What are Asiancrush and Midnight Pulp? They’re streaming channels you might find while browsing though the Roku or Amazon Fire TV offerings. The former deals in imported, subtitled movies and TV shows from Eastern countries, while the latter serves up glorious B-movie horror schlock. They’re both owned by the same company, Digital Media Rights, and DMR shared with us a list of the material they’re adding this month.
If you have either app, see if any of these offerings sound intriguing….the apps cost nothing to view as long as you’re fine with ads interrupting the show every now and then. An ad-free experience costs $4.99 a month.
Asiancrush — August 16
The Lost Tomb: Season Two
In this adventure-packed 40-episode season, the group of tomb-raiding heroes are pulled into another thrilling expedition taking them deep beneath the sea. In an ancient Ming Dynasty ship, they encounter monstrous creatures and puzzling traps. Wu Xie opens the box that he obtained from the Seven Star Coffins of Lu Wang’s Palace to discover a snake-bowed copper fish. Wu Sansheng recounts the strange occurrences over ten years ago when they went on an archaeological expedition to Paracel Islands. And Wu Xie leads a team down to the same place to explore a sunken ship where hidden dangers await. (China, 2019)
The Destiny of the White Snake
Inspired by a legendary folk tale, THE DESTINY OF THE WHITE SNAKE tells a heart-wrenching love story between an immortal and a human. The immortal. Bai Yao Yao, disguised as a white snake roaming the mortal realm when she meets and falls in love with Zi Xuan, the master of the medicinal valley. Unfortunately, their union wasn’t in the stars, as she accidentally breaks a heavenly seal in the chamber of Mount Jiuxi and releases black water dragon, an ancient beast, from imprisonment into the world of humans. To save the humanity, Xu Xuan sacrifices himself and Bai Yao yao is devastated and retreats from the world. A thousand years pass and they meet again: Zi Xuan, now reborn as Xu Xian remembers nothing of his and Bai Yao Yao’s past, however the immortal remembers everything and tries to ensure that they lives a peaceful life together. But will they? Find out across 60 episodes in this Chinese TV series filled with romance, fantasy and adventure! (China, 2018)
The Legend of Dugu
Set during the final years of the chaotic Northern and Southern States era in Chinese history, THE LEGEND OF DUGU dramatizes the lives of Dugu Xin, a court official, and three of his daughters — Dugu Ban Ruo , Dugu Man Tuo, and Dugu Jia Luo — as they deal with the prophecy: “The Emperor Star is unknown. But, the Dugus shall have China”. With this hanging over the clan, the daughters soon find themselves embroiled (willingly or otherwise) in political alliances and upheavals, as factions seek to prove or disprove the prophecy. However, Dugu Ban Ruo is an ambitious woman and would do anything if it means that the empress’ title and throne belonged to her, while Dugu Man Tuo is willing to kill for the greed of wealth and status. Dugu Jia Luo, as the youngest of the sisters, doesn’t understand the fight for “The World of Dugu” between her two sisters and tries to live her life in happiness instead of fighting for the crown. But isn’t there a saying that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?
Midnight Pulp — Available Now
Bride of Re-Animator
The success of Stuart Gordon’s hit horror-comedy Re-animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR – this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead 3) – would prove that there was a good deal more life left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits. It is 8 years since the Miskatonic massacre. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr. West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life – starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan’s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong in this worthy successor to Gordon’s original cult classic… (US, 1989, 97 mins.)
From Frank Henenlotter, the man behind such cult horror favorites as Basket Case and Frankenhooker, comes BRAIN DAMAGE – the ultimate head-trip! Meet Elmer. He’s your local, friendly parasite with the ability to induce euphoric hallucinations in his hosts. But these LSD-like trips come with a hefty price tag. When young Brian comes under Elmer’s addictive spell, it’s not long before he finds himself scouring the city streets in search of his parasite’s preferred food source – brains! (US, 1988, 86 mins.)
Directed by Carlo Lizzani (Wake Up and Kill, The Hills Run Red) and with a superb soundtrack by Riz Ortolani (Day of Anger, Cannibal Holocaust), Requiescant Latin for Rest in Peace ranks among the finest Spaghetti Westerns. Alex Cox named it the one film to prove that the Italian Western was not solely Sergio Leone’s. Lou Castel (Fists in the Pocket, A Bullet for General) plays a young man who was raised to be a pacifist by a travelling preacher after Confederates massacred his family. But when his step-sister runs away, the pursuit reveals a natural talent as a sharp-shooter as well as a bloody and unexpected confrontation with his past. (Italy, 1967, 92 mins.)
Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood
Step right up for MALATESTA’S CARNIVAL OF BLOOD – the grisliest, freakiest show in town! Arriving at a creepy, dilapidated fairground under the premise of looking for work, the Norris family are hoping to track down their missing son, who, they believe, is somewhere in the park. But it’s not long before they find themselves at the mercy of the fairground’s fiendish proprietors and the cannibalistic ghouls lurking in the caverns below. The 1973 cult oddity from late director Christopher Speeth, is a cinematic experience like no other. (US, 1973, 74 mins.)
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
The remarkable career of the movie industry’s most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso’s definitive documentary RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN. Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen s seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo Del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more. These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the father of Stop Motion animation and films such as The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms , It Came From Beneath The Sea , The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad , Mysterious Island , Jason And The Argonauts and The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right. (2017, 97 mins.)
What do you get if you combine Thanksgiving, American TV star Louise Lasser (“Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”), killer 80s synths and some of the most gruesome special effects in all of slasher history courtesy of Ed (Terminator 2) French. Why, it’s BLOOD RAGE of course! Twins Todd and Terry seem like sweet boys that is, until one of them takes an axe to face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalized, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later and, as the family gathers around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped. But has the real killer in fact been in their midst all along? One thing’s for sure, there will be blood and rage! (US, 1987, 82 mins.)