• Gabe Powers

Grinding the Stream June 2020 UPDATES: World Tour!

***This is going to be a mid-monthly tradition now, I guess. At least until social distancing standards are completely abandoned. Maybe even after that. Some updates will be bigger than others – it all depends on what differences I can find. I've also added HBO Max selections this month.***


Are you self isolating? Are you thinking about broadening your cinematic horizons? Perhaps you’d like to learn about a specific genre? I’m here to help. Here's a SUPER-SIZED list of cult titles from Europe, Asia, and other non-North American regions available to stream RIGHT NOW, broken up by region and, where needed, performer or director.


Netflix and Hulu have plenty of newer choices, but Amazon Prime is better for older cult titles, as are various free streaming services available via Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, et cetera. I compared a bunch and, for the sake of simplicity, I found the best in terms of content and video quality to be Tubi, Midnight Pulp (a "+" will be included wherever subscription fees apply), VUDU’s free selections, The Roku Channel, Shout Factory TV (though most of their titles can also be watched via Amazon Prime), Popcorn Flix, Crackle, Dark Matter TV (again, a "+" will be included wherever subscription fees apply). Other paid services, namely the Criterion Channel and Shudder, have plenty to offer in this regard.


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. Apologies if I’ve suggested something with particularly grim A/V quality and be aware that the availability is based on the research I did on May 6, 2020. Given the nature of streaming media, I imagine very few of these titles will be available in perpetuity. I've included links to my own reviews of some of these films and be aware that, despite my classifications below, complete director filmographies are not currently available free/subscription streaming.



UK Cult and Horror


Hammer Films

  • The Man Who Could Cheat Death (Terence Fisher, 1959) Tubi

  • The Gorgon (Terence Fisher, 1964) – Tubi, Popcorn Flix, and Dark Matter TV

  • Rasputin the Mad Monk (Don Sharp, 1966) – Dark Matter TV

  • Twins of Evil (John Hough, 1971) – Amazon Prime and Shudder

  • Hands of the Ripper (Peter Sasdy, 1971) – Amazon Prime and Shudder

  • Countess Dracula (Peter Sasdy, 1971) – Amazon Prime

  • Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (Michael Carreras and Seth Holt, 1971) – Dark Matter TV

  • Vampire Circus (Robert Young, 1972) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, Tubi, Popcorn Flix, and Dark Matter TV

  • Satanic Rites of Dracula (Alan Gibson, 1973) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp, and Popcorn Flix (warning, this particular movie is in the public domain and image quality tends to suck)

  • Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (Terence Fisher,1974) – HULU and Amazon Prime


Amicus Movies

  • Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (Freddie Francis, 1965) – Tubi and Popcorn Flix

  • The Skull (Freddie Francis, 1965) – HULU and Amazon Prime

  • The House That Dripped Blood (Peter Duffell, 1971) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, Fandor, Shout Factory TV, and Popcorn Flix

  • Tales from the Crypt (Freddie Francis, 1972) – Tubi and Popcorn Flix

  • Asylum (Roy Ward Baker, 1972) – Amazon Prime, Fandor, and Shout Factory TV

  • And Now the Screaming Starts! (Roy Ward Baker, 1973) – Shout Factory TV

  • The Beast Must Die (Paul Annett, 1974) – Fandor and Shout Factory TV


Richard Adams’ Distressing Animated Animal Double-Feature

  • Watership Down (Martin Rosen, 1978)Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • The Plague Dogs (Martin Rosen, 1982) – Amazon Prime and Shout Factory TV

  • BONUS: The less traumatic Watership Down CG animated series is on Netflix


Other UK Horror Movies/Thrillers

  • Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, 1960) – The Roku Channel, Tubi, and Popcorn Flix

  • Death Line (aka: Ray Meat; Gary Sherman, 1972) – Shudder and Popcorn Flix (under Raw Meat alternate title)

  • The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973) – Netflix

  • Horror Hospital (Antony Balch, 1973) – Amazon Prime and Shout Factory TV

  • Exposé (aka: The House on Straw Hill; James Kenelm Clarke, 1976) – Popcorn Flix

  • Prey (aka: Alien Prey; Norman J. Warren, 1977) – Fandor

  • Threads (Mick Jackson, 1984) – Shudder (WARNING: Maybe don't watch this if you're feeling anxious about the state of the world)

  • White of the Eye (Donald Cammell, 1987)Amazon Prime and Shout Factory TV (British filmmakers shooting in Arizona)

  • Dog Soldiers (Neil Marshall, 2002) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, The Roku Channel, VUDU Free, Tubi, and Popcorn Flix

  • The Descent (Neil Marshall, 2005) – VUDU Free and Tubi

  • The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland, 2014) – HULU (not horror, but adjacent)



French Horror and Adjacent

  • Carnival of Sinners (Maurice Tourneur, 1943) – Criterion Channel

  • Les Diaboliques (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955) – Amazon Prime, Criterion Channel, and HBO Max

  • Eyes without a Face (French: Les Yeux sans visage; Georges Franju, 1960)Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Daughters of Darkness (French: Les lèvres rouges; Harry Kümel, 1971) – Amazon Prime and VUDU Free

  • Grapes of Death (French: Les Raisins de la mort; Jean Rollin, 1978) – Midnight Pulp

  • Haute Tension (Alexandre Aja, 2003) – VUDU Free and Tubi

  • Them (French: Ils; David Moreau and Xavier Palud, 2006) – Amazon Prime

  • Frontier(s) (Xavier Gens, 2007) – Tubi

  • Raw (French: Grave; Julia Ducournau, 2016) – VUDU Free

  • Revenge (Coralie Fargeat, 2017) – Amazon Prime and Shudder

  • Let the Corpses Tan (Bruno Forzani & Hélène Cattet, 2017) – Amazon Prime

  • Ravenous (French: Les affamés; Robin Aubert, 2017) – Netflix

  • Ghostland (aka: Incident in the Ghost Land; Pascal Laugier, 2018) – Shudder

  • Knife + Heart (French: Un couteau dans le cœur; Yann Gonzalez, 2018) – Amazon Prime and Shudder

  • BONUS: Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012) – VUDU Free, The Roku Channel, Tubi, and Shout Factory TV (not horror, but fun for horror fans)


German and Austrian Horror

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920) – Amazon Prime, Criterion Channel, and Fandor

  • The Golem: How He Came into the World (Carl Boese & Paul Wegener, 1920) Amazon Prime and Criterion Channel

  • Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, 1922) Amazon Prime, Criterion Channel, Fandor, and Tubi

  • The Hands of Orlac (Robert Wiene, 1924) – Criterion Channel

  • Faust (F.W. Murnau, 1926) – Fandor

  • M (Fritz Lang, 1931) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Horrors of Spider Island (Fritz Böttger, 1960) – Amazon Prime

  • Nosferatu the Vampyre (Werner Herzog, 1979)– Amazon Prime, Fandor, and Popcorn Flix

  • Angst (Gerald Kargl, 1983) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, and Midnight Pulp +

  • Nekromantik (Jörg Buttgereit, 1987) – Midnight Pulp +

  • Der Todesking (Jörg Buttgereit, 1990) – Midnight Pulp +

  • Nekromantik 2 (Jörg Buttgereit, 1991) – Midnight Pulp +

  • The Burning Moon (Olaf Ittenbach, 1992) – Midnight Pulp + (shot on VHS)

  • Schramm (Jörg Buttgereit, 1993) – Midnight Pulp +

  • Goodnight Mommy (Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala, 2014) – Shudder, The Roku Channel, VUDU Free, and Tubi

  • Hagazussa (Lukas Feigelfeld, 2018) – Amazon Prime and Shudder

  • Luz (Tilman Singer, 2019) – Shudder and Popcorn Flix



Spanish Cult and Horror


Paul Naschy Movies

  • Fury of the Wolfman (Spanish: La furia del Hombre Lobo; José María Zabalza, 1972) – Amazon Prime

  • Count Dracula’s Great Love (Spanish: El gran amor del conde Drácula; Javier Aguirre, 1973) – Fandor and Midnight Pulp +

  • Vengeance of the Zombies (Spanish: La rebelión de las muertas; León Klimovsky, 1973) – Amazon Prime

  • Devil’s Possessed (Spanish: El Mariscal del infierno; León Klimovsky, 1974 – Amazon Prime


Guillermo del Toro Horror Movies

I honestly don't know if we count these as Mexican, Spanish, or both

  • Cronos (1993) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Pan’s Labyrinth (Spanish: El laberinto del fauno, 2006) – Netflix

  • Crimson Peak (2015) – HBO Max


Jess Franco Movies

Franco made movies for Spanish, German, and French companies, but was Spanish himself, so I’m putting him here. Be warned, his films are an...acquired taste.

  • The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968) – Amazon Prime

  • Two Undercover Angels (1969) – Amazon Prime

  • Venus in Furs (1969) – Tubi

  • Kiss Me Monster (1969) Amazon Prime

  • The Bloody Judge (1970) Amazon Prime

  • Count Dracula (1970) – Amazon Prime, Tubi, and Midnight Pulp +

  • Vampyros Lesbos (1971) – Midnight Pulp +

  • She Killed in Ecstasy (1971) – Midnight Pulp +

  • Jack the Ripper (1976) – Amazon Prime

  • The Sadist of Notre Dame (Spanish: El sádico de Notre-Dame, 1979) – Midnight Pulp +

  • Devil Hunter (Spanish: El caníbal; aka: The Man Hunter, 1980) – Midnight Pulp +

  • White Cannibal Queen (aka: Mondo Cannibale, 1980) – Amazon Prime

  • Bloody Moon (1981) Midnight Pulp +

  • Oasis of the Zombies (1982) Midnight Pulp


Other Spanish Horror Movies

  • Fangs of the Living Dead (Amando de Ossorio, 1969) Amazon Prime

  • The Blood Spattered Bride (Spanish: La novia ensangrentada; Vicente Aranda, 1972) – Amazon Prime

  • The Cannibal Man (Spanish: La semana del asesino; Eloy de la Iglesia, 1972) – Amazon Prime

  • Tombs of the Blind Dead (Amando de Ossorio, 1972) – VUDU Free, and Popcorn Flix

  • Bell from Hell (Claudio Guerín & Juan Antonio Bardem, 1973) – Tubi

  • The Ghost Galleon (Amando de Ossorio, 1974) – Tubi

  • Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (Spanish: Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti; aka: Let Sleeping Corpses Lie; Jorge Grau, 1974) – Amazon Prime, VUDU Free, and Midnight Pulp +

  • The Possessed (aka: Demon Witch Child; Amando de Ossorio, 1975) Amazon Prime

  • In a Glass Cage (Spanish: Tras el cristal; Agustí Villaronga, 1986) – Midnight Pulp +

  • Slugs (Juan Piquer Simón, 1988) – Amazon Prime

  • The Rift (Juan Piquer Simón, 1990) – Amazon Prime

  • Timecrimes (Nacho Vigalondo, 2007) Tubi

  • [REC] and [REC 2] (Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza; 2007 and 2009) – Crackle

  • Fragile (Spanish: Frágiles; Jaume Balagueró, 2005) – Amazon Prime and VUDU Free

  • Veronica (Paco Plaza, 2017) – Netflix

  • Errementari: Blacksmith of the Devil (Paul Urkijo Alijo, 2017) – Netflix



South Korean Cinema


Park Chan-wook Movies

  • Joint Security Area (aka: JSA, 2000) – Midnight Pulp

  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) – Shudder, Fandor, VUDU Free, Popcorn Flix, and Midnight Pulp +

  • Oldboy (2003) – Shudder, Fandor, Tubi, and Midnight Pulp

  • Three...Extremes (with Fruit Chan & Takashi Miike, 2004) – Amazon Prime and Tubi

  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005) – Shudder, Midnight Pulp + (also “fade to black & white version”), and Popcorn Flix

  • The Handmaiden (theatrical cut, 2016) – Amazon Prime


Bong Joon-ho Movies

  • Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000) – HULU and Tubi

  • The Host (2006)Amazon Prime

  • Tokyo! (with Michel Gondry & Leos Carax; 2008) – Tubi

  • Mother (2009) – HULU and Fandor

  • Snowpiercer (2013) – Netflix

  • Okja (2017) – Netflix

  • Parasite (2019) – HULU


Kim Ki-duk Movies

  • The Isle (2000) – Fandor and Midnight Pulp

  • Bad Guy (2001) – Fandor and Midnight Pulp

  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)Amazon Prime

  • 3-Iron (2004) – Amazon Prime

  • Samaritan Girl (2004) – VUDU Free and Midnight Pulp

  • Pieta (2012) – VUDU Free

  • Moebius (2013) – Tubi, and Popcorn Flix

  • One on One (2014) – Amazon Prime

  • The Net (2016) – Amazon Prime


Kim Jee-woon Movies

  • The Quiet Family (1998) – Amazon Prime and Midnight Pulp

  • The Foul King (2000) – Amazon Prime and Midnight Pulp

  • A Tale of Two Sisters (2005) – Shudder, Midnight Pulp +, and Popcorn Flix

  • Bittersweet Life (2005) – Amazon Prime and Midnight Pulp

  • The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008) – HULU

  • I Saw the Devil (2010) – VUDU Free and Crackle

  • The X (2013) – Amazon Prime

  • Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018) – Netflix


Korean Horror/Thrillers

  • Acacia (Park Ki-hyung, 2003) – Midnight Pulp (under Root of Evil title)

  • A Bloody Aria (2006) – Amazon Prime and Midnight Pulp

  • Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait (Kim Tae-kyung, 2007) Midnight Pulp

  • Bedevilled (Jang Cheol-soo, 2010) – Amazon Prime, Roku Channel, and Midnight Pulp

  • Horror Stories (Lim Dae-Woong, Kim Gok, Kim Sun, Jung Bum-shik, Hong Ji-young, Min Kyu-dong, 2012) – Midnight Pulp

  • The Wailing (Na Hong-jin, 2016) – Shudder, VUDU Free, Crackle, and Tubi

  • Train to Busan (Yeon Sang-ho, 2016) – Netflix, Amazon Prime, Shudder, Crackle, and Tubi

  • Seoul Station (Yeon Sang-ho, 2016) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, and Tubi (animated prequel to Train to Busan)


Ghost School Horror Series

  • Whispering Corridors (Park Ki-hyung, 1998) – Midnight Pulp

  • Memento Mori (Min Kyu-dong & Kim Tae-yong, 1999) – Midnight Pulp

  • Wishing Stairs (Jae-yeon Yun, 2003) – Midnight Pulp



Bollywood Horror Movies/Fantasy Movies/Thrillers

Note that there is a subscription service call YuppTV that has a lot of Bollywood cult films, but I cannot speak to its quality. There are also dozens more movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime that I've not seen, so if you're enjoying the movies listed here, give them a shot too.

  • Woh Kaun Thi? (Raj Khosla, 1964) – Amazon Prime

  • Gumnaam (Raja Nawathe, 1965) – Amazon Prime

  • Saboot (Shyam & Tulsi Ramsay, 1980) – Amazon Prime

  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Chehre Pe Chehra, 1981) Amazon Prime

  • The Old Temple (Shyam & Tulsi Ramsay, 1984) Amazon Prime

  • Nagina (Harmesh Malhotra, 1986) – Amazon Prime

  • Mansion of Evil (aka: Purani Haveli; Shyam & Tulsi Ramsay, 1989) – Amazon Prime

  • Raat (Ram Gopal Varma, 1992) – Amazon Prime

  • Suryavanshi (Rakesh Kumar, 1992) – Amazon Prime

  • Bhoot (Ram Gopal Varma, 2003) – Netflix and Amazon Prime

  • 1920 (Vikram Bhatt, 2008) Netflix and Amazon Prime

  • Horror Story (Ayush Raina, 2013) Netflix

  • The House Next Door (Milind Rau, 2017) Netflix

  • Mohini (Ramana Madhesh, 2018) Amazon Prime

  • Tumbbad (Rahi Anil Barve, 2018) – Amazon Prime

  • Ghost Stories (Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap & Zoya Akhtar, 2017) – Netflix

  • BONUS: Mahakaal or "Indian Nightmare on Elm Street" (Shyam and Tulsi Ramsay, 1994) is streaming on YouTube

  • BONUS: Sangharsh or "Indian Silence of the Lambs" (Tanuja Chandra, 1999) is streaming on YouTube


Indonesian Action and Horror

  • Satan's Slave (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1980) – Shudder

  • Takut: Faces of Fear (Riri Riza, Timo Tjahjanto, Kimo Stamboel, Rako Prijanto, Ray Nayoan, Raditya Sidharta & Ertanto Robby Soediskam, 2008) – Amazon Prime

  • Merantau (Gareth Evans, 2009) – VUDU Free and Tubi

  • The Raid (Gareth Evans, 2011) – Amazon Prime and Tubi

  • The Raid 2 (Gareth Evans, 2014) – Tubi

  • Badoet (Awi Suryad, 2015) – Amazon Prime

  • Headshot (Timo Tjahjanto & Kimo Stamboel, 2016) – Netflix

  • Danur (Awi Suryadi, 2017) – Netflix

  • Satan's Slaves (remake, Joko Anwar, 2017) – Shudder

  • Santet (Helfi C.H. Kardit, 2018) – Amazon Prime

  • Kuntilanak (Rizal Mantovani, 2018) – Netflix

  • May the Devil Take You (Timo Tjahjanto, 2018) – Netflix

  • The Night Comes for Us (Timo Tjahjanto, 2018) – Netflix

  • Triple Threat (Jesse V. Johnson, 2019) – Netflix

  • BONUS: Mystics in Bali (H. Tjut Djalil, 1981) is streaming on YouTube

  • BONUS: The Queen of Black Magic (Lilik Sudjio, 1981) is streaming on YouTube

  • BONUS: Witch with the Flying Head (Chang Ren-Chieh, 1982) is streaming on YouTube


Mexican Horror

  • The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy (Spanish: La momia azteca contra el robot humano; Rafael Portillo, 1958) – Amazon Prime

  • The Curse of the Doll People (Spanish: Muñecos infernales; Benito Alazraki, 1961) – Tubi

  • Face of the Screaming Werewolf (Jerry Warren, Rafael Portillo & Gilberto Martínez Solares, 1965) Amazon Prime

  • The Specter's Road (Gilberto Martínez Solares, 1967) Amazon Prime

  • Satanic Pandemonium (Spanish: La Sexorcista; Gilberto Martínez Solares, 1975) Tubi

  • Santa Sangre (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1989) – Fandor

  • We Are What We Are (Spanish: Somos lo que hay; Jorge Michel Grau, 2010) – HULU, Amazon Prime, and VUDU Free

  • Come Out and Play (Makinov, 2012) – VUDU Free and The Roku Channel (remake of the superior Spanish film, Who Can Kill a Child, 1976)

  • Tigers are Not Afraid (Issa López, 2017) – Shudder


Eddie Romero’s Filipino Horror

  • Brides of Blood (1968) – Amazon Prime

  • Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1969) – Amazon Prime

  • Beast of Blood (1970) – Amazon Prime

  • Beast of the Yellow Night (1971) – Amazon Prime

  • Twilight People (1972) – Amazon Prime

  • BONUS: The Blood Drinkers (Gerardo de Leon, 1964) – Amazon Prime and Midnight Pulp +



Australia and New Zealand


Oz/Kiwisploitation

  • Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, VUDU Free, and Midnight Pulp

  • Inn of the Damned (Terry Bourke, 1975) – Tubi

  • Long Weekend (Colin Eggleston, 1978) – Amazon Prime and Midnight Pulp

  • Patrick (Richard Franklin, 1978) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp +, and Fandor

  • Thirst (Rod Hardy, 1979) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, and Fandor

  • Harlequin (aka: Dark Forces; Simon Wincer, 1980) – Amazon Prime

  • Nightmares (John D. Lamond, 1980) – Amazon Prime

  • Dead Kids (aka: Strange Behavior; Michael Laughlin, 1981) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, Fandor, and Midnight Pulp +

  • The Survivor (David Hemmings, 1981) – Midnight Pulp +

  • Turkey Shoot (aka: Escape 2000; Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1982) – Amazon Prime, Popcorn Flix, and Midnight Pulp +

  • Next of Kin (Tony Williams, 1982) – Shudder and Midnight Pulp +

  • BMX Bandits (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1983) – Amazon Prime, Fandor, The Roku Channel, Shout Factory TV, and Popcorn Flix

  • Death Warmed Up (aka: Death Warmed Over; David Blyth, 1985) – Amazon Prime, Dark Matter TV, Midnight Pulp +

  • Frog Dreaming (Brian Trenchard-Smith Movies, 1986) – Amazon Prime

  • Bad Taste (Peter Jackson, 1987) – Amazon Prime and Popcorn Flix

  • The Howling III (Philippe Mora, 1987) – Amazon Prime, VUDU Free, The Roku Channel, Shout Factory TV, and Popcorn Flix

  • Body Melt (Philip Brophy, 1993) – Amazon Prime and VUDU Free

  • The Frighteners (Peter Jackson, 1996) – HBO Max


Modern Aussie Cinema

  • Lake Mungo (Joel Anderson, 2008) – Tubi

  • The Loved Ones (Sean Byrne, 2009) – Amazon Prime

  • The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent, 2018) – HULU



International Grab Bag


Estonia

  • November (Rainer Sarnet, 2017) – Shudder and VUDU Free


Finland

  • Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Jalmari Helander, 2010) – HULU

  • Dogs Don't Wear Pants (Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää, 2019) – Shudder


Greece

  • Island of Death (Nico Mastorakis, 1976) – Amazon Prime and Midnight Pulp +

  • Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2009) – Shudder, Fandor, and Criterion Channel

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2017) – Netflix


Iran/Persian Language

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014) – Criterion Channel and Shudder

  • Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari, 2016) – Netflix


Jamaica

  • The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell, 1972) – Fandor (there's a nice HD bootleg on YouTube)

  • Shottas (Cess Silvera, Lyndale V. Pettus & Adam Doench, 2002) – Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

Netherlands

  • The Lift (Dick Maas, 1983) – Shudder

  • The Vanishing (George Sluizer, 1988) – Criterion Channel

  • Amsterdamned (Dick Maas, 1988) – Shudder

  • Saint (Dick Maas, 2010) – HULU

  • Borgman (Alex van Warmerdam, 2013) – VUDU Free, The Roku Channel, and Popcorn Flix


Russia

  • Viy (Georgiy Kropachyov & Konstantin Ershov, 1967) – Shudder

  • The Bride (Svyatoslav Podgaevsky, 2017) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

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