Ten Tubi picks (week 4)

Tubi is filled with so many movies, it can sometimes be rough to pick what to watch.

I’m here to help.

Here are ten more picks. Want to share yours with me? Just reply below.

Click on any of the film’s titles to read a more in-depth discussion of the movie.

1. Phenomena: TUBI LINK

If you haven’t watched this movie, you need to fix that now. It’s an absolutely astonishing mix of giallo, science fiction, true crime and, well, a chimp. It also contains one of director Dario Argento’s most honest revelations about his life. I literally could, can, do and will discuss this movie at length any time I’m given the opportunity to do so, a film so wonderful and strange and dangerous — Jennifer Connelly nearly lost a finger to said chimp — and so rewatchable.

2. Monster Dog: TUBI LINK

The first thing Alice Cooper did when he got out of rehab? It wasn’t record “The Ballad of Dwight Fry.” It was to make a movie with Claudio Fragasso.

3. Out of the Dark: TUBI LINK

The girls of Suite Nothings — a phone sex line — are being killed by a clown-masked killer. Sure, you’ve seen movies like this before, but have you seen them with Karen Witter, Paul Bartel, Divine not in drag, Karen Black, Tracey Walter, Silvana Gallard, Tab Cort, Geoffrey Lewis and Karen Mayo-Chandler. There’s also an astounding bring the house down moment when one caller begins loudly repeating “No one can handle nipples better than Bobo!” I’ve seen just about every 90s erotic thriller — Americanized giallo — and this is one of the better ones.

4. Malibu Express: TUBI LINK

It’s a struggle not to just list ten Andy Sidaris movies here every week. So let me share one of the best ones, starring not just Darby Hinton but Sybil Danning. A gender swapped remake of Sidaris’ 1973 film Stacey, the very mention of the words Malibu Express were enough to nuke the minds of young boys struggling through puberty. How were we to be able to handle Contessa Luciana when even Cody Abilene struggled?

5. Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo: TUBI LINK

There are a lot of people online who like to look down on the films of Cannon. That’s fine — Golan and Globus don’t need defending from small-minded cretins. Those fools need only to watch this Sam Firstenberg-directed blast of joy to be converted.

6. Bloody Moon: TUBI LINK

Jess Franco got hired to make a slasher, but he couldn’t help himself but make a Jess Franco movie with incest, roller disco, gorgeous women and, yes, a saw blade tearing a woman apart. You can take the boy out of the gutter, but you cannot remove the sleaze from his heart. I still think about the fact that the producers convinced Franco that Pink Floyd was going to do the soundtrack.

7. Contraband: TUBI LINK

Lucio Fulci made one cop and crook movie. The budget ran out two weeks in and real mobsters paid for the film, asking for a title change and more violence. Did they think Fulci was going to say no?

8. Keoma: TUBI LINK

Directed by Enzo G. Castellari and written by George Eastman, Keoma begins with Franco Nero returning home from war to a town where even his brothers have turned to evil, a plague runs loose and a ghostly woman follows his every move. It’s a supernatural-ish western with great songs by Oliver Onions and one of the Italian tales of the west that I feel is most underseen.

9. Evil Toons: TUBI LINK

Well, it is Fred Olen Ray week on the site. You could do worse — Monique Gabrielle, Barbara Dare, Suzanne Ager, forever crush object Madison Stone, Arte Johnson, David Carradine, Dick Miller, Michelle Bauer and a cast of, well, evil cartoons star in a film that even Roger Corman said couldn’t be made for the budget.

10. Tulpa: TUBI LINK

A woman visits the club Tulpa, which unlocks the hidden side of her libido that improves her self-confidence, except the bad side is everyone she has slept with soon dies a violent death. A modern giallo, this was written by director Federico Zampaglione, Giacomo Gensini and Dardano Sacchetti, the master who wrote every Italian movie worth anything.

If you’re looking for more movies on Tubi, click on our Letterboxd list.

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