Amazon’s taking on Disney+ with movies they wouldn’t carry

Amazon’s taking on Disney+ with movies they wouldn’t carry

I’ve said, and I think it’s true, that I don’t see why someone who was already paying for a video subser (subscription service) wouldn’t pay for Disney+. I’ve watched quite a bit on it, mostly older content, but also some newer items and originals.

I also watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video (PV)
  • Hulu
  • Netflix

and some others, including YouTube and Tubi.

I didn’t think many people would drop a service to pick up Disney+: some people might, but not most.

Prime Video needs to make itself valuable, though. Even if not many people are going to drop it at first (and certainly, not those who are paying for Prime for other reasons, including shipping benefits), it’s better to keep those eyeballs and thoughts on Amazon.

The are spending tons of money on originals (there is a Lord of the Rings TV series in the works), but I’ve noticed what seems to be an additional strategy.

They are offering offbeat movies, things that Disney+ wouldn’t carry. Sometimes it’s because of the content, sometimes it’s just going to be from other studios besides all the Disney varieties and what D+ has access to from Fox.

That’s a real bonus for geeks like me and exploitation/kitsch fans!

I haven’t found that any of the subsers make it easy to find things, but I do find the JustWatch app helpful. In this post, I thought I’d list ten of these “anti-Disney” movies. I should be clear: some of these may be offensive in some ways, and Amazon isn’t giving you a “trigger warning”, the way that D+ is. I’m also not saying these are the best: I’ve seen them all, though, and found them at least interesting.

Also, movies can move in and out of subser libraries at pretty much any time, so it’s possible that something I listed won’t be part of Prime when you check.

I’m going to work through the movies alphabetically, only picking a few out of the thousands. I probably won’t get very far, so I may do more recommendation posts like this (let me know if you want to see them by commenting on this post).

Okay, let’s step outside the bounds of the Magic Kingdom!

Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
Overview: John Sayles scripted what has been called the Magnificent Seven in space. Stars in include Richard Thomas, George Peppard, Robert Vaughn, Sybil Danning, and John Saxon as the big bad. Roger Corman (he’ll show up again on this list) co-produced but this is different from his low budget efforts of a couple of decades earlier…for one thing, it’s in color. 😉 It’s a lot of fun!

Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)
Overview: Edgar G. Ullmer directs this low-budget time travel movie…it’s hokey for sure, but that’s the appeal. It’s influenced by the Cold War, with a totalitarian government and a Russia vs. USA element.

A Boy and His Dog (1975)
Overview: Don Johnson stars in this adaptation of a Harlan Ellison work. Jason Robards & Alvy Moore also appear. It has violence & sexual content, but a really clever relationship between Johnson & a dog (voiced brilliantly by Tim McIntire)…the telepathic dog is the brains of the pair in a futuristic wasteland. L.Q. Jones’ script (the actor also directed) has dark humor and surprises.

Bride of the Gorilla (1951)
Overview: Lon Chaney Jr. & Raymond Burr appear in this weird low-budget movie where someone is cursed to turn into a gorilla…it’s definitely a gorilla suit picture, and was referenced on M*A*S*H. One of the most brilliant screenwriters of all time, Curt Siodmak, both writes and directs.

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Bruce Campbell stars as Elvis Presley…wait, I need to say more? 😉 Don Coscarelli wrote and directed, Ossie Davis co-stars as John F. Kennedy (or, at least he says is), and the two of them fight an evil mummy endangering the retirement home where they live.

A Bucket of Blood (1959)
Overview: Roger Corman directed the inimitable Dick Miller is this low-budget horror comedy. It’s one of my favorite Corman works: the title is misleading, it’s really about the acting and script, with Miller as a sad sack busboy who goes to extreme measures to fit into beatnik culture.

Bug (1975)
This is a weird one. Jeannot Szwarc directs, from a script co-written by William Castle and Thomas Page. Page had written the source novel, The Hephaestus Plague. An earthquake releases bugs that can start fires. Bradford Dillman stars and ends up, well, bug-eyed at the happenings.

Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)
After the horror adaptations of the 1960s, Hammer gave screenwriter Brian Clemens a chance to direct his own original script. In the original Dracula, Van Helsing is one of the great proto-geeks, but Captain Kronos is a swashbuckling vampire hunter! R-rated in America, it features Caroline Munro.

C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)
Overview: Hey, I had to get at least one kid-friendly one on the list! Wesley Eure (Land of the Lost) creates a robot dog in a story by Joseph Barbera of Hanna-Barbera (but this is live action). Conrad Bain and Valerie Bertinelli co-star. It’s got a bit of a Disney feel…but you don’t watch this one because you want to see an exceptionally good movie, it could be fun nostalgia for you.

C.H.U.D. (1984)
Overview: Infamous horror movie with people disappearing, and even the poster made clear that the danger was coming from underground. Daniel Stern and John Heard star. It generated a sequel…

I happened to be posting this on Presidents’ Day in the USA…if you were looking forward to watching a movie at home on this day off, there are ten for Prime Video that you’ll probably never see on Disney+! Enjoy!

Oh, and in case that’s not enough, here is a quick listing of some more…I may describe them in more detail in later posts, if there is interest.

  • Aswang (a traditional Philippine monster)
  • Attack of the Puppet People
  • Countess Dracula (Ingrid Pitt)
  • Rocky Jones, Space Ranger: Crash of the Moons
  • Creature of Destruction
  • Bad Taste (Peter Jackson)
  • Crucible of Terror
  • Cry of the Banshee
  • Cthulhu
  • Daughter of Dr. Jekyll
  • Day of the Animals
  • Dead Snow
  • Deadtime Stories
  • Deep Star Six
  • Delicatessen
  • Dementia 13
  • Demon City Shinjuku
  • Destination Moon
  • Devil Girl from Mars
  • Diabolique
  • Dog Soldiers
  • Don’t Look in the Basement
  • The Doomsday Machine
  • Double Dragon
  • Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs
  • Dr. Terror’s Gallery of Horror
  • Dragonslayer
  • Earth Girls Are Easy
  • Earth vs. the Spider
  • Eegah
  • Elvira Mistress of the Dark
  • Embryo (Rock Hudson, Barbara Carrera)
  • Encounter with the Unknown (narrated by Rod Serling)
  • Fire Maidens from Outer Space
  • Flowers in the Attic
  • Forbidden World
  • Frankenstein vs. The Space Monster
  • Frankenstein’s Great Aunt Tillie

Maybe more another time!

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