• Gabe Powers

Grinding the Stream November 2020 UPDATES: Sci-Fi, Westerns, Documentaries & Other Leftovers

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.


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) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

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

  • Inseminoid (Norman J. Warren, 1981) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

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

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

  • Creature (William Malone, 1985) – Amazon Prime, Roku Channel, Fandor, and Tubi

  • Lily CAT (aka: LILY-C.A.T.; Hisayuki Toriumi, 1987) – Amazon Prime, 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) – Midnight Pulp + and Tubi

  • Syngenor (George Elanjian Jr., 1990) – Midnight Pulp

  • Dead Space (Fred Gallo, 1991) – Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi (remake of Forbidden World)

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


Body Snatchers and Stolen Identities

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

  • It Came from Outer Space (Jack Arnold, 1953) – Peacock

  • Project Moon Base (Richard Talmadge, 1953) Amazon Prime

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

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

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

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman, 1978) – Amazon Prime, Criterion Channel, and Roku Channel

  • Dead and Buried (Gary Sherman, 1981) – v and Tubi

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

  • Lifeforce (Tobe Hooper, 1985) – HBO Max and Roku Channel

  • Invaders from Mars (Tobe Hooper, 1986) Tubi

  • The Borrower (John McNaughton, 1989) – Popcorn Flix

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

  • Star Trek: First Contact (Jonathan Frakes, 1996) – Amazon Prime, Crackle, Popcorn Flix, and Tubi

  • Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2017) – HULU

  • Assimilate (John Murlowski, 2019) – Netflix



Post-Apocalyptic Trash & Treasures

An awful lot of these disappeared in May. Either rights happened to run out or companies thought it was in bad taste, given the pandemic.

  • A Boy and his Dog (L.Q. Jones, 1975) – Shout Factory TV, Popcorn Flix, and Tubi

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

  • Death Race 2000 (Paul Bartel, 1975) – Criterion Channel, Fandor, 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) – Netflix

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

  • Warlords of the 21st Century (aka: Battletruck; Harley Cokeliss, 1982) – Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, and 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) – 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) – Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

  • Prisoners of the Lost Universe (Terry Marcel, 1983) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

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

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

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

  • Steel Dawn (Lance Hool, 1987) – Tubi and Popcorn Flix

  • Mutant Hunt (Tim Kincaid, 1987) – Tubi

  • The Sisterhood (Cirio H. Santiago, 1988) – Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

  • Bronx Executioner (Vanio Amici, 1989) – Amazon Prime

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

  • Raiders of the Sun (Cirio H. Santiago, 1992) – Shout Factory TV and Tubi

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


Other B-Sci-Fi and Fantasy

  • StarCrash (Luigi Cozzi, 1978) – Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

  • Message from Space (Kinji Fukasaku, 1978) – Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel

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

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

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

  • Space Raiders (Howard R. Cohen, 1983) – Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

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

  • Wizards of the Lost Kingdom (Héctor Olivera, 1985) Shout Factory TV and Tubi

  • Sorceress (Jack Hill, 1986) – Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi (a personal favorite)

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

  • Nightfall (Paul Mayersberg, 1988) – Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

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



Revisionist Westerns

I’m going to assume folks have already seen the Quinten Tarantino, P.T. Anders, and Coen Bros westerns.

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948) HBO Max

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

  • The Furies (Anthony Mann, 1950) – HULU and The Roku Channel

  • Winchester '73 (Anthony Mann, 1950) – Peacock

  • Bend of the River (Anthony Mann, 1952) – Peacock

  • Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954) – HULU, Amazon Prime, and The Roku Channel

  • Man with the Gun (Richard Wilson, 1955) – Tubi

  • A Man Alone (Ray Milland, 1955) – HULU and The Roku Channel

  • The Searchers (John Ford, 1956) – HBO Max

  • The Tin Star (Anthony Mann, 1957) – Tubi

  • Man of the West (Anthony Mann, 1958) – Tubi

  • Day of the Outlaw (André De Toth, 1959) – Tubi

  • The Deadly Companions (Sam Peckinpah, 1961) – Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, and Tubi

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962) – Amazon Prime

  • One-Eyed Jacks (Marlon Brando, 1961) – Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, and Tubi

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

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

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

  • Hannie Caulder (Burt Kennedy, 1971) – HULU, Amazon Prime, and The Roku Channel

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

  • Chato's Land (Michael Winner, 1972) The Roku Channel

  • China 9, Liberty 37 (Monte Hellman, 1978) – Amazon Prime (almost a spaghetti western!)

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

  • The Proposition (John Hillcoat, 2005) – Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, VUDU Free, Tubi, Crackle, and Popcorn Flix

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007) – HBO Max and The Roku Channel

  • 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

  • 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)

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait (Brad Shellady, 1988) – Midnight Pulp 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) – Amazon Prime, Night Flight, and Tubi

  • My Best Fiend (Werner Herzog, 1999) – Fandor, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi (Herzog explores his relationship with Klaus Kinski)

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

  • The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels (Kevin Sean Michaels, 2008) – Amazon Prime, Fandor, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

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

  • Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno (Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea, 2009) – Amazon Prime (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) – Amazon Prime and Tubi (retrospective doc about the legacy of Troll II)

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

  • Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (Andrew Kasch and Daniel Farrands, 2010) – Shudder

  • American Grindhouse (Elijah Drenner, 2011) – Tubi

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

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

  • Milius (Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson, 2013) – Amazon Prime, VUDU Free, and Tubi

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

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

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

  • 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) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, Popcorn Flix, and Tubi

  • Why Horror? (Nicolas Kleiman and Rob Lindsay, 2014) – Shudder (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) – Amazon Prime, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi (these are mediocre, but enjoyable)

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

  • De Palma (Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, 2015) – Netflix

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

  • At the Drive-In (Alexander Monelli, 2017) Amazon Prime, 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) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, 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) – Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, Popcorn Flix, and Tubi

  • Becoming Bond (Josh Greenbaum, 2017) – HULU

  • King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (Steve Mitchell, 2017) – Shudder

  • 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) – Amazon Prime, 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

  • Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film (William Conlin, 2019) – Amazon Prime 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

  • Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (David Gregory, 2019) – Shudder 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 and Tubi (utterly bizarre Canadian-made kiddie adventure/comedy/coming-of-age pseudo-horror movie)

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

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