• Gabe Powers

Grinding the Stream November 2020 UPDATES: North American Horror & Cult

Welp, it's November and we're still in the middle of a pandemic. It's looking more and more likely that lockdowns are on the way for the winter. So I'm reluctantly bringing back Grinding 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, 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, Peacock (a "+" will be included wherever subscription fees apply), Shout Factory TV (though most of their titles can also be watched via Amazon Prime).


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.



The Masters of Horror (so-called)


Clive Barker Movies

I know he’s British, shhhh...

  • Hellraiser (1987) – Amazon Prime, Criterion Channel, Shudder, The Roku Channel, and Tubi

  • Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (directed by Tony Randel, 1988) – HULU, Amazon Prime, Shudder, The Roku Channel, and Tubi

  • Nightbreed (1990) – Amazon Prime, Peacock, Tubi, and Shout Factory TV (director’s cut)

  • Lord of Illusions (1995) – Amazon Prime and Tubi

  • The Midnight Meat Train (directed by Ryûhei Kitamura, 2008) – Amazon Prime and Tubi

  • Books of Blood (directed by John Harrison, 2009) – Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, and Tubi

  • Books of Blood (directed by Brannon Braga, 2020) – HULU

John Carpenter Horror/Thriller/Sci-fi Movies

  • Dark Star (1974) – The Roku Channel and Fandor

  • Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) – The Roku Channel

  • Halloween (1978) – Shudder and The Roku Channel

  • Escape from New York (1981) – Amazon Prime

  • The Thing (1982) – The Roku Channel

  • Christine (1983) – The Roku Channel

  • Prince of Darkness (1987) – Peacock

  • They Live (1988) – The Roku Channel

  • Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) – The Roku Channel

  • Body Bags (with Tobe Hooper, 1993) – Amazon Prime, Peacock, Shudder, The Roku Channel, VUDU Free, Shout Factory TV, and Popcorn Flix

  • Escape from L.A. (1996) – Tubi


Larry Cohen Horror Movies (RIP)

  • It's Alive (1974) – Criterion Channel

  • God Told Me To (1974) – Shudder and The Roku Channel

  • Full Moon High (1981) – The Roku Channel

  • Q: The Winged Serpent (1982) – Tubi, Shout Factory TV, and Popcorn Flix

  • The Stuff (1985) – Amazon Prime and Tubi

  • Maniac Cop (directed by William Lustig, 1988) – Shudder, The Roku Channel, and Midnight Pulp

  • Maniac Cop 2 (directed by William Lustig, 1990) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, VUDU Free, The Roku Channel, Tubi, Night Flight, and Popcorn Flix

  • Maniac Cop 3 (directed by William Lustig, 1992) – Shudder, VUDU Free, The Roku Channel, Tubi, and Popcorn Flix

  • Uncle Sam (directed by William Lustig, 1997) – Tubi

Don Coscarelli Horror Movies.

  • Phantasm (1979) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, VUDU Free, Crackle, The Roku Channel, Tubi, and Popcorn Flix

  • Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, VUDU Free, Crackle, The Roku Channel, Tubi, and Popcorn Flix

  • Phantasm: OvlIVion (1998) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, VUDU Free, Crackle, The Roku Channel, Tubi, and Popcorn Flix

  • Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) – VUDU Free and Tubi

  • John Dies at the End (2012) – VUDU Free, The Roku Channel, and Tubi

  • Phantasm: RaVager (directed by David Hartman, 2016) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, Crackle, and Tubi

  • BONUS: The Beastmaster (1982) – Amazon Prime


Wes Craven Horror Movies (RIP)

  • The Last House on the Left (1972) Amazon Prime, HULU, Tubi, and Popcorn Flix

  • The Hills Have Eyes (1977) – Criterion Channel, The Roku Channel, and Tubi

  • Stranger in Our House (1978) – Amazon Prime and Tubi

  • The Hills Have Eyes Part 2 (1984) – Shudder, The Roku Channel, and Tubi

  • Invitation to Hell (1984) – Tubi and VUDU Free

  • Chiller (1985) – Amazon Prime

  • Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) – The Roku Channel

  • Shocker (1989) – The Roku Channel

  • Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) – HBO Max, Tubi, Crackle, and Popcorn Flix

  • Cursed (2004) – The Roku Channel


David Cronenberg Horror Movies

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

  • Rabid (1977) – Amazon Prime, Criterion Channel, Tubi, Shout Factory TV, and Dark Matter TV

  • The Brood (1979) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Scanners (1981) – HBO Max and The Roku Channel

  • Videodrome (1983) – Criterion Channel and Peacock

  • The Fly (1986) – The Roku Channel

  • Dead Ringers (1988) – Amazon Prime, Peacock, Tubi, Popcorn Flix, and Shout Factory TV


Joe Dante Movies

  • Piranha (1978) – HBO Max and The Roku Channel

  • Explorers (1985) – Amazon Prime and Crackle

  • The 'Burbs (1989) – The Roku Channel

  • Matinee (1993) – Peacock


Brian De Palma Horror Movies/Thrillers

  • Sisters (1972) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Carrie (1976) – The Roku Channel

  • Dressed to Kill (1980) – Criterion Channel

  • Body Double (1984) – Crackle

  • Raising Cain (1992) – Netflix

  • Femme Fatale (2002) – Amazon Prime, HBO Max and The Roku Channel

  • The Black Dahlia (2006) – Peacock

  • Passion (2012) – Amazon Prime, Tubi, and VUDU Free



Stuart Gordon Movies (RIP)

  • Re-Animator (1985) – Shudder, The Roku Channel, Midnight Pulp+, and Tubi

  • From Beyond (1986) – Shudder

  • Dolls (1987) – Amazon Prime

  • Daughter of Darkness (1990)Tubi

  • The Pit and the Pendulum (1991) – Tubi

  • Castle Freak (1995) – Shudder, The Roku Channel, and Tubi

  • Dagon (2001) – Tubi

  • King of the Ants (2003) VUDU Free, Popcorn FX, and Tubi

  • Edmond (2005) – Amazon Prime, VUDU Free, and Tubi

  • Stuck (2007) – Shudder and Tubi

  • BONUS: Bride of Re-Animator (Brian Yuzna, 1995) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, Night Flight, Midnight Pulp+, and Tubi


Tobe Hooper Movies (RIP)

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Shudder, Criterion Channel, and The Roku Channel

  • Eaten Alive (aka: Slaughter Hotel; 1976) – Amazon Prime, Night Flight, and Tubi

  • The Funhouse (1981) – Peacock

  • Poltergeist (1982) – Netflix

  • Lifeforce (1985) – HBO Max

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1974) – Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

  • Invaders from Mars (1986) – Tubi

  • Body Bags (with John Carpenter, 1993) Amazon Prime, Peacock, Shudder, The Roku Channel, VUDU Free, Shout Factory TV, and Popcorn Flix


Sam Raimi Movies

  • The Evil Dead (1981) – Netflix

  • The Evil Dead 2 (1986) – HULU

  • Darkman (1990) – Peacock

  • The Quick and the Dead (1995) – Crackle

  • Simple Plan (1998) – The Roku Channel

  • The Gift (2000) – Amazon Prime

  • Drag Me to Hell (2009) – The Roku Channel


George A. Romero Movies (RIP)

  • Night of the Living Dead (1968) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max (best transfer), Amazon Prime, Shudder, VUDU Free, The Roku Channel, Midnight Pulp +, and Tubi

  • There's Always Vanilla (1971) – Tubi

  • Season of the Witch (aka: Hungry Wives, 1972) – Amazon Prime, Criterion Channel, The Roku Channel, Shudder, Tubi, and Midnight Pulp

  • The Crazies (1973) – Amazon Prime, Criterion Channel, VUDU Free, Tubi, and Midnight Pulp

  • Knightriders (1981) – Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, Popcorn Flix, Tubi, and Shout Factory TV (including commentary track version)

  • Day of the Dead (1985) – HBO Max, The Roku Channel, Popcorn Flix, and Tubi

  • Monkey Shines (1988) – The Roku Channel

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

  • Night of the Living Dead (directed by Tom Savini, 1990) – The Roku Channel

  • The Dark Half (1993) – Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

  • Bruiser (2000) – Tubi

  • Survival of the Dead (2010) – The Roku Channel, VUDU Free, and Tubi


Vincent Price Movies

(I realize some of these are British-made)

  • The Invisible Man Returns (Joy May, 1940) – Peacock

  • Shock (Alfred L. Werker, 1946) – Amazon Prime

  • The Baron of Arizona (Samuel Fuller, 1950) – Criterion Channel

  • House on Haunted Hill (William Castle, 1959) – Amazon Prime, Fandor, The Roku Channel, Popcorn Flix, Dark Matter TV, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • The Bat (Crane Wilbur, 1959) – Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, Dark Matter TV, and Tubi

  • The Tingler (William Castle, 1959) – Tubi, The Roku Channel, and Popcorn Flix

  • The House of Usher (Roger Corman, 1960) – Shudder and The Roku Channel

  • The Pit and the Pendulum (Roger Corman, 1960) – Amazon Prime

  • Tales of Terror (1962) – Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

  • The Comedy of Terrors (Jacques Tourneur, 1963) – Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

  • Diary of a Madman (Reginald Le Borg, 1963) – Amazon Prime

  • Twice-Told Tales (Sidney Salkow, 1963) – Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

  • The Last Man on Earth (Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, 1964) – Amazon Prime, Fandor, The Roku Channel, Popcorn Flix, Midnight Pulp, Tubi, and Dark Matter TV

  • The Masque of the Red Death (Roger Corman, 1964) – Shudder, Criterion Channel, and The Roku Channel

  • The Tomb of Ligeia (Roger Corman, 1965) – Shudder and The Roku Channel

  • Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (Italian: Le spie vengono dal semifreddo; Mario Bava, 1966) –Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

  • The Oblong Box (Gordon Hessler, 1969) Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

  • Cry of the Banshee (Gordon Hessler, 1970) – Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

  • Scream and Scream Again (Gordon Hessler, 1970) – Amazon Prime

  • Dr. Phibes Rises Again (Robert Fuest, 1972) – Amazon Prime

  • Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox, 1973) – Shudder, Criterion Channel, and The Roku Channel

  • Madhouse (Jim Clark, 1974) – Amazon Prime

  • The Monster Club (Roy Ward Baker, 1981) Amazon Prime, Shudder, Tubi, and Shout Factory TV

  • From a Whisper to a Scream (Jeff Burr, 1987) – Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

  • Dead Heat (Mark Goldblatt, 1988) Amazon Prime, Shudder, and The Roku Channel



The Masters of Trash (so-dubbed by myself)


Al Adamson Movies

  • The Female Bunch (1969) – Tubi

  • Jessi's Girls (1975) Tubi

  • Death Dimension (1978) Amazon Prime and Tubi


Herschell Gordon Lewis Movies


Frank Henenlotter Movies

  • Basket Case (1982) – Midnight Pulp + and Tubi

  • Brain Damage (1988) – Midnight Pulp and Tubi

  • Bad Biology (2008) – Tubi


Ted V. Mikels Movies

  • The Astro-Zombies (1968) – Amazon Prime

  • Girl in Gold Boots (1968) Fandor and Tubi

  • The Corpse Grinders (1971) – Amazon Prime, Fandor, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • Blood Orgy of the She Devils (1973) – Fandor, Midnight Pulp +, and Tubi

  • The Doll Squad (1973) Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • 10 Violent Women (1982) Fandor and Tubi

  • Mission: Killfast (1991) – Tubi

  • The Corpse Grinders II (2000) – Midnight Pulp and Tubi

  • Cauldron: Baptism of Blood (2004) – Midnight Pulp


Andy Milligan Movies

  • The Body Beneath (1970) – Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

  • Guru, the Mad Monk (1970) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp, The Roku Channel, and Tubi

  • Blood (1973) – Tubi

  • Legacy of Blood (1978) – Tubi and Shout Factory TV



Must-See North American Underground Horror Classics

These are a series of relatively deep cuts that offer unique, sometimes surrealistic alternatives to the more popular American (and Canadian) horror movies of the ‘70s (and early ‘80s). I can’t guarantee everyone will like them, but, for better or worse, I think of them as vital pieces of Americana and, uh, Canadana(?).

  • Spider Baby (Jack Hill, 1967) – Amazon Prime, Fandor, The Roku Channel, Midnight Pulp, Popcorn Flix, and Tubi

  • Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (John D. Hancock, 1971) – Criterion Channel and Popcorn Flix

  • Images (Robert Altman, 1972) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, Criterion Channel, The Roku Channel, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • Grave of the Vampire (John Hayes, 1972) – Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, and Midnight Pulp

  • Blacula (William Crain, 1972) – Amazon Prime

  • Scream Blacula Scream (Bob Kelljan, 1973) – Tubi

  • Ganja & Hess (Bill Gunn, 1973) – Shudder, Criterion Channel, The Roku Channel, and Popcorn Flix

  • Messiah of Evil (Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, 1973) – Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, Midnight Pulp, Dark Matter TV, and Popcorn Flix

  • The Baby (Ted Post, 1973) – Amazon Prime, Fandor, Shudder, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • Sugar Hill (Paul Maslansky, 1974) – Amazon Prime

  • Deranged (Jeff Gillen & Alan Ormsby, 1974) – Amazon Prime

  • Deathdream (aka: Dead of Night; Bob Clark, 1974) – Criterion Channel, Night Flight, VUDU Free, and Tubi

  • Devil Times Five (aka: People Toys; Sean MacGregor, 1974) – Amazon Prime and Tubi

  • Alice Sweet Alice (aka: Communion; Alfred Sole, 1976) – Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, Midnight Pulp +, and Tubi

  • The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976) – Amazon Prime, Criterion Channel, Night Flight, Midnight Pulp +, and Tubi

  • Cathy’s Curse (Eddy Matalon, 1977) – Popcorn Flix

  • Rituals (aka: The Creeper; Peter Carter, 1977) – Fandor and Midnight Pulp +

  • Death Bed: The Bed that Eats (George Barry, 1977) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • Tourist Trap (David Schmoeller, 1979) – Shudder and Tubi

  • Christmas Evil (Lewis Jackson, 1980) – The Roku Channel, VUDU Plus, and Midnight Pulp


Franchise Horror


Friday the 13th

  • Friday the 13th (Sean Cunningham, 1980) – The Roku Channel

  • Friday the 13th Part 2 (Steve Miner, 1981) – The Roku Channel

  • Friday the 13th Part III (Steve Miner, 1982) – The Roku Channel

  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (Joseph Zito, 1984) – The Roku Channel

  • Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (Danny Steinmann, 1985) The Roku Channel (remember to watch this one with Gabe and Patrick's commentary track)

  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (Tom McLoughlin, 1986) – Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (Rob Hedden, 1989) The Roku Channel

  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (Adam Marcus, 1993) – HBO Max

  • Jason X (James Isaac, 2001) HBO Max

  • Friday the 13th (Marcus Nispel, 2009)HBO Max


A Nightmare on Elm Street

  • Uh...none are currently streaming. Sorry!


Halloween

  • Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978) – Shudder and The Roku Channel

  • Halloween II (Rick Rosenthal, 1981) – The Roku Channel

  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Tommy Lee Wallace 1982) – The Roku Channel

  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (Dwight H. Little, 1988) – Shudder

  • Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (Dominique Othenin-Girard, 1989) Shudder


Child's Play

  • Child's Play (Tom Holland, 1988) – Amazon Prime

  • Child's Play 2 (John Lafia, 1990) HBO Max and The Roku Channel

  • Child's Play 3 (Jack Bender, 1991) HBO Max and The Roku Channel

  • Curse of Chucky (Don Mancini, 2013) – Peacock

  • Cult of Chucky (Don Mancini, 2017) – Peacock

  • Child's Play (Lars Klevberg, 2019) – Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, and HULU


Final Destination

  • Final Destination 5 (Steven Quale, 2011) – HBO Max

  • Oops, that's it for November.



Non-Franchise Slashers and Other Mad Killers

  • Invasion of the Blood Farmers (Ed Adlum, 1972) – Midnight Pulp +, Night Flight, and Tubi

  • Black Christmas (Bob Clark, 1974) – Shudder, Criterion Channel, The Roku Channel, Shout Factory TV, Peacock, and Tubi

  • Drive-In Massacre (Stu Segall, 1976) – Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, Midnight Pulp +, and Tubi

  • Savage Weekend (David Paulsen 1979) – Amazon Prime

  • Driller Killer (Abel Ferrara, 1979) – Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, Midnight Pulp +, Night Flight, and Tubi

  • Maniac (Bill Lustig, 1980) – Amazon Prime, VUDU Free, The Roku Channel, Peacock, Night Flight, and Tubi

  • Prom Night (Paul Lynch, 1980) – Shudder, VUDU Free, The Roku Channel, Popcorn Flix, Crackle, and Tubi

  • Terror Train (Roger Spottiswoode, 1980) – Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

  • Madman (Joe Giannone, 1981) – The Roku Channel and Tubi

  • The Burning (Tony Maylam, 1981) – Tubi

  • Bloody Birthday (Ed Hunt, 1981) – Shudder, The Roku Channel, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • The Dorm that Dripped Blood (Stephen Carpenter and Jeffrey Obrow, 1982) – Midnight Pulp

  • Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik, 1983) – Shudder, Peacock, The Roku Channel, Popcorn Flix, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

  • Slumber Party Massacre (Amy Holden Jones, 1983) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, The Roku Channel, Shout Factory TV, Popcorn Flix, and Tubi

  • The Final Terror (Andrew Davis, 1983) –– Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, Popcorn Flix, and Tubi

  • Curtains (Richard Ciupka, 1983) – VUDU Free and Tubi

  • The Mutilator (Buddy Cooper, 1984) – Amazon Prime and Tubi

  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (John McNaughton, 1986) – Shudder and The Roku Channel

  • Sorority House Massacre (Carol Frank, 1986) – Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

  • April Fool's Day (Fred Walton, 1986) – Amazon Prime

  • Blood Rage (John Grissmer, 1987) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, The Roku Channel, Night Flight, and Tubi

  • Doom Asylum (Richard Friedman, 1987) – Midnight Pulp and Tubi

  • Slaughterhouse (Rick Roessler, 1987) – Amazon Prime and VUDU Free

  • Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (Bruce Pittman, 1987) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, Peacock, Night Flight, VUDU Free, Crackle, Popcorn Flix, and Tubi

  • Slumber Party Massacre II (Deborah Brock, 1987) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, The Roku Channel, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

  • Jack's Back (Rowdy Herrington, 1988) – Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

  • White of the Eye (Donald Cammell, 1988) – Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

  • Intruder (Scott Spiegel, 1989) – Midnight Pulp and Tubi


Underseen (?) American Creature Features

  • Squirm (Jeff Lieberman, 1976) – Amazon Prime, Popcorn Flix, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi (worms)

  • Shriek of the Mutilated (Michael Findlay, 1974) – Amazon Prime, Popcorn Flix, and Tubi (yeti)

  • Track of the Moon Beast (Richard Ashe, 1976) – Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, and Dark Matter TV (lizard man)

  • The Incredible Melting Man (William Sachs, 1977) – Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel (melting man, naturally)

  • Slithis (aka: Spawn of the Slithis; Stephen Traxler, 1978) – Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, Popcorn Flix, and Tubi

  • Night of the Demon (James C. Wasson, 1980) – Amazon Prime (penis-tearing Bigfoot)

  • Rana: The Legend of Shadow Lake (Bill Rebane, 1981) – Amazon Prime (WARNING: this killer frog movie is quite, quite terrible)

  • The Slayer (J.S. Cardone, 1982) – Midnight Pulp and Tubi (dream monster)

  • The Being (Jackie Kong, 1983) – Amazon Prime (toxic waste monster)

  • Neon Maniacs (Joseph Mangine, 1986) – Shout Factory TV and Tubi (mutants)

  • The Nest (Terence H. Winkless, 1988) – Amazon Prime (giant cockroaches)

  • The Terror Within (Thierry Notz, 1989) – Amazon Prime and Tubi (mutant creature)

  • Shakma (Hugh Parks, 1990) – Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, Popcorn Flix, and Tubi (angry baboon)

  • Project: Metalbeast (Alessandro De Gaetano, 1995) – Amazon Prime and Tubi (seriously if you only watch one movie on this list, watch this one, it’s about a genetically engineered, bulletproof werewolf)

  • Beneath (Larry Fessenden, 2013) – Amazon Prime (giant lake fish)




5 views

© 2020 Gabe Powers