• Gabe Powers

Grinding the Stream August 2021 UPDATES: Sci-Fi, Westerns, Documentaries & Other Leftovers

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, and Shout Factory TV. 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.


Alien Rip-Offs

Movies inspired by Ridley Scott's film are simply a personal favorite specific subgenre and most of the "best" ones are, surprisingly, available streaming

  • Contamination (Luigi Cozzi, 1980) – Arrow, Pluto TV, and Tubi

  • Scared to Death (William Malone, 1980) – Tubi

  • Inseminoid (Norman J. Warren, 1981) – Arrow, Pluto TV, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

  • Galaxy of Terror (Bruce D. Clark, 1981) – Shout Factory TV and Tubi

  • Forbidden World (Allan Holzman, 1982) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV), Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

  • Creature (William Malone, 1985) – Paramount+, Roku Channel, Fandor, and Tubi

  • Lily CAT (aka: LILY-C.A.T.; Hisayuki Toriumi, 1987) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV), Roku Channel, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi (super weird Japanese animated film)

  • Creepozoids (David DeCoteau, 1987) – Tubi

  • Shocking Dark (aka: Terminator 2; Bruno Mattei, 1989)Night Flight, Midnight Pulp +, and Tubi (this is actually a dual rip-off of Aliens *and* The Terminator)

  • Dark Side of the Moon (D.J. Webster, 1990) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV), VUDU Free, Midnight Pulp + and Tubi

  • Dead Space (Fred Gallo, 1991) – Tubi (remake of Forbidden World)

  • BONUS: Robowar (Bruno Mattei, 1988) – Tubi (Bruno Mattei's very precise rip-off of Predator)


Body Snatchers and Stolen Identities

  • Invaders from Mars (William Cameron Menzies, 1953) Tubi

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956) Amazon Prime, Paramount +, Pluto TV, and Crackle

  • The Brain Eaters (Bruno VeSota, 1958) – Pluto TV and Tubi

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

  • Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (Hajime Sato, 1968) – Criterion Channel

  • The Stepford Wives (Bryan Forbes, 1975) – Tubi

  • Shivers (aka: They Came From Within; David Cronenberg, 1975) – Criterion Channel, Roku Channel, Tubi, and Popcorn Flix

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman, 1978) – Amazon Prime and Pluto TV

  • Contamination (aka: Alien Contamination; Luigi Cozzi, 1980 – Arrow, Pluto TV, and Tubi

  • Dead and Buried (Gary Sherman, 1981) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, AMC+, VUDU Free, and Tubi

  • Starman (John Carpenter, 1984) – Pluto TV

  • The Stuff (Larry Cohen, 1985) – Arrow and Tubi

  • Lifeforce (Tobe Hooper, 1985) – Pluto TV

  • Invaders from Mars (Tobe Hooper, 1986) – Pluto TV

  • Seedpeople (Peter Manoogian, 1992) – Tubi and Night Flight

  • Star Trek: First Contact (Jonathan Frakes, 1996) – Paramount + and AMC+

  • The Faculty (Robert Rodriguez, 1998) – Paramount + and Pluto TV

  • Virus (John Bruno, 1999) – Tubi

  • Decoys (Matthew Hastings, 2004) – The Roku Channel

  • Slither (James Gunn, 2006) – Amazon Prime and Tubi

  • Annihilation (Alex Garland, 2018) – Paramount +

  • Assimilate (John Murlowski, 2019) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV), The Roku Channel, VUDU Free, and Tubi



Post-Apocalyptic Trash & Treasures

  • The Bed Sitting Room (Richard Lester, 1969) – Paramount +

  • Gas-s-s-s! (Roger Corman, 1970) – Paramount +

  • A Boy and his Dog (L.Q. Jones, 1975) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV), Pluto TV, Shout Factory TV, and Crackle

  • Black Moon (Louis Malle, 1975) – Criterion Channel

  • Death Race 2000 (Paul Bartel, 1975) – Popcorn Flix and Tubi

  • Deathsport (Allan Arkush, Roger Corman, and Nicholas Niciphor, 1978) – Amazon Prime, Tubi, and Shout Factory TV

  • Mad Max (George Miller, 1979) – Paramount + and HULU

  • Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (George Miller, 1981) – HBO Max

  • The Aftermath (Steve Barkett, 1982) – Midnight Pulp

  • Warlords of the 21st Century (aka: Battletruck; Harley Cokeliss, 1982) – Tubi

  • 1990: The Bronx Warriors (Italian: 1990: I guerrieri del Bronx; Enzo G. Castellari, 1982) – VUDU Free, Night Flight, and Tubi

  • Escape from the Bronx (Italian: Fuga dal Bronx; Enzo G. Castellari, 1983) – Amazon Prime, VUDU Free, Night Flight, and Tubi

  • The New Barbarians (Italian: I nuovi barbari; Enzo G. Castellari, 1983) – Night Flight and Tubi

  • The Exterminators of the Year 3000 (Italian: Gli sterminatori dell'anno 3000; Giuliano Carnimeo, 1983) – Shout Factory TV and Tubi

  • Stryker (Cirio H. Santiago, 1983) – The Roku Channel

  • Prisoners of the Lost Universe (Terry Marcel, 1983) – Tubi

  • Rats: Night of Terror (Italian: Rats: Notte di terrore; aka: Blood Kill; Bruno Mattei, 1983) – Tubi

  • Warriors of the Year 2072 (Italian: I guerrieri dell'anno 2072; Lucio Fulci, 1984) – Amazon Prime

  • Wheels of Fire (Cirio H. Santiago, 1985) – Tubi

  • Def-Con 4 (Paul Donovan & Digby Cook, 1985) – Tubi

  • The Quiet Earth (Geoff Murphy, 1985) – Tubi

  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (George Ogilvie and George Miller,1985) – HBO Max

  • She (Avi Nesher, 1985) – Paramount +

  • Land of Doom (Peter Maris, 1986) – Paramount +

  • Equalizer 2000 (Cirio H. Santiago, 1987) – Shout Factory TV and Tubi

  • Steel Dawn (Lance Hool, 1987) – Tubi and VUDU Free

  • Mutant Hunt (Tim Kincaid, 1987) – Tubi

  • Hell Comes to Frogtown (R.J. Kizer, Donald G. Jackson, 1988) – Shudder, AMC+, and Tubi

  • The Sisterhood (Cirio H. Santiago, 1988) – Tubi

  • Empire of Ash (Lloyd A. Simandl & Michael Mazo, 1988) – VUDU Free

  • Dune Warriors (Cirio H. Santiago, 1991) – Shout Factory TV and Tubi

  • Delicatessen (Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro, 1991) – Amazon Prime

  • Raiders of the Sun (Cirio H. Santiago, 1992) – Tubi

  • Tank Girl (Rachel Talalay, 1995) – Amazon Prime


Other B-Sci-Fi and Fantasy

  • StarCrash (Luigi Cozzi, 1978) – Pluto TV and Tubi

  • Message from Space (Kinji Fukasaku, 1978) – Paramount +

  • Eyes Behind the Stars (Italian: Occhi dalle stelle; Mario Gariazzo, 1978) Shout Factory TV and Tubi

  • Battle Beyond the Stars (Jimmy T. Murakami, 1980) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV), VUDU Free, Pluto TV, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

  • Hawk the Slayer (Terry Marcel, 1980) – Shout Factory TV and Tubi

  • Space Raiders (Howard R. Cohen, 1983) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV) and Tubi

  • Deathstalker (James Sbardellati, 1983) – Shout Factory TV and Tubi

  • Wizards of the Lost Kingdom (Héctor Olivera, 1985) Amazon Prime (via imdbTV) and Tubi

  • Sorceress (Jack Hill, 1986) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV) and Tubi (a personal favorite)

  • Deathstalker II (Jim Wynorski, 1987) – Shout Factory TV and Tubi

  • Nightfall (Paul Mayersberg, 1988) – Tubi

  • Doctor Mordrid (Charles and Albert Band, 1992) – Pluto TV and Tubi (originally designed as a Dr. Strange movie, before the Band's lost the rights)



Revisionist Westerns

  • I Shout Jesse James (Sam Fuller, 1949) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • The Furies (Anthony Mann, 1950) – HULU and Paramount +

  • Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954) – HULU, Amazon Prime, and Paramount +

  • Man with the Gun (Richard Wilson, 1955) – Tubi, Pluto TV, and The Roku Channel

  • A Man Alone (Ray Milland, 1955) – HULU and Paramount +

  • The Deadly Companions (Sam Peckinpah, 1961) – Amazon Prime, Paramount +, Pluto TV, and Tubi

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962) – HULU and Paramount +

  • One-Eyed Jacks (Marlon Brando, 1961) – VUDU Free, The Roku Channel, Pluto TV, and Tubi

  • Cat Ballou (Elliot Silverstein, 1965) – The Roku Channel

  • The Shooting (Monte Hellman, 1966) – HBO Max, Criterion Channel, The Roku Channel, and Tubi

  • Ride the Whirlwind (Monte Hellman, 1966) – Criterion Channel, The Roku Channe, and Tubi

  • Little Big Man (Arthur Penn,1970) – Amazon Prime

  • Hannie Caulder (Burt Kennedy, 1971) – HULU, Amazon Prime, and Paramount +

  • The Hunting Party (Don Medford, 1971) – Amazon Prime

  • Chato's Land (Michael Winner, 1972) Amazon Prime

  • China 9, Liberty 37 (Sam Peckinpah, 1978) – Pluto TV

  • Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • The Proposition (John Hillcoat, 2005) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV), The Roku Channe, VUDU Free, Tubi, Pluto TV, Crackle, and Popcorn Flix

  • Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt, 2010) – HULU, Criterion Channel, Amazon Prime, Tubi, VUDU Free, Dark Matter TV, Crackle, and Popcorn Flix

  • Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino, 2012) – Netflix, Peacock, The Roku Channe, VUDU Free, and Pluto TV

  • The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent, 2018) – HULU


Documentaries About Cult Movies

  • Burden of Dreams (Les Blank, 1982) – Criterion Collection (the making of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo) – Criterion Channel

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait (Brad Shellady, 1988) – VUDU Free and Tubi

  • Reflections on the Living Dead (aka: Night of the Living Dead: 25th Anniversary Documentary, Thomas Brown, 1993) – Midnight Pulp

  • Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror (Ted Newsom, 1994) – Night Flight and Tubi

  • My Best Fiend (Werner Herzog, 1999) – Tubi (Herzog explores his relationship with Klaus Kinski)

  • The American Nightmare (Adam Simon, 2000) – YouTube

  • Ban the Sadist Videos! (David Gregory, 2005) – Arrow

  • The Spaghetti West (David Gregory, 2005) – YouTube

  • The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels (Kevin Sean Michaels, 2008) – Tubi

  • Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (Mark Hartley, 2008) – Amazon Prime, VUDU Free, Pluto TV, and Tubi

  • Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno (Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea, 2009) – Arrow (the story behind Clouzot’s unfinished film)

  • I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (Richard Shepard, 2009) – Fandor

  • Best Worst Movie (Michael Stephenson, 2009) – VUDU Free, Crackle, and Tubi (retrospective doc about the legacy of Troll II)

  • Nightmares in Red, White and Blue (Andrew Monument, 2009) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV), Arrow, Pluto TV, and Tubi (general look at ‘60s/’70s American horror movies)

  • Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (Jake West, 2010) – Arrow (extensive look at the Video Nasties phenomenon)

  • American Grindhouse (Elijah Drenner, 2011) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV), Pluto TV, and Tubi (general look at grindhouse films)

  • Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (Gilles Penso, 2011) – Arrow and Tubi

  • Birth of the Living Dead (Rob Kuhns, 2013) – Pluto TV and Tubi (the making of Night of the Living Dead)

  • Milius (Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson, 2013) – Pluto TV, VUDU Free, and Tubi

  • The Search for Weng Weng (Andrew Leavold, 2013) – Midnight Pulp, VUDU Free, Night Flight, and Tubi

  • Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (Daniel Farrands, 2013) – Shudder and AMC+

  • I am Divine (Jeffrey Schwarz, 2013)Netflix and Tubi

  • Video Nasties: Draconian Days (Jake West, 2010) – Arrow (a sequel/expansion)

  • That Guy Dick Miller (Elijah Drenner, 2014) – Amazon Prime, VUDU Free, Popcorn Flix, and Tubi

  • Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (David Gregory, 2014) – Shudder, AMC+, VUDU Free, and Tubi

  • Why Horror? (Nicolas Kleiman and Rob Lindsay, 2014) – AMC+ (horror fandom and psychology)

  • Monster Madness (three parts: The Golden Age of the Horror Film, The Gothic Revival of Horror, and Mutants, Space Invaders & Drive-Ins; Jeff Herberger, 2015) – Midnight Pulp and Tubi (these are mediocre, but enjoyable)

  • Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini (Jason Baker, 2015) – Shudder and AMC+

  • Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four (Marty Langford, 2015) – VUDU Free, Popcorn Flix, and Tubi

  • They Came from the Swamp: The Films of William Grefé (Daniel Griffithm, 2016) – Arrow

  • At the Drive-In (Alexander Monelli, 2017) VUDU Free, Night Flight, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi (about drive-in theaters, not the band from El Paso)

  • To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story (Derek Dennis Herbert, 2017) – Shudder, AMC+, VUDU Free, Crackle, and Tubi

  • 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene (Alexandre O. Philippe, 2017) – HULU

  • Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary (John Campopiano and Justin White, 2017) – Popcorn Flix and Tubi

  • Becoming Bond (Josh Greenbaum, 2017) – HULU

  • King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (Steve Mitchell, 2017) – VUDU Free and Tubi

  • They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (Morgan Neville, 2018) – Netflix (the making of Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind)

  • Shirkers (Sandi Tan, 2018) – Netflix (story of an unfinished, teen-made Singaporean indie movie)

  • All the Colors of Giallo (documentary about gialli; Federico Caddeo, 2019) – Midnight Pulp + and Tubi

  • The Dawn of the Kaiju Eiga (Jonathan Bellés, 2019) – Midnight Pulp (mostly about Godzilla movies)

  • Memory: The Origins of Alien (Alexandre O. Philippe, 2019) – Crackle and Popcorn Flix

  • Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (Xavier Burgin, 2019) – Shudder and AMC+

  • Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film (William Conlin, 2019) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV), VUDU Free, Pluto TV, and Tubi (documentary about Planet of the Apes make-up)

  • Cursed Films ( Jay Cheel, 2019) – Shudder (five part series)

  • Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen, 2019) Shudder and AMC+

  • Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (David Gregory, 2019) – Shudder, AMC+, and Tubi

  • Fulci for Fake (Simone Scafidi, 2019) – Midnight Pulp + and Tubi



Not Sure How to Categorize These Ones!

  • Eating Raoul (Paul Bartel, 1982) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max (Bartel's brilliant class and cannibalism comedy)

  • Peanut Butter Solution (Michael Rubbo, 1985) – Night Flight, The Roku Channel, and Tubi (utterly bizarre, Canadian-made kiddie adventure/comedy/coming-of-age pseudo-horror movie)

  • The Stunt Man (Richard Rush, 1980) – HBO Max and Popcorn Flix (a unique genre mash-up)

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