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  • Writer's pictureGabe Powers

Grinding the Stream August 2021 UPDATES: Italian Horror Films

Welcome to the end of summer on the stream! As per usual, I'm including as many movies as I can per each category as I scour Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Criterion Channel, HBO Max, Peacock, Fandor, Shudder, Arrow Video, Tubi, Midnight Pulp (a "+" will be included wherever subscription fees apply), VUDU’s free selections, The Roku Channel, Popcorn Flix, Crackle, Dark Matter TV, Night Flight, Shout Factory TV (though most of their titles can also be watched via Amazon Prime). This month I've also added Paramount+ and AMC+.

Again, be warned – all of the free apps have ad breaks (I know, it sucks) and the video quality is inconsistent from app to app. Sometimes it's genuine HD, other times, it's sub-VHS. I've also included links to my own reviews of some of these films.

Dario Argento Horror Movies

  • Suspiria (1977) – Tubi

  • Inferno (1980) – Shudder, VUDU Free, and Tubi

  • Phenomena (aka: Creepers; this is the 110 minute version, 1985) – Shudder, The Roku Channel, Tubi, and Popcorn Flix, and AMC+

  • Two Evil Eyes (Italian: Due occhi diabolici; co-directed with George Romero, 1990) – Arrow, VUDU Free, Tubi, and Popcorn Flix

  • Dracula 3D (2012) – AMC+

  • BONUS: Door Into Darkness (Italian: La porta sul buio,1973), a four episode, an Italian TV series produced/co-directed by Argento and co-directed by Luigi Cozzi and Mario Foglietti – Shudder and AMC+

  • BONUS: Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake (2018) is an Amazon production and streaming on Amazon Prime.

Mario Bava Horror Movies

  • I vampiri (aka: Lust of the Vampire; co-directed with Riccardo Freda, 1957) – YouTube

  • Caltiki the Immortal Monster (Italian: Caltiki il mostro immortale; co-directed with Riccardo Freda, 1959) – Tubi

  • Black Sunday (Italian: La maschera del demonio; aka: Mask of Satan, 1960) – Shudder, AMC+, and Tubi

  • Black Sabbath (Italian: I tre volti della paura,1963) – Shudder, AMC+, and Pluto TV

  • The Whip and the Body (Italian: La frusta e il corpo, 1963) – Shudder

  • Planet of the Vampires (Italian: Terrore nello spazio, 1965) – Paramount+

  • Kill, Baby... Kill! (Italian: Operazione paura,1966) – Shudder and AMC+

  • Baron Blood (Italian: Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga, 1972) – Tubi

  • Lisa and the Devil (Italian: Lisa e il diavolo, 1973) – Shudder and AMC+

  • Shock (Italian: Schock, 1977) – Shudder, The Roku Channel, and Tubi

  • BONUS: Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (Italian: Le spie vengono dal semifreddo; Mario Bava, 1966) – Paramount+ (a 007 spy spoof)

  • BONUS: Danger: Diabolik (Italian: Diabolik, 1968) – Pluto TV (pop comic book adaptation)

Lucio Fulci Horror Movies

  • Zombie (Italian: Zombi 2; aka: Zombie Flesh Eaters, 1979) – Shudder, AMC+, and Arrow

  • City of the Living Dead (Italian: Paura nella città dei morti viventi; aka: Gates of Hell, 1980) – Shudder, AMC+, Night Flight, Tubi, and VUDU Free

  • The Beyond (Italian: ...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà; aka: 7 Doors of Death, 1981) – Shudder, AMC+, The Roku Channel, Tubi, and Dark Matter TV (under the title 7 Doors of Death)

  • The Black Cat (Italian: Gatto nero, 1981) – Night Flight and Midnight Pulp

  • House by the Cemetery (Italian: Quella villa accanto al cimitero, 1981) – Shudder, AMC+, and The Roku Channel

  • Manhattan Baby (aka: Eye of the Evil Dead, 1982) – Arrow, Night Flight, and Tubi

  • Conquest (Italian: La conquista de la tierra perdida, 1983) – Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi (not technically a horror movie, but a weird, violent fantasy movie)

  • Aenigma (1987) – Tubi and Midnight Pulp

  • Zombie 3 (Italian: Zombi 3; co-directed with Bruno Mattei, 1988) – Midnight Pulp +, The Roku Channel, and Night Flight

  • Demonia (1990) – Tubi and Night Flight

  • BONUS: Contraband (Italian: Luca il contrabbandiere, 1980), Fulci's hyper-violet poliziotteschi, is streaming on Tubi

  • BONUS: The Devil's Honey (Italian: Il miele del diavolo; aka: Dangerous Obsession, 1986) – Midnight Pulp + (more of an erotic thriller than horror movie or giallo)

  • BONUS: The Wax Mask (Italian: M.D.C.: Maschera di cera, 1996) – Shudder and Tubi (Fulci was set to direct with Argento producing, but he maestro passed away before filming started. Sergio Stivaletti completed the movie as director)

  • BONUS: Fulci For Fake (Simone Scafidi, 2019) – Tubi and Midnight Pulp (A recent documentary/biopic about Fulci's career)

Joe D'Amato (Aristide Massaccesi) Horror Movies

  • Emanuelle & the Last Cannibals (Italian: Emanuelle e gli Ultimi Cannibali; aka: Trap Them and Kill Them, 1977) – Midnight Pulp + and Night Flight (Warning: This film depicts genuine animal butchery)

  • Beyond the Darkness (Italian: Buio Omega; aka: Buried Alive, 1979) – Midnight Pulp + and Tubi

  • Anthropophagous (aka: Anthropophagous: The Beast and The Grim Reaper, 1980) – Midnight Pulp + , Night Flight, and Tubi

  • Absurd (Italian: Rosso Sangue; aka: Horrible and The Monster Hunter, 1981) – Midnight Pulp + and Tubi

  • Killing Birds (aka: Zombie 5, 1988; co-directed with Claudio Lattanzi) – Tubi

  • Deep Blood (Italian: Sangue negli abissi, 1990) – VUDU Free, Night Flight, and Tubi

Ruggero Deodato Horror Movies

  • Jungle Holocaust (Italian: Ultimo mondo cannibale, 1977) – YouTube (Warning: This film depicts genuine animal death/butchery)

  • Cannibal Holocaust (1980) – Shudder (Warning: This film depicts genuine animal death/butchery)

  • Cut and Run (Italian: Inferno in diretta, 1985) – VUDU Free, Night Flight, and Tubi (more of a violent action movie than a true horror movie)

  • Body Count (Italian: Camping del terrore, 1986) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV) and Tubi

  • BONUS: Lilith's Hell (2017) – Tubi (Vincenzo Petrarolo directed this meta-horror in which Deodato stars as himself. I have not seen it and cannot guarantee that it's any good.)

Riccardo Freda Horror Movies

  • I vampiri (aka: Lust of the Vampire; co-directed with Riccardo Freda, 1957) – YouTube

  • Caltiki the Immortal Monster (Italian: Caltiki il mostro immortale; co-directed with Mario Bava, 1959) – Tubi

  • The Horrible Dr. Hitchcock (Italian: L'orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock, 1962) – YouTube

Umberto Lenzi Horror Movies

  • Eaten Alive (Italian: Mangiati vivi!, 1980) – Midnight Pulp + and Tubi (Warning: This film depicts genuine animal death/butchery)

  • Nightmare City (Italian: Incubo sulla Città Contaminata, 1980) – YouTube

  • Cannibal Ferox (1981) – Shudder and Tubi (Warning: This film depicts genuine animal death/butchery)

  • Ghosthouse (Italian: La casa 3, 1988) – Tubi

  • Hitcher in the Dark (Italian: Paura nel buio, 1989) – Tubi

Antonio Margheriti Horror Movies

  • Horror Castle (Italian: La vergine di Norimberga; aka: The Virgin of Nuremberg, 1963) – YouTube

  • The Long Hair of Death (Italian: I Lunghi Capelli della Morte, 1964) – YouTube (Italian audio only)

  • Castle of Blood (Italian: Danza macabra, 1964) – Tubi

  • Killer Fish (Italian: Killer Fish - L'agguato sul fondo, 1979) – Tubi and Shout Factory TV

Lamberto Bava Horror Movies

  • Macabre (Italian: Macabro, 1980) – VUDU Free and Tubi

  • Demons (Italian: Demoni; Lamberto Bava, 1985) – Shudder and Popcorn Flix

  • Demons 2 (Italian: Demoni 2... L'incubo ritorna; Lamberto Bava, 1986) – Shudder and Popcorn Flix

Michele Soavi Horror Movies

  • StageFright (aka: Deliria, Aquarius; Michele Soavi, 1987) – Shudder, AMC+, Arrow, VUDU Free, and Tubi

  • The Church (Italian: La chiesa; Michele Soavi, 1989) – Tubi

Bruno Mattei and/or Claudio Fragasso Horror Schlock

  • Hell of the Living Dead (Italian: Virus; aka: Night of the Zombies, 1980) – Fandor and Tubi

  • The Other Hell (Italian: L'altro inferno; Mattei solo, 1981) – Midnight Pulp + and Night Flight

  • Monster Dog (Italian: Leviatán; Fragasso solo, 1984) – Tubi

  • Robowar (1988) – Tubi

  • Zombie 3 (Italian: Zombi 3; co-directed by Lucio Fulci & Mattei, 1988) – Midnight Pulp +, The Roku Channel, and Night Flight

  • Zombie 4: After Death (Italian: After Death - Oltre la morte; Fragasso solo, 1989) – Tubi and Midnight Pulp +

  • Night Killer (Fragasso solo, 1990) – The Roku Channel and Tubi

  • Troll 2 (Fragasso solo, 1990) – HBO Max

  • Shocking Dark (aka: Terminator 2, 1990) – Tubi and Night Flight

  • Cruel Jaws (Mattei solo, 1995) – VUDU Free and Tubi

The Rest (some of these are terrible, but that's their charm)

  • Atom Age Vampire (Italian: Seddok, l'erede di Satana; Anton Giulio Majano, 1960) – Tubi

  • Curse of the Blood Ghouls (Italian: La strage dei vampiri; aka: Slaughter of the Vampires; Roberto Mauri,1962) – AMC+

  • The Blancheville Monster (Italian: Horror; Alberto De Martino, 1963) – YouTube

  • Terror in the Crypt (Italian: La cripta e l'incubo; aka: Crypt of the Vampire; Camillo Mastrocinque, 1964) – Tubi

  • Bloody Pit of Horror (Italian: Il boia scarlatto; Massimo Pupillo, 1965) – Fandor

  • Nightmare Castle (Italian: Amanti d'oltretomba; Mario Caiano, 1965) – Fandor, Tubi, and Night Flight

  • Lady Frankenstein (Italian: La figlia di Frankenstein; Mel Welles & Aureliano Luppi, 1971) – Shout Factory TV

  • The Night Child (Italian: Il medaglione insanguinato (Perche?!); Massimo Dallamano, 1975) – Tubi

  • Beyond the Door (Italian: Chi sei?; Ovidio G. Assonitis, 1974) – AMC+, Shudder, Arrow, and Tubi

  • Hitch Hike (Italian: Autostop rosso sangue; Pasquale Festa Campanile, 1977) – Criterion Channel

  • Slave of the Cannibal God (Italian: La montagna del dio cannibale; Sergio Martino, 1978 – Night Flight and Tubi (Warning: This film depicts genuine animal death/butchery)

  • Witchery (Italian: La Casa 4; Fabrizio Laurenti, 1988) – Amazon Prime, Tubi, and Pluto TV

  • Nosferatu in Venice (Italian: Nosferatu a Venezia; Augusto Caminito, Mario Caiano, Luigi Cozzi, Klaus Kinski, and Maurizio Lucidi, 1988) – The Roku Channel, Tubi, and Night Flight

  • Paganini Horror (Luigi Cozzi, 1989) – Tubi

  • Metamorphosis (Luigi Montefiori, 1990) – AMC+, Shudder, and Tubi

  • Dark Waters (Italian: Temnye vody; Mariano Baino, 1993) Tubi

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