The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Frida After Dark: October 2019

Firda After Dark; October 2019

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!

Night Train to Terror

Night Train to Terror (1985)

Directed by John Carr, Phillip Marshak, Tom McGowan, Jay Schlossberg-Cohen, & Gregg G. Tallas

October 4th & 6th

Get ready to go off the rails with the cult 1980’s horror anthology Night Train to Terror.

A group of teenagers pass the time on a train partying and dancing, unaware that the vehicle is destined to crash at dawn. Meanwhile, God and Satan contemplate three stories of human nature and bicker between themselves as to who will take the teens’ souls. Who will prevail when dawn comes around and the music stops?

Bloody and outlandish, Night Train to Terror is a low-budget film that could only have been made in the 80’s. Possessing a certain arresting absurdity, it’s little wonder that some have compared it to Plan 9 from Outer Space.

The Wizard of Gore

The Wizard of Gore (1970)

Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis

October 11th & 12th

American Genre Film Archive presents The Wizard of Gore, a magic-themed offering from splatter master Herschell Gordon Lewis.

Montag the Magnificent is a reluctant magician whose grisly stage mutilations become real just hours after the audience leaves the theater. As the mesmerist’s illusions become bloody reality, spellbound audience member Sherry (Judy Cler) gets him on her daytime TV show, Housewives’ Coffee Break. When Montag agrees, he stares into the camera and hypnotizes the viewing audience, planning to immolate them…

One of Lewis’ most thematically audacious works, The Wizard of Gore makes extensive use of the director’s love of illusion to weave a uniquely disturbing tale.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Directed by Jim Sharman

October 11th & 25th

Celebrate October with TWO performances from our amazing, award-winning shadow cast troupe K.A.O.S. and their fantastic monthly live presentation of 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Friday, October 11th… with an ENCORE PERFORMANCE on Friday, October 25th!

Head on down to see our costumed cast bring Rocky Horror to life before your eyes! Sing and dance along to the journey of Brad and Janet, two virginal small-town lovers whose car breaks down in the shadows of a creepy old castle, home to faithful handyman Riff Raff, his sister Magenta, and of course, the maniacal Dr. Frank-N-Furter!

An adaptation of Richard O’Brien’s 1973 stage musical, director Jim (Don’t squeeze the…) Sharman’s cult classic stars Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon as Brad and Janet. 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, and rocking biker Eddie. Sing-along (and shout-along!) to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a classic that still packs houses almost 50 years since its release!

The Room poster

The Room (2003)

Directed by Tommy Wiseau

October 12th

Bust out those plastic spoons! Frida After Dark is bringing back Tommy Wiseau’s The Room on Saturday, October 12th at 10pm!

Wiseau’s peerless magnum opus finds the auteur who shaped a generation taking on the arts of acting, writing, directing, 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! On top of that, their friends and family members have close calls with everything from drug dealers to cancer, building up to an unexpected conclusion that will shock audiences to their core!

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.

Next of Kin

Next of Kin (1982)

Directed by Tony Williams

October 18th–20th

Commonly referred to as “Suspiria Down Under”, Tony Williams’ Next of Kin is an unsung gem of Australian horror cinema.

The film follows Linda Stevens (Jackie Kerin), a young woman returning to her hometown twenty years after her mother’s death. Bequeathed her rural childhood estate, Linda finds it was converted to a nursing home for the elderly before her mother passed. When going through old diaries, Linda discovers a mysterious string of deaths within the residence as well as an eerie sensation of being watched from the shadows.

Equal parts giallo, haunted house tale, and murder-mystery, Williams crafts an Ozploitation flick that is somehow both derivative and ahead of its time.

Dark Water

Dark Water (2002)

Directed by Hideo Nakata

October 25th & 26th

Check your nerves because Hideo Nakata’s J-horror shocker Dark Water is coming this October.

Yoshimi Matsubara (Hitomi Kuroki) is forced to move out of her home and rent a rundown apartment for herself and her young daughter, Ikuko (Rio Kanno), after her marriage ends in a contentious divorce. Soon after moving into the unit, the two notice a leak in the ceiling that seems to be growing larger day by day. As Yoshimi wrestles with frightening visions and memories of her traumatic childhood, she begins to unravel the mystery of their apartment.

A worthy follow-up to Nakata’s Ringu (The Ring), the film adds eerie, psychological elements to a story that’s a family drama at heart.