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  • Writer's pictureGabe Powers

Grinding the Stream: The Complete Alternative 1970s American Horror Viewing Companion

Bill Ackerman has now joined me for two recording sessions and four episodes looking at a total of 22 of the greatest underseen American horror films of the 1970s. In celebration, I’ve compiled a list of the best and, in many cases, only home viewing options for (North American) listeners who want to view the movies before or after listening to the complete series, including updates for the original 11 films we covered in 2022.

Please, check out the original podcasts here and here, and 2024’s the follow-up here and here

Dream No Evil (John Hayes, 1970)

  • Arrow Blu-ray (part of the American Horror Project Volume Two collection)

  • Streaming on Arrow and Tubi

Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (John Hancock, 1971)

  • Scream Factory Blu-ray

  • Streaming on Paramount+

Death by Invitation (Ken Friedman, 1971)

  • Unfortunately, the only non-bootleg viewing option is an OOP Vinegar Syndrome DVD double-feature with The Dungeon of Harrow. It was on YouTube, but no longer.

Images (Robert Altman, 1972)

  • Arrow Blu-ray (read my review here)

  • Rent or buy digitally via Amazon Prime

Premonition (Alan Rudolph, 1972)

  • Another title with no DVD, Blu-ray, or official streaming option. Some kind soul has uploaded it to YouTube, however:

Love Me Deadly (Jacques Lacerte, 1972)

  • Code Red/Media Blasters DVD (OOP, but still affordable)

  • Streaming on Tubi 

My Brother Has Bad Dreams (Robert J. Emery, 1972)

  • Again, no official DVD, Blu-ray, or streaming options, but there is a VHS rip on YouTube

Hollywood 90028 (aka: Insanity and Twisted Throats; Christina Hornishe, 1973)

  • Currently unavailable on disc or streaming, however, Grindhouse Releasing is currently touring a remaster and there will eventually be a Blu-ray coming from the company.

  • In the meantime, there’s a really rough VHS-rip on YouTube under the alternate title Insanity:

Ganja & Hess (Bill Gunn, 1973)

  • Kino Lorber Blu-ray

  • Streaming on Kanopy and on YouTube (though don’t expect it to stay there): 

Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural (Richard Blackburn, 1973)

  • Synapse Films DVD (now OOP, but still affordable)

  • Streaming on FlixFling and on YouTube:

Season of the Witch (aka: Jack’s Wife and Hungry Wives; George Romero, 1973)

  • Arrow Blu-ray (as a standalone disc and as part of the George Romero Between Night and Dawn collection)

  • Streaming on Arrow, AMC+, Shudder, Dark Matter TV, Midnight Pulp, Kanopy, and Tubi

Messiah of Evil (Gloria Katz & Willard Huyck, 1973)

  • Radiance Films LE and SE Blu-ray (read my review here), Code Red Blu-ray (different extras, OOP)

  • Streaming on Shudder, Amazon Prime, Paramount+, Tubi, Pluto TV, Dark Matter TV, and AMC+

Pigs (aka: Daddy’s Deadly Darling; Marc Lawrence, 1973)

  • Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray (includes DVD copy)

  • Streaming on Amazon Prime and Tubi (note: This is the version that Gabe watched for the podcast, we also discuss a different cut that isn’t currently available anywhere)

The Bride (aka: The House That Cried Murder and Last House on Massacre Street; Jean-Marie Pélissié, 1973)

  • Code Red Blu-ray (double-feature with Wild Little Bunch;OOP, but affordable) and Dark Force Entertainment Blu-ray (double-feature with House on the Edge of the Park; also OOP, less affordable), both under the Last House on Massacre Street title.

  • Streaming on YouTube (VHS quality): 

Axe (aka: Lisa, Lisa and California Axe Massacre; Frederick R. Friedel, 1974)

  • Severin Blu-ray (double-feature with Kidnapped Coed, read my review here)

  • Streaming on YouTube:

Deathdream (aka: Dead of Night; Bob Clark, 1974)

  • Blue Underground Blu-ray (read my review here) and coming soon to 4K UHD

  • Streaming on Amazon Prime, Tubi, Night Flight, and VUDU Free

Dark August (Martin Goldman, 1976)

  • Arrow Blu-ray (part of the American Horror Project Volume Two collection)

  • Streaming on Arrow and Tubi

Keep My Grave Open (S.F. Brownrigg, 1976)

  • Alpha Video DVD (budget label, VHS quality)

  • Streaming on Tubi

The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976)

  • Arrow Blu-ray (part of the American Horror Project Volume on collection, read my review here)

  • Streaming on Arrow, Tubi, and Night Flight

Death Game (aka: The Seducers; Peter S. Traynor, 1977)

  • Grindhouse Blu-ray (read my review here)

  • Streaming on Shudder and AMC+

Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (George Barry, 1977)

  • Cult Epics Blu-ray (read my review here)

  • Streaming on YouTube:

The Mafu Cage (Karen Arthur, 1978)

  • Scorpion Releasing Blu-ray

  • Streaming on YouTube:



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