, profanity, nudity, cocaine-ity, fisticuffs, stolen diamonds, FBI agents, defenestration, shotgun castration, men on fire and Casio soundtracks — in 1989, daredevil-turned-filmmaker John Stewart squeezed all of the above into the most explosive, death-defying, bullet-riddled, grenade-launching, flame-broiled independent film in history!

Having cut his teeth handling stuntwork for such features as Neon Maniacs, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Hard Rock Zombies, Stewart’s directorial debut tears out of the gates with a ferocity never seen before or since in the independent action pantheon. Under-appreciated character actor Gregory Scott Cummins — who’s played a greasy lowlife 167 times, and a good guy only twice — is a reluctantly heroic FBI agent tasked with keeping a witness safe after the mob murders her boyfriend. But the route back to federal headquarters is a non-stop barrage of bullets, blasts, and bodies, constantly raising the bar of inhuman wildness until the film’s final second. Don’t miss the insane 89-minute experience that is Action U.S.A. — unearthed and remastered by the American Genre Film Archive. […]

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Lowdown Dirty Criminals

Lowdown Dirty Criminals

November 20th – December 10th

A uniquely and distinctly kiwi take on the buddy comedy film, Lowdown Dirty Criminals features rising NZ star James Rolleston in a solidifying performance and as many laugh-out-loud moments as your typical crime caper-turned-thrilling-heist-turned-heartwarming-tale-of-friendship film.

When Freddy loses his job delivering pizza, he and his best buddy Marvin find work with a small time crook, Spiggs. After they botch a straightforward job, Spiggs sends them on a fool’s errand – to kill gangster Donny Kong, who’s been sleeping with Spiggs’ wife. When the wrong guy ends up dead, Freddy and Marvin find themselves crossing paths with someone even scarier than their boss – über gangster The Upholsterer and her hapless henchmen Semo and Roy. The ensuing chaos escalates into a world of hilarity and violence that’ll threaten their lives and force them to re-evaluate their career choices. […]

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It Cuts Deep

It Cuts Deep

November 20th – December 10th

Dark Sky Films and MPI Media present It Cuts Deep, the feature directorial debut of writer/director Nicholas Payne Santos (Holiday Fear, Mother F**ker).

While on Christmas vacation, a young couple contemplates their future together. Ashley is interested in getting married and having kids which terrifies Sam. When the more attractive and paternal Nolan enters the picture, Sam’s life spirals out of control as Ashley questions their relationship. Chaos reigns as Sam desperately clings to Ashley while fending off the threatening Nolan. […]

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Mandabi

Ends February 11th

This second feature by Ousmane Sembène was the first movie ever made in the Wolof language—a major step toward the realization of the trailblazing Senegalese filmmaker’s dream of creating a cinema by, about, and for Africans. […]

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Identifying Features

Ends February 11th

Winner of this year’s IFP Gotham Award for Best International Feature Film!

Middle-aged Magdalena (Mercedes Hernandez) has lost contact with her son after he took off with a friend from their town of Guanajuato to cross the border into the U.S., hopeful to find work. […]

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