5 Rare Movies You Can Stream Free

DVD or Blu-ray copies of these five rare films can be expensive—we’ll show you where to stream them for free.

Have you searched for a physical copy of a favorite film and found only overpriced DVDs and Blu-rays, or nothing at all? While you’re saving up to buy that elusive jewel for your collection, you might be able to stream it for free. In this guide, we tell you how to stream five of them for free on Spectrum On Demand, Tubi, Roku Ultra, and Pluto TV.

Cover art for Tapeheads, Near Dark, Munchies, Joysticks, and Tank Girl

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Tapeheads (1988)

If you haven’t seen this awesomely wacky John Cusack/Tim Robbins comedy, you’re missing out. We reckon that music licensing—and there are some seriously cool tunes in this joint thanks to soul legends Sam & Dave (as The Swanky Modes) —is preventing a Blu-ray release (so far). But used Region 1 DVDs are going for $18–$43 shipped, while a new copy runs $39–$45. Fortunately, Tapeheads is streaming on PLEX, the Roku Channel, and VUDU.

Near Dark (1987)

A Blu-ray copy of Kathryn Bigelow’s kickass vampire neo-western featuring Bill Paxton (RIP) costs $85 on Amazon. And the Region-1 coded DVD doesn’t seem to be available at all—even used. There is an all-region English-language Korean release on Amazon for $34 shipped, though, if you wanna gamble. But, if you have a Spectrum TV plan, you can stream it on demand. Or, if you already have Shudder or AMC+, you can stream it there.

Munchies (1988)

This cult favorite, produced by schlock legend Roger Corman and starring comedy legend Harvey Korman, is basically Gremlins in Peru slathered in beautiful B-movie bizarreness. On Amazon, used DVDs are $25–$30 new ones are $62. And the 2018 Scream Factory Blu-ray with both Munchies and the inferior sequel Munchie cost $24–$36 used and $24–$30 new. But it’s streaming free on Shout! Factory TV and Tubi.

Pro tip: If you already have Amazon Prime Video, you can subscribe to Prime Channels version of Shout! Factory TV for only $2.99/mo.—and escape the free version’s ad breaks.

Joysticks (1983)

A new, Region 1-coded Liberation Entertainment DVD of this late-night video game comedy will cost you $39.99 on Amazon—and there are no used copies available. Fortunately, you have four free options to stream Joysticks: IMDbTV (soon to be called Freevee), Pluto TV, the Roku Channel,* and Tubi. (*To be perfectly clear, the Roku Channel is free only if you own a Roku streaming device.

Pro tip: Wondering how much content you can stream for free? Read our guide, 8 Streaming Bundles to Replace Cable, and check out “Freebie the Love Bundle.”

Tank Girl (1995)

Here’s another movie where music licensing gums up the home media works. On DVD, Rachel Talalay’s 1995 post-apocalyptic feminist comedy starring Lori Petty and Ice-T costs $15–$45 used and $38–$68 new, and the multi-format Blu-ray/DVD Collector’s Edition is $145 new (no used copies). But you can watch Tank Girl with its original music free on Pluto TV, Spectrum On Demand, and Tubi.

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