Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A MummyVision Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku - Day #16 PRESENTING... THE ADC OF HALLOWEEN HORROR !!!

Welcome, Boils & Ghouls !!

We're now into the second half of the month, and as the Countdown To Hallowe'en 2013 continues... so does the series of posts entitled "A MummyVision Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku", my month-long blogathon, which culminates on 31st October 2013. If you missed the previous instalments, earlier in the month, the series began with details of a Hallowe'en ScreamSaver, complete with it's own spooky soundtrack, followed by a Roku channel dedicated to Vintage Horror Classics, then some Hallowe'en "How-To" videos, a Roku channel for fans of the paranormal and then another for devotees of independent horror. After that came a channel dedicated to the open discussion of UFO's and UFO-related activities plus a further selection of Cult Films, Sci-Fi Classics & Vintage Horror. Since then, we've provided details of a Roku channel brimming with creepy cocktail suggestions, another with more classic Hallowe'en movie choices, and then details of a Roku channel that mixes paranormal reality tv shows with powerful documentaries, mysteries, conspiracy theories, UFO's and plenty else besides. The next two instalments saw yet more Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy movies on one channel plus some Hallowe'en / Horror-themed music, courtesy of a Roku radio channel, on another. We then brought you details of a live-streaming horror channel, to add yet another dynamic to the Hallowe'en entertainment on your Roku players plus some close encounters of the third kind, courtesy of a Roku channel dedicated to the subject of aliens and UFO's. Yesterday we added a fresh selection of Sci-Fi & Horror Movies to the mix, and today there's another channel offering it's own pick of "Halloween Horror" films to further increase your choice of macabre movies, ahead of October 31st !!

It probably comes as no surprise to you, that this Premium TV & Movie-based Roku channel can be found in the "Film & TV" genre (i.e. category) of the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store (alternatively, under "Movies & TV", for Roku owners in the USA). Generally speaking, the 'ADC' movie channel provides an assortment of Premium Movies which can currently be watched (on an ad-supported basis) completely free-of-charge. With movie genres (i.e. categories) ranging from things like Classic Movies to Popular TV Series, as well as Action to Comedy, Drama to Thriller, and Romance to Westerns plus (of course) Halloween Horror & Documentaries, you'll never be hard-pushed to find something that suits your taste in films. As such, you can expect to see anything from the exceptionally well thought-out and executed film noir "D.O.A." (1950) starring Edmond O'Brien, to the modern crime thriller "Delivered" (2011) directed by Michael Madison, to the life-affirming tale (inspired by a true story) that is "Transatlantic Coffee" (2012) by young film-maker, and first time writer / director, Erik Peter Carlson. Perhaps best of all, however, is that the movies on the 'ADC' channel are ALL COMPLETELY FREE TO WATCH when choosing to view them on an ad-supported basis. However you are also given the choice to pay & watch individual movies on an entirely ad-free basis for that full, uninterrupted movie-watching experience. The cost of the ad-free service is $0.99 per movie but, for the sake of sitting through a few commercials, I think you're better off going down the ad-supported route and maybe spending your money on some popcorn to eat while you watch any, or all, of these films for FREE !!

Obviously, having multiple genres to choose from in the main menu of the 'ADC' channel means that not all of the included content is relevant to this post. As I mentioned before, there are other loosely relevant genres included (such as Thriller and Drama or perhaps even Action or Comedy) in which you might find a "Premium Movie" or "TV Series" that grabs you but, sticking to the general theme of Hallowe'en, the (current) selection to be found in the "Halloween Horror" category of the 'ADC' channel on UK Roku player (incl. IMDB or other links, where available) is as follows:-

  • Hollywood Scarefest: Premiere Edition [DVD Release] (2003) [dir. Various] (1h 33m)
  • Jezebeth [Feature Film] (2011) [dir. Damien Dante] (1h 23m)
  • The Day Of The Dead [Feature Film] (2007) [dir. Ricardo Islas] (1h 41m)
  • Bride Of The Gorilla [Feature Film] (1951) [dir. Curt Siodmak] (1h 05m)
  • Carnival Of Souls [Feature Film] (1962) [dir. Herk Harvey] (1h 22m)
  • Body Melt [Feature Film] (1993) [dir. Philip Brophy] (1h 19m)
  • Haunting Storm [Feature Film] (2011) [dir. Kerry Knight] (1h 33m)
  • Dementia 13 [Feature Film] (1963) [dir. Francis Ford Coppola] (1h 14m)
  • Mindflesh [Feature Film] (2008) [dir. Robert Pratten] (1h 12m)
  • Ladron [Feature Film] (2010) [dir. Damian Chapa] (1h 22m)
  • The Magnificent Dead [Feature Film] (2010) [dir. Shane Scott] (1h 18m)
  • Exile [Feature Film] (2010) [dir. Mike Conway] (1h 18m)
  • Natural Demise [Feature Film] (2010) [dir. Richard Ryan] (1h 30m)
  • Nosferatu [Feature Film] (1922) [dir. F. W. Murnau] (1h 24m)
  • I'm Not Jesus Mommy [Feature Film] (2010) [dir. Vaughn Juares] (1h 26m)
  • Hell Is Full [Feature Film] (2010) [dir. Steve Hudgins] (1h 36m)
  • Johnny Virus [Feature Film] (2005) [dir. W. W. Vought] (1h 39m)
  • Lady Frankenstein [Feature Film] (1972) [dir. M. Welles, A. Luppi] (1h 23m)
  • A Bucket Of Blood [Feature Film] (1959) [dir. Roger Corman] (1h 05m)
  • Demon Rage [Feature Film] (1982) [dir. James Polakof] (1h 31m)
  • Swamp Witch [Feature Film] (2012) [dir. Kerry Knight] (1h 42m)
  • Plan 9 From Outer Space [Feature Film] (1959) [dir. Edward D. Wood Jr.] (1h 17m)
  • Final Remains [Feature Film] (2005) [dir. Shawn Hazelaar] (1h 17m)
  • Remmer [Video Release] (2004) [dir. Ming] (1h 10m)
  • Jarring [Feature Film] (2009) [dir. Ivo Raza] (1h 22m)
  • Hannah House [Feature Film] (2002) [dir. Chad Smith, Max Smith] (1h 19m)
  • Aaah! Zombies [Feature Film] (2007) [dir. Matthew Kohnen] (1h 31m)
  • Death Of Evil [Feature Film] (2009) [dir. Damian Chapa] (1h 41m)
  • American Grindhouse [Feature Film] (2010) [dir. Elijah Drenner] (1h 21m)
  • The Veil [Video Release] (2005) [dir. Richard Chance] (1h 44m)
  • The Call Of Cthulhu [Feature Film] (2005) [dir. Andrew Leman] (0h 46m)
  • Revamped [Video Release] (2007) [dir. Jeff Rector] (1h 24m)
  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde [Feature Film] (1920) [dir. John S. Robertson] (1h 21m)
  • The Sadist [Feature Film] (1963) [dir. James Landis] (1h 32m)
  • Vampiro [Feature Film] (2009) [dir. Jorge Ramirez Rivera] (1h 21m)
  • Madman [Feature Film] (1982) [dir. Joe Giannone] (1h 28m)

My own PICK OF THE BUNCH would have been "Nosferatu" (1922) directed by F. W. Murnau. However, since I'm (once again) going to leave aside those films which have received a special mention in previous posts from this series, instead... I'm recommending "The Call Of Cthulhu" (2005) directed by Andrew Leman. However I should point out that, like "Nosferatu" and (say) "Metropolis" or "Faust", this is presented as a silent movie and in a style that is very reminiscent of the 1920's. That said, it is one of the most faithful renditions of an H. P. Lovecraft story as you're ever likely to see !! This would be closely followed by Elijah Drenner's 2010 documentary exploring the hidden history of exploitation movies, from the silent era to the 1970's, called "American Grindhouse". After that, I'd say "The Sadist" (1963) directed by James Landis, is your next best option. Other than that "The Magnificent Dead" (2010) by Shane Scott and Damian Chapa's "Ladron" (from that same year) are another two films worthy of a look. On the other end of the scale, THE ONE'S TO AVOID ARE... most certainly the likes of James Polakof's "Demon Rage" [aka "Satan's Mistress"] (1982) and "I'm Not Jesus Mommy" (2010) directed by Vaughn Juares, as well as the 2007 film "Revamped" by Jeff Rector. Other howlers that could do with a miss are "Vampiro" (2009) by Jorge Ramirez Rivera, and Damien Dante's "Jezebeth" from 2011. Still, love them or loathe them, this horror-themed content will ensure that you have plenty of ways to pass the time between my daily doses of Roku-related Hallowe'en horror in "A MummyVision Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku" while, at the same time, satisfying your appetite for more horror movies in the build-up to Hallowe'en on October 31st !!

It may further interest you to know that, according to the channel description for the 'ADC' movie channel, taken from the Official Roku Website, the channel was developed for Roku by a company called adRise. If that name happens to sound familiar to you, it could be because that company is also responsible for the development of the 'World Worth Watching' channel on Roku player (as featured on day seven in this series of posts) as well as the 'Pop Flix Classic Movies' channel (featured on day nine in the series) not to mention the MANY OTHER FAMILIAR CHANNELS they have created over the years for Roku channel store(s) IN ALL REGIONS. Should you need to contact this developer, you can do so via their Twitter Feed: @ad_Rise or else, get social through: adRise (Facebook). Of course, you can always find out more about adRise by visiting their Official Website VIA THIS LINK, or by using their CONTACT FORM to ask a specific question that you may not have been able to find an answer to on their site. The folks at adRise would also like to hear from you if you're interested in partnering with them (either as content owners or advertisers), if you have some news to share, or if you'd just like to know more about their company or any of the many other channels that they have developed for the Roku player. Meanwhile, if you'd like to discover more about the 'ADC' channel for the Roku player, you can visit their dedicated page on the developer's website VIA THIS LINK

Those of you who wish to add this channel to the Hallowe'en-themed entertainment on your Roku player(s) but are, perhaps, unable to access the Channel Store on your device at this precise moment... can also take care of things by simply LOGGING-IN to your Online Roku Account, scrolling down to the 'Manage Account' section, and using the "Add a Private Channel" option. That way, when you do have access to your Roku player, the 'ADC' movie channel will be there ready for you to watch whenever you so choose !! All you must do to achieve this, is type the following access code under "Add a Private Channel" and click the blue 'Add Channel' button:-


Anyway, that's pretty much all there is to it, except to point out that the 'ADC' channel has been given an average score of "3.5 out of 5" from 1, 813 ratings (so far) in the channel store description from the Official Roku Website. That statistic alone should be reason enough to give this a try, never mind that ALL FILMS ARE FREE TO WATCH too (even if they are ad-supported) !!

Having said that, if this particular Hallowe'en / Horror themed Roku channel was not to your liking then FEAR NOT because there will be another one featured in tomorrow's post, continuing the month-long blogathon that is: "A MummyVision Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku"which will bring you more devilish delights EACH AND EVERY DAY from now UNTIL HALLOWE'EN and when you're done with this blog, don't forget to visit the other contributors to the 2013 Countdown To Hallowe'en and see what Hallowe'en treats they have in store for you between now and 31st October !!

Fangs again, for stopping by !!

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