Seems like a lot of people are getting really fed up with the high cost, and lame programming selection, of cable TV.
Basic cable, along with its plethora of War War II and conspiracy theory channels, just doesn’t provide a lot of viewing bang for the buck these days. Sure, there are lots of channels, but who wants to watch, or pay for, most of them? For instance, I’m sure the Urology Channel has some loyal and rabid viewers out there, but do you know any of them?
The good news is that there are more and more streaming services popping up that provide a free, or reasonably-priced, alternative to the mega cable conglomerates.
Most people’s streaming activities seem to revolve around services like Netflix, which is an amazing value, Amazon.com’s video-on-demand offerings, and Hulu, but there are other smaller providers out there that are worth a look-see. One of these is a steaming service from FlickStream called Drive-in Classics.
For a very reasonable $5 per year, you can get a subscription to Drive-in Classic’s extensive library of B-movies spanning the Sci-Fi, Horror, and “I have no idea how to categorize this god-awful exploitation schlock” genres. There is even a library of 3D films (anaglyph glasses not included) dating back to the 1950s.
These films range from true classics, such as “House of Wax” and “The House on Haunted Hill“, to complete travesties such as “Kong Island” (trailer included above for your enjoyment.) These moves are presented in un-restored, “print looks like it was run through a washing machine several times” quality, complete with bad dialogue dubbing and cheesy musical scores.
This is great stuff. If you love some of these old train wrecks as much as I do, you may find that you are unable to tear yourself away from the screen.
A few of the treasures in the Drive-in Classics library include:
- Bela Lugosi in “The Devil Bat“
- “Attack of the Puppet People“
- “Oasis of The Zombies“
- “The Atomic Brain“
- “Attack of the Giant Leeches“
FlickStream has several other specialty channels, all at similar reasonable prices, including Kung-Fu Theater, Cowboy Classics, Moonlight Movies, and others …The best part of these new services is that, unlike the cable companies, you can pay for what you want, when you want.