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Beautiful Monsters: A Guillermo del Toro Film Retrospective and Tribute Art Show – October 2022

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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. These film screenings will take place at The Frida and at participating locations, and will be complemented by a lobby art show that will run through the month of October at The Frida.  We are pleased to offer these screenings to our community free of charge, thanks to generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts.   Click film title or poster to RSVP — all screenings are first-come, first-served, with priority seating given to those who RSVP.

– SCREENING SCHEDULE –

Cronos

Sunday, October 2nd – 6pm & 8:15pm
Directed by Guillermo del Toro | 1993
Location: The Frida Cinema

During the Inquisition in 1536, an alchemist in Mexico creates a device known as the Cronos which harnesses eternal life to whomever possesses it. In the present, antiques dealer Jesus Gris discovers it in an ancient statue from his antique shop alongside his granddaughter Aurora. While cleaning the Cronos, he accidentally activates the device which immediately makes him look younger. Of course, such things come with a price, and it’s not long before Gris finds himself detesting sunlight and craving human blood.

Gojira (Godzilla)

Tuesday, October 4th – 7:30pm
Directed by Ishiro Honda | 1954
Location: 4th Street Market Patio (Outdoor Screening)

Gojira begins nearly 10 years after Japan’s defeat in World War II with a mysterious attack on a ship off the Japanese coast. As authorities investigate, they soon discover that the responsible party is an aquatic, 50-foot dinosaur awakened by atomic testing. As the creature makes landfall and destroys Tokyo, a reclusive scientist struggles over whether to deploy a secret weapon he has developed against the monster (and risk starting a new arms race) or to keep his terrible secret to himself and allow Godzilla’s rampage to continue.

Mimic

Wednesday, October 5th – 6pm & 8:15pm
Directed by Guillermo del Toro | 1997
Location: The Frida Cinema

Cockroaches, carrying a disease that kills hundreds of children, swarm Manhattan. Entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) is tasked with exterminating them by creating a mutation of an insect that carries an antagonistic enzyme for the vermin. To this end, the cockroaches quickly die out. But a few years later, Dr. Tyler discovers a strange, new-looking insect. As Tyler investigates for herself, she comes face to face with the results of her experiments.

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Thursday, October 6th – 7pm
Directed by William Alland | 1954
Location: Birch Park, Downtown Santa Ana (Outdoor Screening)

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.

Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno)

Saturday, October 8th – 2:30pm & 5:30pm
Directed by Guillermo del Toro | 2005
Location: The Frida Cinema

Pan’s Labyrinth finds a young girl named Ofelia traveling with her pregnant mother Carmen to the Spanish countryside after the Spanish Civil War has ended. Waiting for them there is Carmen’s new husband Vidal, a ruthless nationalist army captain. As Ofelia’s mother becomes more frail from the pregnancy and her new stepfather focuses on stopping a guerilla uprising, Ofelia is left to her imagination, which soon finds her wandering into a mysterious labyrinth inhabited by a faun known as Pan, who is immediately certain upon meeting her that Ofelia is a lost princess from the Underworld. Pan informs her that in order to return to her kingdom, she must complete three tasks to prove her royalty – but if she fails, she can never return back home to her true parents ever.

La Belle et La Bete

Sunday, October 9th – 5:30pm & 7:45pm
Directed by Jean Cocteau | 1946
Location: The Frida Cinema

Belle is the epitome of a dutiful daughter – humble, caring, and unselfish. When her father, after losing the family’s fortune, becomes indebted to a monstrous Beast after being caught stealing from his enchanted castle’s grounds, Belle bravely takes his place as the Beast’s prisoner. Every day, the Beast asks Belle to marry him, and every day, she refuses. But as Belle begins to explore the mysterious castle and discover the Beast’s hidden depths, her self-serving siblings envy her seemingly rich life and scheme to kill the Beast.

The Devil’s Backbone (El espinazo del diablo)

Monday, October 10th – 6pm & 8:30pm
Directed by Guillermo del Toro | 2001
Location: The Frida Cinema

In 1939, three years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, a 10-year-old boy named Carlos is left behind at an orphanage in the middle of nowhere. Young Carlos finds comfort and safety in curt but considerate headmistress Carmen and kindly Professor Casares as he deals with bullying children, cruel caretaker Jacinto, and disturbing visits by the ghost of a boy named Santi. As Carlos finds out, Santi was brutally murdered the day a bomb was dropped on the school’s grounds – and whereas the bomb didn’t detonate, the ghost of Santi nevertheless latches on to Carlos with an ominous message, warning the terrified boy, “Many of you will die…”

Blade II

Tuesday, October 11th – 6pm & 8:30pm
Directed by Guillermo del Toro | 2002
Location: The Frida Cinema

Following the titular human-vampire hybrid, Blade rescues his old mentor in Prague when the town is hit by a disturbing new pandemic. Turning victims into savage mutants called “Reapers”, the pandemic affects humans and vampires across the city alike. Faced with the possible eradication of both their respective species, Blade and his human allies are forced to join forces with their vampire enemies to take on this unprecedented threat.

Pacific Rim

Wednesday, October 12th – 7pm
Directed by Guillermo del Toro | 2013
Location: French Street between 4th & 5th, Downtown Santa Ana (Outdoor Screening)

In the not-so-distant future, monsters known as Kaiju have risen from the sea to lay waste to humanity, leading to a brutal war that has taken millions of lives and diminished the earth’s resources. To battle the Kaiju, humanity have constructed Jaegers, massive robots controlled by two pilots who share control in a neural bridge. When even the Jaegers appear powerless against the evolving Kaiju, mankind’s last hope lies on two Jaeger operators: traumatized former pilot Raleigh Becket and new trainee Mako Mori.

Frankenstein

Thursday, October 13th – 7pm
Directed by James Whale | 1931
Location: Birch Park, Downtown Santa Ana (Outdoor Screening)

Friends and family of Dr. Henry Frankenstein worry about the eccentric scientist’s recent seclusion. When they visit the castle he is working in, they are shocked to bear witness to the creation of a creature stitched together from human parts (including the brain of a hanged criminal). Unfortunately, Frankenstein’s creation struggles to overcome its baser instincts and soon finds itself in conflict with those around it.

Julia’s Eyes (Los ojos de Julia)

Sunday, October 16th – 8pm
Directed by Guillem Morales | 2010
Location: The Frida Cinema

One day, Julia Levin randomly collapses, sensing a deeply malevolent occurrence. She soon discovers the cause: her blind twin sister, Sara, had just committed suicide. As she investigates the opaque circumstances surrounding her sister’s unforeseen death, Julia encounters a series of mysterious characters with whom she must decide whether or not to trust. All the while, her own eyesight continues to worsen to the point of dependency. A series of tightly held truths come to light, but will Julia’s eyes be able to see them?

Crimson Peak

Monday, October 17th – 6pm & 8:30pm
Directed by Guillermo del Toro | 2015
Location: The Frida Cinema

Mia Wasikowska stars as Edith, a young Victorian woman haunted by visions of her deceased mother who repeatedly appears to offer just one simple and ominous warning: “Beware of Crimson Peak.” When Edith marries the charming and seductive Sir Thomas Sharpe, she finds herself swept away to Crimson Peak, his remote gothic mansion in the English hills. Also living there is Lady Lucille, Thomas’ alluring and mysterious sister. As her mother’s apparitions are soon met with increasingly ghastly visions seemingly produced by the house itself, Edith explores the Gothic castle in the hopes of trying to solve the mysteries that seems to plague the estate – secrets that Lady Lucille seems hellbent on keeping silent.

Hellboy + Hellboy 2: The Golden Army: Drive-In Double Feature

Tuesday, October 18th – 7pm
Directed by Guillermo del Toro | 2004 & 2008
Location: Mess Hall Market, Tustin (Outdoor DRIVE-IN Screening)

In Hellboy, Allied forces foil a Nazi plot to recruit interdimensional forces to turn the tide of the war. But before they, guided by young scientist Trevor “Broom” Bruttenholm, can close the dimensional portal, an infant demon with a right hand made of stone comes through the portal. Promptly named “Hellboy,” the baby is adopted by Broom. Fast forward sixty years, a creature known as Samael wreaks havoc on the world. FBI agent John Myers is transferred to the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense at Broom’s request and meets Hellboy, all grown up, and fellow BPRD members Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman. As the forces of darkness close in, Hellboy and his team race to save humanity.

Picking up where the first film left off, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army sees an evil elf prince searching for the three scattered pieces of a magic crown. When put back together, the crown grants the wearer command of the Golden Army, a horde of indestructible clockwork robots that ravaged humanity in an ancient war between elves and humans. As the prince zeroes in on the missing pieces, it falls to Hellboy and his friends to stop him and save the world once again from total destruction.

The Shape of Water

Wednesday, October 19th – 5:45pm  & 8:30pm
Directed by Guillermo del Toro | 2017
Location: The Frida Cinema

The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins as Elisa, a mute woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she and fellow co-worker Zelda discover the lab’s classified secret – a mysterious, scaled aquatic creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.

The Bride of Frankenstein

Thursday, October 20th – 7pm
Directed by James Whale | 1935
Location: Birch Park, Downtown Santa Ana (Outdoor Screening)

Picking up where the first Frankenstein film left off, Dr. Frankenstein is approached by his old mentor Dr. Pretorius. Impressed by his young protege’s revification of the Monster, Pretorius talks Henry into helping him create a mate for the creature. Meanwhile, Frankenstein’s creation roams the country at will, encountering kindness in some quarters and hostility in others. “To a new world of gods and monsters!”

The Night of the Hunter

Sunday, October 23rd – 2:30pm & 7:45pm
Directed by Charles Laughton | 1955
Location: The Frida Cinema

Great Depression-era West Virginia: misogynistic serial killer Reverend Harry Powell styles himself as a traveling preacher, murdering the widows he marries for their money. During a stint in jail for driving a stolen car, Powell shares a cell with Ben Harper, an impoverished father who killed two men during a robbery in a desperate attempt to provide for his children. After failing to get his cellmate to reveal the location of the money before his execution, Powell makes his way to Harper’s hometown in order to woo his widow, Willa. But young John Harper, intent on keeping his father’s secret, suspects that this charismatic man of God is much more wicked than anyone realizes.

Nightmare Alley

Monday, October 24th – 5:30pm & 8:30pm
Directed by Guillermo del Toro | 2021
Location: The Frida Cinema

Based on the William Lindsey Gresham novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley stars Academy Award-nominee Bradley Cooper as Stanton “Stan” Carlisle. An ambitious carnival man with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words, Stan meets a female psychiatrist and becomes taken with her. The two go into business together, but he quickly learns that she is even more dangerous than he is.

The Orphanage (El orfanato)

Wednesday, October 26th – 6pm & 8:30pm
Directed by J.A. Bayona | 2007
Location: The Frida Cinema

After 30 years, Laura García Rodríguez returns, with her husband and son, Carlos and Simón, to the orphanage where she grew up. Laura plans on converting the now-defunct orphanage to its former function. But the longer the family spends time in the building, the couple notices Simón’s behavior changing drastically. Then one night, he disappears.

“Spanish” Dracula

Thursday, October 27th – 7pm
Directed by George Melford | 1931
Location: Birch Park, Downtown Santa Ana (Outdoor Screening)

Rarely-screened Spanish-language version, filmed on location simultaneously to the classic 1931 film! Based on the stage adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula sees the titular vampire hypnotize solicitor Renfield into being his mortal minion before relocating from his castle in Transylvania to an abandoned abbey in England. There, he begins preying on the people of London and working his will on one Mina Harker, who finds herself beguiled by the count’s charms.

The Book of Life

Friday, October 28th – 6pm
Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez | 2014
Location: Tustin Library Courtyard (Outdoor Screening)

During Day of the Dead celebrations, two gods – La Muerte, ruler of the Land of the Remembered, and her husband Xibalba, ruler of the Land of the Forgotten – observe the efforts of two friends, Manolo and Jaoquin, to win the hand of Maria, their mutual love interest. Taking a special interest in the affair, La Muerte and Xibalba agree to a wager: if Maria chooses Manolo, Xibalba will stop tampering in the lives of humans, but if she goes with Joaquin, La Muerte must switch places with him in the Land of the Forgotten. The bet is set, but Xibalba has a couple tricks up his sleeve to skew the odds in his favor.

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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