Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku..... - Day #28 - WICKED WATCH WEDNESDAY (Episode 4)

Welcome back, Boils & Ghouls...

... to 'Day Twenty-Eight' of "Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku" which brings us to the fourth & final instalment of "Wicked Watch Wednesday" for 2015 - a series of posts in which I have been recommending various horror movies that'll send shivers down your spine & outlining some channels through which those films can be streamed to your TV via the magic of Roku player !!

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 could do worse than look back through the posts made via this blog EVERY WEDNESDAY since the start of October for more creepy cinema classics with which to "get your fright on" in readiness for Hallowe'en !!

Today, as with last week, rather than share just one movie with you - like I did in the earlier posts from this series - I thought I'd continue with a Roku channel that offers dozens of horror titles, among the multiple genres therein, to further boost the Hallowe'en movie choices for all you Roku film fans looking for an extra fright or two to keep the adrenaline pumping between now and All Hallows Eve. 

With only three days to go until Hallowe'en, you can never really have too much choice in terms of movie(s) to watch, so if you're partial to watching full-length movies that will "scare the heck out of you" on a Roku channel which prides itself on being able to showcase the brightest film-makers of tomorrow, then you'll definitely want to add this to your current channel selection, as you prepare for some Hallowe'en / Horror-themed binge-viewing in the build-up to October 31st. So, sit back... and relax, with your most luscious Hallowe'en libation, while you enjoy your pick of the horror flicks from another of our Hallowe'en / Horror-related Roku channel highlights !!

Once again, it will probably come as no surprise to you, that this movie-based Roku channel can be found in the "Movies & TV" genre (i.e. category) of the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store. Generally speaking the 'Popcornflix' channel provides an assortment of feature-length movies, compelling documentaries, foreign films and unique original web series... all of which can (currently) be watched completely free-of-charge. With multiple genres (i.e. categories) ranging from Action to Comedy, Crime to Drama as well as Family-Kids to Romance, plus Horror to Sci-Fi and a selection of Thrillers, 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 'Popcornflix' IS COMPLETELY FREE-TO-WATCH !!

Obviously, having multiple genres to choose from in the main menu of the 'Popcornflix' channel means that not all of the included content is entirely relevant to this post. So, sticking to the general theme of Hallowe'en, the (current) selection to be found in the "Horror" section of the 'Popcornflix' channel (incl. IMDB links) is as follows:-

My own PICK OF THE BUNCH here is "Pin" (1988), starring David Hewlett as 'Leon' alongside Cynthia Preston as 'Ursula', in the tale of a brother & sister whose lives are intertwined with that of their doctor father's anatomy doll, called "Pin" (short for "Pinocchio", in case you were wondering), and the various acts of ventriloquism which bring this psychological thriller to life... or, maybe that should be death?! Anyway... the trouble starts brewing when Ursula starts dating 'Stan', whose part in the film is played by John Pyper-Ferguson, and it is this which prompts Leon and 'Pin' to then take drastic action in what I consider to be a very much under-appreciated horror movie, directed by Sandor Stern. After that I would recommend Jeremy Saulnier's 2007 horror comedy, "Murder Party", starring Chris Sharp as 'Christopher S. Hawley', an "Average Joe" loser, who finds an invitation to a costume party on the eve of Hallowe'en but quickly realises this "party" is not quite what it seems. Having fallen prey to a rogue collective of deranged artists, intent on murdering him for the sake of their art, Chris takes advantage of rivalries within the group (in order to survive the night) sparking a bloodbath of mishap, mayhem and hilarity. What better than a movie which takes place at a Hallowe'en party, and bears the tagline "Everybody dies!", for getting you in the "spirit" for your own celebrations?! Failing that... my "wildcard" suggestion would be the lesser-known low budget sci-fi romp "Planet Of The Vampire Women", about a crew of mostly female intergalactic pirates who pull off a daring heist on a floating casino space station and elude capture, only to wind-up on a supposedly uninhabited planet which turns out to be a nightmare world overrun by all kinds of dangerous creatures. Directed by Darin Wood, this semi-homage to the film "Planet of the Vampires" is complete with the kind of terrible special effects that only a total cheese-fest such as this deserves. On the other end of the spectrum, THE ONE'S TO AVOID ARE... most certainly the likes of Dennis Devine's "Don't Look In The Cellar" (2008) and "Infection: The Invasion Begins" (2010) directed by Howard Wexler, plus "Midnight Mass" (2003) directed by Tony Mandile, and (perhaps) "Jack O'Lantern" (2004), directed by Ron McLellen. There's a plethora of others which could be considered as "so bad, they're good" so, if that's your thing, feel free to take your pick of the rest. In any event, love them or loathe them, this additional selection of horror-themed content will ensure that you have even more 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 satisfying your appetite for more horror movies in the final days before Hallowe'en !!

Meanwhile, if you'd like to discover more about the 'Popcornflix' channel for Roku player, you can do so via their Official Website FOUND HERE. Those wishing to connect with the 'Popcornflix' channel can use their Twitter Feed: @PopcornflixNews or else, get social via: Popcornflix (Facebook)

It may further interest you to know that according to the channel description for 'Popcornflix', taken from the Official Roku Website, the channel was developed for Roku by a company called Float Left Interactive. Should you need to contact this developer, you can do so via their Twitter Feed: @FL_Interactive or else, get social through: Float Left Interactive (Facebook). Of course, you can also find out more about Float Left Interactive by visiting their Official Website VIA THIS LINK

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 Channel" option. That way, when you do have access to your Roku player, the 'Popcornflix' movie 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 Channel" and click the 'Add Channel' button:-

ACCESS CODE:- popcornflix

Anyway, that's pretty much all there is to it, except to point out that the 'Popcornflix' channel has been given an average score of "3.5 out of 5" from  24, 646 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 OF THE FILMS ARE FREE TO WATCH too !!

Having said that, if this particular Hallowe'en / Horror themed Roku channel was not to your liking then FEAR NOT because there will be something different featured in tomorrow's post. So, while that's all I've got to say in this final instalment of "Wicked Watch Wednesday" for 2015... remember to come back in 24-hours for 'Day Twenty-Nine' of "Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku", when I reveal the very last batty brew, creepy cocktail or wicked wine for "Toxic Tipple Thursday", as the "Countdown To Hallowe'en" 2015 draws even nearer to it's conclusion. Meanwhile, be sure to visit the other contributors to the 2015 Countdown To Hallowe'en & see what Hallowe'en treats they have in store for you ahead of the annual festivities on October 31st !!

Fangs again, for stopping by !!


  1. Santa's Sly is a must watch! I will have to check into this Pin flick thanks for posting!


    1. Hi, Bob !!

      Thanks for your recent comments. They're much appreciated! :-)

      Had it been closer to December, I may have suggested "Santa's Slay" because, I agree, it's among the better films listed here. Also (possibly) worth a look are "The Neighbor" directed by Rodney Gibbons or "Hide & Go Shriek" by Skip Schoolnik plus (maybe) "The Road From Erebus" by David Sporn and (even) "The Guest Room" by Henry Olek... it just depends on your individual taste(s) so check the IMDB links for more info and, by all means, give them a go if you wish - they're not all "bad", by any stretch of the imagination! ;-)

      Anyway, thanks (again) for reading the blog.

    2. Those are some great pick's might have to check some out. I have been toying with writing a little bit more on my blog about the Roku it has to be one of the greatest inventions in a long time! So I love checking out your post's about new channels. Keep up the good work!