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Film Guide

See It On 16mm Presents: The Thing from Another World/Them! on 16mm!
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 0 minutes
Rating: NR
Start Date: March 4, 2022
See It on 16mm Presents: Night of the Living Dead (1968) on 16mm
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 96 minutes
Rating: NR
Start Date: March 4, 2022
Presented by Rendezvous + See It On 16MM, it's George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead

A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of flesh-eating ghouls newly arisen from their graves, Romero's claustrophobic vision of a late-sixties America (literally) tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (Duane Jones) in the lead role.

Arrive early for a DJ set by Rendezvous at 7pm, and then stick around after the film for another at 10pm! Plus, Severin Films will have a pop-up stand selling blu-rays and other merch in the lobby!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show w/ Shadowcast by KAOS (Masks Required)
Genre: Musical
Runtime: 120 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: April 8, 2022
This event is sold out!

Our award-winning resident performance troupe K.A.O.S. returns for their monthly invasion of The Frida, as they bring 1975 cult classic THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW to life with their celebrated all-costumed, all-choreographed, all-leg-kicking live shadowcast!

NOTE: Due to this event's live, interactive, and audience-facing elements, performance troupe K.A.O.S. has asked that masks be required at this event in consideration of the safety of both their performers and their audience. Please ensure you bring a mask to this event, and wear it throughout the show with exception to while taking a bite or sip in your seat. Thank you for doing your part to help keep K.A.O.S. healthy and nimble!

Director Jim (Don't squeeze the…) Sharman's cult classic stars Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon as Brad and Janet, two virginal small-town lovers whose car breaks down in the shadows of a creepy old castle, where they encounter an odd collective of “unconventional conventionalists” gathered to witness transvestite scientist's Dr. Frank-N-Furter's latest creation – a muscular man named Rocky. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including tap-dancing Columbia, rocking biker Eddie, and of course, the castle's “Sweet Transvestite” himself, Frank-N-Furter!

Adapted from the 1973 stage musical by Richard O'Brien, this glam cult classic is a cinematic experience unlike any other. Sing-along (and shout-along!) to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a classic that still packs houses almost 50 years since its release! Get your tickets now before it sells out!

Doors open at 11:00pm and the official K.A.O.S. preshow starts at 11:30pm! Movie at midnight! Reminder -- masks required for this month's performance!

CODE OF CONDUCT:

RULE #1 - THIS IS AN AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION MOVIE
This is a cult movie released in 1975 with an R rating.
Film and show contain profanity and mature content.
Viewer discretion is advised.

RULE #2 - YOUR VIEWING WILL BE OPTIMIZED WITH A LIVE SHADOWCAST
Cosplay does NOT equal consent.
Consent is SEXY & ENTHUSIASTIC– not to mention, MANDATORY.

RULE #3 - NO FOOD PROPS OR THROWING OF FOOD IN THE THEATER
(No prunes, rice, hot dogs, or toast!)

RULE #4 - EVERY TICKET HOLDER MUST have their own SEAT
NO DOUBLE SEATING.
NO SITTING OR STANDING IN THE AISLES.

RULE #6 - No smoking in the theater!
If you're FLAMING, JOIN CAST!!
😉

RULE #7 - Alcohol available at the concession stand
Don't puke in the theater!!! That's what those gorgeous porcelain thrones in the bathrooms are for!!!
Flashing Lights and Fog effects MAY be used during the event.
Our troupe members will never solicit you to travel to another location, offer you alcohol or any type of drugs.
If we think you would be fun to hang out with, we will you to apply to join cast through a Google form on our Linktree.
If you would like to join KAOS, talk to one of us after the show.
The Room
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 99 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: April 23, 2022
Bust out those plastic spoons! Tommy Wiseau's The Room is returning in all its football-throwing glory!

Wiseau's peerless magnum opus finds the auteur who shaped a generation taking on the arts of acting, writing, casting, directing, editing and more. What's even more remarkable: he's mastered them all. The multi-talented director stars as Johnny, a big-time banker working in gorgeously shot San Francisco. His fiancée Lisa, seemingly a happy part of a successful relationship, has wandering eyes… for Tommy's best friend Mark. Cinema has never witnessed such betrayal!

An intense, sensual thriller, The Room is an intricately knit web of sweet secrets and bitter lies that interrogates the very form of drama itself as well as a truly unforgettable piece of cinema.

Coraline
Genre: Animation
Runtime: 100 minutes
Rating: PG
Start Date: July 11, 2022
Arvida Books' Movies 'N' the Books X Frida series continues with Coraline, Henry Selick's stop-motion adventure!

Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning) is having trouble adjusting to her new life after a move to the Pink Palace Apartments in Ashland, Oregon. Her workaholic parents have no time or inclination to pay attention to her, and her only friends are a stray black cat and Wyborn “Wybie” Lovat, the landlady's grandson. But one day, Coraline discovers a small door in the apartment's living room, revealing a portal to a parallel universe exactly like the real world—but better, more colorful… and populated by button-eyed doppelgängers. Unlike her real parents, Corealine's Other Mother and Other Father are attentive and devoted. According to the Other Mother, Coraline could stay here with them forever if she only lets her sew buttons into her eyes...

Based on Neil Gaiman's novella of the same name, Selick's unsettling masterwork won Annie Awards for its music, character design, and production design.

“[…] Coraline is disturbing not for gory images but for the story it tells. That's rare in itself: Lots of movies are good at severing limbs, but few at telling tales that can grab us down inside where it's dark and scary.” – Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com

“The third dimension comes of age with Coraline. The first contemporary film in which the 3-D experience feels intrinsic to the story instead of a Godforsaken gimmick, Coraline is a remarkable feat of imagination, a magical tale with a genuinely sinister edge.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“As creepy as it is charming, as bizarre as it is beautiful, this a true horror movie, but also a warm, brightly coloured children's fairy tale about the magic behind the everyday.” – Helen O'Hara, Empire Online

Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 106 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: September 30, 2022
Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon is a fantasy-adventure film directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, with a cast that boasts Jeon Jong-Seo, Kate Hudson, and Craig Robinson.

Mona Lisa Lee (Jeon Jong-Seo), escapes from an asylum and the strange abilities that she possesses prove to be dangerous. Newly free, Mona does her best to thrive in the disorderly streets of New Orleans. In the course of trying to make it on her own, she crosses paths with Officer Harold (Craig Robinson) and soft-hearted stripper Bonnie (Kate Hudson).

Since its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2021, Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon has received recognition for its thrilling usage of Italian techno and heavy metal on its soundtrack. The film won Best Original Music at the Catalonian International Film Festival in 2021 and Best Film Score at the Gerardmer Film Festival in 2022.

After the 7:30 screening on Saturday, October 1st, stick around for an in-person Q&A with director Ana Lily Amirpour!

Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon is a wonderfully strange take on New Orleans horror.” – Jojo Ajisafe, London Evening Standard

“In a sense this is Amirpour's most honest film. Unlike her previous ones, which struck a faux somber tone, this wears its neon, fun-loving heart on its sleeve.” – Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies

“With its hyper-saturated mood, hypnotic music and highly stylized cinematography, Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon will surely thrill the director's existing fans and convert new ones.” – Lovia Gyarkye, Hollywood Reporter

Dead & Buried
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 94 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: October 3, 2022
Kick off the Halloween season with Gary Sherman's suspense-horror film Dead and Buried, restored in jaw-dropping 4K.

In a small town where tourists are mysteriously dropping dead, the sheriff, Dan Gillis (James Farentino), investigates the peculiar cases. Horrifically, he discovers that the corpses are coming back to life. As he works with the town's coroner, William G. Dobbs (Jack Albertson) to solve the case, he begins to notice that his wife's behavior is growing extremely troubling…

With a screenplay by Alien scribe Dan O'Bannon, Dead and Buried has received praise for its impressive special effects as well as Jack Alberston's performance.

“[…] it is difficult not to be fond of this film […] mostly for the extraordinary performance of Jack Albertson as the old-fashioned mortician determined to work his fingers to the bone…” - Anton Bitel, Projected Figures

“The kind of horror movie that can't be made in Hollywood today – serious but not high-minded, meticulously crafted but not showy.” - Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

“[…] indescribable to modern audiences […]” - Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central

House
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 88 minutes
Rating: NR
Start Date: October 5, 2022
A recurring Frida favorite returns this October: Hausu, Nobuhiko Obayashi's singularly stylish and absolutely deranged horror oddity!

How to describe the indescribable Hausu? A psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt's creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects.

Equally absurd and nightmarish, Hausu might very well have been beamed to Earth from some other planet.

“One minute it's bouncy and perky and full of gonzo airbrushed backdrops, and the next a girl is drowning in a river of blood while a man turns into bananas. You can't take your eyes off the screen or you'll miss something truly nuts and awe inspiring.” – Brent McKnight, The Last Thing I See

It is a true original of considerable historical importance. It's gory, silly, at times splendidly incoherent, and yet possessed of a fairy tale innocence. – Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“Daffy and brilliant in equal measure, single-minded in its devotion to every wacko trick available to an analog director.” – Rob Gonsalves, Rob's Movie Vault

Terrifier 2
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 138 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: October 6, 2022
Art the Clown returns for more blood and mayhem in Terrifier 2, Damien Leone's follow-up to the original 2016 slasher!

Coming back for another round of ugly dismemberment and unrelenting violence, Art the Clown (David Howard Thornton) kills off Victoria Heyes (Samantha Scaffidi), who survived their previous encounters, and commits suicide after a long police chase. Two years later, Art awakens and sets his sights on a pair of siblings as his next victims. Luckily for Sienna (Lauren LaVera) and her serial killer-obsessed younger brother, Jonathan (Elliott Fullam), a new hero rises to take on Art in hopes of stopping the evil clown's rampage.

With Thornton reprising his role from the first film, Terrifier 2 is a shocking new entry in the franchise!

"Now, I view Art as a bloody icon. A sequel that improves on the original in every way." – David S. Smith, Horror Cult Films

"A self-indulgent, bum-and-brain numbing love letter to the undeniably hypnotic antics of Art the Clown." – Joel Harley, Starburst Magazine

"Utterly merciless and profoundly spiteful this unrelenting conveyor belt of suffering marks the coming of age of a chilling horror icon for our times." – Bradley Hadcroft, The People's Movies

Creature from the Black Lagoon
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 79 minutes
Rating: NYR
Start Date: October 6, 2022
This October, The Frida Cinema is proud to present Beautiful Monsters: A Guillermo del Toro Film Retrospective and Tribute Art Show, featuring all eleven of the Academy Award-winning director's feature films; three acclaimed films he produced; and seven films that served to inspire him. The series continues at Birch Park with William Alland's sci-fi horror film Creature from the Black Lagoon!

Grab your blankets, picnic baskets, and low-back folding chairs, and join us as the City of Santa Ana once again partners with The Frida Cinema to convert Santa Ana's Birch Park into an outdoor venue for live music and cinema! On Thursday, October 6th, we're excited to open our October series with William Alland's sci-fi horror film Creature from the Black Lagoon!

5pm - Gates open to the public. First-come, first-served seating! See venue rules and FAQ below!

6pm - Live Band (band TBA)

7pm - Brief introductions, followed by screening of Creature from the Black Lagoon!

Come early -- the first 50 people who enter the park at 5pm will receive a free small popcorn!

A team of researchers heads to a remote lagoon in the Amazon to study fossils belonging to a hitherto-unknown species of amphibious, bipedal creature. Much to the team's shock, a member of the species turns out to not only still be alive but surprisingly human as well, with it taking a special interest in female team member Kay. As the researchers argue amongst themselves about the creature's ultimate fate, they must also defend themselves against its superhuman strength and all-too human urges.

This event is part of Music & Movies in Birch Park, a weekly presentation of local music paired with classic cinema, provided every Thursday night in October at Birch Park! This series is being provided free-of-charge to the public by the City of Santa Ana.

Let us know you're coming! Please RSVP!

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

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LOCATION & PARKING

Birch Park is located in Downtown Santa Ana, at 400 W 3rd St., Santa Ana, CA 92701. Closest parking lot is the City's parking structure located at 310 N. Birch St. Guests who park in this lot will receive a validation ticket -- make sure you swing by the City's info booth at the event for your validation!

WHAT TO BRING

Bring a blanket, towel, LOW-BACK chair, or anything else you need to get comfy and enjoy a movie under the stars! Picnic baskets and outside food are welcome, though keep in mind that there are several fantastic neighboring restaurants that will be open to get your food needs handled!

WHAT NOT TO BRING

Alcohol and smoking are prohibited. Please be courteous to your fellow audience members — if you are planning to bring chairs, bring LOW-BACK chairs so as to not block the folks behind you.

WHAT TIME TO ARRIVE

Gates open at 5pm!

WILL THERE BE MORE OF THESE?

We are looking forward to partnering with the City of Santa Ana every Friday night in August to bring you this series -- and we'll be back in October, too! Keep posted on future Frida Cinema events, including more outdoor movies at Birch Park -- click here to join our mailing list!