This week on I WAKE UP STREAMING!, we’ve got dozens of notable oddities from every era of psychotronic filmdom!
The Irish horror film A DARK SONG is now available on the service, which Matt Wedge talked about here. Other new additions include Jeffrey Reddick’s DEAD AWAKE with Jesse Bradford and Lori Petty, the UK horror pic THE FORGOTTEN and the fourth season of Bojack Horseman.
New flicks on Hulu include Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Vincent D’Onofrio in Antoine Fuqua’s THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016), James McAvoy in the entertaining Irvine Welsh adaptation FILTH, the 2014 Chinese action film ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHANGHAI (a remake of 1972’s BOXER FROM SHANTUNG), recent zombie flicks DARKEST DAY and ALIEN VS. ZOMBIES, the Australian thriller HOUNDS OF LOVE and, best of all, Jonathan Silverman in ROBO-DOG: AIRBORNE, the long-awaited sequel to ROBO-DOG where he flies now. For TV, you can binge on the Jane Campion-produced Australian thriller Top of the Lake: China Girl, with Elizabeth Moss returning as a Sydney police detective, with Nicole Kidman joining the cast.
New releases on Hoopla include Wesley Snipes in the alien invasion film THE RECALL, the animated Lewis Carroll adaptation THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK and the Serbian-made animated cyberpunk film TECHNOTISE, the slasher throwback MOST LIKELY TO DIE, the docs 24 HOUR COMIC (about Scott McCloud’s 24 Hour Comic Challenge) and AMERICA’S MOST HAUNTED INNS, and, er, 5-HEADED SHARK ATTACK. A few other notable additions include Jim Wynorski’s CHOPPING MALL and the excellent mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.
Get your rocks off with Penelope Spheeris’ 1981 punk doc classic THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION and the 1998 follow-up THE DECLINE OF WESTEN CIVILIZATION PART III, Susan Seidelman’s 1982 punk flick SMITHEREENS, The Clash in the 1982 documentary RUDE BOY and punk rock fatherhood in THE OTHER F WORD (2011). Be sure to check out Barbet Schroeder’s fascinating 1974 doc GENERAL IDI AMIN DADA as well.
Stacy Keach turns in a fantastic performance as a truck driver (sorry, a driver of a truck) hunting a serial killer in Richard Franklin’s 1981 Ozploitation classic ROAD GAMES with Jamie Lee Curtis, now available on the service. Also check out the Israeli black comedy horror pic BIG BAD WOLVES and Shane Meadows’s 2004 thriller DEAD MAN’S SHOES, along with the Marilyn Manson-starring crime thriller LET ME MAKE YOU A MARTYR, exclusive to the service.
Silent films from 1895-1903 including the irresistably-titled AIRY FAIRY LILLIAN TRIES ON HER NEW CORSETS, D.W. Griffith’s A CORNER IN WHEAT (1909), and Brie Larson in Destin Daniel Cretton’s highly recommended foster care facility drama SHORT TERM 12 (2013).
As usual, there’s no shortage of random psychotronic stuff on Amazon Prime, so here are a few of the notable additions, in order of era:
THE AMAZING MR. X (1948) – Psychic thriller with Turhan Bey
CAT WOMEN OF THE MOON (1952) – Sonny Tufts, Marie Windsor, cat women, moon!
ATOMIC WAR BRIDE (1960) – Really odd Serbo-Croatian atomic war sci-fi drama romance
THE TELL-TALE HEART (1960) – Little-seen feature version of the Edgar Allen Poe tale
THIS IS NOT A TEST (1962) – Low-budget atomic war drama
HAVE FIGURE, WILL TRAVEL (1963) – North Carolina-shot nudist film
MONDO BALORDO (1964) – Mondo doc hosted by Boris Karloff
ADAM LOST HIS APPLE (1965) – Nudie film with Mal (BLOOD FEAST) Arnold.
ATLAS AGAINST THE CZAR (1965) – Italian peplum pic with Richard Harrison
SECRET AGENT SUPER DRAGON (1966) – Secret agent flick with Ray Danton and Marisa Mell
ZAN, KING OF THE JUNGLE (1969) – Tarzan rip-off starring BLOOD FREAK’s Steve Hawkes!
LEGION OF NO RETURN (1969) – Aka BRIDGE OVER THE EDGE, WWII flick starring Tab Hunter directed by León Klimovsky (THE VAMPIRES NIGHT ORGY)
THEY CALL ME TRINITY (1970) – Bud Spencer and Terence Hill in the Italian comedy/western classic
THREE GIANTS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (1971) – Peplum film with Brad Harris
MISS DYNAMITE (1972) – aka ALL THE BROTHERS OF THE WEST SUPPORT THEIR FATHER, Italian western with Antonio Sabato, Lionel Stander and Marisa Mell.
THE TRIPLE ECHO (1972) –Michael Apted’s cross-dressing drama with Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed
AFRICA EXPRESS (1975) – Italian-made adventure-comedy with Jack Palance and Ursula Andress
YETI: GIANT OF THE 20TH CENTURY (1977) – A bizarre Italian KING KONG rip-off
DEATH PROMISE (1977) – Exploitative Kung-fu revenge pic
UNKNOWN POWERS (1978) – Repackaging of a failed supernatural “documentary”TV series with Will Geer and Roscoe Lee Browne
BUFFALO RIDER (1978) – Western about a guy on a buffalo
CONCORDE AFFAIR (1979) – CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST director Ruggero Deodato makes a disaster film with James Franciscus and Mimsy Farmer.
FURY IN SHAOLIN TEMPLE (1979) – Godfrey Ho martial arts pic
WOLF DEVIL WOMAN (1981) – Taiwan-lensed horror pic about a woman who was raised by wolves fighting the devil
COBRA (1982) – aka YAN JING SHE, martial arts pic starring Bruce Lei.
JET BENNY (1986) – STAR WARS but with Jack Benny impersonations
COMMANDER 3 (1986) – aka WAR WITHOUT END, Cambodia-set (but Philippines-lensed) war pic from the insanely prolific Teddy Page
SHALLOW GRAVE (1987) – Surprisingly potent Florida-shot tale of three college girls who witness a murder and are stalked
LUST FOR FREEDOM (1987) – Troma-distributed women’s prison flick, which you can read about here
LADY MOBSTER (1988) – Susan Lucci takes revenge for the deaths of her parents in this TV-movie with Michael Nader, from director John Llewellyn Moxey
BROTHERS BY CHOICE (1989) – A Canadian made-for-TV movie directed by William Fruet (KILLER PARTY)
BREAKING LOOSE: SUMMER CITY 2 (1988) – Sequel to the Australian drama SUMMER CITY, which populated bargain bins in the ‘80s due to the presence of Mel Gibson. He’s not in this.
FANGS! THE HISTORY OF VAMPIRES IN THE MOVIES (1989) hosted by Veronica Carlson
LUTHER THE GEEK (1990) – Sleazy, and pretty darn good, horror pic starring Stacy Haiduk
The Boy from Andromeda (1991) – Australian sci-fi family series
QUIET FIRE (1991) – PM Entertainment action pic with Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Robert Z’Dar and Karen Black
MODEL BY DAY (1993) – Christian Duguay’s low-budget distaff superhero flick starring Famke Janssen
BODY MELT (1994) – Splattery body horror pic from Australia
THE CLUB (1994) – Direct-to-video horror pic with Kim Coates and Andrea Roth
LEGEND OF THE RED DRAGON (1994) – Americanized version of the Jet Li-starring NEW LEGEND OF SHAOLIN
JOSH KIRBY TIME WARRIOR: JOURNEY TO THE MAGIC CAVERN (1995) – Fifth entry in the Full Moon-produced kids fantasy series. The others are available as well. Have fun!
HOLOGRAM MAN (1995) – Richard Pepin-directed sci-fi action pic with Joe Lara, John Amon, William Sanderson, Alex Cord, Tiny Lister and Michael Nouri
FEVER LAKE (1996) – Bo Hopkins, Mario Lopez and Corey Haim in cursed house story shot in Kenosha, Wisconsin
SWORD OF HONOR (1996) – low-budget Australian martial arts pic distributed by PM
GENERATION XTINCT (1997) – Low-budget revenge pic
STORM TROOPER (1998) – Jim Wynorski-directed thriller with Carol Alt, Corey Feldman, Zack Galligan, Kool Moe Dee, Ross Hagen
JACKIE CHAN: MY STORY (1998) – Yo dawg I heard you like Jackie Chan so I got Jackie Chan to direct this documentary about Jackie Chan so you can see how Jackie Chan films Jackie Chan while Jackie Chan talks about Jackie Chan
RUNNING RED (2000) – Jeff Speakman action pic with Angie Everhart
TASK FORCE (2000) – Made-for-Canadian-TV cop tale
ZEBRA LOUNGE (2001) – Canadian erotic thriller with Kristy Swanson and Stephen Baldwin
CHASING CAIN (2001) – Canadian detective thriller with Peter Outerbridge and Alberta Watson, directed by Jerry Ciccoritti (GRAVEYARD SHIFT)
Penn & Teller’s Magic and Mystery Tour (2003) – Penn and Teller hit the road
KARLA (2007) – Joel Bender’s true crime tale with Laura Prepon as a sociopath
BELL WITCH (2007) – Tennessee-lensed horror pic with Betsy Palmer in her last role
THE SWEENEY (2013) – British action pic starring Ray Winstone
THE TWINS’ CODE (2013) – Chinese thriller with no votes on IMDb. Your guess is as good as mine, but it looks like it has car chases.
SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL XV (2014) – Filipino horror anthology
Rifftrax: ROCK’N’ROLL NIGHTMARE (2015) – Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett vs. Jon-Mikl Thor
DUDEBRO PARTY MASSACRE III (2015) – Well-review slasher movie homage featuring Patton Oswalt
HOME (2016) – Christian propaganda horror starring Heather Langenkamp
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