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Screambox Review 2023

Our TV experts retested the Screambox horror streaming service and found that the library is better, but the user experience is worse.

Affordable horror

Screambox

Monthly price: $4.99/mo.

Annual price: $35.88/yr.

Library: ~200–300 titles

Free trial: 7 days

Data as of post date. Not all offers available in all areas.

Is Screambox good?

Our last Screambox review called the horror streaming service the place where “Netflix horror goes to die.” A year later, the horror streaming service has a vastly improved but smaller library—and the new Screambox app is a frustrating mess. We signed up for a three-month membership and, at the end of the month, Screambox locked us out.

So we would still recommend superior horror services like ShudderFull Moon Features, and the Arrow Player before Screambox. But if you’re on a tight budget, Screambox is affordable and better than nothing—when it works.

Screambox pros and cons

Pros

  • Affordable pricing
  • Improved library
  • Downloads for offline viewing
  • Cancel anytime

Cons

  • Buggy, frustrating app
  • Subscription expiration issues
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Screambox deals and promotions

Screambox has no active deals besides a quarterly subscription (saves 20%) and an annual subscription (saves 40%). Or Screambox has a free seven-day trial if you’re curious or a masochist.

Screambox plans and pricing

Plan Price Streams Resolution (up to) Details
Screambox (monthly) $4.99/mo. 3 1080p View Plan
Screambox (quarterly) $11.99/mo. ($3.99/mo., saves 20%) 3 1080p View Plan
Screambox (yearly) $35.88/yr. ($2.99/mo., saves 40%) 3 1080p View Plan

Data as of post date. Not all offers available in all areas.

Screambox is one of the least expensive on-demand streaming TV services. So the annual subscription (40% off) is a great deal if you can afford only one horror streaming service. And, if you’re not sure you need a whole year of Screambox, there’s a quarterly option (20% off).

Due to issues with the app—including the aforementioned lockout—we recommend going month-to-month until Screambox sorts out the issue. Or subscribe to Shudder instead.

Pro tip: For the ultimate low-budget streaming horror menu, supplement the Screambox annual subscription ($35.88/yr.) with the free, ad-supported streaming TV service Tubi, which has tons of scary movies.

Screambox vs. the competition

Service Monthly price Annual price Library size* Streams Resolution (up to) Details
Screambox $4.99/mo. $35.88/yr ($2.99/mo., saves 40%) 200–300* 3 1080p View Plan
Our pick
Shudder
$5.99/mo. $56.99/yr. ($4.75/mo., saves 21%) 630+ 1 1080p View Plan
Full Moon Features $6.99/mo. $59.99/yr. ($5.00/mo., saves 28%) 500+ 3 1080p View Plan
Arrow Player $6.99/mo. $69.99/yr. ($5.83/mo., saves 17%) 600+ 3 4K View Plan
Night Flight Plus $4.99/mo. $39.99/yr. ($3.33/mo., saves 33%) 666+ Unlimited 1080p View Plan
Monsters and Nightmares $2.99/mo. $29.99/yr. ($2.50/mo., saves 17%) 86+ Unavailable 1080p View Plan

Data as of post date. Not all offers available in all areas.
† Estimated.

If you have more room in your entertainment budget, Screambox shouldn’t be your first choice when a top-shelf horror streaming TV service is only $1.00–$2.00 more per month. And it’s even cheaper if you can afford the higher upfront cost of an annual subscription.

For $5.99 a month ($4.75 for annual subs), Shudder has three times the titles and ten times the quality, with an incredibly satisfying selection of classics, new blood, exclusives, and originals.

The Arrow Player—powered by boutique Blu-ray company Arrow Video—has 600+ films for $6.99 monthly ($5.83 a month with the annual option). If you’re looking for top-shelf cult and art-house horror (plus a generous helping of martial arts films), this is like having the VHS rental shop at your fingertips—without the risk of taking home a stinker.

If you appreciate a good scare as much as you do schlocky midnight movies, Full Moon Features has around 500 films for $6.99 per month ($5.00 monthly if you go annual) that satisfy both cravings.

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Screambox movies and shows

The Screambox slogan “horror you won’t find anywhere else” will tantalize horror fans—who revel in obscure gems—and it’s technically accurate.

When we first tested Screambox, only 11 of its then-400 films rated higher than 5.0 (out of 10.0) on IMDb.com or 50 (out of 100) on ReelGood.com.1 The rest felt like insulting, time-wasting, zero-calorie filler.

A year later, Screambox has addressed its quality-control issue by dumping the dumb stuff and licensing better titles. The library is now much smaller—we estimate it as about half the size—but with more worthwhile content. Except most of the good stuff is already on Shudder, Arrow Player, or Full Moon Features.

That’s not necessarily bad since overlapping content is common among on-demand streaming TV services. Actually, it’s pretty good if you’re considering Screambox as a more budget-friendly alternative to its superior peers.

Screambox also has TV series. Not a ton of ’em, but some good stuff like Freddy’s Nightmares (exclusive), Masters of HorrorThe Dead Zone, and Toxic Crusaders. There’s also a live channel, Bloody Disgusting TV, that plays titles from the Screambox library 24/7.

31 days of horror movie recommendations for Screambox.

Movies on Screambox

  • Aenigma
  • Anthropophagous
  • Audition
  • Bad Moon
  • Basket Case
  • The Beyond
  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
  • Black Christmas (1974)
  • Black Candles
  • Boa vs. Python
  • Body Bags
  • Brain Damage
  • Brain Freeze*
  • Cannibal Ferox
  • Cannibal Holocaust
  • Cat in the Brain
  • Cinematic Titanic: The Wasp Woman
  • Class of 1984
  • The Crazies
  • Cruel Jaws
  • The Day of the Beast
  • The Dead Next Door
  • The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years
  • Deep Red
  • The Driller Killer
  • Edge of the Axe
  • The Editor
  • Evil Dead Trap
  • Evil Ed
  • Fulci for Fake
  • Galaxy of Terror
  • Ghosthouse
  • Gravy
  • Grotesque
  • Hell House, Inc.*
  • The Hills Have Eyes
  • Humanoids from the Deep
  • I Drink Your Blood
  • Inseminoid
  • Itsy Bitsy
  • Jungle Trap
  • Killer Piñata
  • Kolobos
  • The Manson Family
  • Metamorphosis
  • My Bloody Banjo
  • Night of Something Strange
  • Nightbreed
  • Ninja Zombie
  • Nomads
  • Nosferatu
  • Not Alone*
  • One Missed Call
  • Pennywise: The Story of IT*
  • Pieces
  • Piranha
  • The Prey
  • Python
  • Re-Animator
  • Revolt of the Zombies
  • Road Head
  • Scary Movie (1991)
  • Scary Tales
  • Schlock
  • Season of the Witch
  • Sharkansas Women’s Prison
  • She Freak
  • Silent Night, Deadly Night 2
  • The Slayer
  • The Slumber Party Massacre
  • Slumber Party Massacre 2
  • Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror
  • Spider Baby
  • The Stepfather
  • Story Game*
  • Suicide Forest Village*
  • Torso
  • The Untold Story
  • Welcome to Hell*
  • The Zombie King

Data as of post date.
* Screambox exclusive.

The Screambox "Genres" page showing titles under "Popular on Screambox."

The Screambox “Genres” page as viewed on a Samsung QN90A smart TV via the Roku Ultra.

Shows on Screambox

  • 13 Nights of Elvira
  • Bloody Bites
  • Bloody Disgusting TV (live channel)
  • The Dead Zone
  • D.W. Draws . . . with Ashley
  • Freddy’s Nightmares*
  • Hellier
  • The Island
  • Masters of Horror
  • The Toxic Crusaders

Data as of post date.
* Screambox exclusive.

Screambox has no add-ons, but Prime Video subscribers can add Screambox as an Amazon Prime Channel for the same price. The difference between subscribing to Screambox directly and through Prime Channels is that you can’t use the Screambox app with Prime Channels. Usually, this is a bigger deal. But not in this case.

Screambox specs and features

Let’s see what’s up with Screambox re: simultaneous streams, cloud DVR, and offline viewing.

Screambox simultaneous streams

Service Streams
Screambox 3
Our pick
Shudder
1
Full Moon Features 3
Arrow Player 3
Night Flight Plus Unlimited
Monsters and Nightmares Unavailable

Data as of post date.
* Screambox exclusive.

Screambox has three simultaneous streams, which is two more than Shudder—and the same amount as Arrow Player and Full Moon Features. But Night Flight Plus destroys the competition with unlimited streams.

Offline viewing

On-demand streaming TV services don’t tend to offer cloud DVR. But Screambox does offer downloads for offline viewing, which is close enough to DVR for us.

Pro tip: Offline viewing is awesome if you travel a lot, because it saves you from using your mobile data. Just don’t forget to do all of your downloading on your home network, or you’ll use mobile data anyway.

Screambox app

Screambox has a new app based on the Matchpoint OTT (over-the-top) video streaming platform (also used by CONtv and Fandor)—and it’s the worst part of Screambox.

See our list of grievances after the photo.

The Screambox "My Library" page hangs prior to forcing a Roku reboot.

The Screambox “My Library” page hangs and hangs before crashing (Roku Ultra with a Samsung QN90A smart TV).

  • We signed up for the quarterly subscription ($11.99/mo.). About 27 days into our membership, Screambox locked us out, saying our sub expired. We’ve contacted Screambox customer support and will update this page when we hear back.
  • There are too many browsing options, especially under “Genres.” Also, not every film is tagged for a genre, while some films appear in too many categories.
  • We think the category “The Whole Damn Thing” is meant to show every film on Screambox. But many titles don’t appear here.
  • Loading “My Library” caused our Roku Ultra to freeze and reboot. We repeated this at least a dozen times. (My Library works a little better on mobile, but it’s still one page per title.)
  • There’s a second link to click for “My Library” that works—but it shows you one title at a time with a carousel menu of similar titles for every movie or show on your list. (Someone meant well, but we hate them.)
  • The font is difficult to read because the characters are too close together, or the text vanishes over light-colored background images.
  • There are no 10-second jump-back or jump-forward buttons on Roku. If you try to rewind or fast-forward this way, you’ll return to the beginning of your movie.
The Screambox "My Library" page showing information for Wicked World, as viewed on the Screambox Roku app.

The Screambox “My Library” page as viewed on the Roku Ultra with a Samsung QN90A smart TV.

This is all hugely frustrating, but, ultimately, none of it prevented us from watching Screambox content.

The Screambox app is available for Android (2.8 stars) and iOS (2.6 stars).

Pro tip: To avoid the app and billing issues we encountered with Screambox, try subscribing to as an Amazon Prime Video Channel, where it’s the same monthly price. Note, though, that we typically won’t recommend this option because a streaming TV service‘s proprietary app is often a better experience. We’re making an exception for Screambox.

Offline viewing

You can use the Screambox mobile app to download movies and watch them offline, like for when you’re on a long flight and need a sleep aid. Just remember to download titles in advance on your home Wi-Fi so you don’t use your mobile data.

But if you do forget to download stuff before leaving home, you can save data by changing the download quality in the app’s settings. Or just consider yourself lucky.

Supported devices

Device Full Moon Features support
Amazon Fire Cube, Stick, TV
Android phones, tablets
Android TV
Apple TV (4th gen.)
Apple TV 4K
Chromecast, Chromebook
Chromecast with Google TV Limited support
Echo Show
iPhone, iPad
LG smart TVs (select models)
Nintendo Switch
NVIDIA Shield Pro TV
PC, Mac web browsers
PlayStation 3, 4, 5
Roku devices
Samsung smart TVs (select models)
TiVo Stream
VIZIO smart TVs (select models)
Wii
Xbox One
Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S

Data as of post date.

The Screambox app supports plenty of devices—you probably already have one of these.

Screambox video and audio quality

Screambox streams at up to 1080p HD—but quality depends on the strength of your Wi-Fi connection. If the app detects slower speeds, it lowers the video quality to conserve bandwidth. And if you know your connection is slow or that you’ll be somewhere with spotty service, you can preemptively set your video quality to high, medium, or low.

A scene from Re-Animator on Screambox.

A scene from Re-Animator as viewed on a Samsung QN90A smart TV via the Roku Ultra.

The Screambox interface consists of carousel menus for each horror subgenre, plus four menu buttons (Explore, Search, Library, and Profile). As for playback controls, it’s the usual stuff: play/pause, 10-second jumps (backwards and forwards), and skip-to-next. Screambox also has onscreen buttons: add to list, download, and share.

Screambox testing details

Test Screen (TV, phone, laptop) Streaming device/app platfrom Internet connection Results
Test #1 Samsung QN90A smart TV (2021 model) Roku Ultra Google Fiber 1 Gbps Consistent 720p SD–1080p HD*
Test #2 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 smartphone Screambox app for Android Google Fiber 1 Gbps Consistent 720p SD–1080p HD*
Test #3 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 smartphone Screambox app for Android T-Mobile 5G mobile data Mostly 1080p, but some noticeable dips†
Test #4 Lenovo ThinkBook laptop Windows 10, Google Chrome browser Google Fiber 1 Gbps Consistent 720p SD–1080p HD*

Data effective as of post date.
* Depending on source material
† Depending on source material and location

We tested the Screambox mobile app on two smart TVs, a smartphone, a laptop, a web browser, a gaming console, and the Roku Ultra streaming device, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 smartphone. We’ve also tested Screambox as an Amazon Prime Video Channel.

We had no issues with audio or video quality—just the bugs we’ve already mentioned.

Final take: Is Screambox worth it?

Screambox improved its library over the past year and the service is super cheap. But the user experience—and billing—needs a lot of work. So, while we think Screambox is worth it if you’re on a budget, you can do better.

For only a couple of bucks more per month, you can get better content and a vastly improved user experience with Shudder, Full Moon Features, or the Arrow Player.

But still, keep an eye on Screambox in case more positive changes come.

Screambox FAQ

Is Screambox any good?

To borrow the title of one of the insultingly awful movies on Screambox: Dear God, No! Well, to be fair, the Screambox library is much improved (if also much leaner) than last time we reviewed the service. Unfortunately, the user experience is just awful because of the messy, frustrating app and billing issues.

Is Screambox better than Shudder?

Only in Screambox’s dreams—er, no. Shudder is far, far, better than Screambox. To learn more, read our Shudder review.

Are there any good movies on Screambox?

There are many more good movies on Screambox now than when we reviewed the streaming service last year. Here’s a sample of what’s on there. For a larger list, jump back to the Movies on Screambox section of this article.

 

  • Audition
  • Bad Moon
  • Basket Case
  • The Beyond
  • Body Bags
  • Brain Damage
  • Carnival of Souls
  • The Dead Next Door
  • The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years
  • Deep Red
  • The Editor
  • Gibtown
  • Grotesque
  • The Hills Have Eyes
  • Nightbreed
  • Re-Animator
  • Spider Baby
  • Winners Tape All

What is the best horror streaming service?

It’s no contest: Shudder is the best horror streaming service.

Bloodstream - from CableTV.com

Methodology

Our TV experts and horror/midnight movie experts have put hundreds of hours into testing Screambox, Shudder, Full Moon Features and just about every other streaming TV service and add-on channel. We do it because we like it—but also because we want to share our experience and insights with our readers so you can make informed decisions. To learn more about our process, check out the CableTV.com “How We Rank” page.

Endnotes

ReelGood.com, “Full List of Movies on Screambox.” Accessed August 21, 2022.

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