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Grinding the Stream February 2021 UPDATES: Italian Horror Films

New year, new me, new you, same pandemic! It's time to revisit Grinding the Stream for February 2021. 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, 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). Arrow started their own paid service recently, so I'm going to start including them where applicable.

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) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, The Roku Channel, Tubi, and Popcorn Flix

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

  • 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) – Tubi

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

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

  • Black Sabbath (Italian: I tre volti della paura,1963) – Shudder

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

  • Hercules in the Haunted World (Italian: Ercole al centro della terra; working title Ercole contro il vampiro, lit: Hercules vs. the Vampire, 1961) – Amazon Prime

  • Planet of the Vampires (Italian: Terrore nello spazio, 1965) – Amazon Prime

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

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

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

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

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

  • BONUS: Diabolik (aka: Danger: Diabolik, 1968) – Pluto TV

  • BONUS: Erik the Conqueror (Italian: Gli Invasori; aka: The Invaders and Fury of the Vikings, 1961) – Amazon Prime (a colorful, slightly supernatural Viking adventure)

  • BONUS: Knives of the Avenger (Italian: I coltelli del vendicatore, 1966) – Tubi (another Viking adventure)


Lucio Fulci Horror Movies

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

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

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

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

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

  • Manhattan Baby (aka: Eye of the Evil Dead, 1982) – 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

  • Zombie 3 (Italian: Zombi 3; co-directed with Bruno Mattei, 1988) – Midnight Pulp +

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


Ruggero Deodato Horror Movies

  • 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 and Tubi

  • The Washing Machine (Italian: Vortice mortale, 1993) – Amazon Prime

  • 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) – Tubi

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

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

  • The Ghost (Italian: Lo spettro, 1963) – Amazon Prime


Umberto Lenzi Horror Movies

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

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

  • Ghosthouse (Italian: La casa 3, 1988) – Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi



Antonio Margheriti Horror Movies

  • The Long Hair of Death (Italian: I Lunghi Capelli della Morte, 1964) – Amazon Prime

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

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


Lamberto Bava Horror Movies

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

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


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) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp +, Tubi, 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 +

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

  • Night Killer (Fragasso solo, 1990) – Tubi

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

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

  • Cruel Jaws (Mattei solo, 1995) – Amazon Prime


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) – Amazon Prime and Tubi

  • Curse of the Blood Ghouls (Italian: La strage dei vampiri; aka: Slaughter of the Vampires; Roberto Mauri,1962) – Amazon Prime, Tubi, Pluto TV, and Shout Factory TV

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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)

  • The Great Alligator (Italian: Il fiume del grande caimano; Sergio Martino, 1981) – Amazon Prime

  • Burial Ground (Italian: Le notti del terrore; Andrea Bianchi, 1981) – Popcorn Flix

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

  • Metamorphosis (Luigi Montefiori, 1990) – Amazon Prime, Tubi, and Shout Factory TV

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


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