Sunday, October 27, 2013

A MummyVision Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku - Day #27 WE GOT THE SPOOKY, SCARY, CREEPY & CRAZY... SO, WHAT'S MISSING ??!!!!... OH, THE HORROR !!!!!!!

Welcome back, once again, Boils & Ghouls !!

There's now just four days to go in the Countdown To Hallowe'en 2013... but that still leaves time for four more posts until my month-long blogathon, "A MummyVision Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku", finally comes to an end on October 31st. If you missed the previous instalments, earlier this 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. 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 more hard-to-find horror movies & TV series, and then throw in a little zombie action, some slashers & killers, as well as a few more "Films of the Undead" & some ghost stories courtesy of Nowhereman's client for Roku, not forgetting the 100+ sci-fi, horror & fantasy films and the 120+ public domain horror & sci-fi flicks we've posted details of, over the last couple of days, and you're well on your way to having the best Hallowe'en ever, with everything that's been covered (so far) in this series !!

Meanwhile, here we are with only four days to go until Hallowe'en and, there's still more horror to bring to the masses so that it can be streamed on their Roku players. So... where do we go from here ?!! Well, like I said before, you can never really have too much choice in terms of movie(s) to watch over the Hallowe'en season, so we've continued scouring the available channels on Roku player and (once more) managed to find another selection of movies to enhance the choice available to you. Suffice it to say that, if you're partial to watching the best in classic horror, then you'll definitely want to add this to your channel selection, as you binge-view on horror movies !!

It probably comes as no surprise to you, that this horror movie-based Roku channel can be found in the "Film & TV" genre (i.e. category) of the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store (or, alternatively, under "Movies & TV", for Roku owners in the USA). Generally speaking 'Oh, The Horror!' provides an assortment of classic horror, which could be either spooky, scary, creepy, campy, or just plain crazy... With a variety of genres (i.e. categories) that include themes such as "Spooky", "Scary", "Creepy" and "Crazy" (wait a minute... what happened to "Campy"?!!), plus separate "Bonus" categories for other types of film (i.e. "Sci-Fi", "Crime/Drama", "Western" and "Comedy"), as well as their hand-picked selection of "Featured" horror films, you'll never be hard-pushed to find something that suits your taste. Perhaps best of all, though, is that all of the content on 'Oh, The Horror!' is COMPLETELY FREE-TO-WATCH when viewed on an ad-supported basis. However you are also given the choice to pay & watch individual items on an entirely ad-free basis for that full, uninterrupted viewing experience. The cost of the ad-free service is $0.99 per item but as I always say, 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 this classic horror content for FREE !!

Obviously, having those "Bonus" categories to choose from in the main menu of 'Oh, The Horror!' means that not all of the included content is completely relevant to this post. However, since the bulk of the content is split between the categories of  "Spooky", "Scary", "Creepy" and "Crazy", which are each comprised entirely of classic horror cinema of one variety or another, you could argue that pretty much all of the included content is relevant to this post. In fact, you'd be hard pushed to find anything within those particular categories that doesn't fit the general theme of Hallowe'en. So, ignoring the "Bonus" categories (i.e. "Sci-Fi", "Crime/Drama", "Western" and "Comedy"), as well as the "Featured" category, the (current) selections to be found in the "Spooky", "Scary", "Creepy" and "Crazy" categories of 'Oh, The Horror!' (incl. IMDB links) are as follows:-

Spooky (25 Titles)

PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "Eyes In The Night" (1942), directed by Fred Zinnemann

ONE TO AVOID:- "Creature Of Destruction" (1967), directed by Larry Buchanan

Scary (20 Titles)

PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "The Evil Mind" (1935), directed by Maurice Elvey
                                    "I Bury The Living" (1958), directed by Albert Band

ONE TO AVOID:- "She Gods Of The Shark Reef" (1958), directed by Roger Corman

Creepy (25 Titles)

PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari" (1920), directed by Robert Wiene
                                    "Lady Of Burlesque" (1943), directed by William A. Wellman

ONES TO AVOID:- "Isle Of The Snake People" (1958), directed by Juan Ibáñez & Jack Hill
                             "Vampire Over London" (1952), directed by John Gilling

Crazy (22 Titles)

PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "Murder With Pictures" (1936), directed by Charles Barton
                                    "The Devil Bat" (1940), directed by Jean Yarbrough

ONES TO AVOID:- "Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter" (1966), 
                              directed by William Beaudine
                              "Bloodlust!" (1961), directed by Ralph Brooke

As I mentioned (briefly) before... there are, in addition to the above, further categories for "Featured" (24 Titles); "Bonus: Sci-Fi" (17 Titles); "Bonus: Crime/Drama" (27 Titles); "Bonus: Western" (34 Titles), and; "Bonus: Comedy" (20 Titles) 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 movies for each accolade, within their relevant categories (above). Just bear in mind that there are many titles (both GOOD and BAD) which have already received a mention elsewhere in this series of posts, so the ones which have been singled out here are not necessarily the absolute best films in those categories (or the worst, for that matter). In the meantime, if you'd like me to recommend further titles for you to watch (or to avoid) then leave a comment and I'll suggest a few more for you. 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 classic horror cinema in the build-up to Hallowe'en which, in case you'd forgotten, is ONLY FOUR DAYS AWAY !!

It may also interest you to know that, according to the channel description for 'Oh, The Horror!', 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 'Premiere' channel on Roku player (as featured on day eleven in this series of posts) as well as the 'ADC' channel (featured on day sixteen 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 the many other channels that they have developed for the Roku player. 

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, 'Oh, The Horror!' 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:- ohthehorror

Anyway, that's pretty much all there is to it, except to point out that 'Oh, The Horror!' has been given an average score of "3.5 out of 5" from 130 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 THE 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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