Welcome back for another installment of “From Streams to Screams,” everyone! It’s Monday, which is always the roughest day of the week to get through, so perhaps there are a few films on this list that might help ease that pain a bit. For today’s selection of horror movies that are currently streaming on a variety of platforms—Shudder, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vudu and Tubi TV—we’re taking a trip back in time to the 1970s and 1980s, which were arguably two of the greatest decades in genre storytelling.
And before anyone asks, “Where’s this movie? Where’s this other movie?,” I’ve been careful to not repeat listings in all of the different editions of “From Streams to Screams,” so this is more of a rundown of all the great ’70s and ’80s horror that I haven’t been able to mention over the last few weeks on other lists for various reasons (check here to catch up on our previous "From Streams to Screams" lists).
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (Available on Amazon Prime & Tubi TV)
Elvira busts out in her outrageously funny feature film debut! Wise-cracking vamp, Elvira, wants to put on a show in Las Vegas but she's short $50,000, so when she learns that her wealthy Aunt Morgana has just died, she rushes off to old-fashioned, conservative Falwell, Massachusetts, for the reading of the will.
Child’s Play (1988) (Available on Hulu & Amazon Prime)
Introducing Chucky, America's favorite homicidal doll! In his debut film, the bloodthirsty serial-killer-turned-toy seeks revenge on the people responsible for his death - and gets a young boy accused of the crimes!
The Return of the Living Dead (Available on Amazon Prime & Vudu & Tubi TV)
They're Back From The Dead and Ready to Party! On his first day on the job at a medical supply warehouse, poor Freddy (Thom Mathews) unwittingly releases toxic gas from a secret U.S. military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas reanimates an army of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger...for human brains!
The Evil Dead (Available on Hulu)
Friends travel to a cabin where they accidentally release demons.
Evil Dead II (Available on Hulu)
Sam Raimi's full-throttle sequel finds whacked-out dead basher Ash battling another batch of possessed pals at a remote cabin.
Children of the Corn (Available on Hulu & Amazon Prime & Tubi TV)
A young couple (Linda Hamilton, Terminator 2, and Peter Horton, thirtysomething) find themselves stranded in the rural town of Gatlin, Neb., where they encounter a mysterious religious sect of children. But nowhere in town are there any adults. The horror grows to a blood-curdling climax as the two new visitors learn the horrifying secret behind the prospering corn fields.
Little Monsters (1989) (Available on Netflix)
Brian knows there are creatures under his bed. When he faces his fears and confronts them, however, he makes some hilariously weird new friends.
Brain Damage (Available on Shudder)
Meet Elmer. He’s your local, friendly parasite with the ability to induce euphoric hallucinations in his hosts.
The Beyond (Available on Shudder)
In this gore classic, a woman inherits a hotel built over an entrance to Hell.
Lady in White (Available on Vudu & Tubi TV)
In this sleeper film, which combines 1960s nostalgia with supernatural horror, an inquisitive 10-year-old boy is locked in his classroom closet. While there, he sees the ghost of one of ten children who've been molested and killed in the past ten years. He also sees (but not clearly) the murderer...who then begins pursuing him.
Prophecy (Available on Amazon Prime)
A log company's waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster.
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (Available on Tubi TV)
Misguided townsfolk, mistakenly kill a mentally handicapped man after someone accuses him of raping the young girl, but he'll have his revenge...
Carrie (1976) (Available on Netflix)
An outcast teen with telekinetic ability lashes out with her deadly power when the high school “in crowd” torments her with a sick joke at the prom.
House (Available on Amazon Prime & Tubi TV)
Horror novelist Roger Cobb is a man on the edge, reeling from his recent divorce, haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his young son, and struggling with his new book about his traumatic experiences in Vietnam. But when he moves into the strange house left to him by his late aunt, Roger's precarious sanity comes under siege by nightmares.
House II: The Second Story (Available on Amazon Prime & Tubi TV)
Jesse McLaughlin's sitting on top of the world. He's a talented artist with a growing career and a beautiful girlfriend. And he's moving into a magnificent house. A very special house. A house which will plunge him into an incredible adventure... one where all of his dreams, fantasies and nightmares will be realized.
Chopping Mall (Available on Shudder & Amazon Prime & Tubi TV)
In this slasher favorite, eight teenagers are trapped in a high tech shopping mall, pursued by killbots.
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Available on Hulu & Amazon Prime)
"They're back?" The now-penniless Freeling family-Diane (JoBeth Williams), Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke) and Robbie (Oliver Robbins) - flee after their Cuesta Verde tract house is obliterated by poltergeists and take refuge with Gramma Jess (Geraldine Fitzgerald). But even here, peace is not to be found. When Gramma Jess dies, Carol Anne's telephone spontaneously rings with a call from "the other side"-from Grandma Jess! Soon a benign Indian mystic, Taylor (Will Sampson), appears at the Freeling family's doorstep, saying he has been "sent" to protect them from the "family curse". Another poltergeist attack and Steve decides that the family must leave. But Taylor insists that they must stay and fight the evil.
The Stuff (Available on Tubi TV)
A dairy conglomerate hires an FBI agent-turned-industrial mole to investigate a new dessert product that once eaten starts eating your body alive.
Once Bitten (Available on Vudu)
A centuries-old vampiress comes to Los Angeles and stalks male virgins --she needs their blood to retain her youth and beauty. Her targets are left with an appetite for raw hamburgers and a tendency to sleep during the day so as to avoid sunlight.
Transylvania 6-500 (Available on Amazon Prime)
Tabloid reporters Jack Harrison and Gil Turner are sent to Transylvania with two choices: find the Frankenstein monster or find new jobs. But before the jumpy journalists can dig up their big story, they must first face the horrors of an extremely clumsy butler, a nymphomaniac vampire and a semi-mad doctor, as well as assorted mummies, werewolves and more Transylvanian oddballs.
Hellraiser (Available on Shudder & Hulu & Tubi TV)
A puzzle box reveals a realm of sadistic monsters led by a being named Pinhead.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (Available on Shudder & Tubi TV)
In the sequel to HELLRAISER, an occult-obsessed doctor calls forth the Cenobites.
The Wraith (Available on Vudu & Tubi TV)
A mysterious black turbo racing car appears and challenges a murderous gang leader to a series of races. The driver's identity may surprise everyone.
Dead Heat (Available on Amazon Prime)
Maverick L.A.P.D. officer Roger Mortis (Treat Williams) is a good cop who will do anything to nail the bad guys. Even if he's got to die for it. Investigating some frightening goings-on, Mortis and his partner, Doug Bigelow (Joe Piscopo), pay a visit to Dante Laboratories. Here that they discover the high-tech Resurrection Room churning out a weird band of recycled and indestructible criminals.
Suspiria (1977) (Available on Tubi TV)
A series of gruesome murders and inexplicable events lead a new student to suspect something evil is at play at a prestigious ballet academy.
Paperhouse (Available on Amazon Prime)
Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers more of the links between her fantasy world and the mundane present, she is drawn only deeper into a dream turning into a nightmare.
Zombie (Available on Shudder)
Lucio Fulci’s ultra-gory masterpiece is a must-see classic of zombie cinema.
Dolls (Available on Amazon Prime & Vudu & Tubi TV)
The Hartwicke's vast collection of dolls is fun to play with and nice to look at, but beneath the painted faces of their lifelike dolls lie murderous creatures with a vengeance for blood!
Puppet Master II (Available on Tubi TV)
Paranormal researchers investigate a hotel's murderous past, and instead discover bloodthirsty puppets with a gruesome will to live.
Re-Animator (Available on Shudder)
This beloved ‘80s cult horror hit follows a student who brings the dead back to life.
From Beyond (Available on Vudu)
A doctor invents a machine that stimulates a sensory gland in the brain. The altered gland allows him to see into "The Beyond". Unfortunately, when he sees the bizarre inhabitants of this newly discovered realm they can see him too. They are disgustingly eager to introduce him to their world and the good doctor gets more than he bargained for.
Saturday the 14th (Available on Tubi TV)
This horror spoof follows a family as they move into a creepy house, inhabited by frightening creatures. Nightmarish chaos ensues.
Horror Express (Available on Amazon Prime)
A British anthropologist (Christopher Lee) discovers a frozen monster in Manchuria. Convinced that the creature is the "missing link", he embarks on a Trans-Siberian train to transport it back to Europe. But during the journey, the monster comes to life and starts killing the passengers. From British Pathé TV's Classic Movie Collection.
Munchies (Available on Tubi TV)
When an archaeologist finds a strange beast in a Peruvian cave, he takes him home, unprepared for the ensuing chaos as the beast starts to multiply.
Zombie High (Available on Tubi TV)
An academy coed (Virginia Madsen) discovers a faculty plot to achieve immortality with a serum made from students' brains.
Phenomena (Available on Shudder & Tubi TV)
A young girl who can somehow communicate with insects may be the key to solving a string of murders at an exclusive boarding school.
The Satanic Rites of Dracula (Available on Amazon Prime)
On the outskirts of London a Satanic Rite is being performed using Mia Martin to summon back Dracula. They have been infiltrated by a member of MI6 who escapes to warn the government of a plot. Special branch contacts Van Helsing who recognizes his friend as one of the conspirators. Confronting him, he discovers Dracula's plan to unleash bubonic plague upon the world.
GhostHouse (Available on Tubi TV)
Visions of a deceased girl and her doll bring doom to the visitors of a deserted house.
Waxwork (Available on Amazon Prime & Vudu)
A wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world.
Waxwork II: Lost in Time (Available on Tubi TV)
When the wax museum burns to the ground all its evil figures are destroyed... But a lone severed hand crawls from the rubble and terrorizes a young couple. When they seek help from an eccentric old man, they stumble upon a locket that sends them into another dimension.
Season of the Witch (Available on Amazon Prime)
A bored suburban housewife gets mixed up in witchcraft and murder in this grimy, close-quarters horror movie from legendary zombie filmmaker George A. Romero.
The Slayer (Available on Tubi TV)
A vacationing painter senses a sinister presence in paradise. Is she losing her mind, or are her nightmares of a demonic killer coming to life?
Street Trash (Available on Shudder)
A psychotic Vietnam vet and toxic booze threaten the lives of a group of homeless men.
Creature (1985) (Available on Tubi TV)
Scientists reach a remote planet only to find their rivals got there first, and are dead. Now, the creature that killed them hunts the new arrivals.
Neon Maniacs (Available on Tubi TV)
In the heart of San Francisco, the legions of the damned lay waiting beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. As night falls, this battalion of butchery is unleashed upon the city to carve terror into the souls of the innocent
Evilspeak (Available on Tubi TV)
A military cadet (Clint Howard) bullied by his classmates gets revenge by summoning demons and casting spells on his tormentors through his computer.
City of the Living Dead (Available on Amazon Prime)
The Seven Gates Of Hell have been torn open, and in three days the dead shall rise and walk the earth. As a reporter (Christopher George of Pieces) and a psychic (Catriona MacColl of The Beyond) race to close the portals of the damned, they encounter a seething nightmare of unspeakable evil. The city is alive - with the horrors of the living dead!
Inferno (Available on Shudder & Amazon Prime & Vudu)
A young woman stumbles upon a mysterious diary that reveals the secrets of "The Three Mothers" and unleashes a nightmare world of demonic evil. As the unstoppable horror spreads from Rome to New York City, this unholy trinity must be stopped before the world is submerged in the blood of the innocent.
The Dead Pit (Available on Tubi TV)
An amnesia victim unwittingly sets free a mad scientist's monstrous experiments, hidden in an abandoned wing of a mental hospital.
Q: The Winged Serpent (Available on Shudder & Amazon Prime)
In Larry Cohen’s cult classic, a giant dragon comes to NYC to feast on pedestrian.
The Horror Show (Available on Tubi TV)
A maniacal mass murderer returns from the depths of hell to seek supernatural revenge against the police officer who captured him in the first place.
Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (Available on Shudder)
3 horny nerds, 2 sorority sisters, and 1 badass chick unleash a mischievous imp.
Dominique (Available on Tubi TV)
A millionaire who has recently lost his wife starts believing that he is being haunted by her spirit.
A Blade in the Dark (Available on Amazon Prime)
Bruno is hired to compose the music for a new horror movie and rents an isolated villa to concentrate on his work. But when several beautiful young women are brutally murdered within the house, Bruno becomes obsessed with solving the savage crimes. Is a clue to the killer’s identity hidden within the film itself, or is there a more horrifying secret lurking deep in the dark?
The Unholy (Available on Vudu & Tubi TV)
A priest battles a demon that kills sinners in the act of sinning.
Willard (1971) (Available on Amazon Prime & Tubi TV)
A social misfit uses his only friends, his pet rats, to exact revenge on his tormentors.
The Prowler (Available on Vudu)
A masked killer, wearing World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35-year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.
Nosferatu The Vampyre (Available on Tubi TV)
Jonathan and Lucy live in Wismar and the Count wants a house there. Varna is a port on the Black Sea, close to Dracula's castle.
Terror in the Wax Museum (Available on Amazon Prime)
The murder of a Wax Museum proprietor and some other strange goings-on in the vicinity prompt a police investigator to determine whether the killer is one of the principles who wants to own the museum or if Jack the Ripper has returned to killing after a hiatus of ten years.
Torso (Available on Amazon Prime)
A series of sex murders shock a college campus, and four beautiful young girlfriends head for the safety of an isolated country villa. But as they succumb to their own erotic desires, their weekend of pleasure becomes a vacation to dismember at the hands - and blade - of the lecherous maniac.
The Crazies (1973) (Available on Amazon Prime & Vudu)
Its code name is 'Trixie,' an experimental government germ weapon that leaves its victims either dead or irreversibly insane. When the virus is accidentally unleashed in Evans City, Pennsylvania, the small community becomes a war zone of panicked military, desperate scientists and gentle neighbors turned homicidal maniacs.
Demonoid (Available on Tubi TV)
At a dig in rural Mexico, a British industrialist accidentally unleashes an ancient evil, a severed hand, possessed by a vengeful demon, that attacks, kills and takes over the hand and mind of anyone who interferes with its ruthless quest for violence.
Shivers (Available on Hulu)
A genetically engineered parasite that is part aphrodisiac and part venereal disease escapes into a modern apartment building infecting the residents and turning them into sex maniacs.
The Evil (Available on Tubi TV)
A psychologist has plans to turn an abandoned mansion into a drug rehab center, but the demonic spirits inside aren't throwing out the welcome mat.
Nightbeast (Available on Tubi TV)
An alien with an appetite for disembowelment tears up a small town, where the local sheriff races to evacuate the survivors and save the day.
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