Welcome back, Boils & Ghouls...
... to 'Day Ten' of "Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku", and to the second instalment of "Silver Scream Saturday" for 2015, in which I aim to recommend another horror movie classic 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 for 2013, instead I thought I'd suggest another perennial favourite of mine for you to watch. This time around I have elected to share the first of the "Coffin Joe" films, called "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul" (1964), which (along with the 1967 sequel, "This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse", from the same director) is a true grindhouse classic that absolutely deserves to be seen by all fans of classic horror. To whet your appetite, here's the poster for the film:-
Directed by, and starring, José Mojica Marins alongside Magda Mei, Nivaldo Lima and Valéria Vasquez plus Ilídio Martins Simões (amongst others), it tells the story of a creepy, sadistic & violent gravedigger, by the name of 'Zé do Caixão' (aka "Coffin Joe", in english), who is feared by the locals and prowls the streets of their small town in search of a woman to bear him a son (having discovered that his wife, Lenita, is incapable of doing so). Released in 1964, under the original Brazilian-language title of "À Meia-Noite Levaarei Sua Alma", it was completely unlike anything that had gone before it and is now widely regarded as THE FIRST BRAZILIAN HORROR MOVIE... not that many of them were made since then, aside from several others by José Mojica Marins! Anyway, for those that have yet to see this "cult classic", here's a brief taster courtesy of the original film trailer:-
If you'd like to know more there's a full list of the cast & credits on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) listing for "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul", 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 on the Wikipedia Page for "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul", VIA THIS LINK, which may help to fuel your appetite for 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, once again, 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.
If you haven't already got it in your channel selection, you can easily add it to your Roku player(s) using the recently introduced 'Roku Search' feature. Just start typing "YouTube" into the text entry box within Roku 'Search' and it will soon appear in the results column on the right. In fact, you will (most likely) only have to enter the letter "y" before it pops up in the list of results! For those who prefer to look it up the old-fashioned way, you'll find "YouTube" listed among the "Internet TV" channels in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store - itself, found by navigating to 'Streaming Channels' from the home screen and scrolling through the options - then click "OK" to access the list of "Internet TV" channels and scroll up (or down) until you see the channel icon (as per image above). The good news is... that 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, launch the channel via the 'Go to channel' option and navigate the on-screen menu to play "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul" which, for the record, runs to 1h 23mins and can be found via the following link:-
Meanwhile... here's a couple more posters for "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul", which movie-goers would have encountered at various times, from different locations around the world:-
Before I sign-off, I'd just like to share with you a brief quote from this movie... since, as I've said before, a picture may paint a thousand words... but, a few choice words can convey just as much:-
What is life? It is the beginning of death...
What is death? It is the end of life...
What is existence? It is the continuity of blood...
What is blood? It is the reason to exist!
Powerful stuff, I'm sure you'll agree... but, finally, to round-off this second "Silver Scream Saturday" on 'Day Ten' 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 that when the film crew refused to shoot a particular scene, on account of the lack of sunlight, José Mojica Marins was able to "persuade" them to carry on filming by pointing a gun at one of the cameramen?! Or that, with the exception of two exterior scenes, the entire movie was filmed inside a 600 square foot studio in São Paolo and (even then) José Mojica Marins still had to sell his house and his car to pay for it !!
Anyway, that's all for today... but remember to come back in 24-hours for 'Day Eleven' and more Horror / Hallowe'en-themed content, in "Alucard's Bat-tastic 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" 2015...
Fangs (as always) for reading !!