Welcome back, Boils & Ghouls...
... to the third instalment of "Wicked Watch Wednesday" in which I aim to recommend something wonderfully wicked for you to watch EVERY WEDNESDAY between now and Hallowe'en !!
So... if 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 "spirit" of things, you should make a point of visiting this blog each & every Wednesday in the build-up to October 31st for more creepy cinema classics to "get your fright on" in readiness for your own Hallowe'en celebrations !!
It probably comes as no surprise to you, that this classic movie-based Roku channel can be found in the "Movies & TV" genre (i.e. category) of the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store. Generally speaking, 'Pop Flix Classic Movies' provides an assortment of hundreds of movie classics ranging from Action to Comedy, Cult Classics to Drama, Vintage Horror to Martial Arts, plus Romance, Thrillers & Westerns. As such, you can expect to see anything from "Tarzan The Fearless" to "Attack Of The Giant Leeches" or the horror classic, "Night Of The Living Dead". Perhaps best of all, is that these movies are ALL COMPLETELY FREE TO WATCH although the hidden "cost" of this is that all of the featured movies are ad-supported.
Obviously, having multiple genres to choose from in the main menu of the 'Pop Flix Classic Movies' channel means that not all of the included content is relevant to this post. As I mentioned before, there are other loosely relevant genres included (such as Cult Classics and Thriller, or perhaps even Drama) in which you might find some "Pop Flix" classic movie that grabs you but, sticking to the general theme of Hallowe'en, the (current) selection that can be found in the "Horror" category of the 'Pop Flix Classic Movies' channel on UK Roku player (incl. IMDB links) is as follows:-
- Circus Of Fear [Feature Film] (1966) [dir. John Llewellyn Moxey] (1h 30m)
- Fear In The Night [Feature Film] (1947) [dir. Maxwell Shane] (1h 11m)
- Beast From Haunted Cave [Feature Film] (1959) [dir. Monte Hellman] (1h 12m)
- Creature From The Haunted Sea [Feature Film] (1961) [dir. Roger Corman] (1h 14m)
- Island Monster [Feature Film] (1954) [dir. Roberto Bianchi Montero] (1h 24m)
- House On Haunted Hill [Feature Film] (1959) [dir. William Castle] (1h 14m)
- Grave Of The Vampire [Feature Film] (1972) [dir. John Hayes] (1h 29m)
- Dementia 13 [Feature Film] (1963) [dir. Francis Ford Coppola] (1h 14m)
- Fangs Of The Living Dead [Feature Film] (1969) [dir. Amando De Ossorio] (1h 13m)
- Isle Of The Snake People [Feature Film] (1971) [dir. Juan Ibanez, Jack Hill] (1h 30m)
- Count Dracula And His Vampire Bride [Feature Film] (1973) [dir. Alan Gibson] (1h 27m)
- Death Laid An Egg [Feature Film] (1968) [dir. Giulio Questi] (1h 26m)
- A Bucket Of Blood [Feature Film] (1959) [dir. Roger Corman] (1h 04m)
- Horror Express [Feature Film] (1972) [dir. Eugenio Martin] (1h 27m)
- Don't Look In The Basement [Feature Film] (1973) [dir. S. F. Brownrigg] (1h 29m)
- Night Of The Living Dead [Feature Film] (1968) [dir. George A. Romero] (1h 35m)
- Bride Of The Gorilla [Feature Film] (1951) [dir. Curt Siodmak] (1h 05m)
- Bowery At Midnight [Feature Film] (1942) [dir. Wallace Fox] (1h 01m)
My own PICK OF THE BUNCH, if perhaps slightly obvious to most true horror fans out there, WOULD HAVE TO BE... George A. Romero's "Night Of The Living Dead", closely followed by William Castle's "House On Haunted Hill" BUT... having already covered those in previous posts for this month-long blogathon, I'm going to nominate Roger Corman's "A Bucket Of Blood" as the best option for those of you who have already watched the first two. Other than that, I'd also recommend Eugenio Martin's "Horror Express" and Maxwell Shane's "Fear In The Night", plus Giulio Questi's "Death Laid An Egg" and Francis Ford Coppola's "Dementia 13" as worthy of watching, in terms of classic vintage horror. On the other end of the scale, in my opinion, THE ONE'S TO AVOID ARE... the likes of Roberto Bianchi Montero's "Island Monster" and "Isle Of The Snake People" by Juan Ibanez & Jack Hill, plus Roger Corman's "Creature From The Haunted Sea" which pales in comparison to his other work here. Still, love them or loathe them, this classic vintage horror content will ensure that you have plenty of ways to pass the time between my daily doses of Roku-related Hallowe'en horror in "Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku" while, at the same time, helping to satisfy your appetite for vintage horror movies in the build-up to Hallowe'en !!
According to the channel description for the 'Pop Flix Classic Movies' channel, 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 'World Worth Watching' channel on Roku player, as featured on day nineteen in this series of posts, not to mention the MANY OTHER FAMILIAR CHANNELS they have created for Roku channel store(s) IN ALL REGIONS. Should you need to contact the 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 the developer of the 'Pop Flix Classic Movies' channel on Roku 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 website. 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 their company or any of the other channels they have developed for Roku.
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 'Pop Flix Classic Movies' 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 'Add Channel' button:-
ACCESS CODE:- popflixmovies
Anyway, that's pretty much all there is to it, except to point out that the 'Pop Flix Classic Movies' channel has been given an average score of "3.5 out of 5" from 1,292 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 FILMS ARE FREE TO WATCH too !!
So, while that's all for today, do remember to come back in 24-hours for 'Day Twenty-Two' and more Hallowe'en-themed content, courtesy of "Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku", when I will reveal the next devilish drink for "Toxic Tipple Thursday", and (again) this time next week for the final "Wicked Watch Wednesday" as we continue our "Countdown To Hallowe'en" 2015...
Fangs (as always) for reading !!