Month-Old ‘Kino Cult’ AVOD Platform Adds 20 Horror and Cult Classics

Kino Lorber and Giant Pictures have announced 20 new films available to stream on Kino Cult, the free ad-supported streaming platform for horror and cult films the two companies launched a month ago.

The slate includes five Italian mystery thrillers, or “gialli,” including Mario Bava’s Five Dolls for an August Moon and Pete Walker’s Schizo. Also now streaming on the channel are two titles — Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance — from venerated South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook’s vengeance trilogy; and the Italian exploitation classic Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine, as well as Spanish filmmaker Jesus Franco’s The Demons, his take on Ken Russell’s The Devils.

“In our second month of operation, Kino Cult is not only beefing up its library of midnight movie essentials, but guiding viewers into weird niches that encourage deeper exploration,” said Kino Cult curator Bret Wood. “We want to rekindle the thrill of discovery that some of us remember from attending actual midnight movies, surfing basic cable after all the broadcast channels have gone off the air, or spending hours wandering the aisles of mom-and-pop video stores. There is still much to be discovered!”

Kino Cult offers hundreds of hours of curated, theatrically released films, all shown in high definition. New titles are added monthly. Kino Cult is available widely in the United States and Canada across web, mobile devices and connected TVs, with VOD apps on all major devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google TV, iOS, Android and more.

Giant Pictures, a leader in the free ad-supported (FAST) channels space, is the technology partner for Kino Cult, responsible for the device apps, channel distribution and ad-tech in the new venture. Kino Cult will also launch as a linear channel experience, with its free ad-supported programming running 24/7 across multiple streaming devices. An expansion to the library is also planned, to include more genre greatness from other venerated cult labels like American Genre Film Archive, Code Red, Scorpion Releasing, Severin Films, Something Weird, and Vinegar Syndrome, in addition to the current offerings from Kino Lorber partners Artsploitation Films, Palisades Tartan, Raro Video and Redemption Films.

Kino Lorber, Giant Pictures Launch Free Ad-Supported Streaming Service Kino Cult

Kino Lorber has partnered with Giant Pictures to launch Kino Cult, a free ad-supported streaming destination for genre lovers of horror and cult films.

Featuring hundreds of hours of curated, theatrically released films all in high-definition, with new titles added monthly, Kino Cult launches widely in the United States and Canada on Oct. 1 across Web, mobile devices and connected TVs, with VOD apps on major devices, such as Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google TV, iOS, Android and more.

Giant Pictures is the technology partner for Kino Cult, responsible for the device apps, channel distribution and ad-tech in the new venture.

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“From the arthouse to the haunted house, the channel will dive deep into unapologetically weird genre cinema, blending recent art house discoveries fresh from cinemas with high quality restorations of notorious grindhouse gems,” according to a press release.

Kino Lorber brings 40 years of experience as a theatrical and home entertainment distributor of international and American indie films to Kino Cult, where the focus will be on “the wild and the weird of genre cinema,” according to the release. Kino Cult plans to serve its audience with a deep catalog of hundreds of relevant titles, many of which are streamable for the very first time, all in HD, the press release noted.

The channel will offer cult cinema across action, horror, comedy and sci-fi, both new and rare vintage hits of genre cinema, giving movie fans “access to films that have not been easy to find in the streaming age,” the press release stated.