Halloween is a time of year where people celebrate the spooky, unnerving and unknown. But if you’re like me, it might not be so easy to face your fears. Why not try to overcome the thing you dread the most and say goodbye to those frightful phobias. But how you ask? By taking ‘em head on and streaming, of course!

Take a look at our list of films that will help you face (and hopefully overcome) your worst fears. 

IF SPIDERS MAKE YOUR SKIN CRAWL (Arachnophobia – the fear of spiders)

  • Big Ass Spider! (2013) – Available to watch on CinemaNow and Time Warner Cable
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, Fandango Now, VUDU and VidAngel
  • Arachnophobia (1990) – Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, Sling, VUDU and VidAngel
  • Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) – Available to watch on Hulu
  • No (1962) – Available to watch on Amazon Video, Fandango Now, STARZ, Time Warner Cable, VUDU and VidAngel

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Halloween is upon us! It’s time to dress up in a ridiculous costume, eat a bunch of candy, and most importantly…stream scary movies. We already taught you some lessons from victims in horror films, and now it’s time to help you decide what to watch. These are the top grossing horror movies in the last 40 years as reported by IMDB.com.

Have horror flicks been getting better in recent years, or do you long for the classic horror movie days? Which films scares you out of your seat?


Year Movie Gross (Domestic)
2016 The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist $102,461,593
2015 Goosebumps $80,021,740
2014 Annabelle $84,263,837
2013 The Conjuring $137,387,272
2012 Paranormal Activity 4 $53,884,821
2011 Paranormal Activity 3 $104,007,828
2010 Paranormal Activity 2 $84,749,884
2009 Paranormal Activity $107,917,283
2008 Saw V $56,729,973
2007 I am Legend $256,386,216
2006 Saw III $80,150,343

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Sundays are for getting Shameless. Join the Gallaghers every Sunday night at 9P ET/PT for a new episode of Shameless only on SHOWTIME®. Check out our Q&A with Isidora Goreshter (Svetlana) where she shares thoughts on the latest season including how she nails a Russian accent and being a “thrupple” with Kev and V. 


What can we expect on this season of the SHOWTIME original series Shameless (no spoilers!)?

You can expect more old school Gallagher shenanigans. The family is together a lot more and they feel a bit more unified than in previous seasons. Frank is and will always be Frank and will find a way to survive even the most ridiculous death defying moments.

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“No! What are you doing!? DO NOT run up the stairs. Ugh, now you’re dead.”

While watching a horror movie you’ve likely screamed the phrases above or been frustrated by the not-so-smart decisions made by the soon-to-be victims. But hey, I guess the movies would be pretty anti-climactic if the victims just headed for the front door and called the cops.

With the spooky Halloween season upon us, here are three lessons we can all learn from horror movie victims…



The woods are a beautiful place to live, but it’s where crazy people go to lose their minds. Serial killers love the woods and know them inside and out. The second you run into the dark woods or a creepy hedge maze as in The Shining, you’re in their territory – so stay in the house or your hotel room and lock the doors!

Worst offender: in The Shining (Available on Amazon VideoCinemaNowFandangoNowGoogle Play and VUDU)


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Hey everyone! We’ve been busy here at Roku headquarters, unveiling not one but FIVE new Roku players. The new Roku ExpressRoku Express+Roku PremiereRoku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra offer endless streaming entertainment at multiple price points, offering a player for everyone. If you’re curious about our new lineup, are considering a new device or want to upgrade your existing one, check our unboxing videos for the new Roku Express and Roku Ultra.

Roku Express ($29.99 MSRP) and Roku Express+ ($39.99 MSRP) offer 1080p HD streaming for new streamers or those looking to expand their streaming experience to different rooms in the home. The Roku Express+, available exclusively at Walmart, provides the added bonus of a composite jack and A/V cables so even older TVs can be smart TVs.

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These days you can’t step into the TV section at a retail store without seeing big, beautiful TVs that feature 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) and HDR (High Dynamic Range) display technologies. And in case you missed our recent news, Roku just started shipping new streaming players that support 4K UHD (known as 4K for short) and HDR. 4K Roku TVs launched earlier this year as well. To help you better understand what this means for the world of streaming, here are a few answers to some common 4K and HDR questions.

streaming-4k-hdr-roku-ultra-4k-hdrSo, what is 4K?

4K Ultra HD gives you a better viewing experience by increasing the pixel resolution – it’s four times that of HD! That’s a whopping 2,160 x 3,840 pixels compared to just 1,080 x 1,920 for a Full HD display. The result is brilliant picture quality that immerses you in the action with crisp, detailed images that practically jump off the screen. Keep in mind that in order to watch 4K content it requires a compatible 4K TV.


Roku tip: As you shop for new TVs, remember that your 4K UHD experience will be much better if you choose products that support 60 frames per second (fps). The Roku Ultra, Roku Premiere+, Roku Premiere and 4K Roku TV models all support streaming 4K up to 60 (fps to give you smooth and clear motion no matter how frantic the car chase or drawn-out the instant replay).

What streaming content is available in 4K?

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Need a break from streaming the debates and this 24/7 election coverage? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We asked our Facebook fans who they consider the best movie presidents of all-time. From martian invasions to plane hijackers, these fictional presidents can do it all while capturing your American hearts.

Find out which movie POTUS tops the list! Did we leave your favorite off of the list? Let us know in the comments below.


8. Jackson Evans (Jeff Bridges) in The Contender (2000)

Senator Laine Hanson is a contender for US Vice President, but information and disinformation about her past surfaces that threatens to de-rail her confirmation. Available to stream on: CinemaNow.

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Free TV shows, anyone? If you already streamed our free movie recommendations last month, it’s time to get your fill of free TV shows. Spend some quality couch time with The Flash, Supergirl and Jerry Seinfeld – all for free!

Note: these movies and TV shows are available as of 10/11/16 and are subject to change.

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  • The Flash (The CW)
  • Supergirl (The CW)
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)
  • Frontline (PBS)
  • Whose Line is it Anyway (CW Seed)
  • Who’s the Boss (Crackle)
  • The Man Show (Popcornflix)
  • The O.C. (CW Seed)
  • Nova (PBS)
  • Alaska State Troopers (OVGuide)
  • Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
  • The Ben Stiller Show (CW Seed)
  • Pushing Daisies (CW Seed)
  • All in the Family (Crackle)

Whatcha watching first, streamers?

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The first ever 4K Ultra HD Hitachi Roku TV™ models are available this week in the US! Hitachi has incredible brand power and is recognized by customers for making great TVs, and we’re pleased to welcome them into our Roku TV program.


The three new TV models feature the Roku® OS for one of the best streaming experiences in the industry and have access to more than 3,500 streaming channels, including 350,000+ movies and TV episodes, and the 4K Spotlight channel that offers curated 4K content making it easy to access stunning video from Netflix, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW and 10+ other streaming channels.

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Your go-to sources for music and pop culture news are now streaming! Starting today the Rolling Stone and Us Weekly streaming channels are available FREE on the Roku platform in the U.S.

In addition, Above Average, Baeble Music, Comedy Dynamics, Cracked, FailArmy, Great Big Story, MashableSuper Deluxe, UPROXX and XLTV by XLrator Media are also now available. These channels have been built using our newly announced Roku Direct Publisher solution which lets content creators launch a channel very quickly. Learn more about getting started with Roku Direct Publisher.

The Rolling Stone channel gives Roku customers access to the latest videos covering music, politics, TV, movies, sports and more. Rolling Stone exclusive video series such as Fan Theory Exploder are available now featuring stars from New Girl, Blindspot, Gotham and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


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