On October 24th, The Frida Cinema invites you to return to camp — and this time, we’re bringing the cinematic terror to your living rooms…The Frida Cinema’s overnight horror marathon CAMP FRIDA returns! For our first virtual version of our annual event, coming at you online, we’ve lined up a twelve-hour freak-fest gushing with classic slashers — including some deep cuts (pun firmly intended…) that will be streaming online for the very first time! Intermissions between the films will be filled with special guests, activities, and surprises!Tickets will be available Wednesday, September 30th at 10am!Registration to Camp Frida costs $25 — but sign up before Wednesday, October 7th to join us for the Early Bird rate of $20!
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode | 1980 | 97 minutes | Canada
The classic New Year’s Eve slasher starring Jamie Lee Curtis — now newly restored!
When a nerd receives a high-dosage of trauma courtesy some frat-boy buttholes, his only recourse is to crash a costume-party-train on New Year’s Eve. And also ferociously kill in the name of revenge while adopting the costume of each person he mutilates! Featuring a queer-tinged script by writer Judith Roscoe and Jamie Lee Curtis in her third starring role of 1980 following THE FOG and PROM NIGHT, TERROR TRAIN is the last of the great undiscovered 1980s slashers. This is an ultra-violent, disco-infested explosion of fun that gives us everything we want from a movie with a tagline that reads: “Terror wears many disguises . . . all of them deadly!” This includes life-enriching appearances from magician David Copperfield and Prince protégé Vanity.
Directed by Jefferson Richard | 1987 | 85 minutes
A group of friends have set out on a camping trip in a rural part of Utah. Although warned by kindly Norwegian immigrant (George “Buck” Flowers) about a series of recent killings, supposedly the result of a bear, the campers are undeterred. They decide to spend the night outdoors, getting drunk and sharing stories of “Berserkers” — ruthlessly violent viking warriors who wore bear skins and snouts! Soon, the campers are terrorized and ripped apart by a large and violent bear. But is it actually a bear? Or has a Berserker returned? An atmospheric and suspenseful slasher, punctuated by moments of shocking violence and brutality, BERSERKER is now newly restored from its long lost original camera negative.
Directed by Eugenie Joseph, Thomas Doran, Brendan Faulkner | 1986 | 85 minutes | USA
After taking shelter in a spooky old mansion, a group of travelers discover a ouija board and decide to spend the night. But they soon learn that playing with the forces of black magic isn’t fun and games, and it’s not long before they’re battling demonic creatures, shape shifters, and other forms of evil! Of all of the bizarre horror films made in the 1980s, SPOOKIES easily ranks among the weirdest. The film became a fan favorite thanks to its expertly rendered creature effects and notorious for its bizarre production history in which its original creators (co-writers/directors Brendan Faulkner and Thomas Doran, and co-writer/producer Frank M. Farel), were fired and replaced by Eugenie Joseph, who added new scenes and re-edited the previously shot footage. Newly restored in 4K from its long lost original negative, SPOOKIES has never looked better.
Directed by Lucio Fulci, Claudio Fragasso, Bruno Mattei | 1988 | 95 minutes | Italy | Italian with English Subtitles
Shortly before completing the sequel to his classic 1979 chomper romper ZOMBIE, the legendary Lucio Fulci became ill and left the Philippines-based production. When writers Claudio Fragasso & Rosella Drudi (TROLL 2) and director Bruno Mattei (THE OTHER HELL) stepped in to finish, the result became one of the most insanely enjoyable zombie romps in EuroCult history.
After a deadly virus is stolen from a government lab, it unleashes a wildly entertaining combo of Fulci’s signature extreme violence, Fragasso-style surreal logic and big bloody buckets of goo-spewing mayhem that must be seen to be believed. Merry un-birthday!
Directed by Michael Dugan | 1983 | 96 minutes | USA
A maxed-out mix of 1980s supernatural horror and slasher excess, MAUSOLEUM is a stylish, sleazy, and outrageously gory production, featuring a series of imaginative death scenes orchestrated by effects wizard John Carl Buechler (RE-ANIMATOR, GHOULIES). A woman (Bobbie Bresee, EVIL SPAWN) is infected with some no-good Satanic darkness upon visiting her mother’s grave, and she soon embarks on a logic-defying spree of telekinetic head-burstings, sexual mutilations, and high-octane unholy transformations, including one memorable segment where her breasts become carnivorous goblin heads. This inevitably leads to some stress in her relationship with her husband, played by former child evangelist Marjoe Gortner, as well as SANFORD & SON’s wisecracking LaWanda Page as the maid who won’t take shit from demons or anyone else. Throw in one crazed gardener, Mephisto-spawned lazerlight, and a brutal disregard for all rational motives, and you’re in for the best cinematic aneurysm of your life.
The House on Sorority Row
Directed by Mark Rosman | 1983 | 91 minutes | USA
Kate! Vicki! Liz! Jeanie! Diane! Morgan! Stevie! These are the women of Theta Chi, who are celebrating graduation with one last mammoth party. And one last mammoth prank. But of course, no prank in a graduation slasher goes off without a hitch. Soon enough, Theta Chi’s finest find themselves up to their necks in stylized bloodshed, non-hits by a New Wave band called 4 Out Of 5 Doctors, and the most exciting severed-head-in-a-toilet gag since TO ALL A GOODNIGHT. Beautifully photographed and filled with excellent performances, THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW feels like what would happen if BLACK CHRISTMAS was made in 1983 instead of 1974. This is also one of the few golden age slashers that isn’t driven by testosterone. One more reason to love it.
Day of the Animals
Directed by William Girdler | 1977 | 97 minutes | USA
Scientists warn that the depletion of the earth’s ozone layer is reaching critical levels, particularly in higher altitudes. How critical? Enough to unleash the vengeful wrath of the entire animal kingdom! No human is safe, particularly a group of nature-loving hikers — including Leslie Nielsen (THE NAKED GUN), Lynda Day George (PIECES), and Christopher George (GATES OF HELL) — who are menaced by every conceivable mountain-dwelling creature. Dogs! Rats! Snakes! Hawks! Owls! Lions! Bears! And all are out to send a clear message about chlorofluorocarbon abuse. Director William Girdler (GRIZZLY, ABBY) delivers this eco-sensitive, nature-runs-amok thrill-ride.
Directed by Rospo Pallenberg | 1988 | 91 minutes | USA
Paula’s (Jill Schoelen, POPCORN) high school experience couldn’t be better. Between being class president and dating her school’s star basketball player, Dwight (Brad Pitt, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD), she seems to have everything she could ask for. But when mentally disturbed teenage murderer Brian Wood (Donovan Leitch, THE BLOB) is released from an area asylum, it’s not long before the body count begins. A distinctly camp slasher, CUTTING CLASS is a lavish, self-aware take on the genre’s best-loved tropes. Starring Brad Pitt in his first feature film leading role, and featuring Roddy McDowall (FRIGHT NIGHT) and Martin Mull (ROSEANNE), CUTTING CLASS is newly restored in 4k from its original camera negative and in its uncut version, never before seen in the United States.
Directed by Alvin Rakoff | 1980 | 91 minutes | USA