Night Flight partners with Blue Underground to present the best cult, horror & exploitation films

By on October 26, 2018

We’ve just added an eclectic selection of some of the best cult, horror & exploitation films to Night Flight Plus, including Bill Lustig’s Maniac (1980), Lucio Fulci’s Zombie (1979) and City of the Living Dead (1980), Dario Argento’s Inferno (1980) and a dozen more from our new partner, Blue Underground!

Check out the list of the first eighteen titles we’ve added below, and if you’re not already a subscriber to Night Flight Plus we can’t think of a better time for you to join up! (Check out our Frequently Asked Questions section should you want to know more).

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Blue Underground is, as they tell us in the “About Us” section on their website, “an entertainment company dedicated to guilty pleasures for adventurous movie lovers.”

Bill Lustig — who founded Blue Underground back in 2002 — recently told us: “Blue Underground is thrilled to partner with Night Flight, given our mutual love for horror, cult, and exploitation. Night Flight Plus offers an exciting mix of classic TV, music and films, and we’re pleased to have the best genre movies in our catalog available to their subscribers.”

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Back in the late ’70s, triple-threat filmmaker Bill Lustig (writer/producer/director) had worked as an apprentice editor on Death Wish and he’d also directed a couple of X-rated adult films (Hot Honey and Violation of Claudia, both 1977).

Then, he aand actor Joe Spinell became friends on the set of Philip D’Antoni’s The Seven-Ups, bonding over their mutual love for horror films, and they set their sights on a new project for themselves, creating 1980’s Maniac, which was to be Lustig’s first non-porn feature and Spinell’s first lead role.

The controversial cult film was successful enough at the box office that it led to Lustig directing more low-budget cult horror & exploitation features — including Vigilante (1983), the Maniac Cop trilogy, and 1996’s Uncle Sam — before shifting his focus to restoring films and producing DVD releases for Anchor Bay Entertainment.

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In the beginning, Lustig intended Blue Underground as a company for releasing “making-of” documentaries for film titles being released by Anchor Bay.

Blue Underground would eventually grow and become an independent entity on its own, with Lustig at the wheel, choosing sometimes neglected cult & exploitation films to restore and release on DVD that Lustig felt were being overlooked by companies like Criterion, particularly European (particularly Italian films directed by Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci), Asian and Brazilian horror and exploitation genre titles.

If you’re a fan of movies features psychopathic killers, flesh-hungry zombies, cannibals, blood-thirsty madmen and female freaks, you’re definitely going to want to check out these titles we’ve got streaming in our Blue Underground section.

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Read more about the Blue Underground titles we’ve just added to Night Flight Plus below.

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We’re offering up original uncut air masters of Night Flight programming from the video vaults of the 1980s TV show, as well as provocative new selections from the world of music, documentaries, animation, cult films and more. Sign up today!



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Amsterdamned (1988): Down in the murky depths of Amsterdam’s famous canals lurks a murderous predator. Surfacing at night, he kills at random and disappears without a trace. As the bodies begin to pile up and mass hysteria envelopes the city, Detective Eric Visser is assigned to head the investigation. With only the escalating number of victims to go on, Visser pursues his quarry with a vengeance, unaware that his beautiful new girlfriend may be the mysterious killer’s next victim. Huub Stapel (The Lift) and Monique van de Ven (Turkish Delight) star in this pulse-pounding thriller written and directed by Dick Maas (Silent Witness), highlighted by an explosive speedboat chase through the city’s narrow canals.

City of the Living Dead (1980): 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! Directed and co-written by the legendary Lucio Fulci (Zombie, The Beyond), City of the Living Dead features some of the maestro’s most shocking and controversial sequences of all time.

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Death Line (a.k.a. Raw Meat) (1973): When a prominent politician and a beautiful young woman vanish inside a London subway station, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Calhoun (Donald Pleasence of Halloween) investigates and makes a horrifying discovery. Not only did a group of 19th century tunnel workers survive a cave-in, but they lived for years in a secret underground enclave by consuming the flesh of their own dead. Now the lone descendant of this grisly tribe has surfaced, prowling the streets for fresh victims… and a new mate. Norman Rossington (A Hard Day’s Night), David Ladd (The Wild Geese), Sharon Gurney (Crucible of Horror), and the legendary Christopher Lee (Horror of Dracula) also star in this heart-stopping horror classic co-written and directed by Gary Sherman (Dead & Buried).

Deathdream (1974): In this shattering variation on “The Monkey’s Paw,” grief-stricken suburban parents (Academy Award nominees John Marley of The Godfather and Lynn Carlin of Faces) refuse to accept the news that their son Andy (Richard Backus) has been killed in Vietnam. But when Andy returns home soon after, something may be horribly wrong: Andy is alive and well… or is he? Produced and directed by Bob Clark (Black Christmas) and written by Alan Ormsby (Deranged), Deathdream was one of the very first films to confront the domestic ravages of the Vietnam War. More than forty years later, it remains one of the most chilling horror films of all time.

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Down (a.k.a. The Shaft)(2001): When the express elevators in New York City’s 102-story Millennium Building start to malfunction, elevator mechanics Mark (James Marshall of Twin Peaks) and Jeff (Eric Thal of The Puppet Masters) are sent to find the cause. After a series of gruesome and deadly “accidents” occur, Mark joins forces with spunky reporter Jennifer (Naomi Watts of The Ring), who’s on the hunt for a juicy story. As the death toll rises and the building is sealed off amid claims of terrorism, Mark and Jennifer attempt to unravel the horrifying secret behind the mysterious behavior of the bloodthirsty lift before it takes them – and the entire city – DOWN! Michael Ironside (Scanners), Edward Herrmann (The Lost Boys), Dan Hedaya (Commando), and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) co-star in this big-budget remake of The Lift helmed by original Writer/Director Dick Maas (Amsterdamned).

The Final Countdown (1980): The time is now. The place is aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz, America’s mightiest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier on maneuvers in the Pacific Ocean. Suddenly, a freak electrical storm engulfs the ship and triggers the impossible: The Nimitz is hurtled back in time to December 6, 1941, mere hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. As the enemy fleet speeds towards Hawaii, the warship’s Captain (Kirk Douglas), a Defense Department expert (Martin Sheen), a maverick Air Wing Commander (James Farentino) and a desperate Senator in the Roosevelt administration (Charles Durning) must choose between the unthinkable. Do they allow the Japanese to complete their murderous invasion or launch a massive counter-strike that will forever change the course of history? Katharine Ross and Ron O’Neal co-star in this spellbinding sci-fi action hit filmed on location aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz with the full participation of the U.S. Navy and the ship’s crew.

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Inferno (1980): 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. Written and directed by Dario Argento, Inferno is the visually stunning second chapter of the “Three Mothers” trilogy begun with the classic Suspiria. This surreal shocker stars Irene Miracle (Night Train Murders), Daria Nicolodi (Deep Red) and Leigh McCloskey (“Dallas”), and features a pulse-pounding original score by Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974): Two traveling companions, George (Ray Lovelock of Autopsy) and Edna (Christine Galbo of The Killer Must Kill Again), come across a small town infested with the “living dead” that are satisfying their cannibalistic hunger on anyone they come across. Discovering that an agricultural machine using radiation waves is at the root of all the havoc, George and Edna fight for survival and their innocence as they are pursued by a relentless detective (Arthur Kennedy of The Antichrist and Fantastic Voyage) who is convinced they are responsible for the ghoulish acts of violence plaguing the countryside. Also know as Let Sleeping Corpses Lie and Don’t Open the Window, this carefully constructed and beautifully photographed tale of the undead roaming the English countryside comes from acclaimed Spanish director Jorge Grau.

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Manhattan Baby (1982): A young girl on vacation in Egypt is given a mysterious charm, causing her archeologist father to be struck blind inside an unexplored pyramid tomb. But when the family returns home to Manhattan, a plague of supernatural evil and sudden violence follows. Can this ancient curse be stopped before it is unleashed on the streets of New York City? Italian shock master Lucio Fulci combines elements of The Exorcist, The Awakening, Poltergeist, and more in this bizarre horror thriller. Also know as Eye Of the Evil Dead and The Possessed, Manhattan Baby is notable as one of Fulci’s final films to be released in America.

Maniac (1980): Frank Zito (a career performance by co-writer/co-executive producer Joe Spinell of Rocky and The Godfather fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. Now Frank has begun a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro of The Spy Who Loved Me), yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities of a human monster. This is the story of a Maniac.

Shock Waves (1977): In the dark days of World War II, the Nazi High Command ordered its scientists to create a top secret race of indestructible zombie storm troopers – un-living, unfeeling, unstoppable monstrosities that killed with their bare hands. They were known as The Death Corps. No member of this horrific SS unit was ever captured by the Allied Forces – and, somewhere off the coast of Florida, they have survived… Peter Cushing (Star Wars), Brooke Adams (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and John Carradine (The Boogey Man) star in this suspenseful and genuinely creepy shocker co-written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn (Return of the Living Dead, Part II).

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Stage Fright (1987): While a group of young actors rehearse a new musical about a mass murderer, a notorious psychopath escapes from a nearby insane asylum. But when the show’s director locks his cast in the theater overnight, the madman is accidentally locked inside as well. Now, a killer with acting in his blood has gone berserk for the blood of actors (including several scenes that EuroHorror fans worldwide consider to be the most violent of the decade) and the stage is set for one unforgettable evening of shock, suspense and unstoppable carnage. Stage Fright marked the stunning directorial debut of Dario Argento protege Michele Soavi and instantly sealed his reputation as the leader of Italian horror’s new generation of filmmakers. (Read our previous post about the film from 2017).

The Lift (1983): There is something very wrong with the elevator in a stylish office high-rise. The passengers never end up on the floor of their choice. They end up dead! When Felix, an inquisitive repairman, investigates the faulty deathtrap, he discovers that something other than malfunctioning machinery is to blame. Some dark, distorted power has gained control of the elevator for its own evil design. After his horrifying discovery is given the shaft by the authorities, he joins a nosy female journalist to battle the unholy force inside The Lift! Huub Stapel (Amsterdamned) and Willeke van Ammelrooy (Antonia’s Line) star in this chilling cult classic from Writer/Director Dick Maas (Saint), who also composed the score and later helmed the 2001 English-language remake, Down (a.k.a. The Shaft).

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The Prowler (1981): Avalon Bay, 1945: On the night of her graduation dance, young Rosemary and her date are brutally murdered by a prowler thought to be a jilted soldier home from the war. The killer was never found. 30 years later, the dance is held again for the first time since that horrific evening – but something else may have also returned Tonight, the teens of this sleepy town will meet their grisly ends at the hands – and pitchfork, blade and more – of The Prowler! Also known as Rosemary’s Killer, this gruesome shocker is one of the cruelest body-count movies of the 80s, thanks to razor-sharp direction by Joseph Zito (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter) and graphic gore effects by Tom Savini (Dawn Of the Dead). Hollywood legends Farley Granger (Strangers On a Train) and Lawrence Tierney (Reservoir Dogs) star in this rarely seen sleeper from the golden age of slasher films – now presented completely uncut and uncensored!

The Stendhal Syndrome (1996): When beautiful police detective Anna Manni follows the bloody trail of a sophisticated serial murderer/rapist through the streets of Italy, the young woman falls victim to the bizarre “Stendhal Syndrome” – a hallucinatory phenomenon which causes her to lose her mind and memory in the presence of powerful works of art. Trapped in this twilight realm, Anna plunges deeper and deeper into sexual psychosis, until she comes to know the killer’s madness more intimately than she ever imagined. Horror maestro Dario Argento (Suspiria, Opera) reaches new heights of florid fantasy and Grand Guignol with this warped work of art starring Maxim Magazine‘s “Sexiest Woman in the World” Asia Argento (Land Of the Dead, XXX), Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong,Blade II) and Marco Leonardi (From Dusk Till Dawn 3).

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Torso (1973): 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. Directed by Sergio Martino (Mountain Of the Cannibal God) and starring Suzy Kendall (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) and Tina Aumont (Salon Kitty), this Euro Horror chiller was originally released in America with much of its controversial violence removed by censors.

Venom (1982): It was supposed to be the perfect crime: the sexy maid (Susan George of Straw Dogs), a psychotic chauffeur (Oliver Reed of Revolver) and an international terrorist (the legendary Klaus Kinski) kidnap a wealthy ten-year old boy from his elegant London townhouse. But they didn’t count on a murdered cop, a desperate hostage siege and one very unexpected houseguest: a furious Black Mamba, the most lethal and aggressive snake known to nature. It can attack from ten feet away. Its bite brings excruciating death, and it is on the loose. Now, terror knows no antidote…and the ultimate in slithering mayhem is Venom. Sterling Hayden (The Killing), Nicol Williamson (Excalibur) and Sarah Miles (Blow-Up) co-star in this gripping suspense thriller directed by Piers Haggard (Blood on Satan’s Claw) and featuring some very real – and extremely deadly – Black Mambas!

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Zombie (1979): In Italy, it was considered the ‘unofficial sequel’ to Dawn of The Dead. In England, it was known as Zombie Flesh-Eaters and banned as obscene. In America, it was called Zombie and advertised with the depraved tag line “WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU!” Tisa Farrow (Manhattan), Richard Johnson (The Haunting) and Ian McCulloch (Contamination) star in this worldwide splatter sensation directed by the Maestro Of Gore Lucio Fulci (Contraband, Conquest, The Beyond) that remains one of the most eye-skewering, skin-ripping, gore-gushingly graphic horror hits of all time! Now Zombie has been remastered from its original camera negative. Each flesh-eating frame has been lovingly restored to skull-rotting perfection. This is Zombie like you’ve truly never seen or heard it before!

Watch all eighteen of these horror cult classics from Blue Underground now on Night Flight Plus!

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.