Monday, October 28, 2013


Welcome once again, Boils & Ghouls !!

There's now just three days to go in the Countdown To Hallowe'en 2013... but that still leaves time for three 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 three days to go until Hallowe'en and, we've still got tons more Hallowe'en-themed movies that can be streamed via your Roku(s). So... where do we go from here ?!! Well, as I keep saying, 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 (yet again) managed to find a selection of movies to further enhance the choices available to you. Suffice it to say that, if you're partial to watching horror, cult, fantasy & exploitation films then you'll definitely want to add this to your channel selection, as you binge-view on Hallowe'en movies !!

It probably comes as no surprise, that this movie-based Roku channel can be found in the "Film & TV" genre (i.e. category) of the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store (or, alternatively, "Movies & TV", for Roku owners in the USA). Generally speaking, the 'Midnight Pulp' channel makes the ideal late-night companion for you and your Roku player... with an assortment of horror, cult, fantasy & exploitation movies to fulfil your fiendish film fixation. With a variety of genres (i.e. categories) that include themes such as "Aliens/Paranormal", "Cheesy", "Cult", "Grindhouse" and "Thriller", plus "Horror/Splatter", "Indies" & "Foreign", as well as "Reality and Docs" and, let's not forget, the extremely handy selection of "New Arrivals", which means 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 the 'Midnight Pulp' channel for Roku player 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... if you so choose. The cost of the ad-free service is $0.99 per item but, like 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 late-night horror, cult, fantasy & exploitation movie content for FREE !!

With the exception of the "New Arrivals" category, which is comprised entirely of films that already feature in other categories of the main menu, the 'Midnight Pulp' channel offers a wide variety of content that (aside from one or two titles) is otherwise completely relevant to this series of posts. In fact, you'd be hard pushed to find anything within most of these categories that doesn't fit the general theme of Hallowe'en. So, ignoring the "New Arrivals" category, the (current) selections to be found in the "Aliens/Paranormal", "Cheesy", "Cult", "Foreign", "Grindhouse", "Horror/Splatter" and "Indies", as well as "Reality and Docs" plus "Thriller" categories of the 'Midnight Pulp' channel, including IMDB links (where available), are as follows:-

Aliens/Paranormal (8 Titles)

PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "Alien Agenda: Project Grey" (2007), directed by Christian Blaze and Crystal-Dawn Rosales

ONE TO AVOID:- "Cold Creepy Feeling" (2010), directed by Keith Kurlander

Cheesy (11 Titles)

PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "Ms. Cannibal Holocaust" (2012), directed by Ron Bonk (HORROR)
                                    "American Reel" (2003), directed by Mark Archer (NON-HORROR)

ONE TO AVOID:- "Bigfoot" (1970), directed by Robert F. Slatzer

Cult (11 Titles)

PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "Mutt Boy" (2003), directed by Kyung-Taek Kwak (NON-HORROR)
                                    "Sakay" (1993), directed by Raymond Red (NON-HORROR)

ONE TO AVOID:- "Monster From A Prehistoric Planet" (1967), directed by Haruyasu Noguchi

Foreign (18 Titles)

  • Best Motoring International: Tuner Battle Royale ["Best Motoring" TV Series: Episode #16] (1993) [dir. Keiichi Tsuchiya] (1h 23m)
  • Gurozuka [Feature Film] (2005) [dir. Yoichi Nishiyama] (1h 23m)
  • 8000 Miles [Feature Film] (2009) [dir. Yu Irie] (1h 21m)
  • Feng Shui [Feature Film] (2003) [dir. Bunthin Thuaykaew] (1h 33m)
  • Blackout [Feature Film] (2007) [dir. Ato Bautista] (1h 28m)
  • The Unseeable [Feature Film] (2006) [dir. Wisit Sasanatieng] (1h 33m)
  • End Call [Feature Film] (2008) [dir. Kiyoshi Yamamoto] (1h 32m)
  • Art Of The Devil [Feature Film] (2004) [dir. Tanit Jitnukul] (1h 36m)
  • Body Lover [Feature Film] (1993) [dir. Kin-Ping Cheng] (1h 05m)
  • Bloody Innocence [Feature Film] (2010) [dir. Dae-Hyun Kim] (1h 38m)
  • Sweet Sex And Love [Feature Film] (2003) [dir. Man-Dae Bong] (1h 24m)
  • Goodman Town [Feature Film] (2002) [dir. Sakchai Sribonnam] (1h 43m)
  • The Evil Twin [Feature Film] (2007) [dir. Kim Ji-Hwan] (1h 35m)
  • Anna In Kung Fu Land [Feature Film] (2003) [dir. Wai Man Yip] (1h 36m)
  • Cast Me If You Can [Feature Film] (2010) [dir. Atsushi Ogata] (1h 36m)
  • Bad Guy [Feature Film] (2001) [dir. Ki-Duk Kim] (1h 42m)
  • Muoi: The Legend Of A Portrait [Feature Film] (2007) [dir. Tae-Kyeong Kim] (1h 34m)
  • 200 Pound Beauty [Feature Film] (2006) [dir. Yong-Hwa Kim] (1h 56m)

PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "The Unseeable" (2006), directed by Wisit Sasanatieng (HORROR)
                                    "Cast Me If You Can" (2010), directed by Atsushi Ogata (NON-HORROR)

ONE TO AVOID:- "End Call" (2008), directed by Kiyoshi Yamamoto

Grindhouse (12 Titles)

PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "Great White Death" (1981), directed by Jean-Patrick Lebel

ONE TO AVOID:- "Flesh Feast" (1970), directed by Brad F. Grinter

Horror/Splatter (23 Titles)

    PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "House Of Whipcord" (1974), directed by Pete Walker

    ONE TO AVOID:- "Zombie Undead" (2010), directed by Rhys Davies

    Indies (8 Titles)

    PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "Troublemaker" (2011), directed by Geeta Malik

    ONE TO AVOID:- "Virgin Again" (2004), directed by Francisco Newman

    Reality and Docs (11 Titles)

      PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "Sumo East And West" (2003), directed by Ferne Pearlstein

      ONE TO AVOID:- "420 Triple Feature: Drug Addiction" (1951), directed by Tommy Sampson

      Thrillers (8 Titles)

      • Feng Shui [Feature Film] (2003) [dir. Bunthin Thuaykaew] (1h 33m)
      • Fatal Beauty [Feature Film] (1986) [dir. Francis Posadas] (1h 29m)
      • Ilsa The Wicked Warden [Feature Film] (1977) [dir. Jesús Franco] (1h 24m)
      • Sin Of A Family [Feature Film] (2010) [dir. Byeong-Jin Min] (1h 37m)
      • Bloody Innocence [Feature Film] (2010) [dir. Dae-Hyun Kim] (1h 38m)
      • Cold Creepy Feeling [Feature Film] (2010) [dir. Keith Kurlander] (1h 26m)
      • Possessed [Feature Film] (2002) [dir. Siu-Hung Chung] (1h 29m)
      • Blackout [Feature Film] (2007) [dir. Ato Bautista] (1h 28m)

      PICK OF THE BUNCH:- "Sin Of A Family" (2010), directed by Byeong-Jin Min

      ONE TO AVOID:- "Ilsa The Wicked Warden" (1977), directed by Jesús Franco

      As you can see, I chose to include my usual selections for "Pick Of The Bunch" and "Ones To Avoid" (by picking 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). Also, because several of the films are listed in multiple categories, I've avoided recommending them more than once. Given that there only between 8 and 23 titles per category, I think it's both a shame, and rather unnecessary, of the 'Midnight Pulp' channel to have felt the need for any repetition at all. Perhaps that's something they could look into in future, by way of an improvement to their Roku channel. 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. Saying that, whether good or bad, 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 late-night horror, cult, fantasy & exploitation movies in the build-up to Hallowe'en, which is now ONLY THREE DAYS AWAY !!

      In the meantime, it may further interest you to know that, according to the channel description for 'Midnight Pulp', 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) plus 'Oh, The Horror!' which was the subject of yesterday's post (from day twenty-seven in the series). Anyway, should you ever 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, the 'Midnight Pulp' 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:- midnightpulp

      Anyway, that's pretty much all there is to it, except to point out that the 'Midnight Pulp' channel has been given an average score of "3.5 out of 5" from 956 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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