Saturday, October 11, 2014

Another CreatureFeature Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku - Day #11 - SILVER SCREAM SATURDAY (Screen Two)

Welcome back, Boils & Ghouls...

... to 'Day Eleven' of "Another CreatureFeature Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku" and to the second instalment of "Silver Scream Saturday" in which I aim to recommend more horror movie classics from the silver screen which can be streamed to your television sets via the magic of Roku player !!

So if, like me, you're planning to while away the hours during these dark autumnal evenings by watching a succession of Hallowe'en / Horror-themed movies to get into the (ahem) "spirit" of things, you should make a point of visiting this blog EVERY SATURDAY between now and October 31st for some absolute classics of creepy cinema as you gear up for your own Hallowe'en celebrations !!

For my sophomore effort, in this series of posts for "Silver Scream Saturday", I was going to propose "Nosferatu" (1922) for you to watch but, having waxed lyrical about that particular movie throughout much of my Hallowe'en blogathon last year, instead I thought I'd suggest a more recent movie which offers a variation on the same theme. To whet your appetite, here's the movie poster for the film:-


Directed by Werner Herzog, and starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz and Roland Topor plus Walter Ladengast (amongst others), it tells an unusually contemplative version of the 'Dracula' story in which the vampire bears the curse of not being able to get old and die a natural death. It was (apparently) conceived as a stylistic remake of the 1922 film which (itself) was another German adaptation of the 'Dracula' story and bore the title of, "Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens" when it made it's debut. The Werner Herzog interpretation of the story was released in 1979, under the original German title of "Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht", but was produced in both German and English language versions... the English title being, "Nosferatu the Vampyre". Many feel that the German version is superior, on account of the German actors feeling more comfortable speaking their mother tongue, which makes a lot of sense if you think about it! Anyway, for those of you that have yet to see this "cult classic", here's a brief taster of the film courtesy of the original theatrical trailer for the movie:-

If you'd like to know more there's a full list of the cast & credits on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) listing for "Nosferatu the Vampyre", FOUND HERE, which also includes a full storyline / plot summary as well as box office stats, technical specs & much more. For die-hard fans, there's even more information to be had from the Wikipedia Page for "Nosferatu the Vampyre", VIA THIS LINK, which may help to fuel your appetite for (yet) another screening. Although, as with all of the other horror classics featured during this month-long Hallowe'en blogathon, if you're already a big fan of this movie you probably won't take too much persuading to watch it again !!

Anyway, probably the best recommendation I can make as to which of the available Roku channels you could use to watch this film is to suggest "YouTube" as your first port-of-call on account of the vast number of horror movies which, thanks to this channel and it's associated apps, are now readily available to stream via your Roku player(s) whenever you choose.

YOUTUBE.......................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

If you haven't already added it to your channel selection, you'll find "YouTube" listed among the "Internet TV" channels in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store and you can easily add it to your Roku player(s) by navigating to the built-in 'Channel Store' from the home screen and scrolling through the options until you see the (above) channel icon. It's completely FREE-TO-ADD as well as being FREE-TO-VIEW so, once you've located it in the list of channels, just click the "OK" button on your Roku remote to select it and then click "OK" again where it says 'Add channel' to install it on your Roku player(s). Having done that, it's simply a case of launching the channel via the 'Go to channel' option and navigating the on-screen menu to 'Play' the "Nosferatu the Vampyre" movie which, for the record, runs to 1h 47mins and can be found via the following link:-

LINK TO MOVIE: "Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht" on 'YouTube'

If, by some chance, you have yet to see the 1922 film, directed by F. W. Murnau, you will find all the necessary info on the movie via the dedicated IMDB page, VIA THIS LINK, and when you decide to watch it (which you really should, if only by way of comparison with the Werner Herzog film) it is readily available on 'YouTube' and you can find it easily, HERE, whenever you'd like to check it out.

Meanwhile, here's a few more of the cinema posters for "Nosferatu the Vampyre" that movie-goers in 1979 would have encountered, depending on their particular location around the world:-





However, despite it's similarities with the original German and Spanish one sheet posters, my personal preference for this style (i.e. the 'light' background) is for the original Australian one sheet poster:-


The main reason I favour the Australian print over the German and/or Spanish one is because of the text which adorns the upper portion of the poster... a picture may paint a thousand words, but (equally) a few choice words can convey just as much, as demonstrated here:-

Nosferatu... he who is doomed to wander alone in darkness. 
Nosferatu... he who is condemned to destroy even those whom he loves. 
Nosferatu... a tale of seduction in the dark night of the soul. 

Powerful stuff, I'm sure you'll agree... but, finally, to round-off this second "Silver Scream Saturday" on 'Day Eleven' of the annual 'Countdown To Halloween', let's lighten the mood a bit with a couple more of my FRIGHTENINGLY FUN FILM FACTS... for example, did you know the character who puts his foot through the coffin and gets his toe bitten by a rat is none other than the film's director, Werner Herzog, playing a small cameo role?! Or, how about the fact that the coach which picks-up Harker at the Borgo Pass was actually a real hearse, that was still in use in Bulgaria at the time of the shoot !!

Anyway, that's all for today... but remember to come back in 24-hours for 'Day Twelve' and more Horror / Hallowe'en-themed content, courtesy of "Another CreatureFeature Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku" when I will reveal to you the next "Shocking Sunday Surprise", and (again) this time next week for another "Silver Scream Saturday" as we continue our "Countdown To Hallowe'en" 2014...

Fangs (as always) for reading !!

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