Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A MummyVision Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku - Day #22 HEY !... HEY !!... HEY !!!... WHAT'S... IN YOUR HEAD ?!! IN YOUR HEAD... ZOMBIE... ZOMBIE... ZOM-BEE ?!!!

Welcome back, Boils & Ghouls !!

There's now just 9 days remaining in the Countdown To Hallowe'en 2013, meaning that we have now reached day twenty-two of "A MummyVision Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku", which is the name I've given to my (current) month-long blogathon, that culminates on 31st October 2013. In case you missed the previous instalments, this series of posts 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. Add to that two more Roku channels bringing fresh selections of Sci-Fi & Horror Movies plus more "Halloween Horror" films, then another channel with a bunch of J-Horror, K-Horror and every other kind of Asian horror that you can imagine. Then throw in yet another helping of vintage horror movies, together with a whole host of Hallowe'en recipes to add to the macabre menu for your spooktacular soirée. Add to that a side-order of indie underground horror seasoned with a dash of the weird & paranormal plus some more hard-to-find horror movies & TV series and you're all set for a real fright feast, with everything we've covered in this spooktacular series of Hallowe'en posts !!

Meanwhile, here we are with only nine days to go until Hallowe'en and, we're still not yet done with bringing horror to the masses by streaming it to their Roku players. So... where do we go from here?!! Well, given that "The Walking Dead" has just returned to our television screens, it seems only fair to throw a little zombie action into the mix for this series of Hallowe'en posts. Fortunately, we didn't have to look too far before we came across a Roku channel that offered not only 'regular' zombie movies, or "Z-Movies" as some call them, but also zombie exploitation, or (yep, you guessed it!) "Z-Exploitation" movies, as well as more films featuring the undead, slashers & killers, plus original indie horror programming and a whole lot more besides. Suffice to say that, if you're partial to watching the best in classic horror & science fiction, you'll definitely want to add this channel to your macabre movie viewing, as we count down the final days to Hallowe'en !!

It probably comes as no surprise to you, that this Indie Horror Series & Horror Movie-based Roku channel can be found in the "Film & TV" genre (i.e. category) of the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store (or, "Movies & TV", for those of you in the USA). Generally speaking, the 'Zom-Bee TV' channel on Roku provides "All horror, all free, all the time". For you, this means an assortment of vintage horror & sci-fi movies, plus the best in original indie horror programming, as well as all the very latest news & insider tidbits from the world of horror. With categories ranging from things like Films Of The Undead, to Slashers & Killers, to the aforementioned Z-Movies and Z-Exploitation, PLUS original  programming as found under "Cinema Insomnia", hosted by the amazing and mystifying Mr. Lobo, and the cacophonous "mega-metal twist" of Mike Benedict & Shane Diablo's cadaver palaver of a video podcast, otherwise known as "The Corpse Collective", and you'll never be hard-pushed to find something that suits your taste. Add to that the yard haunt creation expertise & Hallowe'en prop-making insight found in the "How-To" style videos from the "Dead With Dave" category and you could well be set for possibly the best Hallowe'en season ever. Better yet... all the films, video podcasts & television series featured on 'Zom-Bee TV' are FREE-TO-WATCH too !!

Despite having multiple genres to choose from in the main menu of the 'Zom-Bee TV' channel, pretty much all of the included content is completely relevant to this post. In fact, you'd be hard pushed to find anything on this Roku channel that doesn't fit the general theme of Hallowe'en. So, rather than focus on one particular category, the (current) selections to be found across all genres (i.e. categories) of the 'Zom-Bee TV' channel, including IMDB links (where available), are as follows:-

Cinema Insomnia (19 Titles)

PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "Maxwell Stein" (2009), directed by Dale Jackson & Jeffrey Jones

ONE TO AVOID:- "Prince Of Space" (1959), directed by Eijiro Wakabayashi

Top Picks (7 Titles)

PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "The Whip And The Body" (1963), directed by Mario Bava

ONE TO AVOID:- "Cowboy Killer" (2008), directed by Jason Baustin

Films Of The Undead (8 Titles)

PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "Leptirica" (1973), directed by Djordje Kadijevic

ONE TO AVOID:- "I Eat Your Skin" (1964), directed by Del Tenney

Slashers And Killers (5 Titles)

PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "Homebodies" (1974), directed by Larry Yust

ONE TO AVOID:- "Savage Weekend" (1979), directed by David Paulsen & John Mason Kirby

Z-Movies (11 Titles)

PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "The Brother From Another Planet" (1984), directed by John Sayles

ONE TO AVOID:- "The Thirsty Dead" (1974), directed by Terry Becker

Z-Exploitation (6 Titles)

PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "Asylum Erotica" (1971), directed by Fernando Di Leo

ONE TO AVOID:- "Hungry Pets" (1973), directed by Carl Monson

The Corpse Collective (7 Titles)
Video Podcast On Horror In Music & Movies

  • Freakend Weekend - feat. Kitty In A Casket & Doghouse LIVE @ The Alamo (0h 33m)
  • Episode #13 - feat. Die Monster Die & Rob Zombie's "...El Superbeasto" (0h 45m)
  • Episode #14 - feat. Living Dead Army & Lamberto Bava's "A Blade In The Dark" (0h 41m)
  • Episode #15 - feat. Jamey Rottencorpse & Richard Bates Jr.'s "Excision" (0h 36m)
  • Episode #16 - feat. Type O Negative & Ho-Cheung Pang's "Dream Home" (0h 42m)
  • Episode #17 - feat. The Other & Steven R. Monroe's "I Spit On Your Grave" (0h 41m)
  • Episode #18 - feat. Scum Of The Earth & Glenn McQuaid's "I Sell The Dead" (0h 37m)

Dead With Dave (11 Titles)
Video Podcast On Hallowe'en Prop Making

  • Episode #25 - feat. New Intro & YouTube Vlogger "JoiseyGal", plus Movie Mayhem
  • Episode #26 - feat. Yard Haunt Advice & Vlogger "The Boneyard Creep"
  • Episode #27 - feat. Home Haunters' Awards Update & Advice On Pneumatic Props, etc.
  • Episode #28 - feat. Int'l Yard Haunt Awards, Prop Mechanisms & HauntCast Subscriptions
  • Episode #29 - feat. National Haunters Convention plus Review of Audio Zombie CD
  • Episode #30 - feat. Home Haunters Turning Pro plus "Why You Love Hallowe'en" Videos
  • Episode #31 - feat. BLOOPER FOOTAGE from 2012 Home Haunters' Awards
  • Episode #32 - feat. Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion & Sliding Cage Prop from "GothGloom"
  • Episode #33 - feat. Hanging Thrasher Prop & Yard Haunt Artist Brad Goodspeed' Back-Story
  • Episode #34 - feat. Dark Rose Manor Home Haunt plus Midnight Syndicate Album Review
  • Episode #35 - feat. HauntBots E3 Prop Controller plus New Website Info, News & Updates

In addition to the above, there are further categories for "Horror Trailers" (37 Videos); "Exploitation Trailers" (19 Videos); "Films To Watch Out For" (7 Videos); "Music To Die For" (22 Videos), and; "Friends Of Zom-Bee" (6 Videos) but, due to time constraints, I'm going to leave you to discover the delights (or otherwise) of those categories for yourselves. Hopefully, you will already have spotted that I chose to include my usual "Pick Of The Bunch" and "Ones To Avoid", by choosing one movie for each accolade, within their relevant categories (above). Just bear in mind the wise words of Mr. Lobo who reminds us all that the "lesser" movies found here are not so much "bad" movies but, rather, they are more MISUNDERSTOOD examples of their genre. One thing is certain, though, and that is you will find FREE MOVIES, plus new movies, classic movies, music... & much, MUCH MORE on the 'Zom-Bee TV' channel, who are proud to boast that... "HORROR LIVES HERE" which, from what we've seen, would be very difficult to prove otherwise. Still, love them or loathe them, these movies will ensure 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" and, at the same time, satisfy your appetite for even more horror movies & television series in the build-up to Hallowe'en !!

In the meantime, it may further interest you to know that, according to the channel description for the 'Zom-Bee TV' channel, which was taken from the Official Roku Website, the content providers are also responsible for the development of the channel. It may be a crudely disguised fact, given that they have credited Dale Jackson as the developer, but a little research will tell you that Dale Jackson (who happens to be the director of "Maxwell Stein", as recommended above) is also one of the co-founders of the 'Zom-Bee TV' channel. So, obviously, his talents don't just end with directing horror movies and providing us with FREE films & original programming to fulfil our television & movie-watching needs !! Anyway, if you'd like to discover more about 'Zom-Bee TV', you can visit their Official Website VIA THIS LINK. Meanwhile those wishing to connect with the 'Zom-Bee TV' channel can do so, via their Twitter Feed: @ZomBeeOfficial or else, get social at: Zom-Bee TV (Facebook).

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 'Zom-Bee TV' 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:-

ACCESS CODE:- zombee

Anyway, that's pretty much all there is to it, except to point out that the 'Zom-Bee TV' channel has been given an average score of "4.5 out of 5" from 394 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 the fact that ALL THE FILMS ARE FREE TO WATCH too !!

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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