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  • Writer's pictureGabe Powers

Grinding the Stream UPDATES: Italian Horror Films

***I ran back through the streaming services for May, deleted what was removed since March, and added a couple of new things. No huge updates. Don't worry, though, I'm pretty sure we'll still be trapped in our homes come June!***

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. Now that we've covered giallo (plural: gialli) films, let's move on to the wider world of Italian horror, focusing mostly on the key decades between the '60s and mid-'80s.

Netflix and Hulu have pretty pathetic foreign film selections, not to mention an utter lack of movies made before 1980, so, once again, they weren’t particularly helpful. Amazon Prime has a healthier selection, however, as do a number of 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 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, and Dark Matter TV (again, a "+" will be included wherever subscription fees apply). And, of course, who can forget smaller, but no less important paid services, namely Criterion Channel, Fandor, and Shudder.

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. 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 4, 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.

Dario Argento Horror Movies

  • Suspiria (1977) – Midnight Pulp

  • Inferno (1980) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, and VUDU Free

  • Phenomena (aka: Creepers; this is the 110 minute version, 1985) – Amazon Prime, Shudder, and Midnight Pulp

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

  • BONUS: Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake (2018) is an Amazon production and streaming on Amazon Prime.

Mario Bava Horror Movies

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

  • Black Sunday (Italian: La maschera del demonio; aka: Mask of Satan, 1960) – Fandor and Midnight Pulp +

  • Black Sabbath (Italian: I tre volti della paura; Italian version, 1963) – Shudder, Fandor, and Midnight Pulp +

  • 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

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

  • Shock (Italian: Schock, 1977) – Amazon Prime

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

  • BONUS 2: Erik the Conqueror (Italian: Gli Invasori; aka: The Invaders and Fury of the Vikings, 1961) – Amazon Prime (a colorful, slightly supernatural 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, 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 and Midnight Pulp

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

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

  • Conquest (Italian: La conquista de la tierra perdida, 1983) – Shout Factory TV (not technically a horror movie, but a weird, violent fantasy movie)

  • Aenigma (1987) – Amazon Prime (this movie is pretty bad, to be honest)

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

  • Touch of Death (Italian: Quando Alice ruppe lo specchio, 1988) – Amazon Prime (this movie is even worse, to be honest)

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

  • BONUS 2: The Devil's Honey (Italian: Il miele del diavolo; aka: Dangerous Obsession, 1986), more of an erotic thriller than horror movie or giallo, is streaming on Midnight Pulp +

  • BONUS 3: The Wax Mask (Italian: M.D.C.: Maschera di cera, 1996) – Shudder (Fulci was set to direct with Argento producing, but he maestro passed away before filming started. Sergio Stivaletti completed the movie as director)

Joe D'Amato (Aristide Massaccesi) Horror Movies

  • Emanuelle in America (1976/77) – Midnight Pulp +

  • Emanuelle & the Last Cannibals (Italian: Emanuelle e gli Ultimi Cannibali; aka: Trap Them and Kill Them, 1977) – Midnight Pulp + (Warning: This film depicts genuine animal butchery)

  • Beyond the Darkness (Italian: Buio Omega; aka: Buried Alive, 1979) – Midnight Pulp +

  • Anthropophagous (aka: Anthropophagous: The Beast and The Grim Reaper, 1980) – Midnight Pulp +

  • Absurd (Italian: Rosso Sangue; aka: Horrible, 1981) – Midnight Pulp +

Ruggero Deodato Horror Movies

  • Cannibal Holocaust (1980) – Shudder (Warning: This film depicts genuine animal death/butchery)

  • Cut and Run (Italian: Inferno in diretta, 1985) – Amazon Prime, VUDU Free, and Tubi (more of a violent action movie than a true horror movie)

  • Body Count (Italian: Camping del terrore, 1986) – Amazon Prime

Riccardo Freda Horror Movies

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

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

  • Fredo also co-directed Caltiki the Immortal Monster

Umberto Lenzi Horror Movies

  • Eaten Alive (Italian: Mangiati vivi!, 1980) – Midnight Pulp + (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; Umberto Lenzi, 1988) – Amazon Prime

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

Lamberto Bava Horror Movies

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

  • Devilshark (Italian: Shark: Rosso nell'oceano, 1984) – Amazon Prime

  • Demons (Italian: Demoni; Lamberto Bava, 1985) – Shudder

  • Demons 2 (Italian: Demoni 2... L'incubo ritorna; Lamberto Bava, 1986) – Shudder and Popcorn Flix

Michele Soavi Horror Movies

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

  • Stagefright (aka: Deliria, Aquarius; Michele Soavi, 1987) – Amazon Prime and VUDU Free

The Rest

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

  • Nightmare Castle (Italian: Amanti d'oltretomba; Mario Caiano, 1965) – Fandor, Midnight Pulp +, and Popcorn Flix

  • Beyond the Door (Italian: Chi sei?; Ovidio G. Assonitis, 1974) – Amazon Prime and Dark Matter TV

  • Slave to the Cannibal God (Italian: La montagna del dio cannibale; Sergio Martino, 1978 – Amazon Prime (Warning: This film depicts genuine animal death/butchery)

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

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

  • The Black Cat (Italian: Il gatto nero; Luigi Cozzi, 1989) – Amazon Prime (A very bad, but kind of charming would-be sequel to Suspiria and Inferno)



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